Don't forget to breathe, six, seven, eight! In 1982, Jane Fonda brought leotards to living rooms with her bestselling VHS workout video, aptly titled Jane Fonda’s Workout, (clever girl). Throughout the decade, fitness fanatics continued to embrace jazzercise, aerobics, sweatin’ to the oldies, and more, all in the spirit of having fun while gaining buns of steel — all from the comfort of home.
Then came the 2000s — and plenty of body image issues. Obsessive, hyper-competitive workouts like P90X, Bikini Body Guide, and Tone It Up dominated the at-home fitness scene, pushing serious HIIT and a message that “sexy” equals lean and mean. Advanced metrics judged, Apple Watches juried, and Social Media executed — it’s no wonder the world was past due for a movement to find joy in movement once again.
Thankfully, Influencers today are promoting exercise for fun and overall wellness vs. the ‘perfect body’. Healthy is the latest circuit and sexy prevails regardless of shape, size, or max bench press. So, while we’re all sculpting — and, let’s be real... foam rolling — from home during the pandemic, there’s a whole new reason to get physical, physical.
Can You Keep Up? / Rose Byrne Leads Aerobics Class in New Apple TV+ Series
Remembering the Vertical Club / Where Jagger Got Jacked
You’re the One That I Want / Workout Onesies Make a Solid Comeback
Fabletics, Not So Fab / Activewear Factory Workers Allege Abuse
Put It Between Your Knees and Squeeze / Master the Famous ThighMaster
Your New Running Buddy / Fitness Drones: Freaky or Fly?
Mambo No. 6-Pack / TikTok’s Viral Ab Dance Leaves Ya Feelin’ Hot Hot Hot
Work Smarter, Not Harder / The Hour Long Workout Is Toast
For Every Body / Body-Positive Influencer Meg Boggs Is a Must-Follow
The Grapefruit Diet / YouTuber Tests Out 1980’s Diet & Training Fads
Gym rats, activate! Here’s a list of flicks that’ll leave your body burning and your mind numb. Grab a yoga mat, your favorite protein powder, and curl that remote, ya couch potato.
Stay Hungry / Bob Rafelson, 1976 (R)
Prior to his role as the ultimate slacker, Jeff Bridges was getting swole with Schwarzenegger at a small-town gym being eyeballed by big corporate sleazeballs. Sally Field, along with a slew of spandex-clad meatheads, is sure to leave you breathless
Death Spa / Michael Fischa, 1989 (R)
Killer log line: “You’ll Sweat Blood”; skin and gore beyond belief; questionable acting choices. This is your go-to thriller when you’re hankering to see a bunch of pretty people getting mauled while getting ripped in a hip, yet haunted, LA gym.
Bridget Jones’s Diary / Sharon Maguire, 2001 (R)
Sometimes its OK to choose vodka, so long as you’re actively taking charge of your life. This endearing rom-com will either have you falling off your Peloton in laughter or rethinking your own life choices thus far — ideally both.
Pumping Iron / George Butler & Robert Fiore, 1977 (PG)
This docudrama made “Schwarzenegger” the household name that nobody could properly spell. Ahnold faces-off against fellow giant, Lou Ferrigno, in this partly real, partly scripted concoction that shows us what it takes to become Mr. Olympia.
Pain & Gain / Michael Bay, 2013 (R)
Extortion is the name of the game in this gym rat gem. Marky Mark leads a group of bodybuilding bozos in a scheme that — you guessed it — goes terribly wrong. Fave line: “I’ve watched a lot of movies, Paul. I know what I’m doing!” Thanks, Michael Bay.
Curated by: The Fast Times Staff.
“Physical” / Olivia Newton-John
We’re hopelessly devoted to Olivia Newton-John’s “Physical”. Written by Terry Shaddock and longtime friend Steve Kipner, “Physical” was originally intended for “a macho male figure” like… Rod Stewart? After his pass, it was offered to Tina Turner. She also passed.
Long story short, the song eventually ended up in front of ONJ, who also initially passed. After some convincing and good conversation, Olivia’s manager, Lee Kramer brought out the animal in her. It became the lead single on her 1981 album and heavily tipped the scales, selling two million copies in the US alone. What a HIIT!
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