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John Basedow
  • Television personality
  • Author
Height6 ft 3 in (191 cm)

John Basedow is an American television personality, model, author, and motivational speaker. He produces the Fitness Made Simple video series and the Internet series New Media Stew.[1][2][3][4][5]


Early work

Basedow started his career as a reporter on a New York nightly news program and then co-created a syndicated television show called Images.[6][7]

After Images, Basedow, who was then out of shape and described his body as a "bowling pin on legs", set a goal to get in good enough shape to appear in a fitness magazine.[6] After unsuccessfully trying various regimens to become fit, Basedow managed to get into shape through his own program, which he dubbed "Fitness Made Simple."[6] By following his "Fitness Made Simple" program, Basedow achieved his goal and was featured in various exercise-related publications.[6] He subsequently commercialized the "Fitness Made Simple" routine and began selling it through a series of successful DRTV infomercials as a set of DVDs and CDs.[6][8] Due to their popularity, McGraw-Hill offered Basedow a publishing deal and he authored his first book, Fitness Made Simple : The Power to Change Your Body, the Power to Change Your Life. The commercial marketing success was in part due to Basedow's business strategy of opting for frequency over length, which was a novel approach for fitness infomercials at the time.[6][8][9] Basedow made deals for discounted unsold commercial inventory enabling an unusually high frequency of the ads.[10][11][12][13][14] Over time, the availability of unsold airtime decreased as networks decided to promote themselves and some Multiple System Operators (MSO) ceased to exist, in turn reducing the viability of Basedow's "Fitness Made Simple" commercials.[14]

Social media influencer

In recent years, Basedow has become an active social media personality. In 2007, an outside production company launched an online reality show entitled "John Basedow TV" on YouTube.[9] In 2011, he served as the host for the popular YouTube series, Lesbian Video Speed Dating.[15] Following that, Basedow launched the YouTube series New Media Stew and Culture Pop, covering pop culture and celebrity news.[16] He encourages the use of social media as a form of empowerment and motivation.[17] His #WakeUpWords motivational Vine and Instagram videos, which promote positivity and self-empowerment, have been featured on Fox's Good Day New York.[18]

In 2017, Basedow was featured on an episode of Viceland's The Untitled Action Bronson Show.[19] In 2018, Basedow was a guest on the Tom Shillue show, and a keynote speaker at the "I Am Success Summit" in Syracuse, where he also appeared on a panel with MTV's Justina Valentine and Starz Power cast member Rotimi.[20][21] In 2018, he was a guest on Viceland's Fuck, That's Delicious.[22][23][24] In 2021, he was featured in the New York Post.[25]


Year Title Role Notes
2018 Somnium Priest
2017 Me Familia Robert Trendall
2013 Six Minutes Of Death Dr. Felps
2012 Acedia Erick

Published works


  1. ^ Freedman, Lisa. "Fittest Americans of All-Time: Ten guys who showed their patriotism with a different set of guns". Men's Fitness. Retrieved 1 September 2016.
  2. ^ Lombardi, Rob (Jan 24, 2006). "Fitness Made Basedow: Catchy commercial made the workout guru a pop icon". Daily Pulse. p. 8. Retrieved 25 September 2016.
  3. ^ Polestino, Pam. "John Basedow A Man On A Mission". The Boulevard. December 2008 to Jan 2009.
  4. ^ Hallet, Vicky (October 16, 2007). "Basedow Baring it All: The Infomercial star flexes his way into bookstores' fitness section". Phys Ed: Express Fit. p. E5. It's hard to not have heard of John Basedow who catapulted to fame by incessantly airing his homemade commercials hawking his DVD line, "Fitness Made Simple."
  5. ^ Rhodes, Joe (23 October 2005). "Bull's-Eye: TV's Next No-Limit Wager". The New York Times.
  6. ^ a b c d e f Carpenter, Susan (4 February 2005). "For John Basedow, fitness is both simple and lucrative". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 1 September 2016.
  7. ^ Ketchum, Diane (September 1, 1991). "LONG ISLAND JOURNAL". The New York Times. Retrieved 3 October 2016.
  8. ^ a b Rajan, Vikrim (June 1, 2006). "John Basedow Makes Branding Look Simple". Business Smarts. TimesLedger. p. 22.
  9. ^ a b Genn, Adina (February 2, 2007). "For John Basedow, it's television marketing made simple". Long Island Business News. Retrieved 2 October 2016.
  10. ^ Beagle, Ben (July 9, 2006). "Fatness Made Simple, By Bennie". The Roanoke Times. Retrieved 2 October 2016.
  11. ^ Dove, Mike; Buraglio, Don (July 21, 2005). "Running: It really is 'fitness made simple'". Monterey County Herald. p. C4.
  12. ^ Cowherd, Kevin (January 4, 2011). "Frankly, the only ab I was used to seeing was an abnormal sales pitch". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved 3 October 2016.
  13. ^ Steinberg, Dan (January 16, 2006). "THECHAT". The Washington Post. pp. E2. Retrieved 3 October 2016.
  14. ^ a b Genn, Adina (February 2–8, 2007). "For Basedow, It's Television Marketing Made Simple". Growth Strategies. BusinessNews (5): Front, 23A.
  15. ^ "John Basedow hosts Lesbian Video Speed Dating: YouTube series, "Lesbian Video Speed Dating," features iconic TV fitness personality as its hunky host". San Diego Gay and Lesbian News. January 31, 2011. Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved 1 September 2016.
  16. ^ "Legendary Fitness Guru John Basedow on his Transition from TV to YouTube [INTERVIEW] - New Media Rockstars". New Media Rockstars. 23 August 2012. Retrieved 1 September 2016.
  17. ^ Jacobson, Bruce. "John Basedow: Fitness Might Be Simple-But He is Complex". Long Island Fitness and Health Magazine. September/October 2016: 13. Retrieved 22 September 2016.
  18. ^ "John Basedow". Good Day New York. WNYW.
  19. ^ "Award-Winning Cheeseburger Fitness". The Untitled Action Bronson Show. Series 1. Episode 39. 2017. Viceland. Retrieved Feb 14, 2018.
  20. ^ Giordano, Sistina (31 May 2018). ""I Am Success Summit" Planned For Syracuse Youth". NBC News. Retrieved 31 August 2018.
  21. ^ "John Basedow, Marie Harf: The Secret Of Rosanne's Continued Success, Why Young Americans So Pessimistic?". FOX News Radio. 4 April 2018. Retrieved 8 April 2018.
  22. ^ Bell, Sarah (4 September 2018). "Watch Action Bronson Pump Iron and Pound Dominican Food with John Basedow: Legendary fitness expert John Basedow attempts to help Action turn his keg into a six pack". Munchies. Vice Media. Retrieved 7 September 2018.
  23. ^ Joyce, Dan (5 Sep 2018). "John Basedow Works Out & Eats With Action Bronson | Dan Joyce | 98 Rock - Harrisonburg". Dan Joyce. iHeartMedia. 98 Rock - Harrisonburg - Harrisonburg's Rock Station. Retrieved 7 September 2018.
  24. ^ "Pumping Iron with Action Bronson and John Basedow". F*ck, That’s Delicious. Vice. Retrieved 7 September 2018.
  25. ^ Grace, Asia (4 January 2021). "You have to exercise an hour to lose weight —here's how to make the most of it". New York Post. Retrieved 9 January 2021.