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Get In Shape Girl

With the return of Mr Motivator on UK television, surely it's only a matter of time before Get In Shape Girl is back on the scene, Well, for the sake of future generations, let's hope so! It doesn't take a genius to see how kids bodies have changed over two decades. Take away Get In Shape Girl and the fact children used to be able to play outside, and add in gallons of junk food, and many kids have turned into something resembling Weebles.

Get in Shape Girl was an American idea based on the aim to get kids fit. The idea was basically to package a workout for little girls with a kit that included a cassette tape (remember those?) and a book (and remember those?). It came out in the 80s, at a time when little girls held the Majorettes up as their heroines, so was a sure-fire hit. And who could forget that catchy theme tune for the advert: "Get in Shape Girl, it's so appealing, Get In Shape Girl, you know the feeling!"

The tape explained what exercises to do, while the book showed you exactly how to do it. And do it in style! As there were several Get In Shape Girl accessories available, including leg-warmers Jane Fonda would have been proud of, an excercise band, child-sized dumbbells, a skipping rope, a rhythmic ribbon and even wristbands and a water bottle. The reverse of the tape was just music, so creative types could make up their own exercise routines once they'd exhausted the ones provided.

Many afternoons were spent with a gaggle of girls getting fit in the front room - it was huge amounts of fun. And Hasbro Toys did more than their fair share of helping create some future Olympics gymnasts (well, we'd like to think so). So, Arbor Toys (the current license holders for this toy and others like Disney princess Dress Up and McDonald's Cash Register) bring it back - and a blue version for boys! We might have the Nintendo Wii Fit these days... but it doesn't come with leg-warmers.


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Get In Shape Girl Last post by remember
10 April 2009

Do You Remember Get In Shape Girl?

Do You Remember Get In Shape Girl?

  • Anonymous user
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    do you remember those 'bouncers' from late 80's/eraly 90's? they were a rubber ball with a plastic ring round and you used to hop on them - i wondered if they are still about for a laugh!
  • Anonymous user
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    I rember I having Get in Shape Girl when I was a preteen excrise and Specail Olympus ! I don't rember the Year of Get In Shape Girl came out in the 80's ?
  • Anonymous user
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    I received "Get in Shape Girl" one year for Christmas. At first, I was offended, but one day I was bored, and I started to use it. It was great, and I lost a good amount of weight--4 dress sizes. I was really young. Dieting was not necessary. I lost the weight eatting my Mother's Homecooked Southern Food. Oh well. Those were the days!
  • Anonymous user
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    I loved get in shape girl! My friend Lori and I would run up and down our street with our magical ribbon battons and matching wrist bands. Truly a great memory of our youth !!!
  • Anonymous user
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    I was just telling my husband about this. Asking him if he recalls this from his sisters. This was great back in the 80's I wish I would have kept some of my cheesy 80's stuff!
  • Anonymous user
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    I loved Get in Shape Girl stuff, I had to look it up in google to see if it was still out there. I would dress up in my leotard and leg warmers and dance around with my ribbon stick. It was great time in my life. I love Get and Shape Girl
  • Anonymous user
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    I loved Get in Shape Girl! I would watch Mary Lou Retton on tv and run around the house with the Get in Shape Girl ribbon wand.
  • Anonymous user
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    I got a Get In Shape Girl baton kit for Christmas one year along with a wrist band.