Bond: It takes a Guinness to get to the gym

September 19, 2007

Daniel Craig is JACKED.  He got this way for his role as 007 in Casino Royale, and is in the process of muscling back up for the next Bond film.

However, A source at Bond producers Eon says that Craig isn’t finding hitting the gym easy, and the only comfort he finds is in the regular pints of Guinness after a workout.”


The motivation to workout from the Guinness clearly outweighs the 210 calories and 17 grams of carbs  per pint; whatever it takes.


Boozin’ it up

June 21, 2007

Alcohol is a horrible, horrible thing for people who are trying to lose weight or get into better shape. I’ve mentioned before how it just can really destroy you by sapping your energy and flooding your body with empty calories. Any benefits from it, like thinking you have extra carbs to burn during a run at 5am are seriously outweighed by its detriments.

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Dance, Dance

May 21, 2007

Dancing is a great form of exercise. So great, in fact, that gyms have incorporated different types of dancing into group fitness classes. It is pretty normal to see classes for everything from Bollywood Bhangra to hip hop to stripper aerobics. All the while, you are dancing to burn calories, and possibly pick up some moves to bring with you when you go out to a club.

That said, dancing provides a multitude of benefits for when you do go out. 

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Work Out – Cycle 2 – Episode 3 – Recap – “What’s going on between Jackie and Rebecca?”

April 4, 2007

Show kicks off with clips from last week, and Rebecca and Jackie. Andre points out that he “notice[s] something is going between Rebecca and Jackie.”

Peeler is explaining to Doug what happened the night before, since he looks up to him as a father figure. Peeler tells him about his anger management problems as a youngster, and the night before brought everything back. Peeler used to say that he and Jackie were a lot alike, but he realizes that they aren’t, he is way too emotional.

Peeler approaches Jackie to discuss the night before. They sort of make up and agree to move on. No HDA yet.

Sky Lab clients meet for a bootcamp. Not quite the bootcamp from episode one, but these people wouldn’t be Sky Lab clients if they could do that bootcamp.

Jackie gets upset when one client, Lori, gives up on a bridge with two seconds to go. She feels that Doug is the perfect match for Lori since he is like a therapist. Jackie tells the clients to “feel free to jump on then treadmill” after they finish the bootcamp.

Tess is working out with Gregg, they talk about how difficult it is to rehabilitate from a knee injury. Gregg says it is “going to be fascinating to watch her grow.”

Rebecca and Jackie are hanging out at her place. Jackie puts her foot up on her and asks her to take her shoe off. Rebecca decides she likes the champagne that she is drinking, which is dry, and what Rebecca hates dry, normally. Jackie implies that Rebecca is changing her tastes. Wink wink.

They decide to wash Jackie’s stinky dogs. I think they are about to get wet.

We are back at the gym with Zen and Gregg. Gregg asks her to come with him somewhere this week. Zen gets giddy, and thinks he is asking him on a date. It turns out, it is a date, a court date. Apparently, some Asians showed up at a house party (damn those Asians!), and Gregg got into it with one of them.

He isn’t going to court with a lawyer, but wants Zen to come for moral support. Zen realizes that Gregg is not making a logical decision by assuming that he is going to win since the other guy “looks worse.” (Because you hit him). The other guy called him a derogatory name, but Gregg did resort to physical violence, which Zen explains to him, is something he should be concerned about.


Jackie is back at therapy, and explains to her therapist that she is 100% done with Mimi (Yay!). Jackie now knows better what she wants. The therapist suggests Jackie get social, so she plans a slumber party. (HLA coming up!!)

Lori shows up to work out with Doug, who wants to help her enjoy working out. Lori’s goal is to be living a healthy life by the time she turns 30. Her ideal goal is to lose 110 pounds. She remembers how her dad would tell her that no man wants to marry a fat girl, and this was when she was 6 years old. Lori starts tearing up while she is talking to Doug. Lori is excited about working out with Doug and motivated.

