February 14, 2017
Richard Simmons is back in the news. Last week, a new podcast called “Missing Richard Simmons” was announced, which promises to dive into the mystery of his disappearance.
“Missing Richard Simmons” was featured in big articles on the People and Hollywood Reporter websites, and then a ton of other websites and outlets picked up the story. A few folks have sent links to give me a heads up, but I’m way ahead of them: I’m featured on the podcast.
Dan Taberski is the guy behind the podcast, and he first reached out to me way back in Read the rest of this entry »
November 21, 2016
It was a very emotional weekend. On Saturday, Slimmons, the Beverly Hills fitness studio founded by Richard Simmons in 1974, held its last class, and then the doors closed forever. I knew it would be a tough morning, but nothing would have kept me from coming.
I’ve shared plenty about Slimmons on this blog over the years. It holds a very special place in my heart. I started taking classes here in 2010, and have been a regular every since, even after Richard Read the rest of this entry »
October 27, 2016
I wrote a blog post last month about motivation, and how it had been eluding me. My foot injury had been preventing me from exercising, and then, once my foot felt better, I just didn’t feel like pushing myself to stick with it.
Well, I’ve been feeling the same way lately. My foot has been Read the rest of this entry »
October 21, 2016
I got some heartbreaking news today. Richard Simmons is closing his fitness studio, Slimmons. The last day will be November 19th. I was told this in a mass email sent by the manager.
I’m experiencing a whirlwind of feelings surrounding this news, and the predominant one is, well, heartbreak. It’s devastating news. Read the rest of this entry »
May 16, 2016
My plan, after my disastrous race in the Aon Center last month, was to take a breather from intensive exercise. I was due. That race was my seventh stair race in 2016 (so far). Tack on the four races I did in the fall of 2015, and I’ve had at least one major race every month for the past eight months. That’s a lot of racing… and a lot of training. I was feeling overtrained and exhausted, and the Aon Center race triggered some depression that hung around a little longer than I would have liked (although any depression is more than I would’ve liked, so that’s not saying much).
A few weeks ago, I looked at my calendar, and decided Read the rest of this entry »
March 14, 2016
Click here for the “Today” show interview with Richard Simmons that aired this morning. I watched it on TV about an hour ago. It was a phone interview with Savannah Guthrie that took place on Sunday, and they played it at 7:40 this morning, over a series of photos and b-roll footage of Richard’s appearances, classes, and videos.
You can listen for yourself, but Richard did pretty much exactly what I thought he would do: Read the rest of this entry »
March 13, 2016
The New York Daily News ran a lengthy, in-depth story about Richard Simmons on Saturday, and it spread like wildfire. It is a fascinating read by Andy Martino. I highly recommend you take a few minutes and check it out. Read it here.
The story, naturally, is about Richard Simmons’ disappearance from the public eye. It’s been over two years since Richard has taught a class or made a public appearance. It’s been two years since I’ve seen him or heard from him. I consider Richard a friend, and he’s a very important person in my life. It was with his help that I lost 160 pounds – weight I’ve kept off for over five years. I appeared on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” and “The Doctors” with Richard, and I was in one of his infomercials, too.
I haven’t written about Richard lately on this blog, if only because Read the rest of this entry »