Where Did the Expression “Whipped Into Shape” Come From and What Does the Phrase Mean?

During the ancient Olympics, athletes were expected to go into training ten months before the start of the games.

The last month was spent at the site.

There, regardless of the weather or bodily injuries, while on a strictly limited diet, and without shoes, shorts, or the right to complain, whenever they faltered, they were whipped by their trainers.

These Olympians were literally whipped into shape.