Today it seems like we are well into in the era of health and fitness. Everyone is eating organic and healthy food and working out in new and fresh fitness routines. But let’s go back in time all the way to the ’80s. That may have been the forgotten fitness era.
Fitness was all the rage and so were the celebs who loved to endorse it in extravagant videos. Millions of people stood around their television following the moves and dancing along to the upbeat catchy music. Do you remember the people who starred on those screens with their tights and sneakers? This is a great reminder and also an update on what they are all doing today.
Jane Fonda – Then
Let’s be honest, when we heard that Jane Fonda was releasing a workout video, we knew we just HAD to buy it…even if we didn’t own a VCR. Yep, we bought a VCR along with the rest of the world simply to work out with the one and only Fonda.
The Jane Fonda Workout proved so popular, it sold over 1 million units and inspired her to release 22 more videos throughout the ‘80s and ‘90s. Just because she could. She was a star that couldn’t be ignored when she was bopping around.
Jane Fonda – Now
After the success of her ‘80s workouts, Jane Fonda decided that she wanted to take a break from the fitness limelight. So, she continued her acting career and focused on other career paths for the next 15 years, before making an almighty return to the word of exercise in 2010.
Fonda released her next set of fitness videos straight to DVD, and once again proved that she was the queen of fitness. Now at 79-years-old, she’s still rocking it…
Heather Locklear – Then
Let’s be honest, Heather Locklear was the ‘it’ girl of the ‘80s – she was an actress, she was a performer, and she was flawless. As more and more men and women fell in love with her thanks to her magazine covers, acting debuts, and beautiful paparazzi shots, Heather was approached to produce her own fitness videos.
Her so-called Personal Training Sessions gave Locklear fanatics the chance to look like her and rock a leotard just like their favorite actress. Those leotards can’t really be seen today on Heather as she has taken another path in life.
Heather Locklear – Now
Despite being 56-years-old, Heather Locklear is still one of the most beautiful actresses in the world of Hollywood, and she has managed to maintain her incredible physique throughout her whole career – which makes us all feel pretty bad about ourselves and our podgy dad bods.
Although she no longer makes her fitness videos, she still commits numerous hours a week to fitness and exercise and is one of the most dedicated, driven and committed fitness fanatics in the business.
Cher – Then
It’s fair to say that there really isn’t anything Cher can do. In the ‘80s, Cher was making a huge name for herself in the world of music as a singer, dancer, performer and all-around legend (not that we’re jealous or anything).
Although she was a major fitness mogul in the ‘80s with the leg warmers and the headbands, she truly rocked the fitness world in 1991 when she released her best-selling book, Forever Fit: The Lifetime Plan for Health, Fitness and Beauty. Is there anything this woman can’t do?!
Cher – Now
Yep, Cher is still the most fabulous woman in the world. Nowadays, Cher is still a leading figure in the world of music and makes an appearance at nearly every music and celebrity event. This gives us Cher-fanatics the chance to check out whether she really has been ‘Forever Fit’ – and we can categorically say that she has.
In fact, at the 2017 Billboard Music Awards, the 71-year-old announced that she can still do a five-minute plank. Wowza. Recently a Broadway show dedicated to Cher’s music and life story has been produced in New York and it showcases all of Cher’s big moments in her career – including her fitness stint.
Jake Seinfeld – Then
Jake Seinfeld was like the fitness god of the ‘80s – and we all wanted a ‘Body by Jake’ (even though we never actually got one). Back in the day, Jake was responsible for the major influx of fitness fanatics, thanks to his drive and determination to create new and exciting ways to work out.
In fact, he was the brains behind the popular FitTV 24-hour lifestyle network, that helped thousands of people across America to stay motivated and exercise. Jake’s work has inspired many Americans to get out and get fit.
Jake Seinfeld – Now
After realizing that he had a knack for fitness and business, Jake Seinfeld has continued to grow as an entrepreneur (and it’s fair to say he’s making a heck load of Benjamins). He soon became the CEO and Chairman of his fitness brand, Jake Global, and has since made it his mission to provide the world with products and merchandise that will help people live a healthy lifestyle.
