Bess Motta: Women of the Apocalypse Series

The 20 Minute Workout

Back in the days of leotards, big hair and high-impact aerobics there was a TV exercise show called the 20 Minute Workout.

Bess Motta was one of the hosts of the show and was arguably the best broadcast aerobics instructor of all time.

She was the epitome of high-energy, inspiration and charm. While other aerobics leaders shouted out there instructions, Bess would sing, dance and strut.

Her workouts were daily metaphors for all that was steamy, sensuous and sexy.

We're not even sure how her signature move at the 7:25 mark of the first video shown here ever got past the censors, but we're glad that it did.

A Star is Born
She clearly overshadowed others on the program and caught the attention of the casting folks for James Cameron's iconic film, The Terminator.

Bess played Ginger Ventura, Sarah Connor's gorgeous and iguana-spooked roommate.

Fans can see Bess at Chicago Comic Con, August 20 - 22 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center.

God Bless the USA.
While Bess was charming American audiences in the 80's, take a look at what the Soviets were watching.