The 80s were magical with the hip-culture, fitness and new pop music videos coming out, it was everything we dreamed of living in an era influenced by Pop Culture. If you are an 80s kid you will understand all the references and recognize the list of stars in this piece. From Arnie being our inspiration to Fabio as a crush, 80s gave a lot emphasis to fitness and here are some of our favorite fitness stars.
What do you think these famous fitness stars are doing now? Are they still into fitness?? Well lucky for us, I did some research and the answers are right here, here’s looking at top fitness stars from the 80s.
Jake Steinfeld Please tell me you love JAKE STEINFELD, I mean he was the fitness god of the 80s and we all wanted that body, aspiring for the greats.
Jake was responsible for being one of the biggest inspiration for a lot of young adults in the 80’s and he created new exciting ways to workout. He was in face the creative director behind the popular FITTV 24 hour lifestyle network and that has helped people across the states exercise.
Jake continued to grow as an entrepreneur here is what he looks like now!
Olivia Newton John was famously known for playing the naughty character of Sandy Olsen, in Grease. She has gained a lot of attention and fame for herself in her ‘Let’s Get Physical’ music video. As fans of course we obliged and wore our pink leg warmers! However, Olivia went on to become the cover girl for 80s fitness // and a famous exercise icon. Here is what the fitness icon looks like now!
Lou Ferrigno didn’t always want to be a fitness trainer or a fitness icon. Because he had a rough childhood, he found himself taking regular, minimum-wage jobs to pay the bills. He found peace in exercise and worked real hard on his body, to be enable to take part in bodybuilding competitions. He ultimately won the IFBB Mr. America title.
Check out what the hunk looks like now!
If you an 80’s kid you absolutely know what I am talking about, you are probably trying hard to get buns of steel just like Greg Smithey. Having said that, it wasn’t really difficult to get buns of steel, all you had to do was watch Greg and his workout videos.
Greg is an aerobics instructor who mainly focused on his lower half of the body! A whopping 1 million copies of his workout videos were sold!
Guys, let’s be completely honest, if Jane Fonda was about to drop a new workout video, we knew we had to buy it, there was no second thoughts about this one! We bought a VCR along with the rest of the world so we could work out with the LEGEND OF ALL TIME- JANE FONDA.
Jane Fonda workout video was popular across the globe, in fact it inspired her to release another 20 plus videos into the world!
No amount of words we write can be as iconic as CHER. She literally ruled the 80s, made a name for herself as a singer, dancer, performer and an over-all LEGEND! She was a definite fitness mogul in the 80s with the leg warmers and headbands, but she became a hit in the 90’s when she released her best-selling book, FOREVER FIT – THE LIFETIME PLAN FOR HEALTH,FITNESS AND BEAUTY.
Cher is still gorgeous as ever, check out her latest picture below.
Guys, this is John Travolta we are talking about, I mean we all know he is the jack of all trades by now, and it is fair that half the globe had a crush on him in the 80’s.
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.
How could have an article about the 80s fitness star and not include Arnold Schwarzenegger.
It’s pretty obvious that Arnold is one of the most famous athletes in history and he has made a name for himself as Mr Europe, when he was 19 years old. He later went on to win Mr. Olympia which is a big deal. During the ‘80s, he wrote columns in the popular magazines, Muscle & Fitness and Flex, about health, fitness and working out.
There is no way you can forget THE RICHARD SIMMONS. Like most of the iconic fitness stars of the 80’s Simmons was barely ever seen without a sparkly outfit. He rose as an eccentric fitness instructor first when he documented his weight-loss journey and continued to help others do so!
His target audience were the ones that loved retro, sweatin’ to the oldies. Here is what the rock-star looks like now!
If you don’t know Mr.T you have probably been living under a rock. “I pity the fool” is still a commonly used household phrase even now, despite it being really old.
Lawrence Tureaud known as Mr. T, is famous for his hairstyle (which he based off of a Mandinka warrior’s mohawk), his gold chains and attitude make him seem like a rapper! But he is a fitness star whose workout routines were attempts to achieve his big, bulky shape. He was an actor, professional wrestler, and all-around tough guy. He pretty much looks the same even now!
June Jones was a famous fitness star in the 80s and in Australia. She was the co-founder of a very successful program that aired from 1982 all the way through 2005, with 4,500 episodes in total.
The show did have instructors of every age and all gender attracting all genre of audience. The show then gained popularity on TISM an Australian band, made a music video parody of it in 1998. Check out her recent photograph given below.
Billy Banks was very famous in the fitness world especially in the late 80s 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. With his gym’s popularity growing, he began producing workout videos to be sold to the masses.
Bess Motta started featuring on our screen in the ‘80s, obviously she left us all speechless! She is one hell of a Canadian, she could act, sing, dance, exercise as if her life depended on it. Bess was on a famous TV show called, The 20 Minute Workout. Although the show brought in thousands of viewers, it only ran from 1983 until 1984, but that was enough time to get Bess established in the world of fame and celebrity.
Unfortunately, her fame dwindled fairly quickly after her foray into the world of acting, and she disappeared from the public eye. She re-emerged for an appearance on a podcast for Ken Reid but has since disappeared once again. Hopefully, we’ll see her again soon!
Right from the start Arlaine Wright actively participated in the field of acting. Like any other young actress she took ballet classes, she was a cheerleader and later became an aerobics teacher. This foray into the world of fitness and aerobics got the gorgeous Canadian fitness instructor a role in The 20 Minute Workout TV series.
Similar to Bess, Arlaine proved hugely popular and became the face of the show and home aerobics, until the show was sadly pulled off the air in 1984. But that wasn’t the end of Arlaine!
Jamie Lee Curtis
Jamie Lee Curtis made a career primarily out of 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.
If you don’t remember the name, you’ll probably remember that iconic ponytail. Yes Tony little has his own style, 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! (We never gotten close to our fitness goals)
If you ever wanted to feel conscious 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.
Setting some serious body goals for the world, 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.
If you were serious about getting into shape in the ‘80s, then your best bet was to buy Gilad Janklowicz ‘Bodies in Motion.’ This fitness video was so popular in this era, you only had to work out for half an hour to get a sweat on.
He also released his own VHS tapes, Gilad’s show was also the first fitness program to appear on ESPN. If you think of it, it’s pretty incredible how much Gilad has accomplished! Way to go, check out what he looks like now in the photograph below.
Derrick Evans is known as Mr Motivator around the globe! He was in the limelight when he landed himself a gig on the British morning program GMTV.
His used AIRTIME to promote fitness regime and is known for his brightly colored spandex outfits. He also put out a number of workout videos such as “Mr. Motivator’s 10 Minute BLTs”, “Mr. Motivator’s 10 Minute Workouts”, and “Bums Legs & Tums.”