Fitness guru Richard Simmons has closed the doors on his iconic studio Slimmons in Beverly Hills last week.
The 68 year old, opened the studio more than30 years ago and says he will always be proud of what he has accomplished there and the friends he’s made along the way.
Simmons was an inspiration to a whole generations of people who were looking for a way to get fit and lose weight. His energetic and over the top personality were just part of his endearing quality that motivated his followers to keep going and succeed.
In a statement on social media Simmons thanked his supporters.
“In 1974 I opened Slimmons as a way to help people make positive changes in their lives by having fun while exercising,” Simmons explains. “It was a place to make friends, listen to and learn from others, lose weight and gain confidence. These were all the reasons I went to Slimmons too!”
“Over the years thousands came to laugh and sweat with me,” he continues. “The world and what we know about nutrition and fitness may have changed a lot since then, but the lessons shared in that little studio still apply. I’ve dedicated my life to helping others feel better about themselves and they helped me to do the same. Thank you for always supporting and loving me. I will take the time for myself to be the best I can be and so should you. I love you — always keep sweatin’!”
Simmons’ long-time manager, Michael Catalano, also spoke about the end on an era in the exercise industry.
“Slimmons was truly a reflection of all things Richard, one-of-a-kind, authentic, inspiring,” Catalano said. “While the studio is closing, Richard is so happy about the great friendships and lasting memories that were created there over the years.”
The fitness guru made headlines earlier this year when he was hospitalised after exhibiting bizarre behaviour. He later made an announcement saying all was ok.
“Thank you to everyone who has reached out with love and concern after hearing I was in the hospital. I was dehydrated and needed some fluids and now I am feeling great!” he explained. “Big hugs and kisses for caring.”
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