Friday, December 8, 2017

Richard Simmons Sweatin to the Oldies: 30th Anniversary Edition...Review & Giveaway



A few weeks ago on my social media I shared an image of something that came into the mail for me to review that I was super excited about....

The Richard Simmons Sweatin to the Oldies: 30th Anniversary Edition arrived on my doorstep and I lost my mind a little and, judging from the comments on my posts, I am not the only Richard fan still standing!  Here is the scoop on this DVD collection...

For thirty years, the inimitable Richard Simmons has been helping people lose weight (more than 3,000,000 pounds and counting) and get healthy with his unique enthusiasm, charm and encouragement.  Since opening his first aerobics studio in Beverly Hills in 1974, he has cemented himself in America's pop-culture psyche with 65 fitness videos (selling over 20 million copies), dozens of infomercials, nine best-selling books, myriad parodies of his over-the-top persona, and seemingly endless TV and film appearances.  And, on October 31, Time Life celebrates the iconic weight loss guru with a landmark DVD release: RICHARD SIMMONS: SWEATIN' TO THE OLDIES: 30TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION.  The set will be available for $39.95srp, exclusively from Amazon.com.

"So many sparkly tank tops - so many memories."
-- Richard Simmons

The energetic 6-disc set includes the complete collection of Simmons' best-selling Sweatin' to the Oldies workout programs.  Pairing lively classics from the '50s and '60s with rockin' low impact routines and Simmons' humorous banter, encouragement and sparkly tank tops, SWEATIN' TO THE OLDIES: 30TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION offers fun for the entire family.  Across five discs, home exercisers will find forty-one exercise routines set to rock n' roll classics such as "It's My Party," "Big Girls Don't Cry," "Gimme Some Lovin'," "Oh, Pretty Woman," and more. 

Loaded with extras, this special anniversary set also includes 100 minutes of bonus programming featuring an exclusive interview with Richard, testimonials and success stories from Simmons'  students, a full-color 20-page album of rare personal photos and memories personally selected by Richard and a bonus disc of "Love Yourself and Win -- Six Steps to Self-Esteem & Permanent Weight Loss."

Says Simmons' "I can't believe it has been 30 years since the beginning! For the first time ever, I have compiled the complete "Sweatin' to the Oldies" collection...It's the original and still the best way to get your heart racing and your blood pumping!"

Delivering a serious message with his trademark humor, Simmons has helped millions of overweight men and women lose millions of pounds by adopting sensible balanced eating programs and exercise regimes that are energetic, fun and motivating.  And, since the early '70s, when he established his innovative weight loss facility where the overweight of the world were welcome with open arms, Simmons has become a pop culture fixture with numerous local and national television and radio appearances including a four-year run on "General Hospital," followed by his own nationally syndicated, Emmy Award-winning series, "The Richard Simmons Show."

With the overstuffed holidays coming potentially adding on unwanted pounds, there's never been a better time to become re-acquainted with one of the best-selling home entertainment fitness series in history with RICHARD SIMMONS: SWEATIN' TO THE OLDIES: 30TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION.

My Thoughts:  Where to begin? Well, how about he beginning?? Richard Simmons and I have history.  I am a child of the 80's which means I am well acquainted with the whole Richard Simmons fitness movement.  My mom went to aerobics classes, religiously watched his shows and wore leg warmers. I participated right along with her at home and it was a fantastic time that I remember fondly.  I was very, very excited to repeat my history with my own daughter so we suited up (minus the legwarmers) and got ready to sweat.

The opening portion was hilarious....a PSA about not copying VHS tapes with Richard's mom being led away in a cruiser for pirating (nope...I am not kidding).  After we got that important message out of the way. R and I got to exercising. Well....after patiently answering a few of her questions/observations:














1.  "Is this Bob Ross?" No, honey.  Close but wrong cultural icon.
2.  "Are those shorts he is wearing?  Or a bathing suit?"  That was the style back then...it was the 80's anything goes.
3. "I think he is dabbing!  He invented the dab!". Hmm....it looks that way doesn't it?  He was way ahead of the times!

Once we got those  burning questions under control we set out to get to sweatin'....

Right away we got swept away  in the energy.  The songs are so much fun. Proud Mary?  Check! Respect? It's My Party? Big Girls Don't Cry?  Check, check and check!  The music selection is fantastic with tons of old favorites.  Richard explains the moves with the zeal of a Broadway choreographer and the moves are simple to follow and sometimes silly which equaled fun for me and my daughter.  He would explain what different moves were working on and while the workout was not intense I could definitely feel my heart pumping.  This is an all levels workout without a doubt.


