If your new year's resolution is to lose weight in 2011 (isn't everybody's?), get ready to work out like it's 1982! Jane Fonda's Workout is back, and we're happy to report there isn't a striped leotard in sight.
It seems ol' Hanoi Jane is only lending her name to the new videos rather than her bod (with that awful wardrobe) or her outdated fitness methods. The new round of workout women will be offering a bootcamp, strength training and, wait for it . . . yoga! How's that for new age?
She's handed over the reins to Jeanette Jenkins, founder and president of www.TheHollywoodTrainer.com; Karena Dawn and Katrina Hodgson, founders of the Los Angles based fitness movement Tone It Up; and Tara Stiles, yoga expert for Women's Health magazine, personal yoga instructor to Deepak Chopra, and founder of Strala Yoga www.stralayoga.com. Says Fonda:
I want to give a new generation of fitness leaders a platform. All these women have their own brands, their own following and a great deal of expertise. But I’m lucky that they wanted to also work under my brand. They are smart, we’ve become friends and I am learning a lot from them!
No offense to Lady Jane, but if she's still following the routines that gave her that fabulous body -- even at 73 -- she could use the education from these ladies. And so could the diehards who still have the old Fonda vids in the closet gathering dust.
It's worth it to change them out for newbies -- whether it's her new line or an alternate -- and not only because your body will become bored with the same old, same old. Fitness guidelines change over time. Both the American College of Sports Medicine and the American Council on Exercise advise Americans to stick with certified trainers who are up to date on the latest science to ensure a safe workout. What worked in 1982 (when Fonda released her first video) may technically get you fit. But going with someone who has the 2010 research behind them means you'll be safer and have more sound practices for losing weight and gaining muscle.
The new DVDs are out on shelves now -- advertised exclusively at Target but you can click on Jane's website to get them too. Will you be picking them up for nostalgia's sake?
Image via Jane Fonda.com