Zen is also a comedian (who knew). She is going to be performing stand up at the Laugh Factory and is telling her fellow trainers about her show.

Jackie invites Jessie into her office to discuss the diet for Sky Lab. Jessie is a chef and is going to be in charge of wonderful lean organic meals for the Sky Lab clients.

Tiffany, a girl that Jackie dated on a break with Mimi a few years earlier, stops by. Jackie is optimistic about what could happen with Tiffany.

The two go to the batting cages on a date. Jackie wasn’t doing too well, while Tiffany was on the outside of the cage cheerleading. Jackie gets flustered and explains that she hates sucking on at things. Tiffany, on the other hand, seemed to have no problem handling the balls. After all, Jackie was the only woman she had ever been with.

Gregg is on his way to court alone.


Sky Lab clients are having a crash course in healthy cooking with Jesse. The Jackie breakfast is a protein shake every morning of mixed frozen berries, mega green powder, flax seed oil, liquid amino acids and whey protein. MMMM

Slumber party time! Rebecca walks out in a racy, see through nightgown that her grandma used to wear. (I hope a long, long time ago).

A woman shows up for a sex thing where she shows them lotions, gels, toys. Jackie says that Rebecca is on her team, and Rebecca says that she is on the fence. Zen tries on a very short nighty, and Jackie comments that she is seeing Zen in a whole new light. (Is Zen gonna be next?).

Uhm, Jackie and Rebecca go into the bathroom to rub some lotion on their unmentionables. Erika doesn’t know what’s going on between Jackie and Rebecca.


Zen and Gregg have an awkward talk about his court case. He won, most of the charges were dismissed, but he did get a hit for disturbing the peace.

Zen is performing at the Laugh Factory, and picks on the rest of our crew. As exciting as Zen’s performance was, all the trainers began to notice just how close Jackie and Rebecca are. Erika still doesn’t know what’s going on between Jackie and Rebecca.

After the show, the group goes to a Japanese restaurant. [Borderline HDA but not really] The trainers call Jackie and Rebecca out on what is going on between them and how they seem to be acting like girlfriends. Jesse leads the onslaught of questioning the two lady lovers. Jackie and Rebecca think it is a jealousy issue. Erika still doesn’t know what’s going on between Jackie and Rebecca.


Jackie and Rebecca have walked away from the table. Jackie didn’t realize that the rest of the group was going to flip out so hardcore. Their issue is largely that it would be unprofessional since Jackie is the boss.

Rebecca and Jackie start making out. Zen goes over and sees them, when they start going full on.


Work Out – Cycle 2 – Episode 2 – Recap – “Opening her door to Rebecca”

March 28, 2007

We pick up this week’s episode with the Jackie/Mimi train wreck/therapy session. Mimi had left the room, and the therapist asks Jackie why she is still in it. Jackie realizes she is punishing herself by staying in it. Mimi comes back in, more bitching. The therapist points out that they must be miserable. Jackie (finally) realizes that she is “at her end.” (Thank you thank you thank you. Please do NOT bring Mimi back on the show)

Sky Lab is the new priority. The objective is to teach overweight clients to eat right, cook right, exercise, and rehabilitate emotionally.

Jackie interviews several potential clients and tries to get to the heart of the weight issues before assigning them to trainers in order to see if they qualify for Sky Lab (still a bit confused as to what exactly Sky Lab is. If it is her new branch, why do the same trainers work there? Or do they all work there and not Sky Sport anymore?)

Tess from last season is one of the potential clients. She was making incredible strides and lost more than 20 pounds of fat in season 1. Then, misfortune struck and Tess hurt her knee, and gained all the weight back over the past 6 months. Jackie is super emotionally invested in Tess’ progress.

Each client goes then goes through hydrostatic weighing to measure their body fat. They jump in a tank of water, inhale 3 times, and exhale as they go under. This is supposed to be the most reliable method to measure body fat. This is pretty cool. I’ve only had my body fat tested with calpers.

