The Originator Workout

February 1st

Billy Blanks

Billy Blanks

Martial Artist and Fitness Guru


Billy Blanks was hired as a bodyguard for lead actress Catherine Bach during the filming of 1988's Driving Force, filmed in Manila during a time of political unrest. Blanks impressed the producers and was written into the script in a supporting role. This led to Blanks' work in several martial arts films, including King of the Kickboxers and Bloodfist. Blanks also appeared in the opening scene of Tony Scott's The Last Boy Scout, where he plays a doomed pro-football player. 

Tae Bo is a portmanteau of tae (as in taekwondo) and bo (as in boxing). In the late 1980s, Blanks developed the Tae Bo workout while running a karate studio in Quincy, Massachusetts. He used components of his martial arts and boxing training. Blanks opened a fitness center in Los Angeles to teach his new workout. He later attracted celebrity clients such as Paula Abdul, and the popularity of the workout quickly grew. He became a pop culture phenomenon after releasing mass-marketed videos. He sold over 1.5 million VHS tapes in his first year and is reported to have grossed between $80 million and $130 million in sales.

The Originator Workout

 20 Tae Bo Kicks Each Leg

20 Squats
20 Tae Bo Front Kicks

20 Punch Combo

20 Minute AMRAP

(As many reps as possible)