BIO: Margaret Richard

Margaret Richard is the founder, host, and producer of the exercise program Body Electric TV. After 30 years, the program can still be seen on more than 100 PBS stations nationwide. A new season of Body Electric TV programs is now in development.


At age 68, Richard continues to teach two fitness classes a week and spread the gospel to baby boomers about the anti-aging benefits of exercise that doesn’t stress the joints. In 1999, Richard testified before the United States Senate Special Committee on Aging. In 2008, Richard wrote the Body Electric book (McGraw Hill, May, 2008), and was also inducted into the National Fitness Hall of Fame.


Margaret Richard has been exercising and dancing virtually all of her life. At the age of eight, Richard used skills acquired in ballet lessons at Carnegie Hall in New York to land a part in the Broadway musical South Pacific. As a young adult, Richard merged her passions for dance and fitness into exercise classes that were the first to use light resistance workouts to the beat of popular music. That novel approach in the 1980s is standard in exercise classes today.


The popularity of Richard’s innovative exercise classes didn’t go unnoticed. In 1984, Richard was invited to bring her classes into the TV studio, and Body Electric TV was on the air.


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