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Richard Simmons Sweatin' to the Oldies [VHS] (1978)

Richard Simmons , Sally Knyvette , E.H. Shipley  |  NR |  VHS Tape
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Richard Simmons, Sally Knyvette, Paul Darrow, Jan Chappell, Michael Keating
  • Directors: E.H. Shipley
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • VHS Release Date: November 15, 1994
  • Run Time: 45 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6301729897
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #80,777 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

Richard Simmons is the king of motivational exercise, especially if you're a beginner. This video workout is a dance party simulating a class reunion, with an energizing live band playing lively hits from the '50s and '60s, such as "It's My Party and I'll Cry If I Want To," "Great Balls of Fire," and "Dancing in the Streets." The singers and musicians sometimes come offstage and dance with the exercisers, adding to the energy and festivity. The choreography is very simple, low impact, light intensity, and appropriate for beginners and overweight exercisers. (You may not get your heart rate up if you're very fit, although you'll enjoy the music.) Richard doesn't do much in the way of cueing--he assumes you'll just follow along. His onscreen class has women and men of all body shapes and sizes, and everyone is having a blast. You will, too. At the end, the exercisers dance down the floor and the screen flashes how many pounds they've lost--several have lost more than 100 pounds. (22 minutes of aerobics, total 43 minutes with warm-up, cool down, and stretch.) --Joan Price

