8/28/13

Let's Get Physical #14: Aerobics Wear!


Up until the Boomers starting reaching their thirties (the point where you can't take your lean body for granted anymore), keeping fit in America meant only having one pack of cigarettes after supper.  There's a great line in Anchorman where Ron Burgundy doesn't even know how to pronounce "jogging", wondering if it's a soft "j".

But "old age" only partially explains the fitness assault that swept this country.  There was a huge cultural shift in the latter part of the seventies, where the hippy mentality was completely jettisoned in favor of a narcissistic and egocentric perspective.  It has become a cliche to say the hippies sold out in the Reagan years; and within every cliche there's a kernel of truth.





So, what you have is a perfect storm of Boomers with a slowing metabolism and a collective amnesia regarding their anti-materialist ideals.  So, they traded in their paisleys and picket signs for a pair of pastel leotards... and that's where this post comes in.

A wonderful result of the fitness boom was the workout attire - specifically the ladies' aerobics outfits: typically a leotard accessorized with some leg warmers and a headband.  I mean, what was the point of working out, if you couldn't look dynamite while doing it?  This is the 1980's at its finest.  Enjoy.


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Well, I've got a million more, but this post is getting image heavy; so, maybe a part two is in the foreseeable future.

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24 comments:

  1. What...no Jane Fonda?!! But seriously, I don't miss leg warmers...everyone who wore acted like they were a dancer!

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    1. Almost everyone wore them wrong, too. They're called LEG warmers, not ankle warmers.

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    2. And Ric Flair wears his knee pads on his shins. :p

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  2. Some of this pictures are screaming: "Pancakes!"

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  3. The woman on her back with the headband and pink and white striped leotard? Showin' a bit of roughage in the crotch area. Gyuah.

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    1. Dude, it was a different time. I think the main reason they wore tights was to keep the afro in check.

      I remember watching the workout videos on Showtime during the middle of the day.

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  4. There was a clear demarcation between styles of exercise wear that can be classified as pre-Olivia Newton John and post-ONJ. Before she came along with "Physical", the look was a plain black leotard over black tights. After ONJ, it was all bright colours, leggings, 3/4 length leggings, leg warmers, sweatbands and...

    Wait a minute, SEXERCISE????

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  5. Anyone remember 20 Minute Workout?

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    1. Holy crap I used to watch that every morning during the summers when school was out. 1982?

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  6. Deanna Troi lookin' good!

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  7. Barbara Bouchet? Hadn't seen her since 'Casino Royale' (1967) - gotta say, the aerobics seemed to be working for her into the 80s...

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  8. Hey,bench press gal,it's called a LADY SCHICK and it's available at Jamesway & Eckerd Drugs.That goes double for Blue Leotard/Red Headband in the "Pancake Quartet".Phoebe Cates wore a great leotard in a movie once,think it was called Private School(?)

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    1. Blue and Red did a five stretch for smuggling Buckwheat.

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    2. Nothing wrong with getting a little peek to make sure the carpet matches the drapes.

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  9. The lovely lady in the top photo and one other photo is Deborah Shelton. She not only made several work out videos, but was in several commercials for radio stations (usually lite AC stations) around the United States in the 80s. She also played J.R. Ewing's mistress, Mandy, on Dallas. Mandy was usually dressed in work-out clothes.

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  10. Gee....NOBODY'S mentioned Shannon Tweed?

    What kind of "80's group" are you guys?

    :-)

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  11. Marilou Henner...Impossible to forget...(double meaning intentional).
    Marina Sirtis now the new head of Mossad on NCIS.

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  12. "Do you have to wear swimsuits to take your exercises?" - my wife's grandmother, when we told her we had started going to the gym.

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  13. Anybody recall the real leader of this craze? Joanie Greggains?

    I (audio) taped her workout LP for my Mom in 1980...

    By placing my recorder up to the record-player speakers.

    Yeah.

    Al Bigley

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    1. I noticed one of these photos has the name Bonnie Prudden. I believe she and Joanie Greggains started much of this in the mid to late 70s.

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  14. I loved the aerobics leotards for the sexy wedgies that they caused! I still remember this one girl in my P.E. class back in high school who ALWAYS wore her leotards too small, and was thus ALWAYS sporting a very sexy wedgie! And she was allowed to get away with it, apparently because she was a senior at the time, and this was in 1979, BEFORE leotard wedgies became common!

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  15. Aerobic leotards suit women way better, Sexy divas

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