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The History of Boutique Fitness Studios
"It’s a realm of conspicuous consumption that our culture still accepts and even celebrates," says Natalia Mehlman Petrzela, PhD, a fitness historian at The New School. "Boutique fitness is increasingly being seen less as a luxury item and more like a core activity, tied to people’s sense of self," where positioning yourself as a regular carries with it an implicit humblebrag. “It’s seen as virtuous,” says Petrzela.

...Given how dominating boutique fitness has become, it can be easy to forget that things weren’t always this way. The story of women flocking to sanctuaries of sweat is relatively recent. Sixty years ago, it was considered unladylike for a woman to perspire in public and unsafe for her to physically exert herself, for fear that she could damage her fertility or, just as daunting at the time, appear “manly.” (There’s a reason why movie stars of the 1950s and ‘60s don’t have Tracy Anderson’s deltoids.) It’s only in the past few decades that women have been admired for their muscle.

So how did we get to a cultural moment where women spend hundreds of hours and thousands of dollars a year working out in tribal studios appointed with scented candles and branded swag? The story of women’s boutique fitness in many ways mirrors the story of women in this country—it’s one of liberation and strength, but also one of ever-expanding expectations and demands. From posh beauty salons to “reducing” parlors, Jazzercise to Jane Fonda, here’s how it all started.

...With women’s liberation in full swing, the passage of Title IX and the invention of the sports bra, women began to actually move during the seventies. Jazzercise was invented in 1969 by a professional dancer named Judi Sheppard Missett, who was living in Chicago at the time. “There really wasn’t an industry when I first started,” she told me. “We kind of set the pace and did a whole lot of stuff that were firsts.” (One fun first? Jazzercise began the trend of instructors wearing microphones.)
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