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Aerobics Around The World

Dr. Cooper in Brazil

Dr. and Mrs. Kenneth Cooper in Brazil, standing in front of the “Pista Coronel Cooper” sign.

After publishing his 1968 best-seller, AerobicsKenneth H. Cooper, MD, MPH, inspired millions to exercise in pursuit of good health. Dr. Cooper’s fitness revolution has not been limited to the United States – his reach is international. From Brazil to China, Dr. Cooper has lectured in more than 50 countries preaching the “gospel of Aerobics.”

Here are a few fun facts about how Dr. Cooper has revolutionized fitness across the world:

  • Dr. Cooper used aerobics to train the Brazilian soccer team, leading them to the 1970 World Cup victory. As a result, jogging is translated as “Coopering” or “doing the Cooper” in Brazil.
  • Aerobics has been printed in 41 languages, including Braille, and sold more than 30 million copies.
  • In Hungary, the “cooperteszt” is the name of the national fitness test.

Today Dr. Cooper continues his work to spread the importance of fitness and good health. Everywhere he goes, people tell him about how Aerobics changed their life.

“Once I was in Hungary, and a man came up to me and asked, ‘Are you the one who created the Cooperteszt?’ I told him I was. He yelled, ‘I hate you!’ I laugh every time I think of that story,” Dr. Cooper shared.

Author John Grisham had the same reaction when he met Dr. Cooper in Dallas. “When he found out who I was, he said, ‘I hate you. I had to run so much in school because of you!’ But he said he’s still running today, and that’s what makes it all worth it.”

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