I had a serious case of the January blues this year. The holiday season was over and, on top of that, I was feeling completely weighed down by the many (and I mean tons) of treats that festivities had brought upon me. Did I need an athletic related New Year’s Resolution? Yes. Am I super athletic? Not at all. I’ve been known to dabble in yoga and Pilates, but often got bored by the videos I was using. I wasn’t thrilled, I wasn’t motivated, and I was really, really cold.

I’ll start out by saying that I’m 23 years old. Young by most people’s standards, but I assure you that my knowledge of pop culture spans long before I was born. So, when I stumbled upon an article announcing Jane Fonda’s workouts re-releasing on DVD, I was intrigued. I always had a notion of these videos, with the 80’s get-ups and aerobic tendencies, but had never actually tried them. Of course, I called my mom up. My mom has a similar workout style to me (meaning we hate to do it, but we force ourselves to do videos), so I told her that I wanted to do it, she told me that she used to do them like crazy when my siblings and I were little. I was sold.

One DVD turned into two, which eventually turned into three. I’ve been doing Jane Fonda about three times a week since mid-January and I never get bored of it. Granted, I love to dance, I allow myself to sing along with them (yes, there is singing, too) and act silly in a couple moves, but that’s the fun of it! I’m not going to lie to you and tell you that I’ve lost a ton of weight over the past couple of months, but I’m definitely more flexible and, for the first time in my life, I get excited to do workouts.

 

I’ll leave you with a couple of my favorite highlights from the videos:

 

The clothes and hair. I definitely don’t look like that when I work out, but sometimes I really wish that I did. Also, how on earth does she do it with her hair down?

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Credit: fengshuidana.com

 

The dance moves. They ALL have names. I can’t remember what this one is called (give me a shout in the comments if you remember!), but I’m pretty sure it’s a part of the “Cardio Funk” segment.

Credit: LA Weekly
Credit: LA Weekly

 

The suggestive poses. Enough said.

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The cameos. See the woman on the far left? That’s Peggy Lipton AKA Rashida Jones’s mom.

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Credit: CEDMagic.com

 

The music. Smooth jazz and incredibly 80’s-tastic. Also, an original song (that is expertly lip synced in the video) that you’re encouraged to sing along with to keep your breathing even.

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Credit: Mental Floss

 

I really could go on forever. But, seriously, you won’t ever truly appreciate it unless you’ve seen it for yourself. Hope I’ve inspired a few of you!

(Also, I should mention that this isn’t a paid promotion whatsoever. I just really am that obsessed.)