National Fitness Hall of Fame Museum & Institute

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Judi Sheppard Missett

2005 NFHOF Inaugural Inductee

“Healthy American Fitness Leader”


Hometown: Carlsbad, CA



Judi Sheppard Missett (Founder & CEO, Jazzercise, Inc.) started the fitness revolution that became Jazzercise.  Today—more than 45 years later—Jazzercise is one of the world’s leading dance fitness companies.  A seriously inspiring, award-winning, find-your-passion-and-live-it CEO, Judi runs Jazzercise, teaches classes, continually evolves the Jazzercise method, travels extensively as a guest presenter, writes as a featured blogger for Huffington Post, manages a 260-person corporate team and oversees more than 8,300+ franchisees teaching 32,000+ classes weekly worldwide. 

Together with her Jazzercise instructors, she has helped raise over $28 million for a wide range of charitable organizations. Judi’s honors include Lifetime Achievement Awards from the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, induction into the Enterprising Women Hall of Fame, the President's Award from the Women Presidents' Organization and the Committee of 200's Entrepreneurial Champion Luminary Award.