"In 1833, Triat opened what is credited as being the first commercial gym."
You might be asking yourself, what is or who is “Triat”? Hippolyte Triat was born in 1813 in a small village in France. He was orphaned as a child, taken in by gypsies and forced to perform in their shows as a strongman. During this time in Europe, gymnastic exercises were reserved for the military and strongmen like Triat. Triat was a man ahead of his time. He knew everyone could benefit from gymnastics and exercise, not just the military. In 1833 Triat opened what is credited as being the first commercial gym. His vision was to bring fitness to the middle class people, and that is exactly what he did.
“He knew everyone could benefit from gymnastics and exercise, not just the military.”
Hippolye Triat’s gymnasium was called “The Monument”. It was rich with ropes hanging from vaulted ceilings, dumbbells, and barbells. In fact, Triat is credited with being one of the first to use barbells in his gymnastic routines. Triat used his skills as an entertainer to conduct his classes and discovered that his athletes enjoyed working in groups. He led his classes with the athletes working in unison to his direction. His workouts became popular even with non-participants as spectators stood along the sides of the gym floor and in the balconies to watch the athletes. He knew he had found something that would not only greatly improve the health and lives of his clients, but would provide them with an atmosphere that would keep them coming back for more.
“His workouts even became popular with non-participants…”
At Triat CrossFit, we were inspired by Hippolyte Triat’s story and his commitment to improving the lives of ordinary people through fitness. As Hippolyte Triat did before us, we aim to provide our clients with expert instruction, an exciting atmosphere, and proven results.
* Hippolyte Triat image by Broken Box Designs