Fitness in The 90’s, Wow Did We Really Wear That?


Written by Charity Lynette of Curvy Chick Fitness

The 90’s!! So I will be taking stroll down memory lane full of fitness fashion and workout trends of the 90’s. Now let’s be honest a few of those trends can stay there, I can’t help but smile to myself anytime I see someone with a scrunchie on, then there are some that have made their way to 2013. The 90’s fitness scene didn’t have the over-the-top marketing of the 80’s but it definitely left a memorable mark on us.

Workout Gear

Leggings and bicycle shorts have been a staple in fitness since the 80’s and has made a way into 2013, well the leggings have. Whether they stop at your knees, mid-calf or all the way to your ankles this gym staple helps make the workout a little more comfortable. Even in the 90’s there wasn’t as many types of material that we have now but that didn’t stop women from layering their leggings with ankle warmers, sports bras, and dance leotards.

Yoga pants were also brought on the scene in the 90’s and just like leggings were worn outside of the gym for sheer comfort.

Neon colored clothing made a debut in the early 90’s. Pink, blue, purple, yellow and green were often paired up with other brightly colored clothing or plain black.

Scrunchies were a gym must have and the bigger the better! They came in array of colors and materials that would surely go with any outfit.

Hoodies became popular in the late 90’s and remain to this day. Full front zip up or a pull over are worn by men and woman in their sporty wardrobe which naturally makes it popular for gym attire.

atkinsdiagramDiet Trend

1992 was the birth of the Atkins no carb diet. He was around before then but after the release of the book “Dr. Atkins New Diet Revolution” he became very popular.

tae-bo-ultimate-300 Workout Trends

Taebo was developed by taekwondo practitioner Billy Blanks. It was one of the first cardio-boxing programs to enjoy commercial success. The high intensity workout is intended to increase cardiovascular fitness, strength, muscular endurance and flexibility.

Boot camp classes became extremely popular at this time as well. The boot camp workout is intense and demands the most dedicated participant to produce results. It is designed for those that are not afraid of a challenge and can really push themselves physically.

Workout videos also became all the rave. People liked the idea of working out in the privacy of their own home. Cindy Crawford had a couple of videos in the 90’s with Radu Teordescu a personal fitness instructor. The “8 minute” video series was a serious money maker especially “8 minute abs” with the idea that 8 minutes a day will give the abs that are seen in video. Denise Austin, Paula Abdul, Suzanne Somers, Claudia Schiffer, and Elle Macpherson all used their status to help sell their very own workout tapes during the 90’s.

Even though quite a few trends made their way from the 80’s and lasted through the 90’s this was a very distinctive part of history in the fitness world with a lot of introduction of new products, workout equipment, and diet ideas. There were selling fitness dreams to consumers like they do now. The only way to achieve weight loss, if that is what you desire, is to make healthy choices on a regular basis combined the regular exercise.

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