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workout revival

"Are you ready to do the workout?" Jane Fonda asked us in 1982, foxily clad from head to toe in pastel Lycra.

How could we say no?

Almost three decades later, Ms. Fonda is asking that question again.

This week, the 72-year-old actress and fitness icon announced her plans to release two new exercise DVDs as follow-ups to her original video, which sold 17 million copies and became the best-selling home video ever.

Her home workout series - which eventually totalled 22 titles - dominated the market in the eighties and nineties. But Ms. Fonda says there's still one gaping hole in the market and she wants to fill it.

"Mine will target an audience that has been left out: MY age group and the boomers," she wrote in her blog. "I want to get to people who have stopped working out, or never did, or … I can't wait."

Lionsgate is currently in talks with Ms. Fonda about distributing the DVD, but a representative from the company said nothing had been confirmed.

That didn't stop Ms. Fonda from reporting that the video would be filmed in mid-March and would be available early next year.

Ms. Fonda may have been an aerobic goddess in her prime, but the septuagenarian is a little worse for wear now: She has osteoarthritis, underwent knee-replacement surgery last June, and also has a titanium hip. Nonetheless, her looks still defy her age.

In a 2009 interview with German newspaper Bild, Ms. Fonda explained her secret: 30 per cent genetics, 30 per cent sex and 30 per cent nutrition and fitness. And as for that remaining 10 per cent?

"I have to thank my plastic surgeon, too," she said.