Welcome to the Fitness League


Mainly exercise, part dance. The Fitness League teaches rhythmic movement to music to energise and strengthen the whole body. Classes are fun and varied and include exercises to strengthen abdominals.


We offer enjoyable, safe exercise to all age groups. Our main goal is to encourage women of all ages to remain active. With centres in Cape Town, George, Pretoria and Johannesburg, we have a class to suit you.


In 1930 Mary Bagot Stack created the Women’s League of Health & Beauty.
Her vision was of “a league of women who will renew their energy in themselves and for themselves day by day”.


Cape Town ALF have ‘green fingers’

The Cape Town Association of the League of Friends members get together regularly for interesting lectures, bridge drives, local walks or regular coffee mornings. We have had a fabulous start to the year with some great ‘green finger’ experiences.

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Life After Quadruple Coronary Bypass

I’ll never forget the day in September 2017 when, driving in the car with my husband, I received a call from my physician saying I needed to have an angiogram as soon as possible. A couple of days before he had done several lung and heart tests on me including a stress ECG and this had shown an abnormality.

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The 4 most important types of exercise

Strengthening, stretching, balance and aerobic exercise will keep you active , mobile and feeling great! 

“People do what they enjoy or what feels most effective, so some aspects of exercise and fitness are ignored “ says Rachel Wilson a physical therapist at Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women’s Hospital . In reality we should all be doing aerobics, stretching, strengthening and balance exercises.

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New month – New location – New friends

Between Johannesburg and Pretoria, not far from Lanseria Airport, is the semi- rural area of Chartwell. Entertainment in this area centres mainly around equestrian activities, cycling or walking and for the children there are a couple of swimming and dance schools. It...

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Crunches are bad for your back

“Any repetitive exercise, with or without load, where the lumbar spine is allowed to flex, round, or flatten, will over-stress the discs and ligaments.” Stuart McGill, a professor of spine bio-mechanics at the University of Waterloo, Canada. Crunches and sit-ups...

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There’s always an element of disbelief. I can’t believe I’ve done it. But my body tells me the next day I certainly did it. My blood goes around my body much quicker, I don’t feel cold, I can feel all the muscles in my body – I never knew I’ve got so many muscles! I feel much more alive.

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Meet Deirdre Larkin – The Fitness League’s 86-year-old, “Grande Dame of Randburg”

Deidre Larkin may have only taken up running late in life, but has certainly made her mark on the SA running scene. In May she was invited to compete in Switzerland where she completed a half-marathon in two hours five minutes, setting a world record for her age...

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