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To build a strong body, build a strong body of knowledge. Exercise workouts, training programs, classes, program design, workout music, motivation. Cardio, strength, flexibility.

Experience in the area, the first fitness music company. Program design/choreography, 7 Richard Simmons videos. Co-star, 4 Time-Life Medical exercise videos. Chapter author: "Physical Activity Instruction of Older Adults" (Human Kinetics), "Fitness Theory and Practice" (AFAA), "Fitness for Travelers" (ACE). Lecturer, California State University, Fullerton California, Department of Kinesiology.




Men's Fitness, Men's Health, Men's Journal, Shape, Weight Watchers, O, Self...


Certifications: ACE, ACSM, AFAA.

Awards and Honors

IDEA Fitness Instructor of the Year

Past/Present Clients

Previous clients... Jodi Foster, Priscilla Presley, Barbra Streisand, Sylvester Stallone...

What do you like about this subject?

It's all about efficient workouts & effective training. Because anything else is not the best use of your time.

Something interesting about this subject that others may not know:

In 1979, Shirlee Fonda brought step-daughter Jane Fonda to Gilda Marx's exercise studio in Los Angeles. Richard Simmons opened his own exercise studio because he was "too enthusiastic" at Gilda's. Kathy Smith has evolved into one of the industry's leading experts. All three had their start at Gilda's, one of the grand-dames of fitness. The rest, as they say, is history.

Something controversial or provocative about this subject

The growth of Pilates exercise shows the influence of the dance world on the fitness industry. Pilates is usually known as "floor exercise" in jazz and modern dance classes.

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Tom 07/01/16101010Thanks for your help Tom
bud02/15/16101010Thanks Ken! I will keep you posted .....

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2016-09-04 mini trampoline:

Hi Barry,    You're not doing anything wrong necessarily. If it doesn't feel like much of a workout for you, it means you have to more work more intensely, exerting more energy.  On a mini-trampoline,

2016-07-22 belly fat:

Hi,    Good questions.  Unfortunately, no "easy" answers.  The belly fat is still there because of your genetic make-up.  You will lose it eventually if you stick with a training plan/program. Apparently

2016-07-02 Aerobic Intensity:

Thanks for your question.  It can by confusing when organizations aren't always in sync or agreement as to definitions and terminology. The CDC is oriented more to the average person and what will be appropriate

2016-06-30 Aerobic Maintenance:

Tom,    Good question.  The answer is...maybe.  You'll have to try the two programs you described to see if you maintain your aerobic fitness.  Remember, these type of studies are done on very few human

2016-03-27 Is burpee bad for knees:

Hi,    Good question!  It's hard to determine if burpees or bad for your knees...for a few reasons. I don't know what is wrong with your knees that is causing you to have "bad knees from running and jogging"


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