Picks and Pans Review: Jane Fonda's Workout Book

updated 02/15/1982 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 02/15/1982 AT 01:00 AM EST

by Jane Fonda

Some critics complained that the feminist Fonda exposed too much skin by backsliding into a bikini in California Suite and another skimpy number in On Golden Pond. But if a 44-year-old has a shape as great as hers, why not? Fonda claims that despite busy roles as actress, film producer, activist, mother, wife and proprietor of a chain of fitness centers, she never misses her own workouts. She was introduced to vigorous exercise by her stepmother, Shirlee Fonda, Henry's fifth wife, who at 49 served as a photographic model in this how-to book. In the pictures, Jane herself does amazing things with her limber body. Unfortunately, the text is sometimes humorless and shrill. ("If you're concerned about the rise in the cost of food," she asserts, "you have the monopolies to thank.") Unlike some exercise books, though, this one lays it on the line: "You must be committed to working hard, sweating hard and getting sore. You cannot do it passively by going to a spa and having your bottom jiggled on a vibrating belt, taking a few swipes at bicycling and sitting in a sauna. All you are doing is fooling yourself and wasting your money." (Simon and Schuster, $15.95)

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