Nevertheless, Simmons’ work wasn’t over. Indeed, although he himself may have lost weight, he knew that there were still many who needed that extra push. So, in 1974 he launched his own Beverly Hills fitness studio with the intention of imparting his workout know-how. Eventually named Slimmons, the center became a success and put him on the path towards stardom.
Through his studio, Simmons was subsequently featured on reality show Real People, and his flamboyant persona immediately attracted attention. Soon afterwards, the fitness guru starred in General Hospital before gaining his own series, The Richard Simmons Show in 1980. Certainly, his potential seemed to have no limits.
As Simmons’ fame grew, so did his messages’ reach, and his audience increased into the millions. Besides his talk show appearances and work-out videos, he also maintained a vigorous schedule of 250 in-person shows a year. Moreover, he even released his own cook books and developed tailor-made workout regimes for those with disabilities.