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They had big banks of early, primitive elliptical trainers that soldiers could use in between shellings. The French did not have such machinery and, as a result, felt more stress from battle. The end result was a general mutiny in the French Army in early 1918 Oddly, fitness was not a big consideration for soldiers living in fear of artillery strikes and snipers.

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Q: How did they keep fit in the trenches in World War 1?
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