I never thought I would be the type of person who listened to a podcast about a fitness guru.
I’m not an avid exerciser. Friends know that I will be the first one to complain if excessive amounts of cheer and walking are combined. I’m not a grouchy person, but I just believe in a balance of those two things.
Over the last few weeks, however, I’ve found myself obsessed with “Missing Richard Simmons.” The new podcast interviews the people who know the “Sweating to the Oldies” star the best, and tries to explain his sudden disappearance from the world.
In case you didn’t know, Simmons hasn’t been seen on camera or in person since 2014.
I’m only four episodes in, but I love this podcast, because each show shares a tidbit about Simmons’ personality that I would have never guessed. The New York Times calls “Missing Richard Simmons” a “cult audio obsession.”
In my mind Richard Simmons will always be that guy in spandex from the ‘80s screaming at average Joes to pick up the pace and sweat a little more. But through the show’s interviews I’ve learned that Simmons is a compassionate and complex person.
Hs friends have described dinner parties where the exercise pro cooked dinner for his guests without the help of chefs or maids.
They’ve also described Richard having periods of loneliness and depression, which contradicts his boisterous character on TV, but we all have something we hide away.
If you have even the smallest curiosity about the quirky fitness fanatic, I suggest you tune in to an episode of “Missing Richard Simmons.” You can check it out at missingrichardsimmons.com.