Immediately after the release of the first video in 1998, the Tae Bo craze was ON like Billy Blanks’ one-on-one motivational pep talks to the camera! 

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Infomercials were aplenty and health clubs worldwide were peppering their schedules with kickboxing classes as fast as a neck roll in a Tae Bo warm-up.   According to their website this early advertising led to the sale of 500 million VHS tapes (yep, that’s what it says!)  


Created by Billy, this program is part workout, part mantra (Total Awareness Excellent Body Obedience) and continues today via DVDs, streaming videos, and live classes at his California studio.  His daughter Shellie, a highly accomplished martial artist in her own right, was and still is, instrumental in the Tae Bo brand.

The originals have not yet been remastered for DVD but you can grab a relic and transfer to digital.  

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About Kristin Dowell

Kristin is a group fitness instructor and personal trainer with certifications from ACE and AFAA, is qualified to coach over a dozen specialty programs, and is the creator of 3 exercise DVDs. From creating physical training programs for fire academies, to teaching preschool dance, (and just about everything in between)...
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