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Penny Love Hoff

Penny Love Hoff


The Top 10 Exercises of the 80s: Where Are They Now?

Posted: 05/ 5/11 08:36 AM ET

Still long for the days of Jane Fonda, leg warmers and coordinating leotards/scrunchies? Look no further -- these 10 workouts from the 1980s will have you wanting to blast "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" (on your modern-day iPod).

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Step classes are the dinosaurs of the aerobics world for one reason: the knee joint. Repetitive flexion with impact is killer on this hinge joint. The knee is not a ball joint like the ankle, shoulder and hip, so it takes a lot of abuse. We all used to do pivots, reverses -- God, I loved these! -- and this added torque. Bottom line is that step class is like a hunky, bad boyfriend. You love it in the moment, but the next morning you can barely stand the pain.
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And guess what? Just like Gloria Gaynor predicted, we have survived. It might not feel the same but we can always go back and have an old school moment. Don't you feel the burn?


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