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The ’80s Fitness Craze and What Its Stars Look Like Today

They are some of your favorite workout celebrities from the ’80s, and now you can find out what life had in store for them once the legwarmer and leotard spotlight faded away. More

Olivia Newton-John in the ’80s

Were you one of the people who got physical with Olivia Newton-John? The video for “Let’s Get Physical,” featuring Newton-John getting her groove on while dressed in tights and legwarmers was everywhere on MTV.

On top of that, she played Sandy in the film adaptation of the musical Grease, where she went from sneakers to stilettos in 75 minutes. Success is always welcome, but adversity was also awaiting Olivia down the road.

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Olivia Newton-John Today

Olivia Newton-John has had a tough go of things since her time in the ’80s spotlight. She has fought breast cancer three times (in 1992, 2013 and 2017), and the four-time Grammy winner has had to quell recent online rumors that she had passed away.

But don’t worry — she’s doing okay! She is considered by her friends and colleagues to be on the most positive people you ever meet, much like the next person on our list.

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Jane Fonda in the ’80s

Jane Fonda started getting some serious attention in Hollywood when she landed the starring role in 1968’s Barbarella, where she spent the film’s opening credit’s twirling around mid-air half-naked.

During the 1980s, Fonda jumped headfirst into the fitness craze with her Jane Fonda Workout series, a prime reason why many consumers decided to take the plunge and buy themselves a VCR. When it was all said and done, Fonda released 22 videos straight through into the ’90s, but don’t forget that’s not all she’s known for.

Jane Fonda Today

Jane Fonda set aside her lycra-sporting workout focus in the mid-90s and shifted her focus back to acting and social advocacy. She wrote her biography in 2005 and over the past decade she has appeared in 10 films, including her critically acclaimed turn in 2015’s “Youth.”

But Fonda hasn’t forgotten about the world of fitness. At the age of 70, she began releasing a new series of workout videos geared for the senior lifestyle, someone the next fitness-forward individual is handling with style.

 

Cher in the ’80s

Cher didn’t need her old pal Sonny to help her catapult to fame in the 1980s. She was everywhere there was any form of media to be found. She was singing, dancing, acting and… sweating. In a very crowded workout field, her name became synonymous with the ’80s fitness craze.

Along with her headbands and legwarmers, Cher was also recognized for her lbest-selling book Forever Fit: The Lifetime Plan for Health, Fitness and Beauty, which hit the shelves in 1991.

Cher Today

Today, if there’s any major celebrity gala or music event happening, chances are you’ll find Cher in all of her fashion-forward beauty there. For those functions she can’t personally attend, you can still see her inspirational influence in the crowd. This woman has staying power, plain and simple.

Now in her 70s, Cher can not only talk the talk but she can still (literally) walk the walk when it comes to keeping fit. But who comes out on top if she’s next to a superhero?

Lou Ferrigno in the ’80s

Lou Ferrigno spent the late ’70s and early ’80s on everyone’s TV as the great big green half of the Incredible Hulk equation. During its five seasons on the air, Ferrigno had to spend four hours every day getting greened up for the role.

Facing his share of adversity as a child, Ferrigno used fitness training and bodybuilding as an escape. He’d go on to win the IFBB Mr. America title, and with that, his flexing career took off. How incredible is he?

 

Lou Ferrigno Today

You’d be forgiven for thinking that The Incredible Hulk would be Ferrigno’s one and only opportunity to claim the spotlight, but he used the same work ethic he relied on to get in shape to help keep himself busy and active.

He’s had stints in television’s “The King of Queens” and “I Love You, Man” on the big screen. He’s also been working with government agencies to keep Americans fit, not to mention putting on a badge while working as a police deputy in both Ohio and California.

Raquel Welch in the ’80s

The world was introduced to Raquel Welch and her stunning beauty back in the 1960s when she graced the big screen in the sci-fi classic, “Fantastic Voyage.” Welch was always a scene stealer on and off the screen, a power she knew exactly what to do with.

Welch catapulted herself to the ’80s fitness craze with her book, “Raquel: The Raquel Welch Total Beauty and Fitness Program.” It helped keep Welch in the public eye for the entire decade and more, as you’ll find out.

Raquel Welch Today

Jumping ahead to Raquel Welch today and you’ll still see the actress appearing in films. She decided after the success of her book that she would focus on her acting career, although exercise and healthy living have always been close to her heart.

From her stint as Lana in “One Million Years B.C.” to her role in the “Legally Blonde,” Welch has proven time and again why so many people around the world, and not just Hollywood, consider her an icon, much like this next fitness guru.