Dapper Delights: 9 Best Celebrity Fitness Videos

Captain Dapper wants you to giggle your way into a fit and healthy weekend.

One thing I should tell you is that, in addition to be obsessed with design and style, I'm also completely addicted to celebrity culture. I have always been a celebrity watcher, from as far back as I can remember. So, naturally, I love celebrity workout videos.

Of course, one of the most famous celebrity videos was Jane Fonda's (above). The year was 1982. The hair was big and the clothes were colorful. One would think that producing a workout video would be a career killer but it didn't seem to affect Ms. Fonda in the least bit.

Cher was a little late to the fitness game with her 1991 video. Cher Fitness is hilarious because, well, I think we all attribute Cher's ageless beauty to good doctors, not good health. I just want to know what she used to keep her wigs on.

In 1983, you could Do It Debbie's Way. I imagine Debbie Reynolds' video was a big seller in retirement communities around the country. I'm sure a gay dude or two bought it for the kitsch value, too. It's hard to take a workout video seriously when Shelley Winters is in it!

Before she was known as an American Idol judge, Paula Abdul had her own pop career. Although her music career peaked in the late 1980's, Paula pumped out a workout video in 1994. Lose the pound by dancing just like Paula!

Supermodels work out too! I imagine millions of teenage boys "borrowed" their mom's tapes back in 1993, when Cindy Crawford put out her fitness video. "Uh, yeah, Mom, I thought I'd work one out ... heehee."

Alyssa Milano had to let out some Teen Steam in her 1988 workout video. And it looks like she invited Cherry from Punky Brewster to join her! Oh, wait, upon further investigation, that's not Cherry.

It seems unfair to the other celebrities to include Richard Simmons in this roundup. I mean, he was already famous for being a workout guru and as such he was really more of a d-list celebrity (at the most). But his Sweatin' to the Oldies videos were everywhere in the late 80's and early 90's. The commercials were everywhere at the time.

In 1993 Zsa Zsa Gabor's "It's Simple Darling" provided the kind of workout you could do while wearing diamonds. But only if you're assisted by roided out muscle Marys.

Traci Lords spent her teen years starring in videos of a different kind. By 1985 she was flaunting her figure (and rhyming the instructions) in her workout video. I'm not quite convinced that this isn't some sort of soft core porn but it's worth a watch for the rhyming.

1 comment:

  1. Damnit, I have to admit I have sweat to the oldies. Sigh, to be a fat, confused teenager. grrrr. Without those formative years though I would never have got where i am today. you can check out my journey at physicalredesign.com and please- do NOT judge me because I was a Richard Simmons follower at one point.