from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who undertakes to improve the form of the body.


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  • According to the Australian Broadcasting Commission on one of their TV programmes there was a discussion about the rise & rise of "Personal Trainers". It was pointed out that these people were not, as many think, a modern era phenomenon but had been around since the early 16th Century. The first recorded use of the word "Shapesmith" was during the reign of England's Henry VIII (Born 1491, became king in 1509 until his death in 1547) Henry used the word about c1515 when he was still a young, very healthy & strong man of 24, when he referred to his teaching by his shapesmith in the use of weights, exercise and the practice of other manly pursuits! What a pity he did not keep it up!

    October 9, 2015