Billy Blanks' Tai Bo Workout (1998)

Billy Blanks' Tai Bo Workout (1998)

Tae Bo is a total body fitness system that incorporates martial arts techniques such as kicks and punches, which became quite popular in the 1990s. It was developed by American Taekwondo practitioner Billy Blanks.[1] Such programs use the motions of martial arts at a rapid pace designed to promote fitness.

Billy Blanks developed the routine in 1976 by combining dance with elements from his martial arts and boxing training to form a workout regimen.[1] During the 1990s, a series of videos were mass-marketed to the public; by 1999 an estimated 1.5 million sets of videos had been sold on the back of a frequently aired television infomercial.[6] As a result, Tae Bo became somewhat of a pop culture phenomenon in the late 1990s. Gyms began offering Kickboxing-based fitness classes similar to Tae Bo. Since Blanks had taken out a trademark on the name they were not allowed to use the term Tae Bo without paying a licensing fee.[1] Tae Bo videos and DVDs continue to rank among the top sellers in the fitness genre[citation needed] and derivative classes are still offered at many gyms. He sold over 1.5 million VHS tapes in his first year,[11] and is reported to have grossed between $80 million and $130 million in sales.

Tae Bo classes are taught worldwide. Tae Bo includes many of the same punches and kicks as Karate, but is not intended for fighting — it was not meant for any combat or self-defense applications. There are no throws, grappling moves, or ground fighting techniques in Tae Bo. Its only intent is to increase fitness through movement. Tae Bo also includes aerobic exercises intended to strengthen all muscles of the body with basic choreography. The high-intensity workout is intended to increase cardiovascular fitness, strength, muscular endurance and flexibility. – wikipedia

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50 Comments

  1. THANK YOU FOR UPLOADING THIS VIDEO! Cringe but exciting! Took me back to my teen years. The best workout that actually WORKED! I even had friends who asked to borrow this video to prep their bods to go to Hawaii. God bless you, thank you!

  2. I remember buying the set of 3 (basic, advanced, and 15 min fast workout) on VHS at blockbuster and loosing a ton of weight on just the basic. I never even used the advanced and lost 70 lbs. Your body just doesn’t get bored of it lol

  3. I did these workouts 22 years ago. After gaining a lot of weight I’m back. I’m proud to say I made it through my first one.

  4. I remember doing this in elementary school for PE and getting graded on our participation! Lol I’m so happy i remembered the name. 20 years later and I just might actually do this to get back in shape for my adulthood

  5. Day 1 in 2021 after 20 years! Hope to lose those stubborn 10 ish pounds. Happy to have remembered Billy, hopefully now it’ll work. Anyone else losing with Billy in 2021?

  6. When I was a kid, round 10-12 years, the doctor I used to see would always scold my mom because I was overweight. I remember one solution at home that we tried was to do some of the Tai Bo vhs tapes that we had at home.

    I vaguely remember this video. Maybe it was the more easier variations. Looking at all that sweat definitely brought back some memories. Him and his Shiny head.

  7. I was trying to find this video for a while in my middle school we had a required "dance unit" and the teachers would put this video

  8. The one and only workout I can follow the directions. Billy made the best workouts. 🙂 I have some, but broke my vhs player……

  9. I was using this 3-5 days a week, but sadly, commercials went from 1 to 4 separate breaks. That’s too much when you are trying to workout!

  10. jesus i remember doing this exact episode with my mother when i was little, beyond excited i found it again

  11. Best excerise video so easy and effective. I lost 30 pounds doing this video. Love me some Billy!!!!😀🥰😍🥳

  12. Billy Blanks and his the are the bomb with taebo. 5 Days a week I need to loose as much weight as I can. This 1 as a warm up and another 1 as an actual.

  13. This is the only workout my uncoordinated ass can do, since you only move one thing at a time. No complicated routines like aerobics or Zumba. And that classic nipple-grazing bodysuit, lol.

  14. when i was a little kid my cousins and i had just started karate, and we used to be at my grandma’s house every day during summer, where we would watch these and workout thinking we were hella tough lmao. Seeing it now is so funny because in today’s internet culture this is nothing short of a class A meme 😂

  15. Man crazy people ask why im so fit and shit now and I tell them taebo was a huge help as a kid lol I used taebo from ages 4 to 8 and even when stop working out I never gain a ounce of weight to lead to an overlapping tummy

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