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Jane Fonda attends Homeboy Industries' 2023 Lo Maximo Awards and Fundraising Gala at JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. LIVE on April 29, 2023 in Los Angeles, California.

Jane Fonda never aspired to be an actress when she was younger. “Young me did not want to be an actor. I didn’t think I had talent; I didn’t think I was pretty enough. I had a lot of body dysmorphia,” she tells People in a new feature this week (May 4). She adds, “I was pretty lost as a young person.”

The actress and activist overcame a turbulent childhood with her father, the late actor Henry Fonda. Her socialite mother, Frances, died by suicide when Fonda was 12. “Being young is really hard. Don’t let anyone kid you,” Fonda, 85, said. “I wish when I was younger, someone had said to me, ‘Don’t give up. Keep going. It’ll get better.'”

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Fast forward to 1982, when Fonda started a fitness revolution via Jane Fonda’s Workout. It was based on a class she took from exercise instructor Leni Cazden, which made her feel in more control over her health after struggling with bulimia. The video sold more than 17 million copies.

“So many women said to me, ‘My whole attitude about myself changed,'” Fonda said of her workout program. “That meant the world to me.” Even well into her 80s, Fonda exercises three to four times a week with a trainer, goes on hikes, and sticks to a healthy diet. She says one of the main reasons she’s happier today is that a lot of the existential questions she had when she was younger have now been answered. She added, “I don’t take anything for granted, and I’m just amazed that at my age I’m still working and have a lot of energy. It’s all a surprise to me.”

Fonda will next be seen in the comedy Book Club: The Next Chapter, in theaters May 12. She stars alongside Diane Keaton, Candice Bergen, and Mary Steenburgen for the sequel to their 2018 comedy. The movie follows best friends Diane (Keaton), Vivian (Fonda), Sharon (Bergen), and Carol (Steenburgen), who “take their book club to Italy for the fun girls’ trip they never had.” But “when things go off the rails and secrets are revealed, their relaxing vacation turns into a once-in-a-lifetime cross-country adventure.”

6 Equipment-Free Workouts You Can Do Today

We’ve all used the excuse of not having the right equipment to do a workout. Well, that isn’t the case anymore, since there is a plethora of workouts out there to target what it is you want to work out, without any need of fancy equipment or any equipment at all! All you need is yourself and a good attitude.

Below, we’ve found the six best workouts for every skill level and type of workout you could possibly want to do.

  • 20 Minute Low Impact Full Body HIIT Workout -- Apartment Friendly

    This 20-minute full body routine is also apartment friendly, meaning there is no jumping involved in the workout in case you have downstairs neighbors or have a sleeping baby in a nearby room.

  • 20 Minute Full Body Workout -- Outdoors

    These workouts can be done indoor or outdoor, but just note that there will be jumping involved. In this video, Darryl Williams will show you how an effective workout doesn’t require a gym membership.

    This follow-along workout will include the following exercises: Jumping jacks to start the workout and warm the body up, steam engines to get the core warmed up as well, squats, burpees, supermans, which is a great back exercise, planks, rest breaks, imaginary jump ropes, calf raises, arm circles to get those shoulders burning, ankle taps, glute bridges, push ups, toe touches, mountain climbers, side planks, raise the roofs, and flutter kicks.

  • 10 Minute Cardio

    In this video, you will be doing 10 minutes of nonstop, fast-pace cardio using five different types of exercises for 45 seconds on, 15 seconds off of: jumping jacks, mountain climbers, box jumps and burpees, some footwork and ice-skaters.

  • 20 Minute Full Body Workout -- Beginner

    Pamela Reif What made a beginner friendly workout using basic movements that are not too complicated or hard to perform. The workout sequences repeat, giving you a chance to get used to the movements and get a better feeling for them.

  • 30 Minute Full Body Crusher Workout -- Advanced

    In this video, you will be doing 30 exercises in 30 minutes, with 10 seconds of rest in between exercises. What’s great about this video is that it is easy to follow, as there is a preview window of what exercise is next during your rest time.

    This is the full list of exercises below:

    Warm Up

    Air Squats
    Jumping Jacks
    Dead Bugs
    Lunge Stretch
    Half Burpees

    Lower Body

    Jumping Squats
    Squat Pulses
    Wall Sit
    Glute Bridge Right Leg
    Glute Bridge Legt Leg
    Reverse Lunges
    Star Jumps

    Upper Body

    Pike Push Ups
    Pike Push Up Hold
    Hand Release Push Ups
    Low Push Up Hold
    Shoulder Taps
    Diamond Push Ups
    Back Extensions
    Superman Hold


    Low Plank Climbers
    One Leg Plank Right Leg
    One Leg Plank Left Leg
    Side Plank Left Side
    Side Plank Right Side
    Bicycle Crunches
    Leg Raises
    Hollow Hold

  • 20 Minute Core/Ab Workout

    This core-focused workout by YouTube channel MadFit is 45 seconds on, 15 seconds off of constant movement with 20 different ab exercises.

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