Jane Fonda arrives at the 2012 HBO Golden Globe After Party at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles
Dan Steinberg, Associated Press
BRUCE R. MILLER
You probably remember Jack LaLanne, who moved vehicles with brute force. But who made the heart beat faster in the 1970s and 1980s?
Jane Fonda. Fonda built on big screen notoriety and created a fitness industry that accounted for millions of VCRs. “Jane Fonda’s Workout” is still considered a groundbreaking video. Interestingly, she now plays a woman with knee problems on the Netflix series “Grace and Frankie”.
Richard Simmons. Known for his fancy antics, big hair and short shorts, Simmons was a big hit with seniors (“Sweatin ‘with the Oldies”) and had the ability to unsettle honest talk show hosts. He has been holding back since 2014 and only appears when tabloids make claims about his current condition. He insists that he is fine.
Denise Austin. Though she didn’t have Fonda’s built-in audience, she had strong bonds with mothers who stayed at home who wanted to do their best. Surprisingly, it’s still going strong. Check out their website at deniseaustin.com.
Tony Little. When you couldn’t afford a personal trainer, you turned to Tony. He introduced all kinds of machines and made you feel important. Yeah, he’s still out there helping people too. (tonylittle.com)
Jake Steinfeld. Men came into play with “Body by Jake”. As a personal trainer for the stars, he brought Hollywood perks to Midwestern homes. Interestingly, his niece Halee Steinfeld is an Oscar-nominated actress with tons of non-fitness credits.