Legendary Fitness Guru Richard Simmons to Host Fitness Class, Speak, at UCR

Sponsored by The Well, the event will promote health and well-being

Richard Simmons

Fitness guru Richard Simmons

RIVERSIDE, Calif (www.ucr.edu) — Richard Simmons is coming to the University of California, Riverside on Thursday, February 9th, and he’s bringing his workout gear.

The legendary fitness expert will lead an exercise class at the Student Recreation Center, followed by discussion on health and fitness. The event is scheduled from 5 to 7:30 p.m. in the main gym of the Student Recreation Center at UCR. Admission is free, but there will be a charge of $5 for non-permit holders to park on campus.

In addition to the exercise program, scheduled activities include 80’s themed raffles and prizes, an 80’s dress-up contest, a Richard Simmons look-alike contest, and lip syncing to 80’s music.

“Students get priority seating for this event and, if there are remaining seats available, faculty, staff, and the community can also attend,” said Devon Sakamoto, coordinator of health education initiatives for The Well. “Richard’s message of physical and mental health is one that everyone should have the opportunity to hear.”

The visit is sponsored by the UCR Student Wellness Partners, a collaborative effort involving various campus departments that strive to promote and encourage healthy minds, bodies, and communities through the use of wellness programs, outreach and services that help shape a safe, supported and connected campus environment. The Student Wellness Partners are the Campus Health Center, Counseling Center, Dean of Students Office, Housing Dining & Residential Services, International Education Center, Student Rec Center and The Well.

“I am so excited to teach a class for the students at UC Riverside,” Simmons said. “I have been making appearances at campuses around the country and it has been so much fun. Come ready to sweat, to laugh, to learn a little and have a blast!”

Sakamoto said that individuals who want to participate in the workout program should wear workout gear, including non-marking sole shoes, and a towel. The Recreation Center has limited locker facilities and shower facilities, she added.

As a youth in New Orleans, Simmons weighed as much as 268 pounds. He came to Los Angeles in the 1970’s and became interested in fitness, losing a total of 123 pounds. He went on to open his own exercise studio in Beverly Hills, Slimmons Studio, where he still teaches motivational classes and aerobics during the week. During an appearance on the Dr. Oz show in 2010, he estimated that he had helped people lose a total of 12,000,000 in his career. Recently, Simmons has been lobbying to have physical education returned to the public school curriculum.

Schedule of Events
5:00–5:30 p.m. — 80s activities, fitness prizes, 80s photo booth, and giveaways.
5:30–6:30 p.m. — Fitness class led by Richard Simmons. Please wear workout attire and tennis shoes.
6:30–7:00 p.m. — Richard Simmons’ talk on fitness, motivation and healthy living.
7:00–7:30 p.m. — 80s dress-up and Richard Simmons look-alike contests. Richard Simmons to crown the winners.

Media Contact


Tel: (951) 827-4756
E-mail: john.warren@ucr.edu

Additional Contacts

Devon Sakamoto
Tel: (951) 827-2874
E-mail: devon.sakamoto@ucr.edu

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