Gospel Aerobics is a form of rhythmic aerobic exercise that uses gospel music, spiritual encouragement and motivation during the routine. Both the term ‘Gospel Aerobics’ and the specific concept are the brainchild of Maryland based Hope Mason who was joined by her husband Marc Mason in making the production of the show 'Gospel Aerobics' a reality. The concept included the phrase, ‘Gospel Aerobics - Worshiping God with the whole man: Spirit, Soul and Body’, with the goal of affecting the whole man. In 1996, the now defunct Baltimore Cable Access Corporation (BCAC) the public access in Baltimore City offered training on the campus of Coppin State University to those that aspired to produce television programming in the area. In 1996, the television show entitled 'Gospel Aerobics' was produced by the couple who later went on to win an award in 1997 for the pioneering effort that aired on BCAC for 1 season. It was the first of its kind. Now, Gospel Aerobics classes are now offered throughout the United States (http://www.hhs.gov/secretary/about/speeches/sp20110607.html)and abroad by licensed instructors in churches, video productions, local television shows and fitness centers.