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Salt N Pepa's "Push It" is a classic jam in its own right, but it also holds particular relevance to 1980s fitness.
Salt N Pepa's "Push It" is a classic jam in its own right, but it also holds particular relevance to 1980s fitness. Michael Ochs Archives/Stringer/Getty Images
From the Brat Pack to the Rubik's Cube, Thriller, "Where's the Beef?" and fanny packs, the goofiness of '80s popular culture extended its stay well into the '90s — or what's come to be known as the residual '80s.
Amongst this explosion of unselfconscious revelry, of course, stands the illustrious 1980s fitness regimen: Jane Fonda workouts on VHS, bodybuilding contests, neon Spandex, American Gladiators and more, all wrapped up in one unreal experience.
While many elements contribute to the quintessential '80s workout, "spectacle" easily qualifies as the most important trait. Just as a tree falling in the forest doesn't make a sound if no one is there to listen, so too will your muscles not flex properly if no one is there to watch. To that end, try out this mix of '80s classics to ensure that your workout is as gawky as can be.