The first resistance device, similar to FIT10, was developed by a fireman, to safely lower people out of burning buildings, back in the 1950s.
During this time NASA was beginning the Apollo program. In this phase of space exploration, men would live for several days in gravity free space. After coming back from the first missions, they discovered that the astronauts had lost between three and thirteen percent of their bone mass!
Because of the dramatic effects of no gravity on the body, these men were experiencing—in just a few days—what so many Americans, who have lost their strength, are experiencing today; osteoporosis. Apollo really had a dilemma. Think about it. They couldn’t lift weights or do push-ups in gravity free space!
NASA scientists, looking for a device that could be used to build strength in no gravity, ended up experimenting with the device developed by the fireman, and the rest is history! They found it tremendously effective. So much so that when the astronauts returned, not only did they not lose any muscle or bone strength—they actually gained more!
Dave Hubbard, America’s Fitness Coach®, was given a small resistance device similar to the one used by the Apollo astronauts. Trying it, he was impressed by the fact that he could put full effort into each strength building exercise and not hurt his back.
Dave then began playing with different exercises with the idea of creating a fitness program that would virtually eliminate every excuse someone could come up with not to exercise. He eventually created his own resistance device, primarily because all of the devices available were very expensive. He did not want money to be one of the excuses.