The Best and Worst 90s Fitness Trends

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Neon windbreakers. Pagers. Bucket hats. Bowl Cuts. Chockers. NSYNC. Sun-In. Chunky Shoes. Slap bracelets. Fanny Packs. Are you feeling the nostalgia yet? If not, we could seriously keep going. We adore the 90s here at FBG. Like, if we could stop time, it’d be 1995 right now.

We have whipped up some of the best (and worst) 90s fitness trends in order to properly appreciate this wonderfully, neon-colored decade. Prepare for a trip down memory lane in 3, 2, 1 …

Tae Bo

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Who didn’t see the Tae Bo infomercials and think they’d be in killer shape if they bought them? Truth was, they would be in great shape if they bought them and did them. adore the 90s here at FBG was 2 Legit 2 Quit for sure.

Spandex

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Credit: wikipedia.com

Because nothing says “fitness” quite like high-waisted shiny Spandex shorts with a thong up the rear.

Ephedra

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Credit: nbcnews.com

It was the miracle weight-loss pill that turned out to be not so miraculous. And possibly deadly.

Bill Phillips

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Credit: southbayriders.com

Pretty much the P90X of the 90s.

8-minute Abs

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Credit: yaledailynews.com

Oh, the promise of a quick six pack. I’m sure the workouts were solid, but did they ever mention the fact that abs won’t be visible until you shed some fat?

Zubaz Pants

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Credit: www.rsvlts.com

Oh, hey, Erin’s daughter has some zebra print pants like that. She’s 13 months old.

Tony Little’s Gazelle

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Credit: sportsmansguide.com

You can burn 1,000-plus calories in an hour if you work out on this thing as fast and as energetically as Tony Little speaks.

Step Aerobics

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Credit: fitnessista.com

Whether you used one riser or five, you just weren’t fit in the 90s unless you were stepping. Or pretending to without a step in the comfort of your own home like Erin did.

Cardio Slide

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Credit: www.amazon.com

The cardio slide has now modernized into “ski-skaters,” but back in the 90s, throw on some hospital-like booties and glide from side to side while your thighs and bums burn like hell.

Jazzercise

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Credit: www.wallyhood.org

It’s made a modern comeback, but Jazzercise still carved out a 90s spot in our fitness-loving hearts.

Richard Simmons

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Credit: huffingtonpost.com

Sweatin’ with the oldies. It may be totally 90s, but Richard Simmons’ style of inclusive fitness for all sizes has never gone out of style.

Suzanne Somer’s Thighmaster

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Credit: www.amazon.com




Before anyone had heard the term “thigh gap” we were thigh-mastering our way to stronger thighs. Hey, maybe there was wisdom to the thigh master — at least it did strengthen the legs!

What’s your fave 90s workout trend? And your least favorite? —Erika

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  1. I think all of these trends were featured in the movie “Heavyweights” with Ben Stiller. I flipping love that movie.