Extract from an article in the Huddersfield Examiner published on 2nd January 2014.
‘Fitness classes as we know them today have their origins in an exercise system pioneered by a north east physiotherapist nearly 85 years ago.
In those days it was a simple ‘lady-like’ workout, with lots of bending and stretching, to a live piano accompaniment.
Turn the clock forward to the 21st century and the fashion in fitness classes is for amplified rock, pop and Latin American music and high-octane, energetic dance moves.
We’ve come a long way since Nora Reed launched her programme of gentle exercise to music in 1929.
But Keep Fit Association pioneers such as Nora and the most famous UK exercise guru of the 20th century, Eileen Fowler – who led weekly radio and television work-outs – paved the way for today’s high-energy fitness classes.
Since the 1970s and the aerobics revolution, celebrity-led by actress Jane Fonda, we’ve ‘enjoyed’ everything from spinning and sliding to boxing exercise, kettle bells, Pilates and salsa.
No actress, athlete, or television presenter without a fitness regime to peddle has failed to produce their own fitness DVD.
In the past couple of years the big new name in dance exercise has been Zumba, inspired by Latin American rhythms and music.’