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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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Richard03/24/17101010Thank you Ken, I'll do as you .....
Tom 07/01/16101010Thanks for your help Tom

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2017-03-21 Music for Seniors:

Hi Lucia,    Check out MuscleMixes, Power Music, Yes Music, and Dynamix music.  They should have some pre-made compilations in the BPM range you want and the music style you want.      We have a few CD's

2017-03-14 spinning in the 90% mhr range:

Thanks for being interested in this.   If you're able to sustain your workouts at that high percentage of your predicted max heart rate, then it's probably okay for you.  It is unusual to train at that

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


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