In recent years, he has created the FitOrbit 2.0 training platform. The fitness bug hasn’t left him and he is still all about it. Maybe the “Body by Jake” has changed since years have past but Jake proves fitness is important no matter the age or time.
Jack LaLanne – Then
Jack LaLanne might have been one of the most influential figures in the fitness culture of the eighties. LaLanne actually started decades before and inspired many of our favourite eighties fitness stars. Apart from being a exercise expert, he was a nutrition expert and a motivational speaker.
LaLanne was a firm believer that anyone can turn their life around, he shared his experience of how he got inspired to be healthy in a lecture when he was 15. Its no wonder so many people have followed his footsteps into the fitness and health culture.
Jack LaLanne – Now
LaLanne will forever be known as the “Godfather of Fitness.” Long before the fitness euphoria during the eighties, LaLanne was already known for publicly preaching the health and fitness culture. He began way before the eighties but he continued with his work all through his life.
We can see in this picture that even at an old age LaLanne continued his healthy lifestyle. Unfortunately, he passed away in 2011 but his legacy still resonates.
Greg Smithey – Then
If you grew up in the ‘80s, you probably spent most of your time trying to get buns of steel. However, getting a tight tooshie on your own was pretty difficult, so you enlisted the help of Greg Smithey and his workout video, The Original Buns of Steel.
This fitness and aerobics instructor focused primarily on the lower half of your body during his workouts. Altogether, a whopping 1 million copies of this workout were sold on VHS.
Greg Smithey – Now
After the release of The Original Buns of Steel, Greg Smithey seemed to disappear from the world of fitness. Although he did later re-release his workout video on DVD, he didn’t release any more fitness videos. Instead, he retreated from the limelight and has not been seen since.
We’re not sure what he’s up to nowadays, but 2017 seems like it would be Grey Smithey’s era – as every man and his dog now want Buns of Steel! And women too…
Tony Little – Then
If you don’t remember the name, you’ll probably remember THAT ponytail. Yep, whether you loved his luscious locks or whether they made you feel a little uncomfortable, there’s a high chance your remember ‘America’s Personal Trainer’ and his bright smile.
Nevertheless, it’s fair to say that this look did him wonders because Tony Little has made millions of dollars from his fitness infomercials. If he could have muscles like that, so could we! (Disclaimer: We’ve never had muscles like him).
Tony Little – Now
Tony Little had his heyday in the ‘80s but struggled to connect with viewers and fitness fanatics as the years go on. However, he has not had an easy time of it recently – even with a cool $4 million in the bank. Nowadays, Tony Little’s character is often bullied and parodied by others in the fitness industry, and he is often mocked.
But Tony doesn’t let this get to him and is now living a chilled life as a personal trainer to the stars.
Suzanne Somers – Then
Like Jake Seinfeld, Suzanne Somers was a major player in the world of fitness infomercials and rose to prominence for her ability to squeeze her thighs together. Yep, she was the popular spokeswoman for the infamous Thighmaster!
She later used her TV fitness fame to bring us popular products and shows such as Shake Weight, ShamWow and Miss Cleo’s Psychic Friends Network. After this ‘80s fitness breakthrough, Suzanne tried to make it big in the world of Hollywood.
Suzanne Somers – Now
Since her Thighmaster days, Suzanne Somers has really come into her own and created an impressive brand for herself. Nowadays, she is known as an actress, fitness fanatic, businesswoman, singer, author and health spokeswoman. I mean, does she want to add anything else to that resume?!
Since the ‘80s, Somers has primarily been working as an actress but has also released seven books on subjects ranging from health to her life, to alternative cancer treatments, and even poetry.
Lou Ferrigno – Then
Lou Ferrigno didn’t always want to be a fitness trainer or fitness icon. Instead, he had a rough childhood and found himself taking regular, minimum-wage jobs to pay the bills. However, he soon found solace in exercise and worked incredibly hard to take part in bodybuilding competitions – where he ultimately won the IFBB Mr. America title.
