100 Years of Fitness in 100 Seconds

100 Years of Fitness in 100 Seconds

100 Years of Fitness showcases ‘keep fit’ fads and movements from the 1910s to the current day, presents 100 years of women’s fitness in 100 seconds – See more: https://www.benenden.co.uk/100yrsfitness/index.html

It’s a colourful history: from the gentle stretches of the 1910s and 1920s, designed to reduce ‘unfeminine’ perspiration, to the hula hoop and twister fads of the mid-20th century and today’s high-energy Zumba workouts.

It begins with the 1910s, an era when women took to early exercise bikes and weights with gusto: ankle-length attire or not! Their main form of exercise was comprised of gentle stretches that were said to improve the hips and, believe it or not, ease constipation!

1920s fitness included more of the same stretches, with a more energetic twist undoubtedly inspired by the popular dance routine, the Charleston. Glamour prevailed even during these workouts, with fitness clothes incorporating silk nightgowns and full makeup instead of sports bras!

In the 1930s, fitness made a concerted leap forward. Enter the Women’s League of Health and Beauty, an organisation created by Mary Bagot Stack, aiming to bring fitness to the masses. ‘Movement is life’ was her motto, and her fitness exercises were revolutionary, incorporating, for the first time, things like star jumps in large group classes.

Next, the 1940s marked another departure for women’s fitness. The Women’s League of Health and Beauty maintained a large membership, but with the onset of war, many women began exercising in their own homes. Genteel, sweat-minimising exercises were the order of the day, including an early form of sit-up.

1950s fitness is the epitome of retro fitness, with the hula hoop taking centre stage. Both children and adults were swept up in the craze, and with a little clever marketing, people saw the hula hoop as a fully-fledged exercise tool! Who knew you could have so much fun while burning calories?

Hula hoop fitness was later cast aside when the 1960s introduced the world to the Trim Twist. Made from a square of pressed board mounted on top of a metal turning mechanism, this portable piece of kit became a hit with housewives and office workers alike. Simply stand on top and get twisting to firm the stomach, bottom, arms and legs.

1970s fitness took a jauntier turn when former Broadway star, Judi Sheppard Missett, introduced her new phenomenon… Jazzercise! This combination of aerobic exercise and jazz dancing was designed to slim and tone, and proved so much fun that it’s still practised in 32 countries!

When we reach the 1980s, it’s all about aerobics. Day-glo leotards and big hair dominated the fitness industry, with physical fitness becoming something of a status symbol. High-energy routines and high kicks provided an intense cardiovascular workout, and Jane Fonda dominated television screens.

1990s fitness was less Jane Fonda and more Billy Blanks, an American taekwondo instructor who brought Tae Bo to the nation. His exercise trend combined taekwondo and boxing to create movements designed to promote fitness and work every area of the body.

The 2000s, however, were the decade in which fitness through dance returned. ‘Street dance’ passed through school yards and local neighbourhoods into dance studios and gyms, becoming the fitness trend of choice. ‘Locking’ and ‘popping’ the body, bobbing and weaving, and grabbing or punching through the air are the hallmarks of almost every routine.

Today, in the 2010s, fitness is even more fast-paced: say hello to Zumba! Incorporating elements of hip-hop, soca, salsa, samba, merengue and mambo, it feels more like a trip to a nightclub with friends than an effort to get fit! From the old to the young, everybody is welcome at classes. Health and fitness has never been more accessible!

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50 Comments

  1. Husam Altamimi on June 22, 2021 at 7:50 pm

    1980 is the worst !!!



  2. Michael on June 22, 2021 at 7:53 pm

    can we go back to the 70s



  3. _ Slimelover724 _ on June 22, 2021 at 7:57 pm

    Gfgjguh



  4. Roseta Etienne on June 22, 2021 at 8:00 pm

    The 80s😂😂



  5. Mata on June 22, 2021 at 8:01 pm

    2020 bout to be tiktok dances 😂



  6. Hardbass Kvass on June 22, 2021 at 8:01 pm

    How did she manage to live 100 years without even getting old. God damn disturbing!



  7. Ricardo lingo on June 22, 2021 at 8:02 pm

    1940s song?



