Throwback Thursday: Get In Shape, Girl!

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For my 7th or 8th birthday (I can’t remember which), I received the “Get In Shape, Girl!” kit.  It came with a leotard, tights, leg-warmers, a headband, free-weights, an instructional poster and a dance ribbon.  Here’s a shot of me sporting the entire ensemble:GetinShape

For nostalgia’s sake, you can click HERE for the video.

My memory is fuzzy now, but I think I may have actually requested this as a gift.  From the picture, you can tell I wasn’t out-of-shape (in fact, I rocked the Presidential Physical Fitness Test at school every year – flexed arm hang was my b*#ch.)  The fact that this was even a “toy” says a lot about women and society, but I wasn’t thinking about that at 8. Honestly, I’m not sure what I was thinking.  Maybe I was drawn to it because aerobics was something grown-up women did and it made me feel grown up.  Perhaps I was just drawn to the leotard, which I wore when I pretended to be a member of the 1984 US Olympics Gymnastics Team.

Whatever my reasoning, this was the first in a long line of exercise purchases that have included machines, weights, bands, videos, books, and outfits.  Like most of those things, I’m pretty sure I only used my “Get In Shape, Girl!” kit a handful of times before abandoning it to my closet shelf.




2 thoughts on “Throwback Thursday: Get In Shape, Girl!

  1. Crystal

    I googled for “Get in Shape, Girl!” so that I could show my husband, who is also a child of 1980. When we came across your photo I actually gasped because it was the spitting image of my childhood. Right down to the charm necklace (I had about a million of those clip on charms)! So, thanks for the uncanny trip down memory lane.


    1. hlapinski Post author

      Lol, thanks Crystal! Those charms were the best. I remember trading them with friends and getting in trouble when they jingled at school.


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