Hello, I'm Jeff Heitzman, one of the park rangers here at Hot Springs National Park.
I'm in the beautiful gymnasium on the third floor of the Fordyce Museum. The Fordyce was an operating bathhouse from 1915 until 1962 and now has been restored as our museum here on Bathhouse Row. We're particularly proud of this beautiful gymnasium because much of the equipment in here is original as it was back in 1915 when the building opened.
I'm going to demonstrate how a patron here at the Fordyce might have used dumbbells to help them in their quest to get well. Dumbbells and Indian Clubs were very popular at that time, and there were a number of routines that folks could . . . drills they would do as they came into the gym and worked out.
At this time they didn't use a lot of weight like we do today. They were more concerned with just using light weight but lots of reps.
Last updated: April 10, 2015