  8. Mark Romine on June 22, 2021 at 8:02 pm

    Just saying but those work outs must suck for gain



  9. Jose Espinoza on June 22, 2021 at 8:02 pm

    Why was the women’s style of the 60’s and back so elegant and beautiful? I find that style so much more composed and sexy as opposed to girls just wearing leggings and a tank top now



  10. BigRobEnergy on June 22, 2021 at 8:02 pm

    Just found your channel, really dig it. I just subbed! Look forward to more vids



  11. Ksmart123 on June 22, 2021 at 8:05 pm

    50s, 70s, 80s, 2000s, and 2010s



  12. leverdia on June 22, 2021 at 8:07 pm

    2020s would be Barre! I love Barre!😄❤️



  13. Just Sawney on June 22, 2021 at 8:09 pm

    I love the 80’s vibes



  14. Müslüm Türk on June 22, 2021 at 8:09 pm

    I like 1970



  15. Logan May on June 22, 2021 at 8:09 pm

    Umm this vid is 100 seconds long



  16. Eva-Ingeborg Koch on June 22, 2021 at 8:10 pm

    40s, 50s, 70s I loved best.



  17. Wessel Van Oijen on June 22, 2021 at 8:10 pm

    Wheres twerking :’)



  18. lilcholesterol on June 22, 2021 at 8:10 pm

    100 years of aerobic fitness programs*



  19. Sai Pranav on June 22, 2021 at 8:12 pm

    You forgot the ancient Roman Empire where intense labour and gladiator fights were pretty good workouts



  20. Charlie Lainez on June 22, 2021 at 8:17 pm

    *1960-70s* are the best. We went downhill from there.



  21. Liam on June 22, 2021 at 8:17 pm

    This is more dancing then gym fitness!



  22. Hackyourbodymindsoul on June 22, 2021 at 8:19 pm

    Great👍



  23. ꧁Vlad꧂ on June 22, 2021 at 8:19 pm

    1970!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



  24. KesP on June 22, 2021 at 8:20 pm

    why aint fortnite dances in here?



  25. Rey Martinez on June 22, 2021 at 8:21 pm

    No deadlifts? No Bench Press? No Squats? they must be crossfitters!



  26. The R. EightyOne on June 22, 2021 at 8:21 pm

    street dancing oh god the flashbacks



  27. Karinne Maia on June 22, 2021 at 8:24 pm

    We are now in 2020



  28. Abdullah Ansari on June 22, 2021 at 8:26 pm

    Jazzercise was created in 1982 I think



  29. Toni advanced on June 22, 2021 at 8:27 pm

    And Men?



  30. Another Brick In The Wall on June 22, 2021 at 8:27 pm

    Alright for real though no one works out like this



  31. Jose Pascual Fernández Ludeña on June 22, 2021 at 8:28 pm

    90´s song?



  32. Sara Thomas on June 22, 2021 at 8:30 pm

    Is it me or is the 1930s and the 1940s looks better than some of the later ones?



  33. Harry on June 22, 2021 at 8:30 pm

    So it was 101 seconds of 95 years of fitness



  34. Lars Heideck on June 22, 2021 at 8:31 pm

    Ist there a Male Version out there ?
    Great vid



  35. titlick55 on June 22, 2021 at 8:31 pm

    I expected nothing less from the 1980’s



  36. Logan Broadwell on June 22, 2021 at 8:32 pm

    2020: Twerk!



  37. Erik Bouma on June 22, 2021 at 8:35 pm

    The 2000s was the most boring Decade without any character…



  38. Lucia rv on June 22, 2021 at 8:35 pm

    Fitness or cardio?



  39. Alfalfa Snow on June 22, 2021 at 8:35 pm

    Lmao. Aerobics



  40. Abby Shepherd on June 22, 2021 at 8:38 pm

    Is this just dance fitness



  41. Ban on June 22, 2021 at 8:38 pm

    Idk why but I’m really proud I’ve never done any of this



  42. Sara Thomas on June 22, 2021 at 8:42 pm

    I feel like they forgot weightlifting 🤔🤔🤔



  43. Justin Alexander on June 22, 2021 at 8:43 pm

    It’s funny how back then stretching was keeping fit what about all the people with slow metabolisms and shitty genetics like myself?



  44. Woldhardestgamer on June 22, 2021 at 8:43 pm

    Funny thats Zumba looks the most stupid and worst for your joints…



  45. T J on June 22, 2021 at 8:44 pm

    After the 1970s it just became cringey



  46. Jinhunter Slay on June 22, 2021 at 8:47 pm

    2000s dance is cool 🙂



  47. deborah galvan on June 22, 2021 at 8:47 pm

    Just ride a bike, swim, walk, hike, surf, drink water and eat clean.



  48. Nathan Ventura on June 22, 2021 at 8:48 pm

    Zumba strikes me as just crazier jazzercise



  49. Zack on June 22, 2021 at 8:49 pm

    Your vids are really good



  50. oguzabay on June 22, 2021 at 8:49 pm

    70’s the best