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182 of 193 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I lost 135 pounds.... April 26, 2001
I began with slow walks around the block everyday. At first only 10 minutes, but working up to 30-60 minute walks. Then one day I put in an Oldies tape and started dancing.
These tapes appeal to me since I always have enjoyed dancing and wished I was better at it. Well, when I dance alone I can PRETEND I'm the best dancer eve. ;) Good music and cheerful banter helped motivate me. As I lost weight and need to kick up the routine I added weights, speeded it up, picked up videos to alternate with......It's been 2 years now and I still enjoy a week or two of Richard's videos when teh weather is rainy or when I just feel like giving my mood a push up.
I really enjoy seeing real live people working out in these videos. Female, male......Obese to average, muscular to flabby......It makes me feel good to be working out with other normal appearing persons.
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42 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun for beginners September 18, 2000
This was the first Richard Simmons tape I ever used. I agree with others who note his instruction is not always clear and specific; the first time I used the tape that was a bit disconcerting. Then I realized that one of my exercise goals was to relieve stress and this was not something to stress about. Richard and the people who join him are clearly having so much fun -- it's contagious. The great thing is you get to do this workout in the privacy of your home and it doesn't matter if you master every move.
I like that the participants who join Richard in this, and all of his videos, really represent humanity. They are different sizes, shapes, and ethnic backgrounds. Some are clearly more coordinated than others BUT all are enjoying themselves. I particularly find the closing of each tape motivational, when participants come forward doing their own steps and their names and the # of pounds they have lost is displayed.
This is the easiest of Richard's tapes and a good place to begin if you haven't previously done much exercise.
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45 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great for new moms! November 16, 2000
By A Customer
I love this tape! having gained 40 (okay, maybe closer to 50) pounds while pregnant, I really needed to drop some weight after my baby came. this is a fun workout. I get a huge kick out of the people in the video - I would not feel at all intimidated joining this aerobics class in real life. all shapes and sizes are represented (not just buff models like in other tapes), and I love the fact that even the 2 or 3 very good-looking women in the video are wearing hilarious cindy lauper fashions (the video was filmed in the late 80s, after all), so even they don't make you feel too bad about your big old self! the first few times I did this tape, I had to stop and rest between songs, but now I can do the whole thing with no problems, other than working up a good sweat - and I've already lost 30 pounds of my baby weight - only 10 (okay, 20) more to go! also, richard is surprisingly low-key in the video - unlike his talk-show persona, he only really starts to yammer in the last few songs. but what the heck - by that time, he's already started to grow on you.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars TERRIFIC! February 17, 2005
I am amazed that some reviews and some of my friends complain, whine, they can't follow, boo hoo. I go one way he goes another. After playing the tapes a few times you pick it up. Just go with the flow. Have fun! I lost 30 lbs already. Am 70 yrs old and was able to get off my high blood pressure pills. People crack me up. You don't have to do every step. Laugh, have fun. I am indebted to Richard Simmons. I always hated to exercise and I get up 6:00 every morning and play at least 2 tapes! Thank you Richard. Kathryn Sommers-Meek, San Diego
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Video June 18, 2000
By A Customer
This might not be for very fit persons, but for me, as I am out of shape, and want to lose ten pounds, it is GREAT. The music is fantastic if you love the oldies, Richards enthusiasm is great, the steps easy and fun to follow. I actually enjoy my workout every day. I strongly recommend it!
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sweatin' to the Oldies April 10, 2007
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You definitely SWEAT ... good condition ... quick ship. Go for it!!
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This video kicks butt, it's great for starters May 15, 1999
By A Customer
Actually folks, I WON this video from Richard himself for talking to him on the phone LIVE on a radio show! It was when Sweatin To The Oldies first came out. I have been using this video for years and have had to replace it once. I use this tape on the days that I don't do a 30 minute walk ( I do exercise EVERY day) has helped me control my diabetes (type 1) and very very slowly drop some weight...and my quality of life has improved immensely!(Oh yes, and it's helping me get my eating disorder under control too!) Thank you Richard for helping me get my life and mobility and diabetes control back! Love, Amy
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good tape, but not my favorite of Richard's July 31, 2000
Richard's tapes are a lot of fun to do once you learn them, and this is no exception. However, I prefer a longer routine. (This is only 21 or so minutes aerobic.) And Richard doesn't do mirror cueing on this tape. But it's a good place to start for Beginners. Beginners be aware that there are a lot of knee lifts that will wear you out the first few times you do this routine. The up side to this is that you will build strength and stamina quickly and be able to move on to his other aerobic tapes that are longer and just as much fun (if not moreso). I'd say this tape would be too easy for Intermediate or higher exercisers.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great VHS!
I love this VHS! I bought it to replace my old one! Thank you!
Published 10 days ago by Vanessa
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I love richard
Published 1 month ago by linda mueller
3.0 out of 5 stars Can i slect 1 stairs?!?!??!! CUZ IT SUXS
ths produckt shud get 1 stars!??!!?!!! It sayed that i neded too wach it for 30-60 minits a day, and i do!?!?!!?!! butt hav i lost wait??!?/?!?! NO!!!!!!?!!! Read more
Published 6 months ago by Geo-frizzle Drizzle
5.0 out of 5 stars Have fun
It is very useful and fun, I recommend it. It is fun and keeps you moving really moving. Have fun.
Published 8 months ago by carmen kleinwachter
5.0 out of 5 stars great excercise tape if you like the oldies
I had this tape before and lost it. I was very glad to find it again at a very good price. It is fun to do and with it being to music that most of us older (30 and up) folks... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Bobbi Krajewski
4.0 out of 5 stars Sweatin' to the Oldies review
The video arrived in a timely manner. The video is in good shape,
the first minute is a little fuzzy, but the rest is in excellent shape.
Published 15 months ago by Tammy Wagenbach
3.0 out of 5 stars Mother didnt use.
I bought this and other workout videos for my mother per her request and as far as I know they are collecting dust!
Published 16 months ago by Skbaby
5.0 out of 5 stars What's not to love?
I have a lot of exercise videos but this is my favorite. The music is upbeat and Richard is energetic and entertaining. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Hikin Den
5.0 out of 5 stars Weight loss
I love love love sweatin' to the oldies, this is a fun and energizing way to loose
weight. It's always fun working out with Richard Simmons.
Published 19 months ago by Marva Clark
4.0 out of 5 stars Gets the job done.
Considering it's an "oldie", it still gets the job done. Keeps you moving from beginning to end, upbeat and motivational.
Published 20 months ago by K. M. Kramer
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