81-year-old ‘Health Gran’ takes over TikTok

by: Rebecca Petner, Nexstar Media Wire

Posted: Feb 25, 2021 / 7:48 PM EST
Updated: February 25, 2021 / 7:48 PM EST

(WTAJ) – Germany’s 81-year-old fitness lady is now in TikTok, the home of the young, future-oriented audience who are now presenting their things.

Erika Rischko, nicknamed “Fitness Gran”, is not surprised by the coronavirus – and she definitely has no plans for sofa bingo. Instead, they conquer TikTok one by one.

When Germany went into lockdown after the outbreak of the coronavirus last spring, Rischko published her first 12-second video on TikTok in which she grooved with her husband to the popular “Cha-Cha Slide” dance.

Since then, Rishko has uploaded over 100 videos of her doing exercises and dancing to encourage others to stay active – even during the lockdown.

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“Dancing is something I think we should be doing a lot more of,” she told Reuters.

Rischko has around 125,000 followers and more than 2 million likes with the TikTok app.

In the clips filmed by her daughter, Rishko trains, dances and conquers the fitness challenges that created those decades younger. Sometimes she and her husband do synchronized routines.

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Rischko’s fame has spread beyond Germany. The lively local from Langenfeld is now an integral part of America.

“Are you going to be our grandparents?” or “My grandma is dead, couldn’t you take her place?” are some of the requests from her fans that she says are great motivators for them.

The mayor of Langenfeld, Frank Schneider, was also touched by all the attention.

“I always love stories that change life so much. And now I can say that this is thanks to the corona, otherwise it would not have happened, that a person who is having fun gets all this attention and in the end really moves all these people, ”he said.

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