Trainer Roberta Rachkovsky has been involved in fitness since she was 5. Miami Fitness TV photo
Got an email the other day from Calibe Thompson. In addition to being an "electro-reggae" artist, she's also co-executive producer of a morning fitness show that will premiere on South Florida TV station WSFL just in time for your New Year's resolution.
"Miami Fitness TV" will air Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 5 a.m. on Channel 39 starting Jan. 2. If you're not up at the crack o' dawn, then set your DVR to workout later.
Yep, it's an old-school free, over-the-air morning exercise show.
The workouts include:
CCX-Treme (Cardio Core Xtreme): Plyometrics with core emphasis.
Power Cardio: Light weights and body weight resistance training.
Vinyasa Flow: A relaxing style of yoga, heavy on stretching and breathing.
Yoga X (Xtreme): Yoga poses are held longer for maximum strength and sweat.
After hunting around for fitness shows ("I noticed I couldn't find Gilad or Denise Austin on local cable!" she said), Calibe brought the idea to some partners.
Roberta Rachkovsky will lead the show's workouts.
"(Roberta) cares deeply about fitness and about making sure people take care of their bodies (she calls it your machine) the right way for a long and healthy life," Calibe said. "Her regular gym classes are like a fitness DVD. She's very charismatic and good at verbal instruction, and coming from an entertainment background myself, I knew her energy and personality would translate well on camera."
"We're very excited about the whole thing, and grateful to have the support, especially of women in the South Florida community," she said.
While watching a rerun of the sublime and profane cartoon South Park, I came across a provocative speech on self-discipline from Stan, probably the most level-headed of the Colorado kiddies on the Peabody-winning (yep!) Comedy Central series.
The plot: People in town were flocking to a miraculous statue of the Virgin Mary to be cured of their maladies. Randy, Stan's dad, a social drinker, was told he was an alcoholic and sought out the statue to be cured of his disease (a controversial label for many). When the pope decried that the statue was not indeed miraculous (please, don't ask me why), Randy felt that he had to start drinking again because he wasn't being helped by a higher power (yes, it goes there, but stay with me). Here's a snippet of dialogue (with emphasis where most awesome):
Randy: I'm sorry, son! I'm off the wagon!
Stan: Dad, you don't have to do this! You have the power. You haven't drank since seeing the statue.
Randy: But the statue wasn't a miracle!
Stan: Yeah. The statue wasn't a miracle, Dad. So that means you did it. That means you didn't have a drink for five days all on your own.
Randy: You're right, Stan. If God didn't make me stop drinking then... I did. Maybe... Maybe I can force myself to never drink again.
Stan: Dad, you like to drink. So have a drink once in a while. Have two. If you devote your whole life to completely avoiding something you like, then that thing still controls your life and you've never learned any discipline at all.
Randy: But, maybe... I'm just the kind of person who needs to have it all or nothing.
Stan: Naw. All or nothing is easy. But learning to drink a little bit, responsibly, that's a disclipine. Discipline comes from within.
Stan's right, you know (perhaps not about alcohol, depending on your attitudes, but about discipline). And his analogy fits right in with losing weight. If you banish any and all ice cream or pizza or french fries from your life forever, they'll dance around in your head like sugarplums on Christmas Eve. But if you find ways to fit in small, sensible amounts occasionally or come up with lighter versions of your favorites, the foods won't have any power over you.
I'm so old that when Sesame Street made its premiere in 1969, I was 7 years old and technically too old for the educational value. But my younger brother and sister watched it, and I have one video burned into my memory.
The film clip, which I found on YouTube, is about Jennifer, a city girl who goes to visit Mrs. Wilson, one of her mom's friends. (The point of Sesame Street way back in the day was to expose apartment-dwelling city kids to the world around them). Jennifer and Mrs. Wilson go out back and harvest vegetables from Mrs. Wilson's garden.
What struck me about the video was how darn yummy it made veggies. C'mon, it was the 1970s and most of the vegetables I ate came from a can or were pushed out of a square frozen box and boiled until gray. I didn't eat fresh broccoli until I went away to college.
So when I made my grocery list this weekend and saw that fresh corn on the cob was a quarter apiece, I put it on the Labor Day menu along with turkey sausage. To that I added whole portobello mushroom caps and halved chayote squash. The chayote was a mistake -- I had intended to buy jicama for a recipe but had a brain fart and picked up chayote.
Since the air conditioner is broken (again!) I enlisted my husband to put everything on the grill (he is Grill King) so as not to heat up the house. All the veggies were drizzled with olive oil and dusted with garlic salt and wrapped in foil and cooked indirectly over the coals (Propane? Perish the thought!).
So, as you bask in the afterglow of your Labor Day celebration, take a look at what inspired my love of fresh produce:
With the dawn of a new year, comes the dawn of a new crop of diet/weight loss shows. I have added the following to my TiVo library to record:
Diet Tribe: on Lifetime, follows a group of overweight female friends on their weight loss journey
Bulging Brides: on Fine Living Network, follows soon-to-be brides on their way to getting in shape for their big day
National Body Challenge: on Discovery Health free, comprehensive fitness and weight-loss challenge that provides the tools and inspiration - online, on television and beyond - to get in shape, shed pounds and find the real, healthier you inside
Fat-Free Fiances: on the Style Network, follows couples on the road to healthier lifestyles while on their way down the aisle
You Are What You Eat: on BBC America, one of my personal favorites - Gillian McKeith shocks pudgy Brits by showing them a weeks worth of the food that they eat on one giant table (usually greasy fried food), and has them switch cold turkey to a high fiber, lean protein and produce heavy diet
Ruby: on the Style Network -- who DOESN'T love Ruby, y'all? The show chronicles a once nearly 500 lb woman on her diet and exercise routine. She has an amazing cast of friends who support her through it all -- microwavin' her hourglass (pre-portioned meals) while they chow-down on funnel cakes ("those are my favorite, y'all) and pizza. She's a beautiful woman with a beautiful spirit and you can't help but to root for her to win the battle. And here's some breaking news directly from Ruby on her Facebook page:
THERE WILL BE A SEASON 2 OF RUBY!
Biggest Loser - Couples which premieres Tuesday, January 6th on NBC. Need I say more. The gold standard for what all diet shows hope to measure up to.
I love the Style Network show Ruby and also love the motivating theme song. Little did I know it's a real song. It's called I Can by Johanna Stahley and it's available on iTunes. Actually, there are two versions: the original rockin' version and the remix done for the show. What I love most are the inspiring lyrics. Here's a snippet:
I see everything happening
Feeling changes coming on
I gotta let go of what I know
Where I’ve been coming from
I picture overcoming obstacles
See me beat the odds
I can if I think I can
Turn my doubts into sand
I can if I think I can
I made a plan, I’ll take a stand
I’ll be my own biggest fan
I can if I think I can
If I think I can
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