Richard Simmons is an icon in the fitness and wellness world, best known for his innovative approach to exercise, his vibrant personality, and his passion for helping others. But what many people don’t know is that he hails from New Orleans.
"Growing up in New Orleans taught me to embrace the beauty and joy of life. I'm a firm believer that you can have a good time no matter where you're at, and I'm grateful for the city that instilled this attitude in me." - Richard Simmons
It all started when Richard was just five years old – it was then that he began taking dance classes at a local studio in the city. Richard quickly developed a love for performing and quickly became a popular presence on the New Orleans stage.
Little did he know at the time, but these early experiences would prove invaluable when it came time to launch his own fitness career. It was Richard’s combination of natural charisma, theatricality and vivacious energy that set him apart from other trainers – allowing him to create a style of exercise that was both effective and fun.
From there, Richard went on to become one of the most recognizable faces in fitness – with his own range of videos, books, and products inspiring millions around the world. His approach to health and wellness is one inspired by joy rather than judgment - something that has resonated with people from all walks of life.