The world needs more Richard Simmons.
When you think of Richard Simmons, what comes to mind?
To many who are old enough to remember his constant smile, unfading energy, and one-of-a-kind style, Richard Simmons is a personality unlike any other.
A weight loss guru with attitude, Simmons is known for his workouts that favor those actually trying to get in shape, instead of those who are already super fit. In 2010, he stated that he’s helped humanity collectively lose over 12,000,000 pounds. How awesome is that?
Known for his outrageous afro, striped short shorts, and Swarovski crystal-embossed tank tops, Richard Simmons is a personality we need more of in today’s world.
Though he’s always perky, did you know that Simmons got especially wild while making guest TV appearances? We recently stumbled upon old clips from when he surprised the cast of Whose Line Is It Anyway?, and we couldn’t help but share.
You’ve never seen him this wild before!
Meet Milton Teagle
If you don’t remember Richard Simmons from his own TV shows and numerous cameos and appearances, his name might still sound familiar, or you might at least recognize the persona of a short, afro-ed white man in revealing exercise shorts and a bedazzled tank top. Even if you do remember and love this workout guru, how much do you know about him, really?
For starters, Simmons was born Milton Teagle in New Orleans in 1948. He was an overweight teen, weighing 268 pounds when he graduated from high school. When he was in his 20s, Teagle moved to Los Angeles and got serious about exercise. One of his biggest pet peeves was that gyms catered to the fit instead of helping those who were desperately trying to get in shape.
That’s when he opened his own studio, The Anatomy Asylum (now Slimmons), where he gained some fame for his very personal approach to weight loss, especially through aerobics classes that were accessible to just about everybody.
Fabulous and Famous
It seems like Simmons has never had a down moment. His upbeat personality was the perfection motivation so many needed to pursue their own weight loss journeys, and his perky personality soon earned him plenty of time in the spotlight, making his name synonymous with aerobics and exercise in the ’80s and ’90s.
Along with this fame came plenty of appearances on TV shows. We’re talking Match Game, The Rosie O’Donnell Show, Hollywood Squares, Rocko’s Modern Life, and even a four-year stint on General Hospital.
And then came his surprise appearance on the hilarious stand-up show Whose Line Is It Anyway?