During the ‘80s, he made a name for himself when he was cast in The Incredible Hulk as Hulk himself. Those muscles, though.
Lou Ferrigno – Now
After his ‘80s fame, many believed that Lou Ferrigno would simply fall back into normality and go back to working dead-end jobs. However, Ferrigno had the determination and the drive to continue his fitness, and continue auditioning for roles.
His hard work paid off as he was later cast in movies and TV shows such as I Love You, Man, Hercules and The King of Queens. Ferrigno has also used his strength to act as a police department deputy in California and Ohio.
Kathy Smith – Then
If you wanted to get fit in the ‘80s, there was one woman who was guaranteed to change your life – and that was Kathy Smith. As one of the most celebrated fitness experts of the time, Kathy Smith built a career on her skills and knowledge of exercise and a healthy lifestyle.
She sold a whopping 16 million workout videos, and she even created her own lifestyle program entitled, Project: You! Type 2, which aimed to help those with diabetes.
Kathy Smith – Now
Since the ‘80s, Kathy Smith’s career has skyrocketed into the fitness cyberspace and has earned her an incredible $500 million. Over the last few decades, she has expanded her brand and created products, books, apparel and even more videos for willing fans.
Alongside her main business, Kathy is also known for her hugely successful health and wellbeing blog and website, where she hopes her fans will look towards ‘progress, not perfection.’ Well, that sounds good to us!
Cathy Lee Crosby – Then
Cathy Lee Crosby was one of the most talented women of the ‘80s. Not only was she an incredibly talented actress, but she was also a blonde beauty that caught the attention of fans across the world. However, unlike many of the other women on this list, Cathy Lee Crosby did not thank the gym or intense exercise to her physique. Instead, she had tennis to thank for her toned body.
In fact, Cathy eventually played at Wimbledon!
Cathy Lee Crosby – Now
After a successful tennis career during the ‘80s, Cathy Lee Crosby decided to retire from the sport and focus on more important aspects of her life. She soon became a prominent actress and appeared in movies and TV shows such as Wonder Woman, That’s Incredible and Ablaze.
Nowadays, she is trying to live a relatively quiet life away from the cameras – which is pretty hard, seeing as she’s been involved in numerous high-profile lawsuits and personal issues over the course of her career.
June Jones – Then
June Jones was a huge fitness star in Australia, as she was a cofounder of Aerobics Oz Style, a very successful fitness program that aired from 1982 all the way through 2005, with 4,500 episodes in total. The show had instructors of every age and gender, as it was meant to have something for everybody.
The show gained so much popularity that TISM, an Australian band, made a music video parody of it in 1998.
June Jones – Now
June has taken a few steps back from the world of television fitness to raise her two children and just enjoy life. However, she has kept up her fitness game and still looks fantastic after all these years. In October of 2017, she actually met up with her fellow Aerobics Oz Style instructors for a reunion show.
The girls dressed up in their most glamorous 80s workout gear, and got to it as if nothing had changed.
Susan Powter – Then
Susan Powter was quite an inspirational and controversial figure in her youth. She was born in Australia, but moved to America at the age of 10. In her 20s, Susan became interested in physical fitness and health. She become a nutritionist, a motivational speaker, personal trainer, and even wrote a number of books on fitness.
She became very famous in the 90s, most known for her catch phrase “Stop The Insanity.”
Susan Powter – Now
Today, Susan Powter is still going strong with her fitness routines and nutrition advice. She has her own website which is full of her blogs on healthy diets, the right kind of exercise, and organically grown foods.
Susan lives in New Mexico in what she describes as an “Earth Ship.” She hosts virtual sessions that you can sign up for to learn about her own weight loss transformation, and how to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
Diana Moran – Then
While she was a catwalk model in the 60s and 70s, Diana Moran’s real claim to fame was in the 80s, when she began appearing on BBC’s Breakfast Time fitness program. Her green workout leotard became her most notable trademark, and she then became known as The Green Goddess.
