Eartha Kitt (1927-2008), was an internationally famous African-American singer and actress. In this video she is shown performing ballet moves, lifting a barbell, and riding a stationary bike with the help of a personal trainer.
Bonnie Prudden (1914-2011) was an early advocate of women’s exercise. Her 30-minute daily exercise show aired on American TV from 1965 to 1970. In addition to her TV show, she authored many books, films and dvds. Bonnie Prudden died at the age of 97.
In this vintage film, Bonnie Prudden teaches American women how to exercise in their living room.
In the early 1920s, Joseph Pilates (1883-1967) developed a series of exercises he named Contrology. Today millions of people worldwide practice his exercise routine, that is now known as Pilates.
In this short archival film Joseph Pilates is shown demonstrating exercises to his students. In another sequence one of his students is shown using the Wunda Chair, that demonstrates her high level of core strength and control.