By Megan Taylor Morrison
The Active Times

On a sunny Saturday some years ago, my 8-year-old self poured a bowl of cereal, sat down in front of the television and stumbled upon an odd sight while clicking through channels: A man jumping around in a tight, sparkly leotard and yelling at me to do the same.

"Who is this guy?" I asked my mom.

"That's Richard Simmons!" She replied. And I never forgot him.

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The Get Fit Guide For 2013

The best fitness icons are those that make an impression on us -- they're so fit, flamboyant or enthusiastic that you can't help but tune in...even if it's more for entertainment than a workout. I must have gone through several bowls of cereal before I finally moved onto my regular cartoons.

While this was my experience as a Generation Y, every era has had its eye-catching and sweat-inspiring fitness gurus. This slideshow is our tribute to the fittest and most inspiring celebrities who have done their part to whip the masses into shape.

For the complete slideshow of the Top Fitness Icons Of All Time, go to

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