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Sweating with Richard Simmons Sweatin’ to the Oldies - Exercise DVD and Weight Loss Program

Updated on May 1, 2014

Sweatin' to the Oldies with Richard Simmons

-- Considered one of the nations' most revered fitness experts, Richard Simmons has been reaching out to the masses for over 30 years with his unique charm, enthusiasm and accessibility. In the late 1980s Richard Simmons created a breakthrough exercise program that paired classic Rock 'n' Roll music with fun dance moves and called it Sweatin' to the Oldies.

This is a classic weight loss exercise DVD that will have you up and moving, in fact, you won't want to stop - It really is that much fun! When you're done with Sweatin' to the Oldies, you'll be ready for some more advanced weight loss tips .

Richard Simmons Exercise DVD - Sweatin' to the Oldies Makes a Great Weight Loss Program

Richard Simmons Sweatin to the Oldies Exercise DVD

Richard Simmons Exercise DVD and Weight Loss Program
Richard Simmons Exercise DVD and Weight Loss Program

Sweatin' to the Oldies Exercise DVDs

Richard Simmons grew up in the French Quarter of New Orleans. He was overweight; in fact, he says he was 268 pounds by the time he graduated high school. Richard often refers to that time in his life as a sad and lonely time. He knows what it’s like to be ostracized, to be overweight, to lack confidence and self esteem, but he’s taken all of that and turned it into a winning program to help others.

Richard Simmons has certainly made a name for himself, and for good reason. He might be silly, and a little flamboyant, but he also touches the hearts of thousands of people with his warmth and compassion. Richard Simmons has become a cultural icon for physical fitness. His stripped dolphin shorts and sparkly tank tops are a flashback to yesteryear, as are the popular tunes of the 50’s and 60’s. These oldies, but goodies, will have you dancin’, sweatin’ and having a blast in no time! What a great way to get in shape and burn some calories. There is certainly no doubt that this is the best way to lose weight - having fun!

Sweatin’ to the Oldies might not be for everyone, but it certainly works for a LOT of people. Richard Simmons has helped people lose a combined 3 million pounds! The 20th Anniversary Edition of Sweatin’ to the Oldies is a collection of 5 DVD’s with 41 great songs. This collection includes Sweatin’ to the Oldies 1 – 4, as well as a Bonus DVD: Love Yourself and Win – SIX STEPS TO SELF-ESTEEM & PERMANENT WEIGHT LOSS, for additional encouragement and motivation. You also get an additional 100 minutes of more bonus material.

Each exercises DVD gives you a different workout and they’re all FUN, FUN, FUN! You won’t find any super models demonstrating the moves, these are real people with all different body types, many of which are quite heavy. Put on the DVD, turn up the volume and start movin’! Each song has a choreographed workout, which isn’t always easy to follow the first time through. There are no step-by-step instructions, guiding you through the dance moves, but it doesn’t take long before you’ve got the steps down and you’re dancing your way to fitness.These are weight loss exercises that you won't even realize you're doing!

I put these DVD’s on and exercise with my kids, we have a great time … laughing, dancing and sweatin’! Yes, we really are laughing and smiling as we workout; it’s FUN! I think one of the added benefits of this collection is that it keeps you coming back for more … if it’s fun and enjoyable, you’re certainly more likely to do it again. Nothing like built in motivation to help keep your exercise and weight loss program on track. You’re going to slim down, get more energy and have more FUN exercising than you ever dreamed possible.

If you are considering using any type of exercise equipment for your home workout, besides the exercise DVD programs, using a rebounder is amazingly fun and has a host of additional health benefits as well. It has been shown to improve bone mass, circulation, get rid of cellulite and improve lymphatic flow as well as burning fat and giving a good low-impact workout.

I’ve tried a lot of exercise DVD’s, most are much harder and more intense than the Sweatin’ to the Oldies Collection. I still use the other DVD’s, they certainly have their place in my workout routine, but I really enjoy the dancing and fun we have with this collection. I think the average non-athlete can make it through one of these workouts without too much difficulty. It will be challenging, but not impossible. The workouts all include nice warm-up, aerobic (fat burning), and cool-down segments. If you are looking for new ways on how to lose belly fat, this is it! Richard does stop periodically to have you check your heart rate, which he doesn’t really explain, so you’ll want to be prepared and know your target heart rate before you begin.

If you’re looking to maximize the benefits of your workout, you’ll need to exercise within your target heart rate (THR) zone. Generally, your THR is 60-80% of your maximum heart rate. The easiest way to calculate your Maximum Heart Rate (MHR) is to subtract your age from 220 (226 for women). Find your training zone and multiply that number by your maximum heart rate. If you prefer, a heart rate monitor watch can make monitoring your heart rate much easier and they are very convenient and affordable.

Heart Rate Monitor Watch

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Training Zones:

Healthy Heart Zone (Warm up) – 50 – 60% of maximum heart rate. This is the easiest zone and probably the best zone for people who are just starting a fitness program. Working within this zone can help decrease body fat, blood pressure and cholesterol. It also has a low risk of injury. 85% of calories burned in this zone are fats!