We come back to the gym to set up some more Doug/Jesse drama. They are each working out with clients, and Jesse takes his outside to get further away from Doug. Peeler starts to make fun of Jesse. Oh snap! Beef in da gym!

Jackie eventually says something to Jesse about making up with Doug. We’ll see.

Some time is spent devoted to Jackie working out D-List comedian Kathy Griffin. Zzzzz

Jackie is on the phone with best friend Erin, confirming the breakup. Jackie is more relieved than sad. At the end of the therapy session, we are only left to assume they end things.

Rebecca shows up at Jackie’s pad. Jackie is “opening her door to Rebecca,” and taking her to a lesbian bar. Rebecca admits that she’s hooked up with a girl. Rebecca tells Jackie about her hookup and says she didn’t know what she was doing. Jackie sure wishes she had been there.

Jackie admits her first time with a guy and first time with a girl both happened when she was 13. Rebecca tells her she was a “secret slut.” What a bonding moment between the two.

They finally go out, and Rebecca says this is her integration into the lesbian world. All these lesbians keep coming up to Jackie. “Lesbians runneth amuck.” Rebecca says to Jackie, you know you want to do me. Jackie denies.


The trainers are having a meeting about Sky Lab, and Jackie assigns each trainer a new client. Their job is to act as both a therapist AND a trainer. Even though they are certified as only trainers. Still, it is good to be able to talk to your trainer on that type of level. Trainers who do that are usually better trainers. But how close is too close?

After assigning them to clients, Jackie tells them it is their turn to have their body fat tested. They aren’t happy, but they do it. And of course, Peeler “could not wait to see “Jesse’s fat ass in the water…to set him right.”

Jackie explains that 65% of Americans have over 30% body fat.

The optimal range for women is 13-19%, and for men it is 5-15%. Here are the results:

Erika 13.4%

Rebecca 13.1%

Zen 18.2%

Gregg 10.1%

Andre 10.6%

Doug 10.4%

Peeler 8.6%

Jesse 21.3%

Jackie first digs at Peeler and tells him she is shocked that he hast he lowest body fat. She is even more shocked by Jesse’s results, and that his body fat is higher than the women’s.

Joanna Krupa (model) comes to work out with Peeler. She notices that as she gets older she needs to work out. Peeler says that even when you are at the top of your game, you have things you want to improve. His training is a “dynamic workout and weight training regimen.” It looks good. Peeler says he is the best trainer, ever. Open challenge?

Victoria Fuller, playmate, comes in to workout with Rebecca. She just had a baby and needs to drop 20 pounds. Rebecca tells her about her night out with Jackie. Victoria tells her she dated a girl for 4 months. Rebecca keeps asking questions, Victoria doesn’t seem to want to answer.


Jakcie is throwing a party for her trainers at her now house in the Hollywood hills. Rebecca says she is going to start dating Jackie so that she can sleep in her bed. (since it comfortable and King Size)

Andre and Peeler walk in with a bucket of beers.

Jesse tells us that nobody parties harder than trainers. If you give them a bottle, good lord. They spend all week concentrating on fitness and eating, that when given the chance to let loose on the weekend, they go all out. I subscribe to that school of thought.

They do shots, and shots, and shots. Some tall Russian chick is all over Jackie. Jesse and Doug make up. Now, this is a party.

Jackie starts talking about someone training her. Peeler gets cocky and says that she will never be the same if she works out with him. Uh oh.

HDA – Jackie starts going off and puts Peeler in his place. Says that he has a job because of her. He is riding the coattails of her and her empire. Oh snap!


Peeler says don’t make me feel like crap in front of people he doesn’t know to Andre about Jackie in the bathroom. He then works in his “hands of Michelangelo” line. Peeler walks out of the party. Doug tries to get him to come back.

Jackie does a shot in honor of Peeler and says “may he grow up.”

Rebecca and Jackie start getting all flirty to end the show.

At the beginning of Cycle 1, Erika was Jackie’s “best friend.” At the end of the Cycle and beginning of Cycle 2, it was Jesse. Now she is moving on to Rebecca. She sure does go through her trainers fast!

