Does The World Need Another Fitness Book?
Jackie Warner’s new fitness book contains solid, well written fitness, nutrition and workout advice. But it’s nothing revolutionary.
The More Interesting Questions
What is the appeal of Jackie Warner? Is it her lifestyle and the personality we saw chronicled in the episodes of the now defunct Workout reality show?
Or is it her fitness knowledge and ability to help people enhance their lives?
Is this book the beginning of a climb back into the limelight?
Can she attain the fame and fortune her former partner Jillian Michaels has?
Good thing she’s in shape, because it’s bound to be one heck of a workout.
Jackie Warner of Bravo’s Workout and Jillian Michaels of The Biggest Loser are in the business of helping people get fit.Â They also promote high intensity exercise as the best way to get results.
Measuring Exercise Intensity
But what is the right exercise intensity for you?Â And how can you make sure you keep that intensity consistent across your workout?Â There are several ways to get feedback from your body during exercise that will help you stay at proper intensity.
Rate Of Perceived Exertion (RPE)
Also known as the Borg scale – you essentially rate how hard you think you’re exercising against a 1-10 scale. You set an intensity goal and stay within it.Â Here’s an example.
Rate Of Perceived Exertion Scale
- 0 – Nothing at all
- 1 – Very light
- 2 – Fairly light
- 3 – Moderate
- 4 – Some what hard
- 5 – Hard
- 7 – Very hard
- 10 – Very, very hard
The Problem With Perception
Problem with using your rate of perceived exertion as a guide is it’s not very accurate.Â It’s easy to think you’re exercising harder than you are.Â Which leads us to our next method…
Heart Rate Monitors
These monitors measure how fast your heart is beating per minute.Â You simply determine the exercise intensity you want as represented by beats per minute.Â There are several formulas that can help you determine your ideal training range.Â Most fitness professionals agree that a high intensity workout is about 75 – 85% of your maximum heart rate.Â To calculate you can use a simple formula:Â Take 220 – minus your age and multiply it by .85 to get your training Beats Per Minute.
So a 30 year old woman who wanted to exercise at 85% intensity would take 220-30= 190 x .85 to get a heart rate of 161 beats per minute.Â There are a million heart rate monitors out there that have all kinds of bells and whistles.
Style & Substance
Seems like Jillian Michaels followers would like a balance between style and substance.Â Then this may be the heart rate monitor for you.
Jillian Michaels Everywhere
What’s Up With Jackie Warner?
It looks like Jillian’s business success has eclipsed that of her friend Jackie Warner of Bravo’s Workout.Â It’s questionable when and if there will be a Bravo Workout Season 4.
What’s Next For Jillian?
Looks like she’ll keep hitting the talk shows to spreading her message of health and fitness.Â You go girl!
Want Jackie Warner to be a part of your day – everyday?Â If so, her 2009 Fitness Wall Calendar can make it happen.
The calendar includes photos and fitness tips from Jackie and select Sky Sport & Spa Trainers.
Published by Village Lighthouse Inc. subsidiary 10% – the calendar comes out in May.Â Its cover states you can “Obtain a Hollywood body with tips from superstar fitness celebrity Jackie Warner.”Â How’s that for some serious marketing lingo?
The calendar cover shot of Jackie captures her in peak shape.Â She looks much leaner on it when contrasted with her appearance in the workout season three episodes.
The Jackie Warner Business Empire
The press release for the calendar provides a nice timeline of Jackie Warner’s previous and current business activities:
Jackie Warner, fitness expert, gym owner, television star and entrepreneur, instills passion into every aspect of her life. From a small town, Midwestern girl to a self-made millionaire by age 22, fitness has always been a part of Jackie’s life. Though her first calling into the professional fitness industry began while working as a writer for Warner Brothers after helping a co-colleague’s life change through diet, counseling and training. She was hooked and decided then to change career direction completely.
Wasting no time, Jackie has revolutionized the fitness industry by being one of the first to offer medical treatments within her multi-discipline wellness center in Beverly Hills called Lift and pioneering the concept of incorporating exercise therapy into traditional medical insurance plans. Jackie’s next endeavor in 2002, Sky Sport & Spa, is the ultimate sports medicine and fitness club in Beverly Hills and the primary location of filming for her hit Bravo show Work Out. Sky Sport & Spa offers members personal training, nutritional counseling, chiropractic care, exercise classes and physical therapy all within a glass-enclosed penthouse space featuring a breathtaking 360-degree view of Los Angeles.
