LET’S GET PHYSICAL | History of Women’s Fitness

“Let’s get physical, physical… let me hear your body talk!”

Grab Your Leggings! Cue Olivia Newton-John! The author of Let’s Get Physical is in the house! This interview promises to take you back, like flash-back potentially. You’ll recognize some of the names and some historic women’s fitness icons will be new. 

Are you getting physical? This episode is sponsored by the Flipping 50 5 Day Flip. 

Book club! Warning! This episode will potentially expand your library! 

My Guest: 

Danielle Friedman is an award-winning journalist whose feature writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Cut, Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Glamour, Health, and other publications. She has worked as a senior editor at NBC News Digital and The Daily Beast, and she began her career as a nonfiction book editor at the Penguin imprints Hudson Street Press and Plume. Friedman lives in New York City with her husband and son.

Questions we answer in this episode:

[03:54] Why this book? For our listeners this is like a trip down memory lane, but what about you? You don’t have the 40 years of experience of watching exercise evolve and science completely change …. What prompted your interest in writing it?

[05:38] What was the most surprising thing you discovered while writing it?

[07:50] Were you curious about some of the fitness icons now still alive and thriving – and who else did you interview or have a desire now to?

[12:10] Other surprises (hey, listener, there are several! you don’t want to miss this!)

[17:08] Based on looking back, digging into history, and knowing the now, what would you predict for the future of fitness if you had a crystal ball?

[21:20] What do you think is the fitness industry’s mission if we’re to encourage more people to move? 

[33:44] What’s next for you? More exercise, fitness history books or what kind of projects interest you? 

Connect with Danielle:




The Book: https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/645493/lets-get-physical-by-danielle-friedman/


Debra’s TEDx: Everything Women in Menopause Learned About Exercise May Be a Lie: https://www.flippingfifty.com/TEDx

5- Day Flip: https://www.flippingfifty.com/5dayflip 

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Prepare for an upcoming follow up interview with Dr. John Gray, by listening to this episode: https://www.flippingfifty.com/natural-hormone-boosts/

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