The beginning of the 80s saw the first domestic videocassette recorder released onto the market. My uncle, who was always up to date with the latest trends, was one of the first people in Spain to have one, remarking “this is the future”. And it was, but the problem was that he had bought a Betamax player, the format that rapidly became obsolete when the VHS system became the standard.
Even though he could only watch a couple of films on his video, I remember one particular videotape that blew my mind: Jane Fonda’s Workout. This is a fucking 80s masterpiece, and the videotape became one of the biggest sellers of all time (more than 17 million copies sold), while becoming notorious for 2 things: leg warmers and doing exercise in front of the TV.
What was it about Jane’s classes that made half the planet fight their inner fatty and move their butts back and forth in the living room? Put simply, it was fun. Let’s be honest, going to the gym is a pain in the ass, and I’m sure you all know someone who has paid for a 6-month gym membership to force themselves to go, and they still haven’t gone. Don’t laugh because I’m sure you are one of them.
Well my friends, I have some great news for you, there is someone called Shannon Dooley who is the reincarnation of Jane Fonda. This native of Australia has created something totally cool that combines choreography and aerobics, and consists of doing exercise to the beat of the eighties. If that didn’t already sound amazing, then you’ll also be pleased to know that there is a dress code for these classes that includes: leggings, leg warmers, hairbands, wristbands, and any other accessory as long it is fluorescent in colour.
This new exercise / party is called Retrosweat and it is so cool that Concept Hotel Group has decided to bring it to Ibiza so that you can try it for yourself. The classes will be held every wednesday from 12th June to 11th September at Paradiso Art Hotel. In charge of the music is Simøne, the best 80s DJ in Ibiza.
So, if you wanna burn calories while having a great time, then we will be waiting for you with our legwarmers on in Retrosweat. If you are one of those people who like to exercise while angry then you should probably continue to pump iron in your regular neighbourhood gym.
Ah, I almost forgot, my uncle, the technology guru, was also one of the first people in Spain to have a Laser Disc… but that’s a story for another day.
By Pablo Burgués