Sweating to the Oldies. Or Sitting?

Most of our workouts are at home now. Which is why it’s an ideal time to get lost in the wild world of the vintage exercise video.

Beyond just titans of the genre like Jane Fonda (now leg lifting on TikTok) and Richard Simmons, there were so many celebrity or just sort of celebrity-ish workout videos in the 1980s and 1990s that going through them is a real tour of the era. Fabio. Dolph Lundgren. MTV’s “The Grind,” Raquel Welch. Flexercise, Aerobicize, Jazzercise, Booty Ballet, Crunch, Tae Bo, Buns of Steel.

They feature so many things lost to time: striped leotards, elaborate pelvic thrusts, rainbow headbands, Reebok Steps.

Many have been posted to YouTube, and original VHS tapes can be found if you’re really motivated. One could, in theory, do the workouts from home — and since the tapes were originally meant to be done at home, before gyms were everywhere, they don’t usually involve much in the way of equipment.

Article source: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/09/style/self-care/what-are-the-best-workout-videos.html

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