Fitness Zone (Fat Burning) – 60 – 70% of maximum heart rate. This zone provides the same benefits as the healthy heart zone, but is more intense and burns more total calories. The percent of fat calories is still 85%.

Richard Simmons Sweatin' to the Oldies Exercise DVD

Weight Loss Exercise

The 20th Anniversary Edition of Sweatin’ to the Oldies includes the following DVD’s:

Sweatin’ to the Oldies:

  1. Dancing in the Street
  2. Beyond the Sea
  3. On Broadway
  4. It’s My Party
  5. Peggy Sue
  6. Great Balls of Fire
  7. Wipe Out
  8. He’s a Rebel
  9. Personality
  10. Ain’t No Mountain High Enough

Sweatin’ to the Oldies 2:

  1. The Loco-Motion
  2. Fever
  3. My boyfriend’s Back
  4. Breaking Up Is Hard to Do
  5. Windy
  6. Big Girls Don’t Cry
  7. Jailhouse Rock
  8. Summer in the City
  9. Respect
  10. Rescue Me
  11. Oh, Pretty Woman

Sweatin’ to the Oldies 3:

  1. Gimme Some Lovin’
  2. Louie Louie
  3. Out of Limits
  4. Do You Want to Dance
  5. The Name Game
  6. I Get Around
  7. Born to Be Wild
  8. Rockin’ Robin
  9. Build Me Up Buttercup
  10. California Dreamin’

Sweatin’ to the Oldies 4:

  1. Shout
  2. Shotgun
  3. Dance to the Music
  4. Up the Ladder to the Roof
  5. Heat Wave
  6. Mony Mony
  7. Proud Mary
  8. Devil with a blue Dress On
  9. the Wanderer
  10. Someday we’ll Be Together

Richard Simmons – Love Yourself and Win DVD:

Six steps to Self-esteem and Permanent Weight Loss

This DVD utilizes Richard’s unique motivational steps to positive self-esteem and permanent weight loss. Included are testimonials and success stories from some of his students.

Overall, this is an excellent weight loss exercise program to get in shape, lose weight and have a great time in the process! Be sure to check out some of our other exercise and health articles. The Mari Windsor Pilates Exercise DVD is another excellent addition to an effective weight loss program. A Pilates DVD can help guide you through one of the most effective body transforming routines you will ever experience. It will help to tone, tighten and help you lose belly fat faster than you ever imagined possible!

Many people also find it helpful to use some type of weight loss pills to help them stick to a diet and begin losing those pounds. Adding a weight loss supplement to any diet and exercise program can be helpful and offers another great way to help lose weight and belly fat; however, it is important to know exactly what you are taking. Not all products work the same. There are also some beneficial menopause supplements that can help alleviate the weight gain often associated with menopause.


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  • Lamme profile imageAUTHOR


    9 years ago

    lol, yep it is definitely a "nerd moment", but who cares? You're having fun AND burning fat and calories, you certainly can't beat that! :)

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    9 years ago

    I did sweat into the oldies 2 a few months back with a friend. While we where sweatin some friends of ours watched and laughed while they ate icecream but we loved doing the workout and having what we called a "nerd moment" :)

  • KoffeeKlatch Gals profile image

    Susan Hazelton 

    10 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Years ago I purchased his 1st Sweating to the Oldies video. It is as much fun now as it was when I first got it. It doesn't feel like exercising when you are dancing to the music.

  • Lamme profile imageAUTHOR


    10 years ago

    Thanks agvulpes. Your sister is amazing... I hope I'm still working out at 75! I think Richard Simmons has a certain charisma that puts a smile on people. He certainly can motivate people. Thanks for stopping by.

  • agvulpes profile image


    10 years ago from Australia

    G'day Lamme my sister swears by these DVDs and exercises to them every day. She says they not only keep her fitness up but they put her into a great frame of mind for the day!

    She just happens to be about 75 years young, so there is a recommendation for you !

  • Lamme profile imageAUTHOR


    10 years ago

    I agree Alison! It takes someone special to make exercise fun ;) Thanks for reading and commenting.

  • Alison Graham profile image

    Alison Graham 

    10 years ago from UK

    Thanks for this, I have added this hub to my favourites - anyone who can make getting fit, fun to do, deserves a medal I think!

  • Lamme profile imageAUTHOR


    10 years ago

    Isn't that the truth! He's such a riot.

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    10 years ago

    This is such a fun workout. I love Richard Simmons!

  • Lamme profile imageAUTHOR


    10 years ago

    I agree kay, my daughter and I have a great time dancing to these dvd's. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

  • Kay Creates profile image

    Kay Creates 

    10 years ago from Ohio

    I have a couple of his dvds and they are a lot of fun. I love to dance so it doesn't feel like exercise to me.

  • Lamme profile imageAUTHOR


    10 years ago

    Have you tried Sweatin' to the Oldies? Let me know what you think of it! We're having a blast and it doesn't even feel like a workout, just fun. Please share your thoughts and let me know if you've found something more enjoyable. Thanks.


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