Jane Fonda's Original Workout

 (1,479)7.81 h 30 min2015NR
This is the Program that started it all! The original Jane Fonda's Workout which, I am proud to say, became the top selling VHS tape of all time. Finally remastered here.
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M. A. 824Reviewed in the United States on August 21, 2017
5.0 out of 5 starsEfficient and FUN!
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I remember doing aerobics here and there during gym class in high school. I always looked forward to it more so than the usual competitive sports that I was not into.

20 years and 2 children later, I had gotten out of shape and was tired and overweight. I started working on my health by changing my eating habits and working out. I did Leslie Sansone in the beginning because I didn't feel fit or coordinated enough for more strenuous videos. I moved on to Beachbody Slim in 6, Denise Austin, Jillian Michaels, etc. While they all worked to help get the extra pounds off and get me stronger and healthier they were missing two elements that I really needed to continue:

Slim in 6 did have a decent stretch included, but it's boring. Denise Austin's workouts are fun, but she can be so random that I often felt like I wasn't getting a decent workout. Jillian is efficient at getting you in shape, but so is enlisting in the military.

Enter Jane. I'm pretty sure we did some of Jane Fonda's workouts because I vaguely remember the leotards, music, and moves but I don't know which one(s).

After looking on YouTube, I purchased a few of Jane's workouts on Amazon instant video because I didn't feel like waiting for delivery.

They're everything I was missing in my workout routine. They're efficient at working your entire body, there's sufficient stretching in between the moves to keep your muscles from getting stiff and sore, but possibly most importantly THEY'RE FUN! I love doing them every day. I look forward to doing them. There's no dread factor except for me to choose which one I want to do that day.

This original workout only has about 5 minutes of aerobics in each workout(beginner and advanced), the rest is toning and stretching. I usually do the advanced workout and feel great afterwards. If I want to do more cardio, I always still have enough energy to do so before or after the workout because it's not draining.

My current two favorites of Jane's workout are this one and the New Workout which is similar but has about 20 minutes of aerobics instead of the 5 with this one.

I don't often leave reviews, but had to for Jane's workouts. I just love them. <3
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DONERA CUCCHIARAReviewed in the United States on August 30, 2017
5.0 out of 5 starsThis was a wonderful Workout. I am 80 years old and have ...
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This was a wonderful Workout. I am 80 years old and have always been active. I purchased this to have something to do with my 7 year old niece. I I did have to stop once in a while as I have been out of shape but my niece went through it like a breeze. I am sure, with a little practice, I will catch up to her. We love it. When she comes to visit, she always asks me to do it with her. It is a great incentive.
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A Reader 4455Reviewed in the United States on March 28, 2018
5.0 out of 5 starsGreat Workout That Gets Results! Perfect For Those Who Dislike Exercise Videos with Lots of Complicated Choreography!
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So happy to see this great workout in DVD form. I exercised for many years to the VHS version and always wished it was available on DVD. I hate exercise videos that have you jumping all over the place, trying to learn complicated choreography/dance moves. There's none of that nonsense in this video. It's basic exercises that anyone could do and you WILL see results. It's the only exercise video that I consistently love doing, and the only one I've found that really whittles down the waist and hips and tones the legs. This will forever be my go-to exercise video because it works! There are actually two classes on this DVD: The Beginner Class and The Advanced Class. I recommend starting with the Beginner class, but if you consistently do this video 3-4 times a week, you'll be ready to move to the more challenging Advanced class in just a few weeks, if not sooner. Excellent workout!
20 people found this helpful
JDBReviewed in the United States on August 18, 2018
1.0 out of 5 starsWhatchu Talkin’ bout, Fonda??????
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The video plays great. Only problem is this: There is NO VOICE TRACK once the exercises begin. 😒
Sure the soundtrack is there, and I remember that music very well, but I cannot hear
Jane Fonda talk, or give any directions. The one time I want to hear what
Jane has to say, I can’t. Nor can I hear her workout group’s exuberant, giddy, whoops, and
shouts as they work out with her. All I hear is the music soundtrack, and nothing more. How
is someone suppose to take direction from an instructor (or TV) when their head is not facing
them. FIX THE AUDIO ON THIS DVD. Very disappointed. Now I have a dvd that I can’t use.
16 people found this helpful
Sheila HinesReviewed in the United States on February 16, 2016
5.0 out of 5 starsSimply the best.
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I've been so unsatisfied with hundreds of workouts that I've tried in the past ten years. Today's workouts are disingenuous - you feel like you are just working out absently with mindless jocks. Newer workouts seem UN-FUN; they don't have proper foundation or warmup; and they have no rhythm. They tell some lame jokes and pretend to be having fun. I couldn't afford Jane's original workout until now. Jane's original workout is the best -THE BEST WORKOUT EVER. Jane's moves are effective and although the workout is challenging and the time well packed with lots of moves, Jane explains the moves, adds great workout music to the background and she encourages you in with such genuine spirit that you know you can achieve your goals. I was never in better shape than when I used this workout before, and I used it for more than ten years. I'm going for round two, now, Jane. I look forward to challenging myself just as I did 20 or so years ago. Love it, appreciate the BALANCE in the workout sound, feel, exertion and FUN, and I know Jane will be right there encouraging me to do my best.
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Julie the GreatReviewed in the United States on June 30, 2020
3.0 out of 5 starsDated (Read, dangerous) Directions
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I know this was how people THOUGHT they should stand, sit, whatever during exercising back in the aught-70's when this was made. But we now know better.
Some of the stances and reps are now known to be hurtful to the body.
When stretching over the legs, we are told to pulse. This is now known to be dangerous. We are told to keep our legs outstretch in some exercises, also now known to be dangerous.
I watched this on Prime. I heard there were issues with sound on the DVD. On Prime, it seemed to be OK.
The other issue is there is no 'cues' (or 'reminders', if you will). I was told only a couple of times to hold in my core. Also, we now know it's not just holding in the core, but also pulling up on it.
I don't recall hearing the directions to not scruntch up the shoulders when rotating the arms, etc.
I'm use to Faithful Workouts, where I'm constantly reminded how to properly stand and hold myself.
This didn't age well. Some things were meant to be burned.
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SusanabcReviewed in the United States on March 25, 2020
1.0 out of 5 starsThis is NOT the vinyl LP!!
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The cover photo would lead you to believe this is the track from the vinyl LP. It is instead a video that plays a similar exercise routine, but with the most obnoxious, repeating Muzak ever. The Muzak is an infinite loop of maybe a couple of minutes, and its rhythm has no relation to the exercises. Jane's voice is muffled which doesn't matter that much because she gives almost no instructions anyway. The film angles don't always show the exercise well and if I couldn't play the video on my extra large flat screen TV (which at least shows the people at a large scale) it would have been completely useless. The vinyl LP was fantastic but this video is horrible.
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Claudette LeonReviewed in the United States on March 17, 2016
5.0 out of 5 starsI love this workout very much!
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Effective and timeless. I’ve been doing this workout since I was 21 and now I’m 29 going on 30, and I still workout to it. I recommend this for beginners who are new to the workout scene. The good thing about this is that there’s a beginner program and an advanced program.
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