About this presentation – Five Minute Workout

Josie Sterling gets the whole audience standing and exercising as she brings her 40 plus years of experience in fitness to TEDxManhattanBeach. With the support of four talented seniors she demonstrated the need for us all to stretch, exercise and challenge our minds. In the process she brought to our attention that we could all improve our physical fitness. Her team is called Josie and the Pussycats (plus one tom cat).

About Josie Sterling


Josie grew up in the suburbs of Chicago. She studied ballet, tap and jazz dancing. She attended the University of Illinois as a Dance and Physical Education major. She was active in the shows at U of I both as a performer and choreographer.

Upon graduation, Josie went back to teach at Niles West HS in Skokie, Il, the same high school she had graduated from 4 years earlier. Her goal as a physical education instructor was to instill the idea of life long exercise and fitness to her students. She was able to expose them to many different activities such as bowling, golf, archery and all types of dance. As the dance teacher she also choreographed the school’s shows. At the same time she performed with the Gus Giordano dance company in Evanston, Il and taught professional dance classes. She also had time to choreograph for area community theater groups.

In 1978, when the first of her three children was born, Josie stopped teaching High School and became more involved with the blossoming fitness industry and continued teaching professional dance classes. For the next 8 years she was a busy mom and teacher in Deerfield and Highland Park, Il. 1986 brought a move to South Florida and a continuing career teaching fitness classes.

2004 meant a move to Torrance, California and an involvement with the SilverSneakers exercise program for older adults. Josie became an instructor and within a year also an Instructor Coordinator for SilverSneakers. This has brought her full circle…..from teaching the young to helping the mature population stay fit for the rest of their lives.

Josie currently teaches step, low impact and sculpting classes along with her SilverSneaker classes. That totals 16 classes per week. Josie and her husband Warren have recently started taking ballroom classes…. a desire she never had time for. They currently dance 2-3 night s a week and are having a blast learning something new together.