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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.

Carb-dense Foods at Most Meals?

by Meaghan posted February 20, 2014

If there is one consistent point of controversy in the health field right now, it’s carbohydrate intake. Read opinions found in major media publications or headlines like ‘Learning to Cut the Sugar,’ and you’ll probably find yourself on the low-carb bandwagon.


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2014 Fitness Trends

by Meaghan posted January 28, 2014

Now that we know who won the Grammy Awards, let’s look at what’s topping the charts in fitness these days.

Each year, the American College of Sports Medicine publishes predicted fitness trends for the upcoming year, and at the top of the list for 2014 is high-intensity interval training (H.I.I.T).

We recently talked about the benefits of H.I.I.T. HERE.

The top 10 trends for 2014 are as follows:

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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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Finding The Minimum Effective Dose

by Meaghan posted June 20, 2013

In the past, we’ve recommended a minimum of 30 minutes of exercise – either continuous or broken up into 10-minute bouts throughout the day – on most days of the week for the general population. More recently, we amended this recommendation to include an alternative option of at least 20 minutes of vigorous exercise 2-3 times per week. But some people still can’t seem to “find” the time to exercise…


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Bike for MS!

by Meaghan posted May 28, 2013

Hope everyone had a nice Memorial Day weekend. Today I am proud to announce that the Focus team will be participating in this October’s Bike MS ride in NYC.


For those who don’t know, MS (multiple sclerosis) is a progressive and debilitating neurological disease that affects the body’s ability to receive information properly from the brain. As a result, impairments in motor function and overall fatigue are everyday norms for those living with the condition.

There is currently no cure for MS, so Bike MS was created to raise money for research and the quest for a cure. That said, we need your help in raising money for the ride. While we joined as a team, we need to raise $150 EACH. If you wish to donate to Bike MS on behalf of Team Focus On the Cure, you can do so HERE.

Thank you in advance for your help!

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.

R.I.P. Mr. Weider

by Meaghan posted March 26, 2013

The fitness industry lost a legend over the weekend: Mr. Joseph Weider passed away at age 93.

Most of you who have been in gyms over the years probably recognize the name ‘Weider’ from some of the equipment:

 Many of you also know that Joe Weider founded several fitness magazines, including Muscle & Fitness, FlexMen’s Fitness and Shape. Having written for two of those four mags myself (and having worked as an editor for four others), Joe Weider’s name has been a pretty big one throughout my career.

Although Mr. Weider was also known for pushing pseudoscience and supplements… he also founded the International Federation of Body Builders (IFBB). Not too many people know this, but I actually used to be a judge for the sport (though for a different and natural organization). Needless to say, without Joe Weider, my career path would probably have been very different.

So thank you, Mr. Weider, for your contributions to fitness, and may you rest in peace.


Happy New Year!

by Meaghan posted January 2, 2013

As we spring into 2013 with our New Year’s resolutions plans in full gear, it’s good to remember what’s worked successfully in the past – and, of course, what hasn’t. After all, you know what they say: The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

That said, there was a bit of controversy recently over a study from Duke University that looked at what type of exercise worked better for fat loss – aerobic or resistance training – and found that aerobic training was the more effective of the two.

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Why Twinkies Make Me Sick

by Meaghan posted November 20, 2012

In case you hadn’t heard, your favorite childhood junk food company – and maker of Ding Dongs, Ho Hos and Twinkies – is officially bankrupt.


Last week, Hostess announced that it was going out of business. Is this a reflection of people possibly making healthier choices?

According to THIS RECENT ARTICLE, unfortunately not. Here’s an excerpt:

 The company’s announcement on Friday that it would move to liquidate prompted people across the country to rush to stores and stock up on their favorite Hostess treats. Many businesses reported selling out of Twinkies within hours and the spongy yellow cakes turned up for sale online for hundreds of dollars.

Despite increasing awareness about the adverse health effects of these products, Americans don’t seem to be spending their money on healthier foods. Instead, it seems people are trying to turn a profit by investing more in crap that makes us sick – and that makes me sick!