In the 1980s aerobic exercise was all the rage and the queen of the aerobics scene was actress Jane Fonda who put her movie career on hold to show the world how to âfeel the burnâ. Jane Fonda has become an icon of aerobics and firmly told her classes the famous catchphrase âno pain no gainâ as they dutifully sweated into their carpets in front of the TV. Today, no pain no gain is a well-used phrase which has been adopted by athletes, exercise enthusiasts and bodybuilders. As a result there are all sorts of products to be purchased online that have borrowed the phrase including clothing, cuff links, artwork and martial arts movies.
Although it was Fondaâs use of âno pain no gainâ that made it such a well-used saying today, she wasnât the first to pick up on the connections between pain and gain. In the 2nd century Rabbi Ben Hei was quoted as saying âthe pain is the gainâ. In 1650 poet Robert Herrick wrote âIf little labour, little are our pains, Manâs fate is according to his pains.â Benjamin Franklin wrote âthere are no gains, without painsâ in 1758.