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QUICKFIT
Aerobics for couch potatoes
 NO PATHETIC PANTING
 NO PERSPIRATION
NO NEED FOR LYCRA
NO REVOLTING DISPLAY OF SINEWS

Simply watch the animation of Jane Fonda’s aerobics workout video while the couch does the exercises for you - moving every part of your body in time with Jane and her celebrity team. This educational simulator shows the dangers of exercise, with everyone, including Osama Bin Laden and Madonna,  disintegrating through over-exertion in the finale.

This simulator is built round a Shapemaster electric toning table that was originally in the pier gym. When the gym closed, I got the table. There are 6 movements – head tilt, arms rest lift, back wobble, buttock gyrate, leg kick and whole body shake. The movements have been extensively modified, mainly to increase their speed and decrease their travel. Decreasing the amount of movement made it safer - the finished machine was shown to an osteopath who passed it as completely harmless. It also made possible to cover the entire bed in funfur to disguise the individual moving pads.

The animation is based on a real Jane Fonda workout video. I made a model of the gym with Patrick Bond. The celebrities are made up of photos from the internet cut out and stuck together with wire and hot glue. I filmed it with Ben Waters who then composed the cheesy 80s music.

Installed on the pier, this machine has been much more popular than I was expecting – I thought people would feel to embarrassed to lie on it with everyone else watching, but they seem to have few inhibitions. This is partly because of the pier – people almost expect to do daft things they wouldn’t normally do on a pier. Its also partly because more people have got the idea of the arcade (the first year many people seemed suspicious of it all).
 

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