Work Out – Cycle 2 – Episode 1 – Recap – “Yeah, yeah, yeah. You’re full of sh*t!”

March 21, 2007

The new season of Work Out is upon us, and opens with a surprising message: Dedicated in loving memory to Doug Blasdell.

Apparently, Doug, the oldest trainer on the show, passed away earlier this year due to a severe illness, after the filming of this season.

Jackie Warner starts talking about how her life has changed since Cycle 1. Mimi is still in her life, and they are trying to work things out. Sky Sports was a roaring success, and now she is about to open a new branch, Sky Lab.

We then get some snippets of the trainers talking about themselves and each other. Here are some of the highlights!

Gregg – The New Guy. Dated Zen.

Rebecca (was she really this hot on the Amazing Race?) – Loves to spank other chicks, has a great ass.

Erika – Walks the walk, Talks the talk. That bitchy friend you love to have.

Brian Peeler – Can create a masterpiece out of anything, like Michelangelo, only he probably doesn’t know who Michelangelo is, according to Jesse.

Jesse – The Favorite, Jackie’s bitch, and he likes to eat, and cook, and eat, and eat.

Andre -The Military Guy

Doug – The gay brother Peeler never had.

Zen – She mentions that her parents were not flower children

After we get the refresher on who these trainers are, we cut back to Jackie, who is starting a new branch, Sky Labs. Jackie doesn’t like how the trainers let the success of last season get to their heads, so to put them back in their place, she organizes a Beach Boot camp. She orders them to take their shirts off, but Jesse doesn’t want to because he is “gay fat.” (I wonder if that is different from normal fat because he sure just looked fat to me).

The trainers start whining, Jesse points out that Jackie doesn’t ever do the boot camps herself (is he still the favorite?), and Rebecca, jokingly, calls her a whore (we ain’t seen nothing yet).

Erika comes up with some crazy exercise. Peeler complains that it is too complicated.

All of the trainers, except for Zen and Erika, give up and go get water. Jackie taunts them after Zen and Erika finish the complicated exercise, saying those two girls could do it, and nobody else could. Jackie does point out that they would never let their clients just give up and walk away.

Cut to clips from last season of bickering between Jackie and Mimi, culminating with Mimi hurling glass at a bar at Jackie, Rebecca, and Mrs. Peeler.

I bet you thought it was all over then! Guess what, it’s not, as Mimi and Jackie are trying to work things out. Jackie admits that Mimi is her “personal addiction.”

After the commercial break, we get an insight into what is happening in the gym between the trainers and clients. (Sort of)

Gregg is working out client Daniel, who is trying to get bigger and eating 4,000 calories a day. He says he is eating a lot of chicken and eggs, and Gregg tells him that eggs are his best friend. Daniel started off at 141 pounds, as Gregg puts it, “your average frat boy.” Frat boys are scrawny?

We get the scoop on Zen and Gregg; she says he is too young for her at 23.

Ellie K., a radio talk show host, is training with Jesse. They seem to love each other and friends outside of the gym, partaking in fast food binges.

Jackie is giving Jesse a hard time for getting fat, because he should be a representative of Sky Sports and Sky Lab (I wondered if it really mattered in “Fat Trainer”). Ellie K. is with them and keeps telling Jackie about all the crap she sees Jesse eat.

Doug’s former partner of 14 years comes in to work out with him. He is trying to get back into shape before his kidney transplant. Eerie that his friend is very sick then Doug gets sick after the season airs.


Erika walks in to train client Beverly, who drives down from Vegas every weekend (an 8 hour drive) to train. (No doubt Erika is hot, but she couldn’t find anyone closer?) She can relate to Beverly because they both have had eating disorders. Beverly is happy she found someone who she can relate to, which prompts Erika to say, “they say, when the student is ready the teacher will appear.”

