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 »


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.


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!


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:


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 »