Real Science vs. Bro Science

The hubs was at a geek conference this weekend and happened upon a very new lifter who spell bound the room with his bro-science.

He brought a new term called Carb-starving.  You eat all your carbs in the early part of the day so you have none left at night.

Yep.. I get you Biebs.
Yep.. I get you Biebs.

Ok.. well.. this bro was telling a whole room of computer geeks
that you can only eat turkey,chix or fish or “it doesn’t work”.

Here you go, a little something from Frank Zane, Mr. Olympia 1979

Frank Zane Mr. Olympia 1979. He looks pretty cut to me.
Frank Zane Mr. Olympia 1979. He looks pretty cut to me.


The most annoying girls in the gym

If you're going to go to the gym, GO to the gym.
If you’re going to go to the gym, GO to the gym.

Have you ever read the top lists of “The Most Annoying People in the Gym“?
Basically, these lists  will call out gym-goer’s  lack of  etiquette and all around sloppy behavior with humorous
memes and antidotes.

There is always a call out to the big jerks who won’t rack their weights.
No love goes to the guy who leaves flop sweat on the benches. And of  course,
the biggest offender award goes to  the guy who curls in the squat rack! GRRRRR

Somewhere in the mix is always a smack down to  girls who try to look cute at the gym.
The comments about these girls are always downright hateful!
Go figure…the ones who actually interrupt other people’s workouts with their bad etiquette are just jerks, but
girls who are pulled together are just  “hos” or trying to hook up.

I’m doing my own call outs to those who are so annoyed by this travesty called grooming.


1. Girls who “wear makeup” to the gym are annoying. It’s not a pick- up bar.
People who assume that every girl who looks hot in the gym, wants to hook up.. rest assured..
your men are safe from us.
I wear  makeup to the gym. In fact, I wear my  Dior and Chanel makeup to the gym. Trust me.. it’s not about YOU.
It’s about me. I believe in training hard but I’m  all girl. Sue me because I think looking good and working out go hand in hand.

If I come in looking good, then I feel good and I’m on my game.  I train for ME and my goals and I’m going to
go out on a limb and say that there are other fitness minded girls who feel the same way.  My question to you, is
‘Why do you care?”  “Why are you annoyed?”  The way I look has no bearing on your workout.  I’m not putting on makeup in
the squat rack.. I’m squatting.  How do you have time to be annoyed at how I look? Get back to your workout!

Once you hate on someone, everything they do is offensive.
Once you hate on someone, everything they do is offensive.

Women who are annoyed because other women try to look good in the gym… could you be hating?  Raise your game. Or don’t.
If you do your best workout with a bare face, then rock that.  No one is judging you for scrubbing your face prior to a workout.

2. Girls who dress up for the gym are sooooo annoying.  It’s not a fashion show.

Don't be hating, because I brought the heat!
Don’t be hating, because I brought the heat!

Again, why is this annoying to you?  I have trained in the gyms for 33 years. I have been there through
all the workout styles, several times through as it turns out.  I am HIGHLY motivated by cool workout wear.  In fact, I have always
taken joy in my workout clothes.  People who feel bad about themselves don’t purchase cute workout clothes.  It’s  a
proven fact that a rocking a new outfit burns 80 percent more body fat. I made that up.  I’m fired up to train in a new
pair of Lululemon crops.  Sometimes, that’s the motivation to get me to the gym 6 days a week.

Progress is zexi
My clients often begin in my studio, covering their bodies with large T-shirts and sweats.  In a short amount of time, we see them
begin to feel good about themselves and wearing fun workout clothes,  and  tanks . It’s awesome.  If you see someone who trains in
cute clothes, celebrate that fact that they have great self-esteem.
Wear what YOU want, but know this… training in giant tent shirts offer YOU no  feedback on your form or musculature. I am always happy when my clients trade in their  oversized clothes  for more body conscious clothing.   As a trainer, I can see their muscles! So can they.  Amazing things happen when you train!  You actually want to see your body than hide it.

