History of Hydraulic Exercise Equipment
One Man's Solution
In 1967, high school coach, Jerry Brentham, witnessed one of his athletes narrowly escape serious injury while training on a weight-lifting machine. That's the moment Jerry set out to devise a safer method of strength training. Drawing on expertise he had acquire while working for a hydraulic systems manufacturer, Hydra-Gym was born. In 1969, he unveiled the first machine. The response from area coaches was enthusiastic. So, Jerry quit coaching to devote himself full-time to the business. In 1985, Hydra-Gym Industries produced over 20 different machines, employed 100 people and posted sales of more than $6.5 million.