Sangeetha Pulapaka

Such an interesting question. I would say yes because I personally feel that every workout is a punishment. In early Victorian times, the machine was actually designed to punish prisoners. The term tread-wheel was actually coined in 1822, by english engineer, Wiillam Cubbitt for the giant-wheel used to reform inmates. It was a giant water wheel and the prisoners would be forced to walk on it 8 hours at a time. For 100 years these machines were the strictist form of punishment, next to death penalty.

In the Brixton prison inmates would walk for 8 hrs at a time on a giant 24-spoke paddle wheel Ow! The device was also known as the 'everlasting staircase' and could handle about 40 inmates at a time. The power generated was used to grind corn or pump water. It was outlawed in Britain by the prison act of 1898.

Now every gym has a treadmill or there is one at home gathering dust (like mine)

The Brisbane's tower mill is a windmill powered by convicts walking on the treadmill next to it!

Sixteen convicts would be "stepping" on the wheel at any time with eight persons resting, creating a relay of one-third. Convicts would climb onto the wheel at one end and shuffle one position every ten revolutions or roughly every five minutes before stepping off at the other end. During normal use, each person would be treading for a total of about 5 hrs and 20 minutes in a working day, taking about 15,000 steps equivalent to a 3,300-meter climb. During "punishment" use the working day was prolonged and the relief crew was reduced, increasing the stepping time to 11 hours and the ascent to 5,500 meters. Many convicts wore leg irons whilst on the treadmill.