April 30, 1984 12:00 PM

“I bought all the other tapes,” Debbie Reynolds, 52, says, “and I couldn’t keep up with them.” So she made her own, which is a tea party compared to Fonda’s. The music is not disco, thank goodness, but Big Band—it has a good beat and you can sweat to it. The pace is easy to follow. And the exercises are simpler—instead of sit-ups, Debbie does “baby sit-ups”; if you can lift your head, you’ll be able to do them. But not everyone can. Take Shelley Winters, one of Debbie’s friends who make guest appearances on her pink exercise set. (It comes complete with chandelier. If Liberace ever does an exercise tape, he should borrow it.) Teri Garr and Florence Henderson do their nimble best. Shelley doesn’t. She lies on the floor looking disgusted, taking up space in a black sweatshirt that says, “I’m only doing this for Debbie.” Reynolds—who gives a doctor’s advice that anyone over 30 should see a physician before trying exercise tapes—is honest enough to admit that fitness isn’t all fun. “If I only had a hit record,” she moans, “I wouldn’t have to do this.” (Video Assoc., $39.95)

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