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Three Decades of the Most Popular Celebrity Fitness Gurus

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.


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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.