A Twenty-Something’s Obsession with Jane Fonda

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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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.



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


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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.


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.)


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3 comments so far

  1. I love those clothes!! LOL! If it’s a great workout and it’s fun… why not? An entertaining article. Makes me want to tune into some 80’s jam and do some dancing.

  2. loonyalana

    While I’m not 20-something anymore and not obsessed with Jane’s workout (I’m more of a ‘run-when-I’m-being-chased’ kind of gal) – I do have super fond memories of this workout. I did this workout. My family owned this workout on VHS. My sister and my mother did this workout. Nothing but fond memories and the height of 80’s fashion. And surprisingly little sweat for a workout (how DID they manage that?)

  3. vmcbooks

    80s workouts are the best! I have to say though, Richard Simmons and Sweatin to the Oldies should get some props too. 🙂

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