That's a wrap!
Richard Simmons locked the doors of his famed workout studio for good on Saturday, Nov. 19 after 42 years — and wrote an emotional thank you to his fans who've supported him along the way at its closing.
"I have never been very good with beginnings and endings. This may come as a surprise to some of you but I am not the most patient person. I just can’t wait for a movie to start, or a new restaurant or business to open, or for class to begin. Hurry up already! When I opened Slimmons in 1974, I simply couldn’t wait to tell everyone that food could be healthy AND delicious or that exercise could be fun!" the 68-year-old wrote on Facebook.
Richard at his studio in 2013. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
"I worked my little striped shorts off to spread the message that you must move your body every day, that portion size matters and that while others may not always be kind to you, you must be kind to yourself. I traveled the country, appeared in malls and convention halls, talk shows, news segments and made more guest appearances than I can name. I made countless friends along the way and I hope I changed a few lives for the better," he continued.
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"Well, it’s been over forty years now, and I am finally taking my own advice. I am being kind to myself, and putting myself first. I am making changes and taking time to do the things I want to do. Please know that I am in good health and I am happy. No one has ever been able to tell me what to do and the same is true today," he wrote. "I am still independent, determined and opinionated. I simply am making a new beginning for myself — quietly and in my very own special way."
Richard in 1992. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
"I want to thank everyone who has ever taken a class with me at Slimmons or anywhere else. I especially want to thank my angels at Slimmons, the incredible staff and teachers over the years, who always put themselves before others and helped me help you. I will be forever grateful for their loyalty and compassion," Richard added.
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"While I’m not there today to share this last class, I know you will take comfort in the friends you’ve made and the lessons you learned. Truly, you don’t need me to tell you what to do anymore. You know. It’s within you. It’s in your heart and it’s been there all along. So get up and get moving!" he concluded. "Be kind to one another, be kind to your body and be kind to yourself." We'll miss you, Richard!
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