BRAVO'S "WORK OUT" RETURNS FOR SEASON TWO OF WORK AND PLAY INSIDE AND OUTSIDE THE GYM, TUESDAY, MARCH 20 AT 11 PM ET/PT
Elite Beverly Hills Trainer And Businesswoman Jackie Warner And Her Team Of Trainers Sweat It Out Again
NEW YORK � March 8, 2007 - Bravo's most successful freshman series of 2006, "Work Out," returns to follow the professional and personal life of Jackie Warner, elite trainer and owner of Sky Sport & Spa in Beverly Hills, CA on Tuesday, March 20 from 11 p.m. �12 a.m., ET/PT on Bravo, immediately following the special "Watch What Happens: The Real Housewives of Orange County Reunion." Starting Tuesday, March 27, "Work Out" will move to its regular timeslot at 10 p.m. Nominated for a 2007 GLAAD award for Outstanding Reality Program, the eight-episode, one-hour docu-series will take viewers to different places this season as a new trainer joins the staff, Warner launches a new business venture, and emotionally charged happenings occur both inside and outside of the gym.
This season, not only will Warner make giant strides in her business with the launch of a new venture called Skylab -- a high-end spa/fitness experience for overweight clients who want to change their minds, bodies and overall health -- but also in her private life as she juggles relationships and undergoes therapy. The docu-series follows the trainers as they go through challenging times this season: a new trainer, Gregg, joins Sky Sport; a relationship between two trainers creates tension among the staff; one of the trainers falls seriously ill; and everyone experiences the bittersweet taste of success as Sky Sport takes off.
Warner, the owner and managing director of Sky Sport & Spa, an exclusive fitness facility located in downtown Beverly Hills, helps her clients seek a higher level of fitness in an elite environment. The gorgeous indoor/outdoor gym boasts 360-degree views of Los Angeles, notable high-profile clientele and classes ranging from "Yoga Under the Stars" to "Power Boxing." A fitness maverick with a dynamic, no-nonsense attitude, Warner will accept only the best in every aspect of her life. She not only hires the most talented and vibrant trainers to work in her gym, but she lets them know that it's her way or the highway.
Warner's trainers live by the same "work hard, play hard" philosophy that she does and "Work Out" will follow the new and familiar faces as they live, learn and love inside and outside of Sky Sport & Spa. Please see attached biographies.
"Work Out" is produced for Bravo by Mentorn USA. Executive Producers are Bruce Toms and Amy Shpall.
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WORK OUT SEASON TWO TRAINER BIOGRAPHIES
Andre considers Atlanta, Georgia his hometown. He has 12 years military experience with stints in the Navy and Marine Corp. Since moving to Los Angeles six years ago he has carved out his place in the fitness industry becoming one of the most sought after trainers by celebrities and individuals in all walks of life. Fitness is the only way of life for Andre, who always gets 110 percent from all of his clients. He in convinced that he is the next fitness superstar, and states that it is just a matter of time before the world knows it.
Andre's philosophy to staying fit: The key to staying in shape is threefold � be consistent, disciplined, and committed.
Brian uses his southern charm inside and outside of the gym. Born and raised in a small town named Salisbury, North Carolina, he was labeled as a jock in his youth. Weather it was football, baseball or any other physical sport, Brian never shied away from the challenge. Brian is passionate about serving as a mentor and teacher to people who can benefit from an extra push in physical fitness. He managed to also find love inside the gym walls with his former client Kate.
Brian's fitness philosophy: Don't over-train yourself and adapt your fitness regimen to your lifestyle. He feels there is no reason to give up drinking or doing things you enjoy as long as you are willing to do the work inside of the gym.
Doug was born in Los Angeles to a middle class family. He was the first to go to college in his family and put himself through school at the University of Southern California, deciding during his senior year that he wanted to be a trainer. The same year, he also came out to his parents.
Doug is energetic and experienced. He is a seasoned pro and when he's in the gym, he's in his element. Doug is a total manly man and uses his great physique and charm to befriend anyone he comes in contact with.
Doug's fitness philosophy: All of his clients want to be loved, so he touches them from the beginning of the session until the end.
