Trying New Things: Training Mate and Hope Hummus

May 7, 2018

I love trying new things and sharing them on this blog, and I have two things I’m sharing today.

1) Training Mate. Or should I say… a visit to Stud City?

Training Mate is a group fitness studio featuring Read the rest of this entry »

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Last Night at Slimmons…

October 18, 2013

As most of you probably know by now, Richard Simmons is my friend. I’ve known him for almost 4 years now. He was instrumental in my weight loss, and he continues to be an unending source of support, inspiration, love, and friendship. I see Richard about once a week, when I take his workout classes at Slimmons. I went to Slimmons last night, and it was a particularly good class and fun evening.

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That’s Kirsty Spraggon on the right. Last week, Kirsty interviewed me for her YouTube channel KirstyTV – an interview you can watch here.

Richard started class dressed, in his words, as Read the rest of this entry »


Boing with Kangoo

October 16, 2013

I took a really fun, bizarre class at my gym the other night that involved wearing these crazy boots!

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The boots are called Kangoo Jumps, and they’re basically boots with springs on them. Read the rest of this entry »


Balls Out! PLUS: September Weight Loss Chart Update

September 3, 2013

Hope everyone had a fantastic long weekend! Mine was pretty nice and relaxing, and I worked out every single day. The highlight of those workouts was on Sunday, when I took a new exercise class that was really fun and effectively brutal.

The class was called BALLS OUT and it was held outdoors at Pan Pacific Park, a big park about 25 minutes south of me in Los Angeles. I heard about it from some Slimmons friends, and for this class, our little Slimmons crowd made up a majority of the 10 or so participants. BALLS OUT is the creation of Wes Ferguson, a West Hollywood-based personal trainer, and he describes it on his website as “a circuit training routine that keeps the heart rate up while using body resistance and a weighted medicine ball to build muscle.” That’s a pretty good description!

A medicine ball is about the size of a basketball, but they’re weighted to be anywhere from a couple pounds all the way up to 16 or 20 lbs. For this class, I worked with a 10-pound ball:

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After some initial stretching, Wes led us through all sorts of exercises using the ball. Burpees. Squats. Lunges. Crunches. Three different kinds of pushups. Then more of everything. It was a tough class – very much like a Read the rest of this entry »