“I used some of my workout teachers and clients in the video with me. We rehearsed a few days, made some mistakes, did our own hair and makeup, had one camera and figured it was no big deal,” Fonda went on. But she was completely wrong. The workout videos became a massive success. The first one ended up being the best-selling VHS ever.
Fonda went on to release 23 exercise videos and they sold by the millions. Gone were the star’s fears about no one owning a VCR. In reality, people bought them just so they’d get to watch her videos. “In spite of myself, this little workout video had given birth to a new industry,” the actor wrote on her website. “Women began to hear about it. Friends were telling each other, ‘Hey, check this out! This really works!’”