Alert
Close

Help hungry seniors. Deliver help and hope before Thanksgiving. Donate

HIGHLIGHTS

Open

AARP VETERAN MEMBERSHIP

Military and Veterans Discount

CONTESTS AND SWEEPS

AARP REALPAD

Introducing RealPad by AARP

AUTO BUYING PROGRAM

AARP Auto Buying Program

Download the ipad App

AARP-iPad-ePub-app

DRIVER SAFETY

Piggy bank on the road - AARP Driver Safety

Take the new AARP Smart Driver Course!

KEEP BRAIN ACTIVE!

AARP Games - Play Now!

Learning centers

Get smart strategies for managing health conditions.

 

Arthritis

Heart Disease

Diabetes

Most Popular

Viewed

Famous Fitness Fads

Jog your memory: Celebrities and fitness gurus who made exercise fun

Richard Simmons promotes Ocean Spary's new Cranergy energy juice drink

— Photo/Kristie Bull/Graylock.com/AP

RICHARD SIMMONS

These days, the flamboyant Simmons may be known best for his bizarrely funny talk show appearances with the likes of David Letterman, Jay Leno and Howard Stern, but back in the ’80s and ’90s, he was a true fitness icon.

The Louisiana native often credits his obesity during his teen years — and his subsequent weight loss in his early twenties — as his motivation to help others struggling with weight and self-esteem issues. His self-titled syndicated exercise show debuted in 1980. During the show’s four-season run, it won two Daytime Emmy Awards as Outstanding Talk/Service Series. In the ’90s, Simmons made a comeback via his Sweatin’ to the Oldies line of fitness videos (remember the ubiquitous infomercials?), in which he led exercisers through fitness routines set to rock hits from the ’50s and ’60s. In 2010, Simmons released a boxed set called Sweatin’ for Life (which includes a new Sweatin’ to the Oldies video), and he continues to teach fitness classes at his Slimmons Studio in Beverly Hills.

Next: The Thighmaster Lady

Previous: TV's First Female Fitness Star

Topic Alerts

You can get weekly email alerts on the topics below. Just click “Follow.”

Manage Alerts

Processing

Please wait...

progress bar, please wait

Tell Us WhatYou Think

Please leave your comment below.

Discounts & Benefits

From companies that meet the high standards of service and quality set by AARP.

Membership Discount Benefit Pet Plan Dog

Members save 10% or more on Petplan pet insurance premiums.

Senior couple working on laptop. Medicare open enrollment. (David Jakle/Corbis)

Medicare Open Enrollment Period Ends Dec. 7 ─ AARP® Medicare Plans from UnitedHealthcare.

Grandson (8-9) whispering to grandfather, close-up

Members can save 20% on hearing aids with the AARP® Hearing Care Program provided by HearUSA.

Member Benefits

Join or renew today! AARP members receive exclusive member benefits & affect social change.

Rewards for Good

Your Points Balance:

Learn More

Earn points for completing free online activities designed to enrich your life.

Find more ways to earn points

Redeem your points to save on merchandise, travel, and more.

Find more ways to redeem points