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Unread November 25th, 2009, 12:09 PM
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Anna Lynn Benson died on November 23, 2009, in Boquete, Panama. Born in Columbia, South Carolina on December 19, 1949, Anna was a sixth generation Columbian and lived most of her life here. She attended Heathwood Hall Episcopal School and was graduated from Dreher High School in 1967. She continued her education at Stratford College in Danville, Virginia, and was graduated from the University of South Carolina, where she earned a Bachelor's Degree in English, a Master's Degree in Library Science, and a Master's Degree in Educational Technology. Anna was a member of Trinity Episcopal Cathedral.



Blessed with intelligence and creativity, Anna developed her interests in fitness and history into many prestigious, noteworthy accomplishments. Always an ardent exerciser, Anna taught swimming lessons as a teenager to many of Columbia's children. In 1979, she founded the very successful and popular exercise studio, The Body Firm, in Charleston and Columbia. For more than 20 years, she created award-winning exercise techniques and trained numerous instructors in instructional performance. Beginning in 1986, Anna collaborated with her former husband, filmmaker Mark Henriksen, and her sister, Cynthia Benson, to create a best-selling library of exercise videos entitled The Firm. This ground-breaking series generated ongoing business with media giants such as Time- Life, BMG and Broadway Books; world-wide sales of The Firm have exceeded 100 million copies since the release of the first video. Anna also addressed specific needs of older exercisers with her later videos FitPrime and Fitness Favorites.



Based on her special interest in the history of the South, Anna also created, in collaboration with Mark Henriksen and Cynthia Benson, two internationally award-winning documentary films about the history and culture of the two Southern cities: The Key West Picture Show (1978) and Dear Charleston (1980) received multiple first-prize awards and five-star reviews from notable sources including the New York Times and the American Film Institute. Reflecting Anna's insightful interviewing skills and vibrant, energetic perspective, these fresh and entertaining films remain in print today.



Anna is survived by her husband, Herbert Jabloner; her father, Herbert L. Benson, Jr., and his wife, Barbara Quick (Long) Benson; her mother, Anna Marian Stanley Tucker, and her husband, Hubert W. Tucker; her sons, William Byrd Stanley Henriksen and Mark Herbert Phillips Henriksen; and her sisters, Cynthia Benson Clarke of Columbia, South Carolina, Frieda Benson Grimball of Norfolk, Virginia, and Sara Elizabeth Benson of Chicago, Illinois. In addition to the generation of instructors who continue to build on her legacy of achievement in exercise science, Anna also leaves behind countless exercise enthusiasts who continue to use and enjoy her informative, entertaining works.



The family in Columbia wishes to thank Herbert Jabloner, Scott Williams and the doctors and nurses at Chiriqui Hospital in David, Panama, for their expert care and compassion. Memorials may be made to the Oliver Gospel Mission, PO Box 7791, Columbia, SC 29202, or St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 1715 Bull Street, Columbia, SC 29201, or to the Building Fund, Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, 1100 Sumter Street, Columbia, SC 29201. Friends may call at the homes of her parents.



A memorial service for the family and friends celebrating her life will be held Tuesday, December 1, 4:00 PM at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Columbia, South Carolina, The Reverend Dr. Tony A. Metze, pastor, officiating. Interment will be scheduled for a later date. Shives Funeral Home is assisting the family.
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Unread November 26th, 2009, 06:47 AM
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thanks for posting that Annette.
R.I.P. Anna. miss you already :(
thank you for all the wonderful workouts.
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Thank you Annette.
And Thanks to Anna for her wonderful contributions to fitness and life.
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This is a link to Anna's obituary:

http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/thestate/obituary.aspx?n=anna-lynn-benson&pid=136591741
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Her workouts were ALWAYS Top Notch. The fitness industry really needs to follow suit after this true fitness pioneer! I enjoy her FitPrime and Kick**** workouts- Old and New alike! She will be missed and is a fitness legend.
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My condolences to Anna Benson and her family. I fondly remember her for her creativity and for revolutionizing the fitness industry by introducing a concept that was virtually unheard of, at the time of introduction controversial, and is the most effective as well as most efficient workout method EVER - aerobic weight training. I just love her workouts, I have many of them, and I do them all the time. I almost felt like I knew her, as not only do I do the workouts on a regular basis, I spoke with her a few times via email - I really appreciated that she took the time to respond to my comments and requests personally. I am also very grateful that her legacy will be carried on and that her DVD release project will continue in her honor - I honestly believe that this is a reflection of how meaningful her work truly was, and continues to be, to so many people, including myself. Thank you very much.
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My love to Anna. She started me out In my"FIRM JOURNEY" in 1987. I am still with her.
Bless you ANNA
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I never met her but I'm sure there won't be another. Originally I was selfishly devastated but even Anna's obit was encouraging because she accomplished much and positively affected many. Because of her we are empowered to shape our bodies and our lives.

Thank you, Anna.
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"Because of her we are empowered to shape our bodies and our lives.

Thank you, Anna."

Well said!
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I started with Anna's Firm 1 in 1987. I am 58 yrs old now and have all of the Firm videos, DVDs and offshoots. Old Firm -New Firm-Prime Powers-Tracie Longs and I use them!!! I found my first Firm 1 in the library in Joliet, Illinois. After that, I was sold!
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