The gymnasticon, a late-18th-century exercise machine invented by Francis Lowndes: J. Walker, engraver, based on specifications by Francis Lowndes, 1797-1798, in Sarah Bakewell, "Illustrations from the Wellcome Institute Library: Medical Gymnastics and the Cyriax Collection", Medical History 41, 1997; image by Chick Bowen, 9 January 2010
Limbs flailing, gaze fixed on
flashing counters masking
a bland vacancy of expression:
signs of going nowhere fast.
Mid drive fluid motion quantum elliptical trainer, Houston, Texas: photo by Vitabc, 11 September 2008