Doug and Jesse are talking, separately, about how they each had been interviewed after Cycle 1, and had said things about each other. Doug called him Jack from Will and Grace. Jesse said some mean things about Doug to the papers. (I smell a catfight!)

Jesse is Jackie’s best friend in the gym. They start talking about how Doug and Jesse don’t get along, then the conversation turns to Mimi and their lack of communication. They go to a hairdresser, where Jesse gets his nostrils waxed. (OMFG are you crazy?!)

High Drama Alert (HDA) The crew goes to some Gay/Lesbian function. Jackie gets a hotel room for them to chill at and knock back a few cocktails. Peeler, the mischievous little rascal, stirs the pot and asks if there is still a Jesse-Doug beef.

Doug explains to the camera he meant what he said as a compliment, that Jack was his favorite character on his favorite show, Will and Grace. (Hehe) Cut back to the room, and Jesse is a little trashed and keeps going off on Doug.

Commercial. More arguing. Jesse can’t forgive just yet. Rebecca points out that it is Jesse’s limitations that he can’t accept apologies. (Thank god that is over)

(HDA) Jackie and Mimi go to couple’s counseling. They start cracking up when therapist asks why they are at therapy. First she asks about fighting, then sex. It kind of seems like Mimi is a little tipsy. The two have it out, start yelling at each other, blaming each other. Every time Jackie tries to say something, Mimi says “Yeah, yeah, yeah. You’re full of shit.” The therapist says they have awful communication (shocker) and doesn’t know why they are together. Mimi walks out.

From the looks of the previews for the upcoming shows, it looks like Mimi won’t be back. Jackie starts hooking up with Rebecca?! and it looks like we are set for a whole heaping more of HDA alongside our HLA.

Takeaways for the FitFiends

Eggs are your best friend.

Trainers need to set an example for their clients.

Finding the right trainer for you is extremely important to achieve goals. Not all trainers necessarily can relate to you or work you out the way you need. 


The morning after

March 1, 2007

After my last post on Working Out and Going Out, some people reminded me that working out may make you feel so good that when you go out, you may go out a little bit too hard. Let’s face it, after a good workout, you don’t even need to drink as much as you normally do (cheap date affect) to get plowed, and the next day, you will pay.

I could go on and preach about drinking in moderation and switching between alcohol and glasses of water. But hey, I admit, I like getting the most bang for my buck and stick to JD with sugar-free mixers, since, sugar is so bad for the body. Normally I have a Jack and soda, but, if for some reason I am trying to pace myself or be good, I’ll make the exception and go for the Jack and Coke.

Either way, this inevitably leads to the dreaded hangover. Unless it has been an exaggeratedly bad night, in which case I wake up just as plowed as I was when I went to bed, then I really do NOT want to get out of bed. Usually, I could guzzle liters of diet soda or water at a time, and still be crazy thirsty. Tired, cranky, sweaty are three things that usually accompany me in this morning after.

The strange thing, though, is that a night out that leads to this type of morning after means that I have probably imbibed several hundred calories, calories that I can use to go run a few miles to sweat out the toxins in my body. Short of hair of the dog, working out is the best hangover cure I can think of. When I was still in college, I used to wonder why I how I could go out at night, wake up hungover the next morning, and have great runs that would actually eliminate the hangover. (I know, these calories are not the most efficient for an athlete, but sometimes energy is energy and I’ll take it as it comes).

It’s true, sweating out a hangover is probably the best way to deal with it (though Pedialyte helps). You need to force yourself to get moving, but once you do, you will be glad. In a worst case scenario when I can’t force myself to sweat it out by working out, I just sit in a sauna/steam room. Of course, all of this sweating will dehydrate you, so make sure you drink even more water than you normally would.

I should point out that I am not writing in favor of binge drinking, and while the empty alcohol calories may give you some energy in the morning, the net effect is still clearly bad, and your body will store the fat (and unburned calories) that would have otherwise been burned had it not been for the alcohol energy. Moderation blah blah blah, just remember that when you are hungover, working out could be your cure!