Obit of the Day: Tread On Me
Fitness history changed forever in 1968 when Bill Staub a book titled Aerobics. The author, Dr. Kenneth Cooper, said that you could be fit simply by running an 8-minute mile 4 to 5 days a week. Staub thought that even the busiest person could find 8 minutes a day to run. But how to deal with unpredictable weather?
So Staub designed the first personal use treadmill. With an orange running surface and forty rollers, the PaceMaster was ready to find it’s place into family home. Eventually the treadmill would become a common sight in middle-class homes around the U.S.
Bill Staub, who may choose to quietly curse as you head to your basement at five in the morning to step onto his invention, passed away at the age of 96.
(Image of Staub with his sons and their PaceMaster is courtesy of northjersey.com. I have cropped the image.)
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