Posted by Nicci | Posted in Exercise Equipment, Kitchen Products, Way Back Wednesday | Posted on 05-01-2011
Welcome to the first post of 2011! We at Way Back Wednesday and Seen on TV Express wish you a very happy, prosperous, and fulfilling new year.
Of course, the new year brings with it a slew of resolutions, including the #1 New Year’s Resolution of all time–to lose weight and get in shape. Gyms and fitness centers, much like my post-holiday jeans, are bursting at the seams. Even though the crowds will thin much more quickly than the actual gym patrons themselves, adults of this generation are more fitness conscious than ever before, shaped by a childhood that emphasized activity and exercise. Whereas America today is plagued by an epidemic of childhood obesity, the 1980′s encouraged fitness among children. Just check out these gender-specific workout kits seen on TV in the era that first made leg warmers hot.
For the girls was Get in Shape Girl, with five different exercise kits to choose from:
Now, I remember that the Way Back Little Sister had the ribbon gymnastics kit, and she runs actual half-marathons and stuff–for fun–so I’m sure this early introduction to fitness had an impact on her future dedication to staying in shape.
(Note: I tried a half-marathon once. It was most assuredly NOT fun.)
For the boys, there is no better way to bulk up than with the help of WWF (pre-WWE) superstar Hulk Hogan:
I must admit, I’m a bit confused as to why Hulk Hogan’s Hulkamania Workout Set was promoted by Mr. Wonderful, Paul Orndorff, rather than the Hulkster himself, but that is a mystery that may never be solved.
What do these workout kits have in common? Wall posters, cassette tapes, and–most importantly–sweatbands and wristbands! You simply cannot get a good workout without elasticized terry cloth strapped around your head and arms. It’s a fact.
Moving on from Kid Fitness – The Flex Belt, Gym Flex, Total Gym and others provide options for Adults
These days, Hulk Hogan has moved from the gym to the kitchen with his Hulk Hogan Ultimate Grill, but those of us who grew up on kiddie workouts can maintain our fitness lifestyles with today’s workout equipment for adults. That old step from your Jane Fonda step aerobics video has been reinvented as the GymFlex, which converts from a step to a bench to an incline and contains straps, attachments, bars, and handles for a total body strength training workout. The Total Gym also allows you to strengthen and tone your entire body at home, giving you an effective workout while allowing you to avoid the hoards of New Years Resolutioners that will hog all the treadmills and exercise machines at the local gym. Finally, the FDA-cleared Flex Belt allows you to maximize your results by toning your abs even when you aren’t actively working out.
Of course, if your workout style is more Mr. Belvedere than Mr. Wonderful, there’s always the Perfect Fit Button and Pajama Jeans to get you through until next year’s New Year’s Resolutions come knocking.