In her program, Get Fit With The Green Goddess, Diana would do daily cardio routines that were easy enough for beginners, but effective enough for advanced athletes.
Diana Moran – Now
In the late 80s, Diana was diagnosed with breast cancer, and so she became an advocate for donating to research and finding a cure. She has also had a number of major publications, all having to do with health and fitness, such as Get Fit with the Green Goddess, A More Difficult Exercise (Diana’s autobiography), and Ease into Fitness (which specifically addresses exercise and diet).
She is heavily involved in charity , and spends a lot of her focus on giving back.
Lizzie Webb – Then
Lizzie Webb earned her nickname “Mad Lizzie” due to her energetic attitude, and full-of-life way to go about her workout routines. But she also was called Mad Lizzie because of her getup on television. The fitness fanatic would work out in her pajamas with her hair wild from sleep, and she wouldn’t care at all.
Rivaling The Green Goddess, Mad Lizzie also appeared on Good Morning Britain in the 80s, during the same time as Diana Moran’s Green Goddess.
Lizzie Webb – Now
Although it’s been a few decades since Mad Lizzie last hosted a public fitness program for Good Morning Britain, she hasn’t stopped dedicating her every day to living a healthy lifestyle and staying fit. Nowadays, Lizzie still trains almost every day, and even completed the London Marathon in 2004, donating all of her earnings to the National Osteoporosis Society.
She even taught a few fitness classes in a Juvenile male prison in Oxfordshire.
Shirley MacLaine – Then
Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last hundred years, you’ll definitely know Shirley MacLaine’s name. This actress entered the world of Hollywood during the ‘50s and was one of the major players in the Golden Age of Hollywood. As the years went by, Shirley developed a keen interest in the spiritual world.
This led her to release her own fitness video in 1989, which focused on metaphysics and inner peace. It was called Shirley MacLaine’s Inner Workout.
Shirley MacLaine – Now
After the success of Shirley Maclaine’s Inner Workout, she released the second installment on VHS. Both videos proved immensely popular and sold thousands of copies all around the world. Since then, Shirley has continued her interest in spirituality and metaphysics and has even released numerous books on spiritual exploration and Transcendental Meditation.
Alongside this, she has also had a hugely successful acting career and is still acting today. In fact, she is currently filming the 2019 movie, Nicole.
Gilad Janklowicz – Then
If you grew up in the ‘80s, there’s no way you haven’t heard of Gilad Janklowicz. Yep, this guy was the fitness video guru! This muscley instructor adorned the headlines when he released his hugely popular video, ‘Bodies in Motion.’
After the success of his first video, Gilad continued to release even more, and was even offered a slot on ESPN to work his magic. In fact, his was the first ever fitness show to be aired on the sports network.
Gilad Janklowicz – Now
Since the success of ‘Bodies in Motion’ in the ‘80s, Gilad Janklowicz has continued to dominate the fitness world and has continued to prove that he is a force to be reckoned with. To this day, Gilad has released a whopping 30 fitness workout videos and released his last video in 200 – the same year that he was inducted into the National Fitness Hall of Fame!
Although he hasn’t released anything new since 2007, it’s believed Gilad is still a fitness coach.
Sally Struthers – Then
Sally Struthers was a major name during the ‘80s – but she wasn’t primarily known for her role as a fitness icon. Instead, she had risen to fame as Gloria Stivic in the popular TV show, All in the Family. Before too long, Sally had built up a major fan following, and her followers wanted more from her.
So, Sally released her own workout video in 1988, which focused on the Balboa Fitness Walking Technique, which is a form of speed walking.
Sally Struthers – Now
After her first foray into the world of fitness, Sally Struthers did not continue her legacy in the world of fitness videos. She only released her speed walking video and decided to focus all of her attention on becoming a major actress in the world of Hollywood.
In recent years, Sally has appeared in numerous TV shows, movies and stage productions, including Gilmore Girls, Hello, Dolly! Still Standing and Dinosaurs. She is still acting today and still going strong.
