National Aerobics Championships
January 20, 2012 11:16 AM   Subscribe

The 1988 Crystal Light National Aerobics Championships, hosted by Alan Thicke. This is still a thing.
posted by (Arsenio) Hall and (Warren) Oates (34 comments total) 10 users marked this as a favorite

 
Umm, I don't know what the "Prime Movie at 11" was that night, but they actually PRE-EMPTED it for an aerobics 'competition?' Apparently this was just a spontaneous gathering that had to be aired ASAP.

@_@ ok, wait I think it's working..
posted by obscurator at 11:30 AM on January 20, 2012


Alan Thicke trivia: He dated (and was engaged to) the original Buffy, Kristy Swanson. They met when she was 16 and were dating when she was 17.

It's very possible that, when this video was made, 40-year-old Alan Thicke was engaged to 17-year-old Swanson.
posted by coolguymichael at 11:32 AM on January 20, 2012


I'm actually surprised that Crystal Light is still a thing. Not sure if Alan Thicke is still a thing – looking up now...
posted by Kabanos at 11:33 AM on January 20, 2012


Trivia: the most spectacular 80s aerobics incident of all came when Patrick Nagel suffered a heart attack during a 15-minute celebrity aerobithon in 1984. Be careful out there, Alan.
posted by I EAT TAPAS at 11:34 AM on January 20, 2012 [1 favorite]


"We're men, we're men in tights. We roam around the forest looking for lights."
posted by mhoye at 11:34 AM on January 20, 2012 [1 favorite]


Trivia: Alan Thicke's dental crown is listed as a "Canadian Important Cultural Asset".
posted by KokuRyu at 11:35 AM on January 20, 2012 [2 favorites]


They're so bouncy!
posted by freshwater at 11:35 AM on January 20, 2012


I'm drinking Crystal Light right now.

What I don't get is why an aerobics competition would not still be a thing.
posted by DU at 11:37 AM on January 20, 2012


Anybody still wonder where the ozone hole came from?
posted by The 10th Regiment of Foot at 11:38 AM on January 20, 2012


Hmmm. It looks like an Up With People show from another dimension.
posted by chillmost at 11:38 AM on January 20, 2012


I don't see the need for separate male and female categories.
posted by otto42 at 11:41 AM on January 20, 2012


This is more compellingly awful than I'd thought it would be. And this is even more compellingly awful than that.
posted by dirtdirt at 11:43 AM on January 20, 2012 [1 favorite]


So much yes.

Someone needs to write a show that does for post-Glasnost competitive aerobics what Glee did for post-American Idol competitive singing.
posted by ericbop at 11:43 AM on January 20, 2012


People of the gay community, I ask you ... were you trying to punk everyone? If so, mission accomplished. So, so accomplished.
posted by Cool Papa Bell at 11:47 AM on January 20, 2012


I'm drinking Crystal Light right now.

What I don't get is why an aerobics competition would not still be a thing.


Alan?
posted by The 10th Regiment of Foot at 11:50 AM on January 20, 2012 [4 favorites]


And I say this as a guy that has watched countless numbers of otherwise conservative families at sporting events gleefully dancing to Y.M.C.A., which to my mind is the greatest joke ever played anywhere.
posted by Cool Papa Bell at 11:50 AM on January 20, 2012 [1 favorite]


Uh-oh, I wonder if the Crossfit people know that there was already an international fitness competition that pre-dates them by decades! Maybe the spandex-clad high-kicking aerobics people should battle it out with the thruster-ing and burpee-ing Crossfit people!

WAIT! I call dibs on writing that screenplay...it would be, like, The Warriors but on the streets of fitness city!
posted by This_Will_Be_Good at 11:51 AM on January 20, 2012 [2 favorites]


Not sure if Alan Thicke is still a thing – looking up now...

Alan Thicke has had a couple of pretty funny cameos on How I Met Your Mother, as Alan Thicke. Other than that, no idea.
posted by kmz at 11:56 AM on January 20, 2012


And then there is the Sandy Duncan workout. :shudders:
posted by smirkette at 11:58 AM on January 20, 2012


And then there is the Sandy Duncan workout.

Which is a great exercise option for those without depth perception.

Bah dum bump, khsss. Thanks, I'll be here all week.
posted by Cool Papa Bell at 12:23 PM on January 20, 2012 [1 favorite]


I have a soft spot for crazy high cut leotards and can appreciate people who can do one handed pushups so this video hits a sweet spot for me!

I took Jazzercize classes back in the 1980s and they were always pretty fun. And to this day when I hear Prince's Kiss I want to do the arm motions that we did during that song!
posted by vespabelle at 12:30 PM on January 20, 2012


I'm tired of having to repeat this, but I believe in Crystal Light 'cause I believe in me.
posted by mrnutty at 12:33 PM on January 20, 2012 [3 favorites]


Uh-oh, I wonder if the Crossfit people know that there was already an international fitness competition that pre-dates them by decades! Maybe the spandex-clad high-kicking aerobics people should battle it out with the thruster-ing and burpee-ing Crossfit people!

Your favorite fitness program sucks.
posted by The Tensor at 12:35 PM on January 20, 2012


So, this is somehow different from dancing, which it looks exactly like, except stupider? If your exuberance carries you over 140bpm are you an aerobics failure?
posted by Kandarp Von Bontee at 12:41 PM on January 20, 2012


Back in the days before internet, mid-morning aerobics shoes worked delightfully well as sources of soft-core porn.
posted by KokuRyu at 12:51 PM on January 20, 2012


Uh, that would be "mid-morning aerobics shows"
posted by KokuRyu at 12:51 PM on January 20, 2012 [1 favorite]


mid-morning aerobics shoes vs. mid-morning aerobics shows

I guess that really all depends on your point of view now doesn't it.
posted by The 10th Regiment of Foot at 1:00 PM on January 20, 2012 [3 favorites]


Maybe the spandex-clad high-kicking aerobics people should battle it out with the thruster-ing and burpee-ing Crossfit people!


That movie was awesome.
posted by TheWhiteSkull at 1:01 PM on January 20, 2012


Alan Thicke has had a couple of pretty funny cameos on How I Met Your Mother, as Alan Thicke.

The 1980's didn't reach Canada until 1996.
posted by Mister Fabulous at 1:02 PM on January 20, 2012


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posted by Beardman at 1:02 PM on January 20, 2012


Back in the days before internet, mid-morning aerobics shoes worked delightfully well as sources of soft-core porn.

Ah – The 20-Minute Workout.

God those shoes...
posted by Kabanos at 2:17 PM on January 20, 2012


I'm actually surprised that Crystal Light is still a thing

Crystal Peach Tea Mix is the only thing standing between me and Diet Peach Snapple drivin m e into financial ruin. The amount of that stuff that my family consumes is scary, but thankfully, they are satisfied with the Crystal Light mix so I don't have to buy Snapple by the pallet.
posted by COD at 8:11 PM on January 20, 2012


Needs more groin gyrations and poodle curls.
posted by benzenedream at 11:05 PM on January 20, 2012


The 80s come rushing back.
posted by Sassenach at 9:33 AM on January 21, 2012


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