Milton Teagle "Richard" Simmons is an American fitness instructor, actor, and video producer.
Richard Simmons - Sweatin' to the Oldies II by Dakota Blurs
He promotes weight-loss programs, most prominently through his Sweatin' to the Oldies line of aerobics videos, and is known for his eccentric, flamboyant, and energetic personality.
Aerobics is a form of physical exercise that combines rhythmic aerobic exercise with stretching and strength training routines with the goal of improving all elements of fitness.
Richard Simmons' Blast Off! (20-Minute Workout) by Eclecto Tuber
Simmons began his weight-loss career by opening a gym called Slimmons in Beverly Hills, California, catering to the overweight, and he became widely known through exposure on television and through the popularity of his consumer products.
Beverly Hills is a city in Los Angeles County, California, United States, surrounded by the cities of Los Angeles and West Hollywood.
He is often parodied and was a frequent guest of late night television and radio talk shows, such as the Late Show with David Letterman and The Howard Stern Show.
A talk show or chat show is a television programming or radio programming genre in which one person discusses various topics put forth by a talk show host.
Late Show with David Letterman is an American late-night talk show hosted by David Letterman on CBS, the first iteration of the Late Show franchise.
Simmons has continued to promote health and exercise through a decades-long career, and later broadened his activities to include political activism – such as in 2008 in support of a bill mandating non-competitive physical education in public schools as a part of the No Child Left Behind Act.By March 2016, after his not having made any major public appearances since February 2014, speculation and expressions of concern about his well-being began to surface in the media.
The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 was a U.S. Act of Congress which reauthorized the Elementary and Secondary Education Act; it included Title I provisions applying to disadvantaged students.
Both Simmons and his publicist have said the concerns were unwarranted and that he is simply choosing to be less publicly visible.