Jacki Sorensen – Then
Although she was a major player in the ‘80s fitness movement, Jacki Sorensen made her debut in the late ‘60s and early ‘70s. In fact, she is credited as the instigator of the aerobic dance movement. Yep, Jacki was one of the first people to combine fitness, dance, music, and aerobics into one exercise routine, and she also created the concept of group classes we all love and enjoy today.
She released numerous workout videos and books.
Jacki Sorensen – Now
Since releasing her hugely famous videos in the ‘80s, Jacki also released a string of fitness and health books. She has released books on Aerobic Dancing and released the Jacki Sorensen’s Aerobic Lifestyle Book. Nowadays, Jacki is still going strong as an aerobics instructor and has made an impressive career out of her fitness classes and her fitness business.
Yep, over 40 years after her first foray into the world of fitness, she is still moving and grooving!
Bess Motta – Then
Let’s be honest, we were all jealous of Bess Motta, because she was a woman of many talents. Bess could sing, she could dance, she could act, and she was one of the best workout motivators of all time. During the ‘80s, Bess Motta was a part of the iconic The 20 Minute Workout crew, and would strut her stuff for 20 minutes for all of us unhealthy folk at home.
The show ran from 1983 until 1984 and was hugely popular.
Bess Motta – Now
In 1984, Bess’s dreams of becoming the next big name of fitness and healthy living came tumbling down around her when her show was canceled. However, she wasn’t ready to leave the limelight at that point; she pushed forward and found short-lived fame as an actress.
During this time, she appeared in movies and shows such as The Terminator, The Home Show and New Monkees. This acting foray was over before it began, so we’re not sure what she’s up to now.
Arlaine Wright – Then
When she was a child, Arlaine Wright knew she was destined for a career in the world of sport and performance. She was a ballet dancer, she was a cheerleader, she was an aerobics teacher, and she soon became one of the faces behind The 20 Minute Workout TV show, alongside Bess Motta.
Thousands of people tuned in each week to see Arlaine in her legwarmers and leotard, and were inspired to exercise even more because of her.
Arlaine Wright – Now
After The 20 Minute Workout television show was canceled, Arlaine Wright had to decide where to go next. She knew she wanted to stay in the world of sport, so continued to work as an aerobics teacher for a few years before she was headhunted by Reebok Canada to work within their Aerobics Instructor Program and initiative.
Alongside this, Arlaine also tried to delve into the world of acting, but it didn’t work out and she has since disappeared from the spotlight.
Judi Sheppard Missett – Then
If you grew up in the fitness craze of the ‘80s (lucky you) you probably recognize Jazzercise. Yep, your wide smile is warranted, because Jazzercise was a stroke of genius. This company and fitness program was the brainchild of the one and only Judi Sheppard Missett, who was also the poster girl.
This program combined resistance training with dance and strength and proved incredibly popular, as you could dance and workout at the same time (like the modern-day Zumba).
Judi Sheppard Missett – Now
You might not believe it, but Judi Sheppard Missett is still one of the leading figures in the fitness world. She still swears by her jazzercise routines and has even updated her workout plans to suit the new and improved fitness age. Well, it seems this lifelong devotion to exercise has certainly paid off, as Judi looks absolutely fabulous.
In a recent Huffington Post article, she maintains that because of her exercise routine, she still feels like a 30-year-old.
Tamilee Webb – Then
If you ever wanted to feel bad about how you looked in a leotard, you just had to watch Tamilee on the FitTv channel – because this lady knew how to rock a leotard (and we were pretty jealous). Tamilee Webb rose to fame through fitness infomercials before landing her own TV series called Buns of Steel and Abs of Steel.
She later went on to sell home workout videos and racked up a whopping $10 million in sales. We’ll take those numbers.
Tamilee Webb – Now
Three decades after she reigned supreme on our television screens, Tamilee Webb looks younger than ever (does she have a time machine?!) She puts her physique and her success down to her devotion to exercise and living a healthy lifestyle. However, it’s much more than moving for her.
Tamilee actually has a masters degree in exercise science and knows exactly what she needs to do to make her body tick – and she’s still passing this knowledge onto her fans.
