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Workout Videos

Stretching the Limits of Fitness Programming

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Ivan Miller

1951

Jack LaLanne, the Godfather of Fitness, popularizes the tracksuit—and biceps flexing—on his TV show

1977

Arnold Schwarzenegger wins his sixth Mr. Olympia crown and taunts Lou Ferrigno, the Incredible Hulk, in Pumping Iron

1982

Jane Fonda shows her flexibility in pink tights and purple leggings in Workout

1988

Richard Simmons slims down and dances to “It’s My Party” (and he cried if he wanted to) in Sweatin’ to the Oldies

1991

Abs of Steel

1993

Televangelist Pat Robertson starts Cable Health Club—now FitTV—as the first health-centric TV channel

1999

Billy Blanks makes Tae Bo a hit, despite an endorsement by Paula Abdul

2003

Carmen Electra’s Aerobic Striptease introduces America to the cardiovascular benefits of lap dancing

2007

Wii Fit

2009

iPump 20 sends workout clips directly to cell phones, giving would-be fitness buffs one more distraction from actually working out ($1 per video; pumpone.com)

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