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The greatness of the Titanic is still celebrated and lamented today, some 110 years after the ill-fated ship crashed to the bottom of the ocean on April 15, 1912. And Although you probably know the story of the iceberg and the tragedy, you may not be familiar with the various accommodations on the Titantic, including the ship’s state-of-the-art gym.
The few photos that exist of the gym on the Titanic They allow you to see inside the fitness facilities available to the first-class passengers of the “unsinkable” ship, which were very popular on the ship for their great innovation.
The Titanic’s gym had some familiar fitness equipment, like cycling machines and a rowing machine, and some lesser-known fitness equipment, like two electric camels and an electric horse. Some of these inventions mimicked their modern day counterparts, such as the cycling machine attached to a huge wall dial, which indicated the distance traveled.
The gym also had a ticket, priced at one shilling per visit, which today is about 6 euros or about 7.66 US dollars. It should be noted that the Titanic also had a squash court, a swimming pool and a steam room type sauna, all only for first class passengers.
In the gym’s publicity materials, the White Star wrote that first-class passengers could “enjoy the action of riding a horse, riding a bicycle, rowing a boat, etc. and get beneficial exercise as well as endless fun.”
The gym even had its own “personal trainer” – or, to be exact, physical educator – named Thomas McCauley. Since it would be improper for men and women to exercise together, there were specific times for each sex to enter the gym. Women could visit the gym between 9 a.m. and noon, while men were allowed between 2 p.m. and 6 p.m.
To work out in the ship’s modern gym, women had to wear Edwardian-era workout clothes, which were basically their everyday clothes. Yes, that includes corsets, hats, ankle-length skirts, and heels. The men, on the other hand, did a little better. They only had to wear three-piece suits. Try trying it on leg day.
The gym was so remarkable on the ship that it was recreated for James Cameron’s 1997 film Titanic, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet. Although many scenes were shot in the recreated gymnasium, including Rose and her family touring the facility and first-class passengers gathering at the facility during the sinking, only one scene made it into the famous movie. It is when Jack surreptitiously drags Rose to the gym to confess his feelings for her, discussing her class differences and Rose’s “trapped” nature as she walks away from her.
In the gym’s publicity materials, the White Star wrote that first-class passengers could “enjoy the action of horseback riding, bicycling, rowing, etc. and get beneficial exercise as well as endless fun.” The end”.
When the ship began to sink on April 14, 1912, some first-class passengers are said to have gathered in the gymnasium to escape the frigid night air., and some survivors say they cycled to keep warm. Some survivors claim to have heard McCauley say that he would not wear a lifejacket if he was forced to abandon ship, as it would slow him down while swimming. Apparently, McCauley remained in his position in the gymnasium of the Titanic during the last hours of the ship, sinking with the ill-fated ship.
Some of the Titanic’s fitness equipment is still on the sunken ship today, although the roof of the gymnasium is believed to have collapsed when the ship’s second funnel sank. Even after a century and extensive damage from falling to the bottom of the ocean, the gym’s wood-paneled walls and some of the exercise machines are still recognizable in the wreck.
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