Richard Simmons is a special kind of someone. Yes, he is over the top (way over the top even!) but he has boundless energy, an obvious love of people and a kindness that just seems to ooze out of him.  You really can't put into words the level of support that shines out of him.  He is a soldier for people's self-esteem and there are not enough Richard Simmons out in the world.  He is an icon and a treasure.

I fully enjoyed this trip down memory lane with Richard Simmons.  It brought back so many great memories, gave me some laughs and  yes, I even worked up a little sweat!  Better than all that though is the warm and fuzzy feeling I got listening to the world's best cheerleader, Richard Simmons, boost every person up.  Thanks Richard.

Buy It! You can purchase this DVD set now  on Amazon:  Amazon.com.

Giveaway!  I am delighted to tell you that one lucky Reviewed by Mom follower will win the Richard Simmons Sweatin to the Oldies: 30th Anniversary Edition DVD set.  Thanks to the sponsor and best of luck! a Rafflecopter giveaway

92 comments:

holly said...

LOL I remember doing this in gym class as a kid!

Barbara Lima said...

For over 30 years!

andrea v said...

I remember my mom dancing to the oldies it's been 30 years at least.

♡♥♬ Carolsue ♡♥♬ said...

Maybe 20 years? Since I was in my early twenties, anyway. I used to love listening to his videos!
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Ken Ohl said...

My mom is a fan love for her to have this

1porkchop said...

My mom and aunt used to workout to these tapes when I was a kid, so I was very familiar with him at a young age.

Liza Plaisted said...

iam trying to win for my sister cuz she has all his dvds

Audra said...

I would love this for myself

cyndi br said...

I used to watch him on general hospital

Charlene Canfield said...

Oh my goodness! I can't even remember how long I have liked Richard Simmons!

Steph said...

Its been about 30 years I think. Long time.

Mad Moose Mama said...

OMG...we're going back to childhood here...ummm...40 years....oh my...time surely does fly~!! Thank you for the laughter, Richard...I always enjoyed your aura when I was but a wee lassie...it was very shiny & sparkly and I just wanted to touch it~!! I used to weigh 220 lbs...I am now 100 lbs. lighter and while I didn't lose weight to your videos...I lost weight to your principle and that is...put the music on and dance...10 songs a day...they started out slowly and pitched fast and back to slow...for 6 months and it melted away and has never returned since...thank you for the subconscious thought that enabled for this to happen...love your soul~!!

Liz said...

I've been a fan since I was a teenager & I'm now 38. LONG time !!!

Anonymous said...

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Can remember him when he had a small spot on General Hospital, so that was years ago.

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Suzanne Howe said...

I remember sweating to the o.dies as a child with my mom. I loved the music and the fun dances.

Karen Behrman said...

I have been a fan for over 30 years. I have struggled with weight issues since I was a young girl and I have loved working out to Richard's tapes only exercise tapes I feel I could keep up with

Deanna Allen said...

The Parents used to have the vhs and then my cousins found it and started exercising. Lots of fun!

Jackie said...

I remember watching him when I was young. We use to love to dance (exercise) along with him.

Stephanie Shipley said...

I have been a Richard Simmons fan since the mid to late 90S when I would do the videos with my mom and grandmother. I still love them! I borrow my sister's Richard Simmons DVDs right now, but would love my own!

Anonymous said...

I love the fact that he used the oldies to do the exercises -- like 30 years ago!
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Jenny Scheldberg said...

I remember the infomercials for these! My mom had a few on VHS.

Joseph Wallace said...

Ive been a Richard Simons fan since I was a litle. kid. I remember watching him with my Mom. Thanks for the giveaway. Bernie W BWallace1980(at)hotmail(d0t)com

Wendy ArtsyChaos said...

I remember doing Richard Simmons workout videos when I was a very young mom... almost 30 years ago.

Alice Minx said...

Oh gosh.. at least 30 years

Squince said...

I don't know how long it's been, but I truly miss him!

Sunnie said...

Its been a long time, I remember him when I was a kid.

starletpunk said...

This is fantastic I hope to win 😂🎉 Kristen benson

Anonymous said...

I wouldn’t say I’m a die hard fan of his lol but I love workout videos and this one looks fun!

Kellymcgrew

Samantha Martin said...

I have been a fan for about twenty years !! He has been around a while !!

Teisha said...

My mom had these videos when I was growing up! We also had his deal a meal kit!

lfhpueblo said...

I think for at least 20 years I've been a fan. He made exercising fun, not just a chore.
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Deanna Watson said...

I used to work at a boarding school and the students would exercise to Richard Simmons DVDs. We had the best times!
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mogrill said...

i HAVE BEEN A FAN FOREVER. i WAS SWEATIN TO THE OLDIES IN THE 80S!

Erica C. said...

