Photos by Jennie McKeon
To be honest, I have no idea how “Jane Fonda’s Workout Record” ended up in my collection.
Fonda’s heyday was a bit before my time, so I have no inclination toward or against her. I know her name, and I’ve visited the Wikipedia page, but that’s the extent of it.
Despite all that, I think this workout record is wicked cool. In fact, I propose a workout record revival.
There aren’t a huge amount of workout records floating around anymore, but it was one of the only ways to do a guided workout at home before VHS tapes, CDs, infomercials, DVDs, Blu-rays, blogs, Instagram accounts. Need I go on?
I found a list of “12 Vintage album covers you have to see to believe” on metv.com. Wow is almost all I can say, but not quite. Here are a few titles to pique your interest:
• Vic Obeck’s “Isometric Exercising: How to exercise without moving a muscle”
(Seems counter-intuitive, Vic, but hey, what personal trainer doesn’t advocate immobility?)
• Debbie Drake’s “How to Keep Your Husband Happy”
(Sorry, what?! What is this, the 1950s? Close, the 1960s. Gender equality, where you at?)
For the record (no pun intended), exercise should be reserved only for your own happiness, not for your spouse’s happiness. Hold on, I’m getting off my high horse.
• Frank Wagner’s “Jazzercise”
(No sassy remarks for this one. Jazzercise sounds fun.)
• “Roller Dancing: For fun and fitness”
Yes. Just yes. This one actually has some great songs on it, such as “Rapture,” “Starting Over” and “Way of the World.” Roll with it. Pun intended.
Wait, one more, “Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Total Body Workout.” Schwarzenegger’s thighs are bigger than my head on this album cover, seriously.
I chose to feature “Jane Fonda’s Exercise Record,” because I’ve started taking fitness more seriously. It also gave me a chance to show off some of my new workout clothes.
Despite words like “dry-fit,” “compression” and “lightweight” on their tags, workout clothes appear to have no affect on my physical ability to pick things up and put them down. But, they do change my mood.
Workout clothes inspire me to go to the gym, which, frankly, is half the battle. But, after crossing paths with this record, I’m sincerely considering more workout circuits at home.
Fonda’s exercise LP is a whole lot of Fonda politely, but firmly, saying things like “bend,” “lift” and “stretch.” OK, Fonda, we get it!
Listening to Fonda is an exercise in and of itself, perhaps how to truly exercise without moving a muscle. But, the premise of exercise-themed vinyl records is nifty.
Despite owning many records, I've never exercised to one. I love the idea of clearing my living room for a couple of girlfriends to come over and jazzercise to the sound of crackling vinyl.
This record might have spontaneously generated, but I’m glad it’s there. I plan to try all the bending, lifting and stretching Fonda tells me to do.
Hey, I'm Savannah. I collect records, and they collect dust. Like my preferred media form, I strive to not become obsolete. I created Off the Record as a way to turn my mind inside out, into something visual and tangible. One is the loneliest number, so I asked my friends to join.