Richard Simmons, is an American fitness personality who promotes weight-loss programs, most famously through a line of aerobics videos and television programs. Simmons began his career opening a gym catering to the overweight, and became widely known through exposure on television and through the popularity of his consumer products. He became a striking cultural icon, often parodied, and a frequent guest of late night television. Today Simmons continues his life-long mission of promoting health and has broadened his activities to include political activism, notably in support of a bill mandating non-competitive physical education in public schools.