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Pop Culture Reflection: Sweatin’ to the Oldies Some 20 years Later!

9 Oct

While out shopping, I noticed the 20th anniversary editon of Richard Simmons Sweatin’  to the Oldies workout dvd was on sale.

Spotting that dvd came at a perfect time for me since I’m trying to shed a few pounds and I do not regularly workout.

Of course I bought it since I have always liked Simmons and his eccentric fitness personality.

Not to mention I got hit with nostalgia since I totally remember the Sweatin’ to the Oldies commercials.

I was only nine years old when the commercial for Sweatin’ to the Oldies 2 came out but I remember it well with Simmons flying down holding balloons shouting, “I’m flying.”

Back then I use to wonder how people became so fat as I started out a skinny kid!

Little did I know my adulthood would be filled with yo-yo dieting and that I would one day revisit Simmons advice on exercise and nutrition!

Simmons states in the interview portion included on the dvd that he created this fun and easy routine so that anyone could do it.  Also, he didn’t agree with traditional workout videos that show fit instructors doing moves that are hard to keep up with.

I related to him when he talks about his struggle with dieting as an overweight teen and how he would lock himself in his room and dance to his favorite songs.

He also stated in the interview that he liked comedy and considers himself a bit of a court jester since he feels everyone is a king or queen. This is one of the reasons he wears the sparkly tanks and dances around shouting with his lively personality.

Sweatin’ to the Oldies is easy to do and I love that he features people of all shapes and sizes working out with him.

I think Simmons definitely carries out his passion and does not care what anyone thinks of him.

I remember watching him as a guest on David Letterman a few years ago and he was getting heckled for his flamboyant personality and signature candy striped shorts but he seemed to take it with a grain of salt!

He has a great official website where you can follow him on social media outlets and buy his products.

This past summer he released a new music video called “Hair Do,” which I listened to and thought it was catchy and funny!

I am glad Simmons is still going strong motivating people to lose weight and I wish him longevity and prosperity to always keep his mission going.

I linked the commercial that I remembered as a kid from Lugnutsoldcrap You Tube channel, enjoy a flash back.

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