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Poufy bangs, thong leotards, and Jane Fonda
are usually what first comes to mind when you think of exercise in the '80's, and yet the fitness equipment was almost as entertaining. Whether we were drooling over Suzanne Somers
' thighs courtesy of her Thigh Master or admiring Chuck Norris
whipping those neon-clad models into shape on his Total Gym, we all wanted in on the newest fitness craze. Thankfully, there was a gadget for every trouble spot! (The 1980's is also the decade when infomercials became a late-night staple. Coincidence? I think not.)
This being SHAPE magazine's 30th anniversary, we thought it would be fun to take a look at popular fitness equipment over the past three decades and see at what's changed—and what hasn't.
Popular Fitness Equipment: Then and Now