After closing Slimmons last year, Simmons released a statement to ET
praising the studio's patrons, while reflecting on all the good times he had while instructing aerobics classes there. "In 1974, I opened Slimmons as a way to help people make positive changes in their lives by having fun while exercising," he said. "It was a place to make friends, listen to and learn from others, lose weight and gain confidence. These were all the reasons I went to Slimmons too!"