Back in the 1980s, celebrity fitness gurus first came to prominence – and there were certainly a lot of them – mainly as a direct result of the popularity of home workout programs available on VCR. Celebrities that wanted to increase their presence – or just make a few bucks – jumped onto the bandwagon, with notable names such as Jane Fonda, Heather Locklear, and Kathy Smith releasing their own routines. Home workout videos weren’t the only craze, however.
As time went on, television series and online channels began to also increase in popularity, with an increasing number of celebrities transcending from the world of acting or singing and making a name for themselves in the fitness field. There are also cases of personal trainers and fitness instructors that managed to find fame for themselves as a result of their overwhelming popularity. In this article, we take you across three decades, from 1980 to 2010, of the most popular celebrity fitness gurus.