By Sarah Huntington
The 1980s were full of great flicks. Or perhaps it’s my nostalgia for popcorn Friday nights and The Princess Bride. There's also The Goonies, Weird Science, St. Elmo’s Fire (which inspired Reality Bites), Full Metal Jacket, Labyrinth with David Bowie, and of course, Stand By Me — these all shaped my childhood.
They taught me about love, friendship, heartache, growing up, and boys to dream about, since I was only imagining kissing at that point and practicing on the back of my hand.
It was such a simpler time, so why not embrace that simplicity and dress for your workouts in a way that makes you happy, makes you think of your favorite role models when you were a kid. You might even make a new friend bonding over your shared love for The Wonder Years.
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VAN HALEN - Bill and Ted’s
KENNEDY WILDCATS T-SHIRT
The Wonder Years
This 1982 film is about relationships, drugs, jobs, and the quintessential high school experience. Sean Penn plays the stoner and rebel. Get the classic high school chic look with short shorts, white tees, and Keds. [HOVER FOR INFO / CLICK TO BUY]
This cult-classic 1985 movie is about five teenagers serving Saturday detention. The Brat Pack brought us to the core of the high school identity crisis. As David Bowie’s “Changes” puts it: “…and these children that you spit on/ as they try to change their worlds are/ immune to your consultations/ They’re quite aware of what they are going through.” And while the adults just see them as misfits, we identify with their struggles of trying to find themselves.
For the rebel in all of us. The misunderstood tough guy. Channel your inner criminal, your John Bender while you’re bending in downward dog. [HOVER FOR INFO / CLICK TO BUY]
Another 1980s teenage classic by John Hughes is about Sam Baker and her struggles through her 16th Birthday (maybe this movie taught me from an early age to always be wary of the day of my birth). Don’t worry it is a classic romance – she gets the boy in the end.
“It’s really human of you to listen to all my bullshit” – I mean isn’t that what good friends are for." [HOVER FOR INFO / CLICK TO BUY]
In 5th grade I was invited to a sleepover, and the 10-year-old rebels we were, we decided to watch Dirty Dancing. I was mesmerized by Patrick Swayze and knew I wanted to Dirty Dance with a man someday. The next morning, because my mother was (and still is) particularly strict, I was grounded. Still the words, “Nobody puts Baby in a corner” rang in my ears. When I am having a tough day this is one of my go-to movies, and I still dream of dancing this way. [HOVER FOR INFO / CLICK TO BUY]
A vagabond by nature, Sarah Huntington has traveled to Egypt, Argentina, Turkey, Austria, Vietnam, London, and France... to name a few. She loves to travel, hike, and explore the world. She played collegiate basketball and studied Literature, History and Education at Connecticut College, and is currently a high school English teacher and basketball coach. Sarah is also a runner (completed the NYC Marathon), and her newest workout obsession is kickboxing. Sarah currently lives in Wilton, CT with her pitbull Jada, and enjoys spending her "free" time writing, reading, practicing yoga, working on meditating, and investigating all things related to fitness, fashion, and literature.