Sally asked me if I wanted to take Richard Simmon's workout class. I didn't even know he was still active! Apparently he teaches two classes a week in his studio in Beverly Hills and though he is much older than when he made exercise VHSes, he was flamboyant as ever!
He is so vulgar! "Get on your knees bitches! I know some of you are already used to that!"
"Come on you sluts!" I guess he kept it PG for his videos, but there was nothing to censor him in the studio. It was amazing and I did break a sweat!
He asked these two guys if they slept with each other. Awkward! And after Charles confirmed that he was Korean, Simmons told him to lay off the dumplings.
We lucked out since that weekend was not too crowded. And for $12, it's worth the experience. We kept moving to dance and country songs mimicking his simple movements. At one point, he had the class create a circle. He pulled random individuals into the center and had them trot around to the beat of the song.
He pulled Jimmy, Charles and Me into the center and instructed us to take off our shirts. We politely declined and he responded, "TAKE OFF YOUR FUCKING SHIRTS!" So we obeyed while laughing awkwardly dancing in the middle in all of our glory. It was exhilarating.
I'm sad that Sally moved to the mid west. She always invites us to these awesomely random things.
Check out the class!