Will She Sell?
The calendar is the most recent product addition to the Jackie Warner brand.Â Time will tell if her celebrity status and business acumen will transfer her previous success in fitness services to selling products.
Jackie Warner’s SKYLAB project is designed to help people overcome their struggle with obesity.Â On Bravo’s Workout reality show we catch glimpses of the SKYLAB workouts and process.
But does / will SKYLAB really work?Â What follows is a quick pro/con assessment from what’s been revealed so far on the show:
- Includes mental, physical and emotional elements – frank, emotional discussions take place to uncover self-esteem and insecurity issues that cause clients to over eat for comfort.Â Clients are challenged mentally and educated to make smarter decisions.Â Physically they are pushed to get more from their bodies.
- Includes both personal and group support – SKYLAB clients meet in groups and with trainers.
- Consideration is given to selecting a trainer that can best work with the client – Getting the right trainer with the right client is both art and science but can make or break the outcome.Â In the show Jackie places photos of clients and trainers on the floor.Â I can’t think of a better way to facilitate the process of aligning client and trainer.
- Food is provided – This is a powerful way to simultaneously help clients make immediate progress, leapfrog their weak decision making abilities and provide experiential learning.Â With each meal these clients learn and experience what a proper food choice looks like, tastes like and feels like.Â Plus, they are eating the same food and supplements Jackie Warner does.
- Workout intensity – Jackie Warner’s approach to fitness is all about intensity.Â Exercise intensity certainly gets results, however it also increases risk of minor and serious injury to the client.
Is Proper Progression at SKYLAB?
Fitness professionals manage risk of injury to clients by applying the proper “progression” of frequency, time, type and intensity of workouts. Proper progression allows the client to gradually increase their fitness and tolerate greater exercise stress with reduced risk of injury.Â It appears the workouts being delivered to the SKYLAB clients may be too intense…
A Viewer Opinion
A comment from one of the readers of this blog illustrates a number of concerns about the intensity of the SKYLAB workouts:
Horrible show! As a personal trainer i cringe when i see the horrible training that goes on in this tv show. Itâ€™s bad, really bad. Itâ€™s the reason personal trainers have no credibility in the professional world.
No trainer in their right mind would have unfit, overweight clients do jumping jacks on a hard surface.Â Or inch worm push ups when they canâ€™t keep the form not even remotely right. Or have unfit clients run suicides.
For anyone trying to pick up tips from this show, please donâ€™t. And anyone thinking about paying $400.00 a session with her, youâ€™ve got to be out of your mind.
So Does / Will SKYLAB Be Successful?
Factoring the pros / cons above – the answer seems to be it’s got great potential if the client exercise injury does not become an issue.Â What do you think?
Want To Try SKYLAB?
On the SkySport & Spa Website, there is a public “retreat” version of SKYLAB project.Â It’s promoted as follows:
SkyLab is the ultimate, life-changing opportunity. During this all-inclusive, intense retreat in Northern California, you’ll live, eat with, and workout with Jackie Warner, celebrity trainer and star of the hit Bravo TV show Workout. She will teach you, train you, tone you, inspire you, and give you the discipline and motivation to lose weight for good.
In addition to breaking your sugar addiction, you’ll sweat and work like never before, all under the ever-present and constant watch of Jackie and her team of trainers. Not only will you learn to live healthy and hot in the real world, but you’ll lose substantial weight, reshift your energy, and change the way you relate to the world around you.
This is an experience that will be like no other. Jackie’s effect on people’s lives is unparalleled…and she’s ready to change yours today.
Also from the website a sample schedule of what to expect from SKYLAB:
A Typical Day at SkyLab (*schedule subject to change)
- 6:30 am â€“ Jackie’s personal energy shake, delivered right to your door
- 7:00 am to 9:00 am â€“ two-hour intensity workout
- 9:15 am to 10:15 am â€“ snack and free time
- 10:30 am to 12:00 pm â€“ life goals and healthy eating seminars
- 12:15 pm to 1:15 pm â€“ lunch
- 1:15 pm to 2:30 pm â€“ free time
- 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm â€“ two-hour intensity workout
- 4:30 pm to 5:15 pm â€“ yoga/stretching
- 5:15 pm to 6:45 pm â€“ snack and free time
- 6:45 pm to 7:45 pm â€“ dinner
- 8:00 pm to 9:30 pm â€“ group therapy (conquer your emotional relationship with food!)
