Dr. Charles A. Bucher, Slimnastics, Decca 734546, 1959
No, Jane Fonda did not invent the workout record. Richard Simmons was in grade school when Dr. Charles A. Bucher created the nonsense workout Slimnastics. Make this record a must if you have a strong desire to touch your toes to public domain songs like Pop Goes The Weasel, and Tea For Two. All played for meekly for you by an anonymous orchestra while the good doctor leads your through your paces.
A quick Google search for Dr. Charles A. Bucher tells me he was on President Eisenhower’s council for fitness. This record came out in 1959, so he must have had some credentials to get the record deal with Decca. Betty Draper probably had this record…
Men and women each get their own side of the record, men on side one. I’m sure there’s a joke in there somewhere, but I’ll let your imagination create your own. This is all just the most basic fitness routine, and I can’t imagine anyone needing this record once they learn what a sit-up is. And, oy, the music is just so corny.
My absolute favorite part, though is the back cover. The exercise tips are nothing more than the silliest common sense advice, especially my favorite, #7: “Include time for a shower or bath after your slimnastics”.
I actually did the routine (for MEN, thank you very much) twice and felt no slimmer. But I promise you, a record like this is amazing to have in your collection or frame for your workout area. Just be sure to have enough room to do it (no obstructions)!
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