I was thinking about this post today while I was showering off the sweat from my speed work this morning. P-Funk and I met up early to get The Plan’s scheduled 8 x 800’s in. We kicked ass. (Like how I worked in my awesomeness?) Anyway, while I was thinking of what I was thankful for today all the usual suspects popped into my mind. I am thankful for my health, family, friends, yadda, yadda, yadda. But what else?

Surprisingly, guess who showed up at my mind’s door screaming motivational messages?

Yes, folks I am thankful for Richard Simmons. I can remember watching my mom work out to his record, Reach. That’s right youngins it was a work-out vinyl record. How crazy is that? It was a record that came with an insert. It showed pictures of him demonstrating the exercises. This was 1983 so I was very small but something about Richard’s voice and messages always stuck with me.

I can also remember Sweatin’ to the Oldies with my mom in our living room. Well, she was sweating and I was just bouncing around her. As I got older I did some of the video tapes myself. I learned a lot of oldies that way.

The best thing about Richard is that he reaches out to the every-person, not just the fitness freaks. His videos always have normal looking people sweatin’ right along with him. He’s so inviting and fun. And he knows what he is talking about. I know he’s super campy and can be a bit much, but that is why I love him. He is also a big supporter of getting kids physically fit and not just through sports. Let’s face it, all of us are not natural born athletes. (Please don’t throw me the ball. Please don’t throw me the ball.)

This post is meant to be funny but I really do enjoy Richard. I think we could all learn a thing or two from him, even if it is only how amazing Swarovski crystal look on tank tops.

What are you thankful for today?