In celebration of their 20th anniversary on May 1, Fitness Magazine is pulling out all the stops.
In honor of their 20-year commitment to all-things health, they’re packing their pages with tons of must-see content, including features like “20 Years of Inspiring Fitness Movers and Shakers,’ and ‘The Wackiest Fitness Trends of the Last 20 Years.’
Fitness is also making this edition memorable by hosting health and beauty icon Elle MacPherson as their the cover girl, who has long been referred to as “The Body” for her stunning, toned and trim figure.
At the age of 48, Elle looks better than ever and is staying busy as a mom to her two boys, and running two successful companies – Elle Intimate Lingere, and a line of bath products called The Body.
In regards to her approach to health, Elle told Fitness, “I’m almost 50, so I obviously don’t have the same body I had when I was 20, but I also don’t have the same mindset,” she confessed. “Now I appreciate maturity, my depth of spirit and soul and my understanding of who I am and what’s important to me.”
In addition to a packed May issue, Fitness is also hosting a ‘Fitness Free For All,’ giving readers free passes to gyms all over the country, and even chances to work out with celebrity trainers like Billy Blanks and Jackie Warner. Though I’ve had intimate fitness relationships with both through various DVDs and television series, I’d personally choose Warner over Blanks. No offense Billy, but the spandex have got to go. Plus, Warner would no doubt kick my tail in shape.
To commemorate the special milestone, Fitness is also recognizing some of their proudest moments from the last 20 years. Here are just a few of their personal highlights.
- ‘Princess Di’ was a 1996 cover girl, showing her strength after the collapse of her marriage.
- Amidst weight issues, Oprah finished the Marine Corps marathon in October 1994 and landed a spot on a 1995 Fitness cover to talk about her triumph.
- Gabrielle Reece was the only woman ever to be featured topless (tastefully) on a Fitness cover in 1995.
- In 1993, Fitness did a story on kegels for men to ensure our male counterparts were doing their fair share to keep things steamy in the bedroom.
- The woman who claims most-frequent Fitness cover model is Magdalena Wrobel – a model who has graced the cover a total of 12 times.
Another fun fact is that Richard Simmons was the only male to ever claim a feature story in Fitness Magazine, when he opened up about this struggles with his weight and workouts. But somehow we didn’t find that as exciting as Gabrielle Reece topless. Am I right?
History lesson closed! All that’s left to do now is get out and grab your own copy of the Fitness Magazine 20th Anniversary Edition and join in the celebration. We’ve personally found much inspiration from the pages of Fitness in their 20 years of dedication to healthy living and fitness. So a big congratulations and thank you to them for all they’ve done for the health community. Here’s to 20 more!