We thought we had finally seen the last of ’80s-style aerobics videos when Jane Fonda transitioned to walking workouts in 2010 but apparently Jimmy Fallon felt we all needed a reminder of how hilarious the human body looks in head-to-toe neon leotards. He enlisted the always-down-for-a-high-pony Kate Upton in his return to Zumba’s meaner, more grueling cousin.
Upton and Fallon took on the “’80s Aerobics Dance Challenge” (which now exists in stark contrast to Fallon’s earlier BTS “Fortnite Dance Challenge“) on Monday’s Tonight Show (weekdays at 11:35 p.m. ET) in a getup we can only assume they pulled directly from a well-stocked vintage section. Kudos to Jimmy’s costuming department because those aerobics looks are on point.
Thankfully, the biggest lesson we learned from the segment was that Jimmy Fallon and Kate Upton are not superhuman. Those two bumbled around like us regular mortals would if, for some reason, we were motivated to join in on the impromptu workout (which we were not). It’s quite encouraging to know that while Upton is incredibly talented in a lot of ways, she just can’t nail aerobics choreo. No shade, just solidarity. Although that cat eye is for the gods.
In fact, Kate’s whole thing lately has been reminding us that we’re all human, even the people we tend to look at as perfect pixie dream people. She appears on the cover of September’s Health Magazine completely unretouched and she’s using the platform to “call BS” on weight loss culture and the idea that working out is about getting the “perfect” bod rather than feeling good.
“The thing about focusing on your own journey and strength is that you see the results more quickly,” she says in the cover story. “Instead of beating yourself up about the number on the scale, you notice when you get stronger. It’s a healthier mind-set, one that took me a while to get to. That’s really what I wanted to share with others.”
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It’s all part of her Strong4Me campaign which is about exercise for the working/busy/not-that-into-exercising woman and focuses on finding moves and routines that are manageable and good for you. Rather than fostering an environment centered on exercise that targets weight loss, the workouts are designed to make women feel more energized, motivated and stronger.
We are SO here for models like Kate, Chrissy Teigen and Tyra Banks (sorry, it’s just BanX now) who are shifting the focus from the image of “perfection” we’ve been fed for decades to just feeling good and healthy for yourself. And if they throw in a hot Flashdance reenactment along the way, all the better.