Alyssa Milano – Then
Okay, you might be thinking – when the heck did Alyssa Milano become an ‘80s fitness star? Well, this Who’s The Boss star must have had some pretty impressive marketing people behind her, because when they realized that fitness videos were all the rage, they persuaded the 16-year-old actress to release her own by the name of Teen Steam.
This workout video was all about exercise and keeping fit, but there were also some Who’s The Boss nuggets here and there.
Alyssa Milano – Now
Although the fitness video was just a marketing ploy, it proved incredibly popular and sparked a fitness revolution in the young actress. Nowadays, Alyssa Milano is known for her acting talents and her roles in the likes of My Name is Earl, Mistresses, Melrose Place and Who’s the Boss?
But she has continued to live a happy and healthy life full of clean eating and exercise. In fact, she has been very vocal about her exercise regime in the past.
Cynthia Kereluk – Then
During the ‘80s, there was a huge fitness trend in America – but there was also a bigger trend just north of the border in Canada. We were first introduced to Cynthia in 1984 when she was crowned Miss Canada (wit-woo) and she was soon overrun with fans asking her how she kept in shape and maintained a healthy lifestyle.
So, Cynthia decided to help us all out and release her own fitness video, Everyday Workout, which proved popular in Canada and America.
Cynthia Kereluk – Now
After her claim to fame in the ‘80s, Cynthia Kereluk’s career seemed to tumble in a downward spiral. Although she managed to bag herself small roles in minor movies such as Mark of Cain, Overnight, and The Pink Chiquitas, her status had sadly diminished within pop culture.
Nevertheless, she still maintains a healthy lifestyle today, keeps up with her exercise routine, and ensures she spends most of her time in the wide outdoors with her rocker hubby, Paul Rodgers.
Billy Blanks – Then
Billy Blanks made a big name for himself in the fitness world in the late 80’s with his extremely successful Tae Bo (a combination of Taekwando and boxing) workout program. He started out opening a fitness gym in Los Angeles and ended up with some pretty elite clientele, including Paula Abdul.
He decided his loyal followers at the gym would benefit from more of him. He slowly grew more and more known in the fitness world. With his gym’s popularity growing, he began producing workout videos to be sold to the masses.
Billy Blanks – Now
Nowadays Billy is still keeping up with his fitness routines. He continues to make workout videos for YouTube, and has even starred in a number of cameos in movies and television shows such as Driving Force, Low Blow, and The Fairly Odd Parents.
After a 33 year marriage to one of his former students, Billy filed for divorce and ended up marrying his Japanese translator, Tomoko Sato. The couple had their first child together in 2007, and Billy adopted her other two daughters from a previous marriage.
Jamie Lee Curtis -Then
Jamie Lee Curtis owes a lot of her career to the fitness industry. Despite her efforts to make it big in the world of Hollywood, Curtis initially struggled to land any major roles. Then, she was offered a role in the popular 1985 movie, Perfect.
This film followed the life of those who attended a health club in Los Angeles, and Curtis donned her leotard and headband for the role. She soon became an icon for the world of fitness.
Jamie Lee Curtis – Now
After donning her fitness clothes for Perfect, Jamie Lee Curtis left her public exercising days behind her and continued to focus on her acting career. And it’s a good thing she did because we don’t know whether we could live in a world without Jamie Lee Curtis on our screens!
She has since made a name for herself as the ‘Queen of Scream’ and has appeared in numerous horror movies, as well as major Hollywood blockbusters.
Angela Lansbury – Then
In the ‘80s, it was commonplace for any famous celebrity to don their leotard and tell their fans exactly how they got their slim body – and that’s exactly what Angela Lansbury did. In 1988, the actress released her exercise video, Angela Lansbury’s Positive Moves: A Personal Plan for Fitness and Wellbeing at Any Age.
The actress was in her prime during this ‘80s, and the workout video flew off the shelves. Although it was the only workout video she made, it was iconic!
