FOR A BLAST FROM THE PAST EXPERIENCE and a great workout, consider dusting off the DVD tapes stored in the basement, or check out the thrift shop, and go retro. If you still have a DVD player that is. We have an old Denise Austin tape I think. The internet is another place to locate some retro classes. Jazzercise offers a subscription to updated online classes. Some original Jack LaLanne Show videos are posted on YouTube.
Below are the seven oldies-but-goodies and their corresponding modern updates, as assembled and discussed by author Jessica Smith for SHAPE in "Then & Now: Seven Retro Workouts That Still Get Results.”
Earned Runs is highlighting these workouts as potential opportunities for cross training, which is scheduled within a plan to “save your legs” for important endurance runs, intervals, and speed work. Besides, these sessions could be fun way to sneak in a workout while getting together with the family or friends. If you’re watching “Blade Runner”, “Ghostbusters”, “Star Wars”, and other movie hits that had their origins decades ago, why not try old school exercise methods.
*Lotte Berk Method/Barre workouts
*Hi/Lo Aerobics/ Dance cardio
*Calesthenics /Bodyweight training (bootcamp)
*No frills weightlifting/CrossFit
*Mini Trampolines/Urban bounding
In addition, the multi-directional, stop-and-go nature of some of these types of workouts can benefit bone health in men and women.
GirlForce is a global initiative recently rolled-out by Jazzercize, “to support young women in creating healthy habits”, indicates Shanna Missett, the company’s 48-year old president (daughter of founder Judi Shepard Missett). What a timely program, offering free classes to young women 16-21 years old, who typically reach peak bone mass by age 18.
Most old school exercise programs did not require the extensive use of gym equipment, making them, even in modern times, a potentially economical choice for consumers hoping to improve and maintain fitness on a budget.
This weekend, in cleaning out the closet or basement you might uncover a fitness treasure. It's a win-win!
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EARNED RUNS is edited and authored by me, runner and founder. In 1978 I began participating in 10K road races before 5Ks were common. I've been a dietitian, practiced and taught clinical pathology, and been involved with research that utilized pathology. I am fascinated with understanding the origins of disease as well as health and longevity.
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