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Billy Blanks

Tae Bo's next move

Tae Bo's next move

Tae Bo may have peaked in the 1990s, but Billy Blanks isn't about to let it go the way of step aerobics. The father of cardio-kickboxing is still working it like the old days, making special appearances at fitness centers around the world and trying to breathe new life into his high-energy, martial-arts inspired classes.

An Olympian, martial arts and boxing champion — as well as an actor and celebrity fitness guru — Blanks has been living in Japan for the last three years, developing a program called PT 24/7. The workout, which can be found on video, is an intense 30-minute routine for the time crunched that combines the power of Tae Bo with resistance training.

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