It's been years!

Cassandra D. said...

5 years

LeAnn Harbert said...

I've been a fan for over 20 years

katherine s said...

I would love to try this

Leela said...

For over a decade.

Step by step said...

I met him when he was doing Mall tours back in the 90's Love Richard!

robin s. said...

I have used Richard Simmons videos for years. I started in my early 20's. I once lost 54 pounds doing them. He really is awesome.

Brandy Jones said...

Oh my goodness I have been a fan for literally as long as I can remember. Before I started school. I remember my mom excersizing to Richard on TV and I of course had to try and copy everything they were doing. I hope I'm a little bit more coordinated now than I was as a toddler.

Lisa Voyce said...

I can remember his start and my mom buying the video tapes, not DVDs. So a long time.

Susan Smoaks said...

i have been a richard simmons fan as long as i can remember. i love sweatin to the oldies.

Maria Gagliano said...

I have been a Richard Simmons fan since he was on General Hospital in the 80s

Daniel M said...

so long i can't remember

Aleksandra Nearing said...

I've never seen a video of his! I think this would be so fun to do!

Nicole said...

I used to do the tapes as a teenager!

Brenda said...

I've been a fan from the beginning. It has to be at least 25 to 30 years.

Gabrielly said...

It's been a long time.

Michelle Fuchs said...

I have been a fan of Richard Simmons for over 30 years! I actually had this workout video a long time ago, but in transition of moving to my new house, I lost it.

Anonymous said...

Since "General Hospital"!

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janetfaye said...

I have been a Richard Simmons fan ever since I first saw him on tv over twenty years ago.

Trish said...

I remember Richard Simmons way back in the 1980's - he is great and his workouts are fun!

Gail Fernandez said...

I have been a Richard Simmons fan since the 1980's. He is so inspiring!

Anonymous said...

I've been a fan since Sweatin first came out!

Susan B.
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Nancy said...

I've been a fan since his first tapes came out.

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Anne Higgins said...

Sometime in the 80s - received his tapes from my parents to help get back in shape after my 1st pregnancy!

Julia said...

I was doing my mom's tapes in 80's! I'd love to see them now.

Anonymous said...

I remember doing these with my mom when I was a teenager.

Kathy Green said...

This is so awesome. I can see me and my son doing this lol.

Melinda Atwell said...

My mom had all of his videos- I remember doing them with her as a kid, and continued into my teenage years.

yellowlabs said...

I have been a fan since sometime back in the eighties or early nineties!

James Coyne said...

I've been a fan since deal a meal

Janet Boyanton said...

A long time, back when he was young!

lkw1974 said...

I have been a fan for a long time.

Anita Jude said...

I been a fan for as long as I can remember

Philip Lawrence said...

I have been a fan from the beginning 30 years ago.

Kathy Pease said...

I remember my mother watching him when I was younger..so a long time

lildevilgirl22 said...

Since I was a kid

Misty said...

I have been a Richard Simmons forever. (jozywails@gmail.com)

Sandra Watts said...

Been a fan since seems like forever.

kathy dalton said...

ive been a fan forever...never say diet...probably 30 years. im 58

Lauryn Rescoe said...

I have been a fan ever since I was a little kid! This would be so fun to have!

kathy dalton said...

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Nikki K. said...

This isn't so exciting! Been a fan since I was a child! Would think this would be a blast to dance along with my kids!

Stephanie said...

Since I was a little kid so I would love to win this!

Richard Brandt said...

I've been a fan so long we were Sweatin' to the Newbies! Now we're Sweatin' WITH the Oldies!

Richard Brandt said...

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Betty C said...

I think I've been a fan forever. I used to work at a call center where we took orders for his videos and he would visit every once in a while.

Julie said...

I am pretty sure I have been a fan my whole life.

Annmarie Weeks said...

I have loved Richard Simmons since he first got popular all those years ago! I loved Sweatin to the Oldies! He always made exercise seem fun...and let everyone know that ANYONE could exercise and lose weight!

pmj said...

I love Richard Simmons- he was at my company party!

Holly Kennedy said...

In high school our class would do the VHS tapes. Wow. Took me back.

Eileen Boyce said...

Probably over 20 years now.

Kimberly Myers said...

Oh my, at least 25 years. He has such great energy.

Vikki Billings said...

For about 25 years!

Peggy Johnson said...

I started when the first video tape was released

Anita Duvall said...

I have been watching Richard for over 20 years. I love this. Would love to have the video to exercise to.

Sand said...

I have been a fan since childhood. I remember seeing him on TV as a kid!

RICHARD HICKS said...

I have been a fan for at least 30 years!

Charlene Canfield said...

Yay! Thank you so much! I am going to start the new year right!