Saturday, January 20, 2007

The Body Works

I'm not sure if The Body Works was shown outside of Canada but it will certainly be remembered by school kids growing up in the eighties in southern Ontario. The Body Works was an instructional workout program for children. Our teachers would pop in a video tape every other day (non phys-ed days) and away we'd go.

Click here to listen to the theme song. It gives me a slight ache: a mix of nostalgia, joy and dread. I was never a fan of modern nazi-esque physical education directives for children. You know, curriculums that thrive on Social Darwinism and humiliation rather than on empowerment and appreciation of movement and health but hey...

As far as exercise programs went, The Body Works wasn't bad in that regard, just a tad cheesy and of course in our class, forced.
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