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Ojai's Sheila Cluff is known as the grandmother of aerobics

Sheila Cluff at the Oaks at Ojai
Credit Thomas Wilmer
Sheila Cluff at the Oaks at Ojai

Modern Aerobic exercise was the brainchild of Sheila Cluff back in 1959. Ms. Cluff was teaching middle school P.E. in Ottawa, Canada when she devised a plan to enthuse her students by putting skating routines to music.

Eventually Ms. Cluff formed a company to promote her aerobics programs on cruise ships and the spas of Europe and America. Ms. Cluff opened the Oaks at Ojai Spa in Ojai, California in the mid-1970s.

Soon stars like Jane Fonda came to stay at her spa, and stars and regular folks are still coming today for rejuvenating, healthy-living experiences.