I’ve been in the fitness industry for almost 20 years now and I’ve seen a lot of stuff. People wanting to make money in this industry have come up with some pretty great and some pretty crazy stuff.
Here are my top 5 favourite fitness fads. Some are solid ideas while a few are just hilarious!
Who doesn’t remember seeing Billy Blanks on those infomercials for Tae Bo. Tae Bo is an aerobic workout that combines Tae Kwon Do and boxing and became HUGELY popular in the 90’s and continues to be popular up until just a few years ago. Tae Bo didn’t just influence the people who bought the videos either. It started a big ‘cardio-kickboxing’ trend in gyms that is still seen today. I used to teach it in a few of the gyms I worked at!
The great thing about this past trend is it was a solid workout that got results. It was a bit gimmicky in the way it was presented but it was a fun workout that got a lot of people in shape and started a new type of group fitness class at gyms all across the country.
The Thigh Master
Ah the Thigh Master. Just put it between your thighs and squeeze! It may not have been the most effective way to get in shape but they did a heck of a job marketing it because it’s probably one of the most memorable fitness fads of the late 80s to early 90s.
Tony Little’s Gazette Glider
You may not remember the glider but surely you remember the larger than life Tony Little. That long flowing hair/baseball cap combination with his personality was absolutely mesmerizing – you couldn’t look away even if you wanted to. The Glider was a good tool to get people moving but probably ended up being used as a clothes hanger by anyone who bought one. By the way, this is not to knock the glider, this is how the majority of home gym equipment ends up.
Jane Fonda Aerobic Videos
I’m sure I’m not the only one who put on a body suit and leotards and worked out to Jane Fonda videos! Some of the exercises might seem a little hokey but they are totally solid and many are still being used today! Jane Fonda had a HUGE influence on fitness fashion and aerobic classes that are still found at gyms today.
The Shake Weight
Okay…for those of you who may be unfamiliar with the Shake Weight, it’s basically a dumbbell that you shake until it starts to vibrate. Picture that….it’s a bit sexually suggestive….Personally I think the people who invented it knew that any video of anyone using this thing would surely go viral and it did.
What Will Be The Next Great Fitness Fad?
There are lots of fitness fads that have and will come and go. Some great for getting in shape, some great for making you laugh. If you’re going to indulge in a fitness fad do some research and make sure it’s safe and make sure it’s something you’ll do….at least for a little while 😉