November 21, 2009

This Video Makes Me Miss the 80's

photo credit: laughingmonk

Courtesy of That'sfit, which has collected some cheesy exercise videos, this is probably the gayest aerobic exercise video that I've ever seen. (In both senses of the word--it's incredibly cheerful.)

It's not embeddable, but just click here to see it.

Sure, spinning and kickboxing and boot camp classes may be efficient and effective, but does anyone else miss the high kicks and grapevines and camp glory that was "aerobics" in its heyday?

Sigh. Sometimes I sure do.

29 comments:

  1. YES YES YES This is the real aerobics that I grew up on. Insanity. High impact. Screaming. Aerobics was the first exercise for women that was accessible to us all and it was empowering!!!

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  2. God I love the Bay Area!

    I don't miss the '80s all that much, but I do love the campiness of those aerobics competitions. My favorite thing in every SF-area parade is still SF Cheer...they have everything that's great about your video, updated for the new millennium.

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  3. So, you're Fonda aerobics?
    One aspect of your personality that I never knew before...

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  4. OMG, too funny!!!!!!!!!! I so remember this & yes, I wore leg warmers!!! :-0

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  5. Oh, totally! I was so proud when I got the hang of grapevine. :)

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  6. I can't believe I just wasted 2 minutes of my life watching that!

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  7. I have my mom's Jazzercise video from the early '80s. It's epic.

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  8. How did you know that I've recently become obsessed with competitive aerobics?? I love it. Heck, if it were still around you know I'd do it:)

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  9. Oh man, they were hot!

    I did Jazzercise in the early 90's and participated in a city-wide (and this was San Antonio, pop. 1 million at the time) Jazzercise demonstration at our local minor-league baseball game - and to this day, I still can't believe I did it...somewhere there are pictures floating around to prove it. Egads! But yes to grapevines and all the crazy moves - it would be kinda fun to go to a throwback class just to see if I could still do it.

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  10. Haven't watched the clip yet, but the pic alone makes me laugh. I missed out on all that, being born in the 80s and all (please don't hate me). Looks like I missed a lot of fun :)

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  11. Um...I think we still have that class at my gym. There's definitely jumping and grapevines, and kicking and arm waving. Except we call it "Hi/Lo". And it's just as fun as you remember.

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  12. ROFLMAO!!! I am so posting this!!!

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  13. I wonder what those three guys are doing now (and what they look like).

    Thanks for the smiles! I feel gay...er...cheerful.

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  14. What are "grapevines"?

    Aside from that, all I have is a sense of wonder at that video.

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  15. That's just hilarious. (And I secretly wish I could do that) ;)

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  16. Yeah...in high school my friends's mom was big on these. In we'd do them "for fun". Jane Fond especially...
    I still have buns of steel, but it's on VHS and my VCR broke so I will have to send it off into memory. It was a good workout (Idistinctly recall not being able to walk well a few times the day after),but no male instructor would wear a teal headband now" :)

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  17. Um no. I never like aerobics classes. If I'm gonna hop around and do grapevines, I'd rather take a real dance class.

    But that video IS extremely cheerful!

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  18. Now you've got me missing disco. Thanks a lot.

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  19. No question, I liked the old time high impact aerobics! Done well, in my opinion, it was a much better
    workout than step, zumba (not even close), or most anything else. The music, dancey style made it fun, and the people who could do it on a regular basis were always very fit, and stayed that way! I'm not saying do this and nothing else, because total body strength training is important, but just the fun factor has made high impact a lost art!

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  21. ...and grapevine. LMAO! That was priceless. I used to be an aerobics queen. Hard to believe when you see me now. We used to have a show called The Twenty Minute Work-out which I always considered soft core porn, but enjoyed working out to.

    I also had a wonderful aerobics RECORD. Yes, I said RECORD. I remember the cool down song was Just the Two of Us. Bwaaahhahaa...dang I looked hot in my leg warmers.

    Thanks for the laughs on this balmy November day.

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  22. This totally made my Sunday. It IS gay, in every positive sense of the word.

    Devo produced the best workout music ever. And this is the best demonstration of that.

    Now I'm off to play Gates of Steel and get silly.

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  23. This video makes me glad I was just born in the 80s and didn't really live through them.

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  24. LOVED aerobics in the '80s. It was all about Kathy Smith in gym class. I remember making up routines for 8th grade gym with "America" by Prince and Madonna's "Dress You Up."

    What was with all of the high kicks in the video? Coincidence that my verification word is balsiti?

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  25. I never got aerobics. From what I understood, you learned a sort-of-a dance routine and did it over and over to the most boring music, week after week. I knew I'd rather just dance.

    Mary Anne in Kentucky

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  26. Yes I do miss it! It was fun!

    I was in high school in the 80's and I remember my first time doing aerobics. I hated, hated, hated phys-ed class, but there was one class where our teacher led us in an aerobic workout and I thought: This is fun! The only time I ever thought that in gym class; I wished all of our classes were like that.

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  27. i kept clicking on other videos from that same competition ... amazingly badawesomeHILARIOUS.

    thanks for sharing. :)

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  28. Grapevines. OMG. I remember those! And the low jacks... And one maneuver that was called "rodeo" which made me pull my left gluteus medius and it's never been the same.

    My favorite piece of equipment is the yoga mat. Speaking of which, it is time to man up and get back on it every morning.

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  29. Oh yeah! I exercised in the 80's when I was a kid in my leotards, and leg warmers. I still wear them now sometimes. I am sure fond of Fonda, Kathy Smith, Joanie Greggains, and Judi Shepard Missett. As a man, I love aerobics. More of us guys should try it.

    Bless you all and have a great day.

    Chris

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