Today we can thank a sick child and a snow storm for the odd chance that I am home to actually blog!!
So..let's talk about meeting one of my fitness idols.
You know who I'm talking about...THIS GUY!!
Seriously...what's trip to Beverly Hills without a quick stop to hang out with the King of Fitness himself, Richard Simmons.
Yes, THE Richard Simmons.
Angela and I were going to go to a "HardCore" class at Barry's Bootcamp Thursday evening however, a quick walk with the dog would change our plans...on our Abbey walk, we stop by neighbor/friend, Sara's house where we learned that Richard Simmons was in his studio in Beverly Hills that night.
Instant. Change. Of. Plans.
We rushed back to Angela's to get ready for class.
I have been a long time fan of Richard Simmons and meeting him in person just amplified that fandom! He is still so full of energy and is just as sweet & kind as I expected him to be.
The rules are NO PHONES and NO CAMERAS in the studio during class but after he will hang out and take pics. Ok, cool. I can follow the rules...
Angela and I wait around while tons of people start filling up his studio-a traditional "dance" studio with wood floors and a mirrored wall. There are all walks of life here--young, old, fit, not-as-fit, male, female--you name it. I was actually surprised that there were so many YOUNG ladies too!! There was a Zumba convention in town and several young gals were there to check Richard out. I doubt they even recall the days of Richard Simmons in the 80's.
and this is Richard now. Pretty sure his energy level is the same!!
High energy. The dude is a PERFORMER!! His energy was amazing and I found myself sweating and smiling ear to ear!
Here is a video clip from Richard's YouTube channel and this is exactly how the class was-- High energy, fun and he is definitely a performer! I even recognize a couple faces in this video as his "regulars".
The music was fun (and yes, he still uses records and doesn't miss a beat either!)
Before I knew it, my face hurt from smiling and I was dripping in sweat! It was a 90 minute class and the time flew by...the majority of the class was dance style stuff which was so fun and then we hit up a segment of weight training and then a core set and then a cooldown.
I am so happy that we went to Richard's Slimmons studio vs. Barry's Bootcamp.
I have always had a soft spot in my heart for Richard and his mission to help people. I have always believed that his heart was genuine. I was so happy to see that this was 100% accurate and he is even nicer in person than I could have imagined...and Cute as a BUTTON!!
Next time you are in Beverly Hills, this is a MUST STOP.
It was a huge highlight of my trip!!
Not gonna lie, I did squeal like a school girl when he tweeted me today!!