**Please see editorial note.
A career in the entertainment industry as a junior publicist might not be the typical way to break into the fitness field, but this is how Erika got her start. When the corporate executives she worked with found out she was also a trainer at the local YMCA, they flocked to her for help with their fitness regimen. Erika soon realized that career training was her true calling and threw in the towel on public relations. Erika holds a degree from the University of Southern California and loves boxing as a way to stay in shape and continually challenge herself.
Erika's fitness beliefs: She encourages her clients to always adhere to a health and fitness lifestyle rather than a trend. She also feels that good fitness is a combination of both mental and physical health.
Butler was born and raised in Solon, Ohio a suburb east of Cleveland. At a young age Gregg was a regionally recognized track athlete while simultaneously working as a musician earning a name as one of the mid-west's best new talents. As a teenager, he became a youth fitness instructor at a local gym, entering into training at only 17 years old. As Gregg moved from the track to the gym, he got involved in power lifting and provisionally set a squat record of 715 lbs under the tutelage of Kevin Hill. After attending Miami University in Oxford, OH on a full Track Scholarship, Gregg moved to Los Angeles to continue to pursue his goals.
While making leaps and bounds in the music industry, Gregg always thought of fitness as his hobby. As Gregg is in the final stages of recording his debut album, he devotes as much time as possible to helping people consider and pursue a passion for their own bodies. Gregg's personality in the gym comes off as peaceful and patient, understanding that the gym is cathartic, therapeutic and life changing and not just another quick fix.
Gregg's Fitness beliefs: Gregg sees fitness as part art and part science. Understanding not just the mechanics of exercise, but its purpose and functionality to you, will make a workout more real, more effective and most importantly, catered to the individual, allowing true lifestyle change to begin.
Originally from Seattle, Washington, Jesse is a "two-punch" talent as a certified fitness trainer and a recent graduate of the prestigious Cordon Bleu Culinary School. Jesse's interest in cooking started at a young age and his newfound talent was not lost on his family members. His working mom assigned Jesse the task of cooking healthy meals for his family and that is where his love of wholesome cuisine began.
When he turned 19, Jesse came to Los Angeles and quickly signed with talent representation to start building his career as an actor. In the meantime, he waited tables and started working at the front desk for a boot camp-style training business. Jesse was inspired by the results, both physical and emotional, that the clients received and wanted to be a part of those transformations. Soon he became a certified trainer and began teaching his own classes and the rest is history.
Jesse's fitness philosophy: Just show up. Jesse is a true believer in approaching each client and each day differently. He will modify his work out and his menu to fit the needs of that client on that day.
Rebecca was born into a fitness loving family in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Her mom practices yoga and runs marathons and her father is a competitive weight lifter. Her father started taking her to the gym with him when she was five years old and little Rebecca would do pull ups while he said: "One more and I'll get you a candy bar." Today, she can still do 20 pull-ups and both father and daughter hold world records in bench pressing.
Rebecca was a broadcasting major at George Mason University in Washington, DC. After making the move to Los Angeles, she initially took acting classes, but eventually moved toward fitness and has been training clients for four years. She also placed third as a competitor on "The Amazing Race."
Along with personal training, Rebecca is exploring the world of television hosting. She is currently the spokesperson for the Bun and Thigh Track and The Bean, both state of the art fitness products.
Rebecca's fit and healthy philosophy: Example isn't the best way to influence people�it's the only way!!
Zen was athletic from a young age growing up in Lagrange, Illinois, with spots on the dance teams at the high school and college level. She started teaching step aerobics to the other girls in her dance groups and from there she's become a certified personal trainer and group fitness instructor through the American Council on Exercise. Zen's Los Angeles lifestyle includes such hobbies as stand-up comedy, gardening and painting.
Zen's key to staying fit: She incorporates motivation and laughter into her fitness routine and encourages all of her clients to do the same.
** EDITORIAL NOTE: During the final weeks of the twelve-week production on the second season of "Work Out," Doug Blasdell fell seriously ill, and passed away on January 22, 2007. Bravo is deeply saddened by the terrible news and Doug will be missed.