Welcome to The Workout From Home Diaries. Throughout our national self-isolation period, we’ll be sharing single-exercise deep dives, offbeat belly-busters and general get-off-the-couch inspiration that doesn’t require a visit to your (likely now-shuttered) local gym.
In 1995, a little-known fitness instructor named Jamie Brenkus, alongside two blonde friends whose names have been lost to history, set up a few workout mats on a stretch of anonymous grass in North Carolina. It could’ve been a par-4 on a county course; there was a pond behind the group, a weeping willow, a bit of wind. But in that unlikely spot, for exactly eight minutes, Brenkus and the blondes pushed, pulled and pulsated along to your ophthalmologist’s favorite piece of on-hold Muzak, and in doing so gave sweat nation one of its favorite at-home workout videos of all time.