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by Meaghan posted April 22, 2014

As you know, yesterday marked the 118th Annual Boston Marathon. But to the runners, spectators and anyone who has ever called Boston home, it marked a much greater victory. Not only did the community pull together to rise above last year’s tragic bombings that stopped the race short, it came back bigger and stronger than ever.

More athletes competed – some 36,000 even.


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Brace Yourselves…Tracy Anderson is Targeting Men Now Too

by Meaghan posted April 13, 2014

The other day, we looked at some up-and-coming fitness equipment in a post entitled, “Useful Tools or Just More Toys?”

Today, enter one of the industry’s most useless tools:

But she’s not just targeting women anymore. She now has a new “men’s only” method of training… because, you know, it’s also important for men not to overdevelop. Right now, it’s all about being ‘skinny ripped.’ Men want to be panthers. Didn’t you know?

For years, Tracy Anderson has been telling the world that when women lift heavy, they look like this:


Good thing we kept her around long enough to inform us that guys shouldn’t lift so much either, because they really want this:


And Tracy can make it happen.




Among the other ridiculous things Ms. Anderson says in this interview are:

1. “I probably actually set a gold standard of what it takes to set a real fitness method. I did a five-year research study with 150 women and measured them every 10 days and I created original content and sequencing for each of them and navigated them..I wasn’t measuring BMI or typical measurements. I was measuring based on the idea of how to create balance where there is imbalance in the body…They knew they were guinea pigs…This was in Indiana.”

If measuring an idea based on navigating guinea pigs in Indiana is the gold standard of a fitness method, this industry is in big trouble. I either want to quit my job or work exponentially harder to shut down such nonsense – not sure which.


2. “Your body has no idea what the hell to do with the soda, so this floats through your body, and it stores it as inflammation, which is a very important word that needs to be understood correctly.”

Huh?? Things do not get “stored” as inflammation. Inflammation occurs early in the healing process and is triggered by injury or when the body perceives invasion by a foreign agent. And yes, Ms. Anderson, people should understand this correctly… For some reason, Alanis Morissette just started playing in my head.



And her biggest fallacy yet:

3. “Our muscles and our brains are the only tools we have.”

Not true. We also have you, Ms. Anderson.

Useful Tools or Just More Toys?

by Meaghan posted April 11, 2014

Founders of FocusNYC and Focus Personal Training Institute, Joe Masiello and Gabe Valencia – curious to see what the fitness industry has in store for us next – were lucky enough (kind of…) to make it out to San Diego last month for the annual IHRSA trade show. According to them, a Hungarian line of cardio equipment called Infrashape takes the cake for most useless, er…innovative equipment. Here are a few of the highlights:


A new twist on vibration training, this infrared total body vibration machine apparently also either tans you or melts away your fat with UV light (we can’t tell which.)



You may have heard foam rollers referred to as ‘the poor man’s massage;’ well, this is ‘the lazy man’s foam roller.’ Motorized and all. You just sit there.

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Planet Fitness At Its Finest

by Meaghan posted January 19, 2014

The other day, we posted about an unfortunate incident that happened at CrossFit and some of the controversy that resurfaced as a result. Well, there is also another gym that’s been taking some heat lately, and for good reason…



I suppose a slogan like that is warranted for a gym that removes squat racks for being “too intimidating” yet has men with knives getting tased on the training floor:

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Please Keep Kevin Ogar in Your Thoughts

by Meaghan posted January 14, 2014

As you may have heard, a man by the name of Kevin Ogar suffered a spinal cord injury doing a snatch at a recent CrossFit competition.

Reportedly, Ogar dropped the bar on his back, separated his T-11/T-12 vertebrae and is now paralyzed from the waist down. He will need at least one surgery and surely has a long rehab process ahead of  him, and the competitive CrossFit life he once knew is likely over.

Moreover, like many fitness professionals, Kevin is uninsured and is going to need a lot of help paying for his recovery. You can make donations to his cause HERE.

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A Day in the Head of a Marathon Runner

by Meaghan posted November 1, 2013

After being cancelled last year due to Hurricane Sandy, this weekend marks the first Annual New York City Marathon in two years. For most who never jumped on the distance running bandwagon, you’re probably thinking, ‘Those people must be crazy!’


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Have You Seen The Vixen Workout?

by Meaghan posted October 16, 2013

Believe it or not, THIS CLASS is being marketed to women as a “confidence booster.”

With wedge sneakers worn in class and “important terms” like ‘p-poppin till you perculate’ and ‘twerkalator,’ listed on the website, I’m a little curious as to how this helps boost women’s confidence…at least in a healthy and respectable manner. I know I’m a little biased, but I’d much prefer a class like PT6 where proper technique and safe but steady progressions are used to build confidence.

But check them both out and let me know what you think!

Q&A: Is CrossFit Safe During Pregnancy?

by Meaghan posted September 24, 2013

OK, I realize that whether or not CrossFit is safe AT ALL is also questionable and quite controversial these days – but let’s leave that argument aside for the moment.

Most of you probably read about THIS WOMAN, Lee-Ann Ellison, who has been getting bashed on the Internet for carrying on her CrossFit routine while eight months pregnant. Long story short, the controversy is over whether or not this is safe – for her and especially for her child.

Photos like the one below highlight the types of lifts she still currently employs:

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5 Habits of Highly Successful Fitness Professionals

by Meaghan posted July 10, 2013

The fitness industry is a big one, and getting bigger by the day. There are a lot of fitness “professionals” around – some successful and some…well, not so much. But the ones who ARE successful seem to have a few core traits in common, such as:

1. They care. And not just about fitness, about helping people. It’s one thing to like exercise science and working out, but it’s another to be able to motivate someone who doesn’t like these things at all. That takes persistence, and to be persistent, you have to care.

True story.

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God Bless Boston

by Meaghan posted April 16, 2013

On behalf of FPTI and FocusNYC, just wanted to send thoughts and prayers up to all those affected by yesterday’s explosion at the Boston Marathon.


It’s a shame to see such a huge accomplishment soured by tragedy, and a joyous tradition for my home state now forever tainted.

After Hurricane Sandy forced the cancellation of the NYC Marathon this past fall, many fellow New Yorkers fled up north for yesterday’s race – so Manhattan is pretty devastated as well.

I am thankful that all of my family and friends in Massachusetts are safe, and my heart goes out to those who were not so lucky.