Posted by Nicci | Posted in Exercise Videos, Videos, Weight Loss | Posted on 08-12-2010
Today’s workouts for men are all about working hard and getting ripped. The hottest–and hardest–workouts include boot camp workouts, P90x, and Insanity. The infomercials for these video exercise programs show men dripping with sweat, groaning in agony, and pushing themselves to the limit in order to get the lean, muscular, rippling body I enjoy ogling they want.
But things were not always so difficult for all of these poor men in pursuit of fitness. Enter the manliest man of them all–Richard Simmons. Our dear Richard is generally known for cavorting around with the ladies, dancing with them on stage in malls all across America, giving them the confidence to be seen in public “Sweatin’ to the Oldies.” But Richard knew that men were not immune to the perils of low self-esteem from a less than stellar body. Because a full THIRTY FIVE PERCENT of his letters come from men, he decided to create a program to help these poor men achieve weight loss results without resorting to grueling, painful workouts.
Enter “Farewell to Fat.” Today’s seen on TV workout videos are all about feeling the burn and taking your workout to the extreme, and the titles prove it. TurboFire and Chalean Extreme are only two examples that showwomen aren’t immune to this phenomenon of working out until you drop. But with Farewell to Fat, the title reflects the softer side of working out. You can practically see Richard’s wrist a-fluttering as he waves buh-bye to that unwelcome fat. “Toodle-oo and farewell, fat, old friend!”
With Farewell to Fat, Richard Simmons invited men into his world of booty-shakin’ workouts. Mall stages weren’t just for women anymore:
Richard Simmons: The Great Equalizer
(I can’t let this post go without drawing your attention to the spectacular molestache at 0:58.)