Angela Lansbury – Now
Nowadays, Angela Lansbury is still one of the biggest names in the world of Hollywood. After her stint in the fitness world, Angela didn’t release another workout video, but she has remained in shape and has also been very vocal about healthy eating and a healthy lifestyle.
Instead of becoming the next fitness superstar, Angela focused on becoming one of the most sought-after actresses in the world – and that’s exactly what she did. We love you, Mrs. Potts.
Denise Austin – Then
With her blue eyes, her bouncy locks, her perfect physique and her big, bright smile, Denise Austin was often called ‘America’s Fitness Sweetheart’ – and we kinda agree with them. She started off her career as a gymnast before truly coming into her own in the ‘80s.
During this time, Denise was a leading figure in the fitness movement and prided herself on being a fitness columnist, author, fitness instructor, and she was even the President for the Council on Physical Fitness and Sports.
Denise Austin – Now
Since the ‘80s, Denise Austin has continued to dominate the fitness world and has continued to follow an incredibly healthy lifestyle – just look at that bicep! Despite her small stature and her growing age, Denise has maintained that her job will never ‘go out of style’ and she would never leave the business because she finds it so much fun.
In 2014, the fitness fanatic promoted her 100th fitness DVD, which is truly impressive (and puts us all to shame). It is hard to imagine how many hours of fitness she filmed in order to get to 100 fitness DVD’s. Did she get any sleep?
Olivia Newton-John – Then
Although Olivia Newton-John was largely known for playing the naughty-but-nice Pink Lady, Sandy Olsen, in Grease (AKA the best movie ever). However, she also garnered a lot of attention for her ‘Let’s Get Physical’ music video – in which, she pranced around and told her fans to literally get physical to the dulcet tones of her voice.
Of course, we obviously obliged and donned our pink leg warmers. Nevertheless, Olivia soon became the cover girl for ‘80s fitness and became an exercise icon.
Olivia Newton-John – Now
Of course, we all still know and love Olivia Newton-John, and we love to keep up with her recent career moves. Although she’s no longer getting physical, Olivia is still playing her music to adoring fans who all want to see the four-time Grammy Award winner in the flesh.
Unfortunately, her health has taken a bit of a blow recently, as she has since been re-diagnosed with breast cancer for the second time. Sending love your way, Olivia!
Mr. T – Then
“I pity the fool” is still a commonly used household phrase, despite the fact that it’s already a few decades old. Lawrence Tureaud, otherwise known as Mr. T, is famous for his hairstyle (which he based off of a Mandinka warrior’s mohawk), his gold chains, and his aggressive attitude towards weakness. His workout routines were sought after by many trying to achieve his big, bulky shape. He was an actor, professional wrestler, and all-around tough guy.
His workout routines were sought after by many trying to achieve his big, bulky shape. He was an actor, professional wrestler, and all-around tough guy.
Mr. T – Now
Nowadays, Mr. T is still making appearances here and there in movies and TV. His most recent feature was as a contestant on Dancing With The Stars, as well as a few voice acting roles in Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, and he Simpsons.
In 2014, he was awarded a very big honor by being inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame.
John Travolta – Then
Let’s be honest, John Travolta has made it pretty clear that he is the Jack of all trades – and it’s also fair to say that we all had a MAJOR crush on him during the ‘80s. After the success of the 1978 smash hit, Grease, Travolta proved that he wasn’t just an all-singing, all-dancing hunk while at Rydell High.
Instead, he donned his shorts, joined Jamie Lee Curtis in Perfect and sweat it out in the fitness studio.
John Travolta – Now
Although John Travolta is not quite as toned as he was three decades ago, he is still looking pretty good for a 63-year-old (and he’s still rockin’ that Danny Zuko haircut we all know and love). He is no longer turning his talents to the world of fitness, but Travolta is still acting today.
Since the ‘80s, this Academy Award and Golden Globe winner has appeared in major motion pictures such as Hairspray, Pulp Fiction, and Wild Hogs.