3. People who do selfies in the gym are soooo annoying!!

Haters gonna hate.
Haters gonna hate.

OMG.. the horror!!

I’m throwing this one in for girls and guys because I am a FAN of selfies.
Selfies are badges of high self esteem. If you see my gym selfie and hate on me, then stop looking at my IG.
Stop putting yourself through it.

I’m  geeked and inspired, not only by people who look freaking amazing in their selfies, but by people who FEEL amazing
and take selfies. Progress is a beautiful thing.  What if.. someone snaps a gym selfie and that inspires another IG user to get to the gym that day?
That’s good Karma. Do you want to stand in the way of good Karma?   What kind of soulless  person have you become???


This is a salute to all the girls who represent in the gym and a big bucket of raspberries to the ones who have so
much time on their hands to be “annoyed” by us!

You want me to do what?

You want me to do what?

Nothing raises eyebrows around town than a girl dragging around a gallon jug of spring water.
“Oh.. you’re going to lose all your electrolytes”. “Oh you’re going to die from water poisoning”.
No one says a word when people drink those giant truck stop jugs of cola products. Let’s throw down some HUGE Slurpee’s with 6 pockets for different flavors. No problem. It’s all good.
Water makes your body happy. The gallon is tough, but a fit girl’s got to do what a fit girl’s got to do. xoxo

Fitness atrocity 101: Biggest Loser

 Rachel Frederickson won Biggest Loser 2014.
Rachel Frederickson won Biggest Loser 2014.

Here it is. It finally happened. Last night’s Biggest Loser finale has again reinforced that losing the most pounds makes you a winner, no matter what the cost.
Contestant Rachel Frederickson, formerly 260lbs, weighed in at 105 lbs. She’d won by losing 60% of her body weight. This was to date, the highest percentage of bodyweight lost on the show.

The web burst into flames as the worlds toughest trainers looked on in disbelief at their accomplishment.  Way to go, guys!!


I’ve mentioned this before, I really hate this show. As a fitness professional I watch in horror and disbelief that our industry doesn’t speak louder to the fact that this mess of ‘reality’ TV in no way reflects a real persons journey to being fit.   I’m now again mortified that the final product of this season doesn’t even look fit.

Alison Sweeny is a fine example of what a fit girl looks like.  She’s rocking Shape magazine with her own fit tips.  Jillian Michaels has muscle and looks fit.  But  this contestant looks like she has muscle atrophy.  Look here
Alison with muscles and the Fredrickson.. not so much.
You can bet that Alison eats a healthy diet, because she looks healthy. Her muscles are full.  She is wearing a white dress on national TV. Hello.

Alison May 2013 looks like a fit girl!

size 20 to size 0.
size 20 to size 0.

And this from the show.. What??
oh no!

I’m stepping outside this mess because we all have read the stories from behind the scenes. I’m not even going to blast the network now. That’s a total lost cause.  I want to talk about you, me and anyone else who wants to be thin.

Being thin, weighing the least, losing the most pounds, being reality TV skinny, thigh gaps, bikini bridges are not healthy.

It’s simple. It’s science.

When you are overweight, you need to lose body fat.  Yes, you will lose pounds. But the scale is NOT the main feedback that
determines your success.  The scale is “information”. The appropriate feedback is
1. body fat measurement.
2. inches lost your clothes fit you. you look!

I can look at her and tell you that for the training she did, she didn’t eat enough.
I can look at my clients and know they need more carbs. You need to eat to lose body fat. When you starve and do cardio for hours on end, you WILL lose  valuable muscle mass.
Muscle and body fat are vital to your everyday bodily function.  Starving off your muscle leaves the fat. If you are motivated to lose weight like this woman, Google “metabolic damage”.   Or simply read past entries in my blog. I cover this  a lot!

The sad fact is that when you starve/diet this way, you are going to gain your weight back. Your body cannot sustain.
As a trainer, I work very hard to reinforce  this to my clients. We all want the scale to move. It will.  With the proper macronutrients and the right training you can be lean, tight and healthy.