I began watching exercise videos in high school. Back then, I did only the ones that my mom had in her stash. Those videos usually included titles with some variation of the words “burn,” “cardio,” and “butt blaster.
Now that I’m older, I still do exercise videos, but I’ve begun to notice that there have been some changes to the genre. First, today’s videos are hard. I mean, not that the ones I did back then weren’t hard, they were. But now, the intensity of these videos seems to be greater. There’s that, and also, now the fitness experts that work out alongside you seem to be more buff than back then. They also sweat, which is new. I don’t know why, but in the 90s and early 2000s, the “experts” never sweated, always smiled, and wore pastel or primary colors.
They were magical in that way and superhuman.
And in their abilities to not sweat and be superhuman, they inspired, or were supposed to inspire the viewer that if only they worked out hard enough, if only they were in “great” shape, well then they could do what they did, or not sweat and be amazing and get the blurry, soft lighting that they had…. all at the same time.
Now, the magic of video fitness instructors is not so magical, it’s real, so real in fact that it’s sometimes scary. They yell in videos now, sometimes at you. They actually appear like they are working out and right there beside you. Sometimes they look…angry or like anyone should look when they are doing something that’s really intense, borderline insane. And when they get tired, unlike the workout gurus of yesteryears, they take breaks (gasp).
Did you notice a change in exercise videos from today versus, say 10 years ago? Please tell me I’m not the only one who cares enough to notice this kind of stuff.