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Jane Fonda

2005 NFHOF Inductee

“The Queen of Aerobics”

Born: December 21, 1937

Hometown: Atlanta, GA


Jane Fonda is an American actress, writer, political activist and fitness guru.  In 1982, she released her first exercise video, Jane Fonda's Workout, which became the highest-selling video of the time.  It would be the first of 22 workout videos released by her over the next 13 years which would collectively sell over 17 million copies.

In the 1980s she helped start the aerobic exercise craze with the publication of the "Jane Fonda's Workout Book."  Famous for her fitness, she credited her years of ballet practice in helping her maintain a youthful and healthy figure. She began performing aerobics after an injury forced her to stop ballet.  

Her early catch-phrase, "go for the burn," became something of a mantra for the leotard-and-smoothie crowd that snatched up more than 6 million of her videotapes and 2 million of her books worldwide.  The unassuming aerobics studio on South Robertson Boulevard is where Fonda inadvertently got her start.

FONDA FITNESS EMPIRE Videos: Jane Fonda's Workout; Jane Fonda's Workout Challenge; Jane Fonda's Pregnancy, Birth and Recovery Workout; Jane Fonda's Prime Time Workout (later changed to Jane Fonda's Easygoing Workout); Jane Fonda's New Workout; Jane Fonda's Low Impact Aerobic Workout andStart Up With Jane Fonda; Jane Fonda's Workout With Weight.