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why is richard simmons considered a "fitness guru" by some people ?

dumbbellhe is in terrible shape imo. not one bulge of muscle.


Asked by gwen20 at 8:04 PM on Jan. 24, 2011 in Diet & Fitness

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  • Because he lost hundreds of pounds with just diet and excercise and has motivated many severly obese people to do the same. He is a very sweet man. Extremly positive. So what if he doesn't have a ton of muscle, he's getting older.

    Answer by Musicmom80 at 8:05 PM on Jan. 24, 2011

  • I was going to say the same thing as Musicmom80--he changed his physique dramatically, which is awesome. He may not be a beefcake, but he's like 60-something years old. He's probably still in really good health for his age! He's popular with the older crowd and his workouts are well suited for them.

    Answer by vicesix at 8:08 PM on Jan. 24, 2011

  • I had the same answer as Musicmom80 and vicesix!

    Answer by TARARENEE at 8:09 PM on Jan. 24, 2011

  • He use to be fat and he lost all that weight.


    Answer by HomeAlone45 at 10:16 PM on Jan. 24, 2011

  • He lost a ton of weight.

    Answer by PhilsBabyMama at 10:19 PM on Jan. 24, 2011

  • He used to be really big once upon a time and lost weight and has kept it off for all these years.

    Answer by cynprz at 10:55 PM on Jan. 24, 2011

  • Because he is able to motivate people who have probably always thought of exercise as boring, too much work, too hard, or embarassing to lose weight. People who are overweight or obese may find it overwhelming to lose a ton of weight, but he just shows them how to just have fun & dance it off, and who doesn't love to dance? People can follow his exercise program at home without feeling self conscious b/c the people in his videos are larger as well, not Denise Austin toned and thin. (Try working out with Denise Austin pregnant or post partum! I wanted to smack her, and I love her!!) He makes people feel good, and he himself has gone from fat to fit, which is a great motivation.

    Answer by LadySenae at 10:58 PM on Jan. 24, 2011

  • He is annoyingly positive.

    Answer by Liansmommie at 8:33 PM on Jan. 24, 2011

  • he's also kept the weight off

    Answer by Ashlynnsmommy07 at 10:49 PM on Jan. 24, 2011

  • It's like others say, he inspires people. He doesn't judge people for the way they look.

    Answer by thatgirl70 at 11:02 PM on Jan. 24, 2011