I have always loved Richard Simmons. He just makes me smile. I believe that he genuinely cares about people and loves helping them get healthier and happier. I love that he is so authentically and unapolagetically him. Taking a class with him was definitely a "bucket-list" item and I thought it would be a meaningful way to celebrate my birthday and the fact that I finally figured out what I want to be when I grow up.
A group of my students and friends drove up early Saturday morning (we wanted to make sure we had spots since his classes can fill up quickly). We were all a little shocked when Richard walked in as he was looking a little less "Richard Simmons" and a little more "drag queen". It turns out he was doing a Korean pop music theme for class that day and came costumed for the occasion.
The class was fun; Richard was playful and engaging. I was happy that there were a few front row divas to watch since Richard moved around the room a lot and was usually hard to see. I happened to be towards the front next to a gorgeous guy who really knew how to dance so I "followed" him ;) Richard was a little raunchier than I expected and really loves dropping the F-bomb. I tend to use that expletive quite a bit myself so I responded well to that! At one point he yelled, "Keep your tits up ladies!". I thought that would be a fun alignment reminder to yell out in my classes but I'm not sure how it would go over at the Senior Center. I guess that's one of the perks of being a fitness icon and owning your own studio :)
We all agreed that it was worth the drive and that we'll be heading out to his class again soon. Wanna' join us?
Here are some more photos from our day.