Wow – 4 hours of intensity exercise.Â For people with an already high level of fitness this could work, but for obese, deconditioned or those new to exercise this sounds like an accident waiting to happen.
Fortunately – the SKYLAB program requires a signed permission form from your physician for acceptance.Â It pulls no punches either – again from the SKYLAB info on the website:
Permission form must clear participant to engage in strenuous activity and a reduced calorie diet. Form must also indicate any physical limitations the participant may have, including but not limited to knee, back, or shoulder injuries.
What Do You Think?
So for those of you interested – the cost is $7,000.00 and you can get $1000.00 off the May 31st session here.
Meantime – for those of you who have read this far…Â Would you try SKYLAB?
The Workout Wait is (Almost) Over
Jackie Warner’s Fitness DVD, titled One-On-One Training with Jackie will be released on May 20.Â The DVD is 60 minutes long.Â You can order it here on Amazon.com.
I got to do a 25 minute preview workout from this video. I did the upper body portion. And let me tell ya I am not going to be able to move my arms tomorrow.
This work out is not something I would recommend for beginners. It will definitely seem intimidating at first. But if you just do as many reps as you can then you will definitely be able to build up to keep up with Jackie and her trainers. Its a great workout.
Jackies queuing is perfect and she gives lots of tips on keeping good form. All you need for this workout is a pair of light hand weights and you are good to go.
Another workout similar to this one that will cause equal amounts of pain is the Jillian Michaels 30 day Shred.
Give them both a try if you want a very challenging workout!Jillian Michaels – 30 Day Shred
The long awaited Workout season 3 is almost upon us.Â We expect to see Jackie Warner’s new clothing line, supplements, trainers and relationships in full bloom.
Behind The Workout
Meantime, here’s some insight on how the show was filmed and edited compliments of After Ellen Piece:
Andy Cohen, Bravo’s senior vice president of programming and production, was part of the team that created and developed Work Out. He said: “At Bravo we follow the person. Jackie happens to be gay. â€¦ We didn’t have a mandate saying we need a lesbian show. We just found Jackie.”
Cohen went on to credit the gym setting with bringing out the drama in the personal lives of central and supporting characters alike: “You go into a gym and you start talking to your trainer, and suddenly you’re kind of spilling your soul. [The drama on Work Out] is kind of the natural course of what happens.”
And as for how the show is filmed and edited…
The process of taking the real life of Sky Sport to the screen is relatively straightforward. According to Cohen, for 12 weeks “you’re shooting for eight, nine hours at a time with various people. Probably five, six days a week.
You may be on Jackie three to four days that week, and you may cover other stuff with the other trainers.” The producers sift through the hours of film and cut 99 percent of it to create nine 44-minute episodes that tell a compelling story.
Â Now it’s time to see how all this work pays off. Â Season Three of Jackie Warner’s Workout Show premiers Tuesday, April 15thÂ at 11pm on Bravo.
Rebecca is one of the most popular fitness trainers on Bravo’s Workout.Â She certainly has great abs, on par with Jackie Warner herself.Â Her uninhibited personality will certainly make things interesting at Sky Sport & Spa.Â Take a look for yourself…
Guests include Paris Hilton (Paris Hiltonâ€™s My New BFF), Janice Dickinson (The Janice Dickinson Modeling Agency), Todd Herzog (Winner of â€œSurvivor: Chinaâ€).
Tian Kitchen (The Amazing Race), Alex Quinn (E!â€™s Filthy Rich), Jai Rodriguez (Queer Eye), Rebecca Cardon and Jesse Brune (Work Out), Nick Warnock and Kristen Kirchner (The Apprentice) will also be there.
Plus, celebrities from Project Runway, American Idol, Dancing with the Stars and TotalPopStar.com will be hanging out too.Â
They’ll all be gathering at the swank SUNSTYLE tanning studio on Robertson Blvd.
Proceeds help raise awareness for Stoked Mentoring, a non-profit charity organization that develops innovative mentoring programs for â€œat riskâ€ youth.