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Does Sweatin to the Oldies by Richard Simmons Really Work?

Click for More Info About Sweatin to the OldiesFitness guru Richard Simmons claims he is against fad diets where weight is lost only temporarily. Instead, he endorses a healthy, balanced diet, and correct food portions of the major food groups. He also endorses exercise, and his product “Sweatin to the Oldies” is a collection of 5 DVDs of old songs that many will enjoy dancing to and in this way, lose weight. The dances are choreographed to each song. Plus there is his cheerful banter to motivate the user. In due time the user can add weights and alternate videos. The people in the video do not have beautifully sculptured bodies, but are ordinary people, some aging, some overweight, some flabby. There is also a DVD2 version of “Sweatin to the Oldies” that features the Loco Motion, My Boyfriend’s Back, and others.
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Sweatin to the Oldies by Richard Simmons Reviews

Yes - All depends on how you feel about Richard Simmons
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How do you review anything involving Richard Simmons? Unless you are twelve or live under a rock, you undoubtedly know who Richard Simmons is: the perpetually loud, unbelievably flamboyant, short-shorts wearing sprite with the white-boy afro who has spent the last 30 years assaulting TV viewers with his mission to make America fit. Simmons has inspired the same love-him-or-hate-him feelings that Liberace did for generations, and, like Liberace, Simmons comes across in a manner that can ONLY be described as “flaming”. But it isn’t Simmons’ in-your-face flamboyance that either delights or annoys you; rather, it is sheer insistence on battering you over the head with his antics that draws you to him or makes you ill, and “Sweatin’ to the Oldies” will work ONLY depending on how you feel about the guy. I’m serious about this. I’m gay – openly so – and I doubt I’m the straightest arrow in the bunch, so that Simmons is SO “out there” isn’t the problem. The man SIMPLY DOES NOT STOP. This trait is shown at full force on these DVD’s (and, indeed, ANY DVD of his): he pushes, prods, and generally moves mountains to get people BUILT like mountains to put down the Twinkies and move a few muscles beside their mouths. Be it that whole well-documented phenomenon of fat girls loving gay guys or not, the women on his DVD’s seem to respond to him best, and seem to be most encouraged by Simmons; the men often seem ill at ease or singularly uncoordinated and otherwise a little less eager to follow his lead. Simmons IS a live wire, and gives his followers 1000%, and IS to be commended for that. However, despite his protestations to the contrary, Simmons is also a businessman, and if he TRULY wanted ALL fat people in the world to be fit AND he wanted to be the one to make that happen, he wouldn’t be charging what is really a pretty steep price for programs that won’t exactly be called “big budget”. And therein lies ANOTHER problem: the music. The commercials bonk you on the head with all the great hits included within but know that NONE of them are by the original artists. In fact, you will not for a moment even THINK the original artists did these selections, as the quality of them is akin to Muzak or those used during ice-skating competitions. I know: this is minor quibbling. But for what the man is charging for these programs, wouldn’t you expect only the best? Really? Still, does it work? Well, like I said, it all depends on how you feel about Simmons: if, like me (and countless others), he makes you want to punch him or slip him some Valium, probably not. You probably aren’t going to be inspired by this elf-on-crack. But if you are less picky and can work with his extreme personality (and/or are desperate), you will probably find much to enjoy here. The routines he offers are accessible to all, even the heaviest of heavyweights can at least attempt them. Of course, that the routines are a bit on the easy side means that these aren’t for those already familiar with working out or going to the gym. But in the end it all boils down to how you’ve already reacted to those two magical words: “Richard Simmons”. If you hate him, this program won’t change your mind. If you love him, you probably already own it. If you’re undecided, well…all I can say is check him out first on YouTube or even his website to get a ‘taste’ of what makes Simmons run. Then, and only then, should you proceed. With caution, of course.

John Abramson
October 28th, 2009
Key West, FL, USA
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