About Richard Simmons

From Chicken Soup for the Soul: Shaping the New You

About Richard Simmons

Delivering a serious message with his trademark humor, Simmons, the nation’s most revered fitness expert, has helped millions of overweight men and women lose close to 3,000,000 pounds by adopting sensible balanced eating programs and exercise regimes that are energetic, fun and motivating.

Growing up in the French Quarter of New Orleans, where lard was a food group and dessert mandatory, Richard was at 268 pounds when he graduated high school. After trying everything from bizarre diets to laxatives, Simmons took control of his weight problem by adopting a lifestyle of balance, moderate eating and exercise.

Simmons relocated to Los Angeles in 1973. There was no significant fitness movement in this country at the time, and Simmons could not find a health club for people who were not already in shape. His only alternative was to create that safe haven himself. In 1974, after consulting with doctors and nutritionists to ensure the safety of a program tailored to the needs of everyone, he established an innovative place where the overweight of the world were welcomed with open arms. This program met with instant success and continues today at Slimmons in Beverly Hills, where Richard still teaches. While many of his legions of fans are overweight, he also resonates with anyone who has a few pounds to lose and wants to be fit.

Simmons’ success as a fitness expert and advocate led to numerous local and national television and radio appearances including a four-year run on General Hospital, followed by his own nationally syndicated series, The Richard Simmons Show. The show ran for four years and received several Emmy Awards.

Knowing that exercise and weight loss regimes must go hand in hand, Simmons has created a series of products that integrate the two components of a sensible weight loss program. Deal-A-Meal and the FoodMover help people keep track of their food intake through the use of a device to keep track of calories and portions. His Sweatin’ to the Oldies videos combine lively music with rockin’ routines and Simmons’ humorous banter and encouragement.

As the author of nine books, including the New York Times bestseller, Never Say Diet, Richard released his autobiography, Still Hungry—After All These Years in 1999. He is also the author of three bestselling cookbooks.

Still fighting the fitness battles with humor and enthusiasm, Simmons vows to never give up. He will continue his crusade until it’s time for him to teach classes at the Pearly Gates. You can visit Richard Simmons at richardsimmons.com to read more about him and his programs and products.

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