Posts Tagged ‘Sweatin’ to the Oldies

Eighties fitness pioneers: Where are they now?

- July 1st, 2012

Break out the leg warmers, headbands and neon lycra bodysuit.

Turn up Olivia Newton-John’s Let’s Get Physical on the ol’ ghetto blaster.

Yup, it’s time to play How Well Do You Know Your 1980s Fitness Icons?

The following fun piece was sent to the Keeping Fit blog and it’s too cool not to share:

They ruled the airwaves with their morning fitness shows and videotape workout series. But whatever happened to these trend-setting fitness fanatics? We did some digging, and here are a few blasts from our pasts with current status updates.

Tony Little

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Once dubbed “America’s Personal Trainer,” the ponytailed fitness guru has sold more than $4 billion fitness products via infomercials. Most memorable is the Gazelle elliptical glider, but recently Little has partnered with breakthrough fitness beverage Celsius. Celsius is the first and only negative calorie drink — shouldn’t be a hard sell for Little!

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Richard Simmons

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The New Orleans native captured America’s attention in the late ‘70s by sharing his own personal weight loss journey and sparked an aerobics craze in the ’90s with his series of “Sweatin’ to the Oldies” videos. Simmons continues to teach at his Slimmons studio in Beverly Hills, Calif., and can currently be spotted in Geico commercials.

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Jake Steinfeld

Jake Steinfeld

Jake “Body by Jake” Steinfeld is one of the fitness industry’s reigning icons internationally famous for being responsible for creating the personal fitness training industry more than 30 years ago. A street-smart entrepreneur, Jake continues to develop successful products, brands and businesses as Chairman and CEO of Body by Jake Global®. Jake is now revolutionizing the training industry for the digital age with the creation of FitOrbit 2.0, an online personal training platform that makes trainer and nutritionists affordable and accessible to everyone.

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Jane Fonda

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The Jane Fonda’s Workout was the highest selling home video of the 1980s, selling over a million copies. The video’s release led many people to buy the then-new VCR in order to watch and perform the workout at home. Fonda subsequently released 23 workout videos with the series selling a total of 17 million copies combined, more than any other exercise series. After a 15-year hiatus, she released two new fitness videos on DVD in 2010, aiming at an older audience.

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