Working Out with Kim Kardashian

"Kim and Kourtney's previously bored faces brightened. In the blink of an eye, their Catholic school uniforms had been exchanged for workout gear, and they were pumping away for the cameras."

Over a decade ago, I worked for a production company in California that shot a lot of infomercials — the scourge and the glory of insomniacs around the country. Our work was seen by millions, drawn in by the promise of thinner thighs, fewer wrinkles, more money, and less body hair. In fact, my waxing infomercial _Sweet Simplicity_ was spoofed on a critical episode of _Friends,_ season 3, when Ross and Rachel break up for a night and he hooks up with someone else and then she dumps him...but that's another story.

After our stunning performance in the hair-removal arena, we were hired to work with some of the infomercial world's all-time heavy hitters: Bruce Jenner and his wife, Kris. And what life-transforming solution (for 3 easy payments) were we promoting? The Jennerator! — the most amazing home gym ever. To demonstrate how easy the Jennerator was to use at home, we of course visited Bruce and Kris at their Southern California home, where we shot them working out on the rickety thing. During a shooting break, someone suggested "Maybe you should film the girls trying it out?" And all eyes turned to Bruce Jenner's 15 year-old stepdaughter...Kim Kardashian (and also her little sister Kourtney).

Kim and Kourtney's previously bored faces brightened. In the blink of an eye, their Catholic school uniforms had been exchanged for workout gear, and they were pumping away on the Jennerator for the cameras. Now, whenever I happen to stumble across the Kardashians' current "filmed entertainment", I pause and wonder "do I deserve a little bit of blame/credit for what the girls have become?

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