Marian Mason: England’s Trailblazing Woman of Fitness

Delighted to have featured once more on Doing History in Public, an initiative run by the students at the University of Cambridge.

Doing History in Public

By Conor Heffernan

Although sporting historians have long noted the importance of English women in the development of sport in general, few studies have devoted themselves to the study of gymnastic exercise systems such as callisthenics. This has done a great injustice to Marian Mason, England’s first female physical fitness instructor who, beginning in the 1820s, ran one of the most sought after training studios in all of England.

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