Arnold Schwarzenegger – Then
Okay, could we really have an article about ‘80s fitness stars and NOT include Arnie?! We think not. It’s no secret that Arnold Schwarzenegger is one of the most famous athletes in history, and made a name for herself as Mr. Europe when he was just 19-years-old. He later went on to win Mr. Olympia (which is a pretty big deal).
During the ‘80s, wrote columns in the popular magazines, Muscle & Fitness and Flex, about health, fitness and working out.
Arnold Schwarzenegger – Now
Nowadays, Arnold Schwarzenegger is still one of the biggest names in health, fitness and acting – and has used his impressive physique to land him epic movie roles in the likes of Terminator, Kindergarten Cop, Predator and many other high-octane movies.
As if he wasn’t cool enough, he later became the Governor of California. Nowadays, he still maintains a strict workout schedule and is a fitness legacy. In fact, he even created his own bodybuilding competition! That’s dedication.
Raquel Welch – Then
Raquel Welch first made a name for herself in the ‘60s for her impeccable role in the popular movie, Fantastic Voyage. She soon built up an incredible fan following and was often praised for her appearance and physique. Because of this, she released her own fitness and lifestyle book, called Raquel: The Raquel Welch Total Beauty and Fitness Program.
In 2014, he was awarded a very big honor by being inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame.
Raquel Welch – Now
Her first fitness book proved incredibly popular, but Raquel Welch felt she had given all she could to the world of exercise. So, she decided to solely focus on her acting career and managed to bag herself some of the biggest roles in Hollywood, including The Three Musketeers, Right to Die and Legally Blonde.
She is still acting today and living life to the fullest as one of the most iconic women and actresses of all time. Yeah, that’ll do.
Richard Simmons – Then
Let’s be honest; there’s no way you could forget about Richard Simmons. As one of the most iconic fitness stars of the ‘80s, Simmons would rarely be seen without a sparkly outfit or perfectly quaffed hair. This eccentric fitness instructor first rose to fame when he documented his own weight-loss journey and then continued to help others do the same in his own personal gym.
Richard specifically targeted his workout videos to those who loved everything retro, through Sweatin’ to the Oldies.
Richard Simmons – Now
Nowadays, Richard Simmons is still recognizable, because he has barely changed – and we’re loving this look. He still rocks the quaffed hair (although it’s now a little gray), and is always photographed in his eccentric gym wear.
He now runs a successful fitness gym in Los Angeles and still quietly remains in the public eye, through his TV appearances, his fitness endorsements and his roles in TV commercials. Something tells us we haven’t seen the last of him just yet!
Demi Moore – Then
Demi Moore began her Hollywood career at a very young age. In fact, the young star began working out for a celebrity bod in her teens. When she took this picture, she was only 16 (though she told the crew that she was 18).
Demi went on to star in a whole range of cinema and series, eventually staring in GI Jane, which caused her to adapt an entirely new work out.
Demi Moore – Now
Nowadays, Demi Moore is still in the acting game, and still has one of the best bodies in show business. The now 55 year old actress has somehow found the fountain of youth, because she looks just as good as she did in the 80s!
Of course, the stunning actress is still working out hard-core to keep up with her gorgeous figure, and she has probably added a skin routine to the mix as well. One thing’s for sure, she took her 80s workout experience with her into the 21st century.
Fabio Lanzoni – Then
Oooooh, who else remembers Fabio? This Italian stallion truly made a name for himself in the ‘80s thanks to his impeccably good looks, his luscious locks and his toned physique. So of course, it’s no surprise he first took the world by storm as a magazine model.
He was later picked up by fitness magazines and became a true fitness icon. His popularity grew when he starred in his own fitness video and released an exercise book that flew off the shelves.
Fabio Lanzoni – Now
Thankfully, not much has changed for Fabio since the ‘80s. In fact, he’s still rocking the fitness AND modeling business! He has previously been signed by Versace and other major modeling brands to promote their clothes and fragrances and has continued to promote healthy living and exercise.
As if he wasn’t perfect enough, Fabio Lanzoni has also tried to break into the world of Hollywood. He has since appeared in films such as Zoolander and shows such as The Bold and the Beautiful.