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Dorinda Medley is slipping back into her spandex after 16lb weight loss for Dorobics charity class


The 80s are coming back in a big way this Friday.

Reality star and iconic aerobics instructor Dorinda Medley is bringing back her beloved Dorobics class for a special virtual session with the proceeds benefitting Ronald McDonald House New York.

The 56-year-old fitness queen exclusively chatted with DailyMail.com about how the workout class will help people feel good for a good cause, and she revealed what she’s been busy working on since leaving the Housewives. 

Sweating for a good cause:  Dorinda Medley chatted exclusively with DailyMail.com about bringing back her beloved Dorobics class for a special virtual session with the proceeds benefitting Ronald McDonald House Charities

Sweating for a good cause:  Dorinda Medley chatted exclusively with DailyMail.com about bringing back her beloved Dorobics class for a special virtual session with the proceeds benefitting Ronald McDonald House Charities

‘It’s Dorinda Medley, need I say more?’ the star quipped. 

Dorinda is hosting a virtual 80s Dorobics class this Friday to benefit Ronald McDonald House New York, which she hopes will be the start of many more classes. 

‘People want to be happy again and people want to really help their communities,’ Dorinda said.

As a longtime supporter of Ronald McDonald House, Dorinda had recently reached out to see how the charity was faring in light of the pandemic and was dismayed to hear they were struggling.

'It’s Dorinda Medley, need I say more?' the star quipped about hosting a virtual 80s Dorobics class this Friday to benefit Ronald McDonald House New York

‘It’s Dorinda Medley, need I say more?’ the star quipped about hosting a virtual 80s Dorobics class this Friday to benefit Ronald McDonald House New York

'The 80s were so much fun! When I was an aerobics teacher, my classes were famous, my mixtapes were famous,' she proudly recollected. 'You walked in that class, you had the outfit out on, you had the sweatbands, you had the leg warmers.'

‘The 80s were so much fun! When I was an aerobics teacher, my classes were famous, my mixtapes were famous,’ she proudly recollected. ‘You walked in that class, you had the outfit out on, you had the sweatbands, you had the leg warmers.’

Ronald McDonald House Charities is a prolific nonprofit whose aim is to aid the families of sick children during their time of need.

In the past, Medley was able to organize and attend traditional charity events that are usually black-tie dinners but due to the coronavirus, that is no longer feasible.  

‘The world has really changed,’ she explained. ‘The old ways of the huge black ties just don’t feel charitable or community based. They’re not realistic for me anymore.’

When thinking about what she could do to help, the reality star’s mind immediately went back to what she’s done throughout her life to feel good. Dorinda asked herself: ‘What can we do that’s fun, engaging and get people off their feet?’

'It wasn’t just about the workout,' she continued, adding that it was about 'how fun and sexy you’re gonna feel. You came out of an aerobics class in the 80s and you felt pumped, you felt happy.'

‘It wasn’t just about the workout,’ she continued, adding that it was about ‘how fun and sexy you’re gonna feel. You came out of an aerobics class in the 80s and you felt pumped, you felt happy.’

As a fitness instructor in the 80s, Dorinda’s classes were must-attend events on the Upper East Side.  

‘The 80s were so much fun! When I was an aerobics teacher, my classes were famous, my mixtapes were famous,’ she proudly recollected. ‘You walked in that class, you had the outfit out on, you had the sweatbands, you had the leg warmers.’

‘It wasn’t just about the workout,’ she continued, adding that it was about ‘how fun and sexy you’re gonna feel. You came out of an aerobics class in the 80s and you felt pumped, you felt happy.’

Dorinda brings that vibe to her unique brand of Dorobics classes – down to the leg warmers and mixtapes – which were a rousing success on the Real Housewives of New York. Plus, this Friday’s class makes it easy for people to give back since the class requires just a $30 donation which is matched by Moxie. 

'You're not gonna need the EMT somewhere virtually,' she joked. 'Every age, every shape and size, every fitness level. It’s about doing what you can. If you wanna just move a little bit, that’s the great thing about Dorobics.'

‘You’re not gonna need the EMT somewhere virtually,’ she joked. ‘Every age, every shape and size, every fitness level. It’s about doing what you can. If you wanna just move a little bit, that’s the great thing about Dorobics.’

‘Feels good when you sweat, feels good when you give,’ said Dorinda. 

The revival of Dorobics also comes at a time when people are starting to get vaccinated and are ready to get moving again after over a year of being cooped up at home. 

For many, though, starting to workout again after getting out of shape can be scary. Dorinda is here to help, she says, and can even empathize. 

‘I’ve gotta be honest with you, I’m a little bit out of shape,’ she laughed. ‘I got fat during COVID!’

'I’ve gotta be honest with you, I’m a little bit out of shape. I got fat during COVID,' Dorinda laughed before adding that she recently dropped 16lbs with Nutrisystem

‘I’ve gotta be honest with you, I’m a little bit out of shape. I got fat during COVID,’ Dorinda laughed before adding that she recently dropped 16lbs with Nutrisystem

Dorinda recently dropped 16lbs as a brand ambassador for Nutrisystem and assures people who are scared to start a workout plan that Dorobics is great for all fitness levels. 

‘You’re not gonna need the EMT somewhere virtually,’ she joked. ‘Every age, every shape and size, every fitness level. It’s about doing what you can. If you wanna just move a little bit, that’s the great thing about Dorobics.’ 

Meanwhile, Dorinda has been adjusting to life post Housewives after spending the last five seasons on the Bravo franchise. 

‘It was fine,’ she said nonchalantly of what it was like not filming. ‘We were in COVID, so it didn’t really feel like I missed anything.’

'It was fine,' she said of her first season not filming RHONY. 'We were in COVID, so it didn't really feel like I missed anything.'

‘It was fine,’ she said of her first season not filming RHONY. ‘We were in COVID, so it didn’t really feel like I missed anything.’

Dorinda has been spending the pandemic at her stunning Blue Stone Manor in the Berkshires. While in quarantine, Medley penned her upcoming book, Make It Nice, which is out August 17th. 

‘I really used sit down every day [and write] like a job,’ she said. ‘What a positive to come out of a negative time. I wouldn’t have been able to do it without quarantine or with filming [the Housewives].’ 

‘I stay in contact with the girls,’ she added and then teased that ‘you never know’ what could happen in the future. ‘Let’s just hope they have a good season,’ Dorinda said.

For tickets to Dorobics this Friday April 23, click here

Let's dance! Dorinda's upcoming Dorobics class will take place virtually Friday April 23 at 6pm ET

Let’s dance! Dorinda’s upcoming Dorobics class will take place virtually Friday April 23 at 6pm ET



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