Workout Season 3 Premier Review

April 17, 2008 · 11 comments

I’m hooked on many of the shows on the Bravo network like Top Chef, Project Runway and Workout. The latter is just starting their third season and I watched the Premier episode “Hard Body… Thin Skin” tonight on my DVR. Workout documents the business of Sky Sport & Spa, an up-scale L.A. gym run by owner Jackie Warner, on whom the show centers.

To say that you can learn something about fitness and health from Workout is akin to saying you could learn something about World War II history from watching Hogan’s Heroes.

But even so, I have it on the DVR recording schedule and watch it whenever I can - and I am excited for this new season, which introduces four new trainers sure to spice up the show.

If you haven’t seen the show you may be wondering how a show about a bunch of trainers doesn’t teach you anything about fitness. Well, that’s because the focus of the show is really their personal lives, and not the roles they play in the gym. Sure, there are plenty of shots of people exercising and lots of fit people, and I suppose that could be inspiring at least, but really that is not the intention of the show, which is simply to entertain.

So what is there to see? Well the shows open with Jackie in bed with her new lesbian lover. And there are plenty of shots of them kissing, and more shots of men kissing, and clients with boob jobs, and therapists, and fights, and venting, and jelousy, and raging hormones, and…. the list goes on.

Who wouldn’t enjoy that?

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TB-Milwaukee April 17, 2008 at 10:13 pm

I will have to check that one out. I watch Top Chef and Project Runway, but haven’t even heard of the Workout. Where have I been?

Cynthia April 18, 2008 at 12:18 pm

I may have to check it out as well, though it doesn’t quite sound like my cuppa. Still addicted to Biggest Loser though, LOL!

metroknow - April 18, 2008 at 2:32 pm

Hey I learned that German Commandants wore monocles. I did NOT know that before Hogan and his swarthy crew. Time well spent I tell ya. :)

I have the same addictions as TB-Milwaukee to those two shows. I’ve also watched Biggest Loser in the past, but I’m not very big on the berating aspects of the trainers so it was kind of a turn-off for me at times.

I’m recently hooked on the show “You are what you eat”, on BBC America. Although the host is also pretty hard on the guests, the UK has very similar health problems to us here in the US, but their approach is different (I have never heard a discussion of bowels or the condition of your tongue, for example, on most American shows - it seems like discussions of both are in nearly every episode of this show), and I like the different perspective. And the inspiration, because a lot of the guys that they pick on that show are similar to me in choices (past choices, of course…).

Here’s a link if you’re interested:

Cynthia April 18, 2008 at 5:44 pm

That looks interesting. I’d not heart of the “You are what you eat” show, but I’ll try and look for it. I wonder if they ever actually have any of the folks who have fridges stocked full of veggies, fruits and lean proteins on, LOL!

Heidi April 18, 2008 at 6:05 pm

I better check this show out. thanks. great site

Jaime April 18, 2008 at 11:34 pm

I came across your site tonight. I have just started on the journey to loosing weight and becoming more healthy. It is great to read of others that are on/have been on that same journey. I would like to blogroll you, hope you don’t mind. :)
Take care,

IAAdmin April 22, 2008 at 1:55 am

I watch Workout, and I used to like Jackie, but in this last episode, her unprofessional behavior was a real turn-off.

JoLynn Braley April 23, 2008 at 4:50 pm

Like one of your other commenters, I love love love You Are What You Eat, blogged about it and watch it often.

I blogged about Work Out last year and forgot that it was on again - yeah, there’s a lot of drama in the show, but I actually find it motivating to keep me moving and exercising - all the trainers are in excellent shape, and I like the stories of the clients. I’ll have to check out the new season, so thanks for the reminder! :)

metroknow - April 23, 2008 at 5:41 pm

One other thing on the “inspiring” thing that JoLynn mentioned — a couple of weekends ago I watched the movie “300″, and although its quite graphic in its depictions of warfare, all of the actors who were the Spartans were pretty ripped, which totally inspired me to get my workout act together. Because I can tell ya, I ain’t no Spartan….:)

john - from fat to fit April 23, 2008 at 10:22 pm

I’ll see if I can find You Are What You Eat, I’m not sure if we get BBC America or not. I think we do.

This week’s Workout wasn’t too bad, at least the first 15 minutes actually did focus on fitness and health issues.

john - from fat to fit April 24, 2008 at 11:45 pm

lol, glad someone pointed that line out - I liked it too. :-)

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