There was a time when I was really into Jane Fonda. It had nothing to do with “Barbarella,” or “Cat Ballou,” either—it all had to do with another fantastic role she had: aerobics instructor (I grew up in the 80s, after all).

See, my mother owned one of Fonda’s exercise tapes and instead of asking for cartoons, I’d ask for the tape. Constantly. I would gear up and mimic everything Jane did. I mean, who wouldn’t want to be like her? She looked like she was having a blast rocking out to fast-paced music and legwarmers.

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