Rad Fitness Fads from the '50s to Now

10 trends that got the best of us in the last half-century—and one we stuck with

Admit it. We’ve all fallen victim to some kind of fitness gimmick at some point in our lives. And really, it’s hard not to when A-list celebrities and professional athletes tell you it worked for them. But, before you know it, that trend is gone, some brand new “breakthrough” discovery makes its infomercial debut, and it’s on to the next fad.

Some trends hang around for decades, while others die off within a matter of months. Either way, here are 11 fads that have gotten our collective blood pumping, if only for a moment.

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