Someone Just Became My New Favorite Man-Crush…..
and his name is James Fell. Anyone who’s been reading this blog for any length of time knows that I have, on more than a few occasions, gone into vivid detail on why I’m not such a big fan of certain “celebrity trainers” whose names rhyme with diarrhea of the mouth.
Okay, so I’m exaggerating just a teeny tiny bit (big surprise, I know). Their names don’t really rhyme with that phrase, but it’s no secret that when it comes to the likes of Tracy Anderson and to a greater degree, Jillian Michaels, I have little – if any – tolerance.
I honestly can’t believe some of things that come out of their mouths at times. Of course, we all remember Tracy Anderson’s famous “no woman should ever lift a weight over three lbs” comment. And then there’s the walking dysfunction herself, Jillian, who can’t even do a proper walking lunge without making my ACL cry – yet thousands of people look to her for their fitness advice. Brilliant.
What’s more, people buy into what they’re selling saying even though between the two of them, it’s pretty much been proven that they have the combined intelligence of a pet rock. Sure, they’re masters at marketing themselves – I have to give some credit where’s it’s due. But to say that these two are anything close to fitness experts is like me saying I’m an expert at chess, classical music, doing my own laundry, or I don’t know, jello wrestling with Victoria Secret models.
But alas, who am I but just a lonely strength coach who runs a fairly successful blog, does some fitness writing on the side, and trains hundreds of athletes and clients in a pretty kick-ass facility?
Oh, and did I mention I actually have a degree in this field? Something that neither Ms. Anderson nor Ms. Michaels (to the best of my knowledge) can claim?
In any case, back to my new favorite man-crush. James Fell, who better win the Pulitzer Prize for Best Article Ever Written , wrote a pretty scathing article in the Los Angeles Times the other day essentially taking Jillian to town with regards to her lack of expertise in well, everything. More specifically, though, he sheds some light on her new kettlebell instructional dvd that, for lack of a better term, sucks.
This isn’t the first time she’s been criticized by someone who actually knows what they’re talking about. My good friend and colleague, Leigh Peele, wrote a thorough review on Jillian’s book, Master Your Metabolism, when it first came out a year and a half ago. In addition, she also wrote THIS article when she was criticized by all the people who can’t help but drink the Jillian Michaels Kool-Aid.
Suffice it to say, it’s fantastic to finally see that the mainstream media – ever so slightly – starting to pick up on the bullshit. Here’s hoping that it’s full steam ahead.