by Rachel on April 22, 2010

Goooood morning! I could barely sleep last night because I’m very excited to launch my newest feature…Gymnertainment!

What is Gymnertainment, besides a buzzword nearly as obnoxious as “Brangelina?” Well, I was going to describe Gymnertainment as a “love child” but it’s so much more than that. First, I think it’s more a bastard child than a love child.

So, if Shedding It & Getting It went on Maury to figure out who fathered Gymnertainment, it would be like, “I know Shed Theater is the daddy!” And then Shed Theater would be all, “That baby don’t look like me! She done hooked up with all that stand-up comedy, Maury.” And then Stand-Up would be like, “That ain’t my baby…looks like an audiobook to me!” And then Maury would be like, “Audiobook…you are NOT the father.” So then we’d go back on and say, “Maury, I know Podcast is the daddy and I just want him to take care of this baby!”

Got it? OK, let’s try again.

I love that I now have the freedom to share more material — while I don’t consider anything “too hot for Shedding It” so to speak, sometimes, getting your hair pulled by guys or losing your underwear just really isn’t relevant to our discussions! This is more like the stories that will appear in my book or the things I talk about in my comedy routine; however, none of this has been published here before, so it’s all new material!

And I watch enough infomercials to know that you need a good testimonial or two! (OMG I totally can see this on an infomercial. “TIRED OF YOUR BORING WORKOUTS? DOES GOING TO THE GYM MAKE YOU WANT TO CRY?”) I shared it with my Twitter friend Heather from Then Heather Said and asked her to take it to the gym and then write a review. This is what she had to say:

“Listening to Gymnertainment during my 30 minute run left me speechless and excuseless. Speechless because Rachel says it all; everything you’ve thought and wanted to say but didn’t know how to put it into appropriate words. Excuseless because I would run for  another 30 minutes if I had the next episode of Gymnertainment loaded on my ipod. Rachel’s smart ass comments, honest depictions of her own humiliations, and general brilliance is all the motivation I need to get my ass back in my running gear, without all the yelling from certain well-known television personalities/personal trainers.

Gymnertainment will have you loving your workouts and asking for more. It also adds dimension to your workout. I’ve never been so sore post run: my face from all the smiling, my abs from all the laughter. even the Kegels were completed by fighting off the urge to pee on myself when Rachel had me rolling in giggle fits, over and over again.
‘Now I’m a spitter, you tricky bastard.’ It kills me. So many parts kill me. I’ve listened to it three times now.”

So! This first episode has three chapters:

I. Guys are the New Girls — With their hairless bods, skinny jeans, and desire to cuddle, I’m really starting to wonder what it means to have a Y chromosome these days.

II. The Lingerie Quandary — I have the worst lingerie karma. Cute bra? Can’t get ass. Laundry day? Everyone and their frat brother wants to get me naked.

III. The Princess and the Pee — Sorry, but I’m often too busy to stop to go to the bathroom. Like, I’d really rather check Facebook than relieve myself.

Intrigued? You can also click here for a little sample clip to get an idea of what you’re getting yourself into.

Because it’s sort of a special downloadable thing, I am putting a price tag on it, but as a broke-ass ho, I think $3.99 is pretty legit. It’s more than an iTune, less than an audiobook, and about equivalent to a latte. And really, then, you can just pretend you’re treating me to coffee after our gym sesh. I really don’t value myself much higher than a white chocolate mocha.

All right, enough talk! If you’re ready to LOL on the elliptical, then click the picture below to download! It’ll take you to a secure site where you pay with Pay Pal. (Which I use all the time because I buy so much in the “online marketplace;” if you’ve never done it before, trust me…it’s no big deal. Takes two seconds to set up and once you do, your Etsy addiction will flourish.)

I made my picture the album artwork because I want you to actually feel like I’m at the gym with you. And then if you find yourself audibly snorting at something, or, fingers crossed, laughing out loud, and you’re getting strange looks, you can just wave your ipod at them and say, “Oh, it’s just my friend Rachel. She’s so silly.”

{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Sophie @ yumventures April 22, 2010 at 9:08 am

You know, as I was running the other day I was thinking about the Shred Theater where you talk about what you think about each mile of a 16 mile run. It had me on my ass laughing. I thought “if only I could watch that while I am actually running!”. This is the BEST IDEA EVER!!! Can’t wait :)


2 Erin April 22, 2010 at 9:34 am

What a great idea! Who wouldn’t want a workout buddy to tell them great stories and crack them up? Plus this way we don’t have to embarrass ourselves trying to talk back while wheezing and panting our way through our workout.


3 Anna April 22, 2010 at 9:41 am

I think this is a great idea, and pretty innovative–I haven’t seen very much like this out there! I did want to ask if all your episodes would be $3.99. I’m a big fan of listening to podcast-like things on my iPod while I work out (and I think Shed Theater is hilarious–it totally convinced me to go to my first spin class), but even episodes of things like This American Life (at like, an hour) are .99 cents. So, just wondering! Totally looking forward to this episode, though!


4 Rachel April 22, 2010 at 9:43 am

Hey Anna — not sure, honestly! We’ll kind of see how it goes; I think if I’m able to produce them quickly, like once a week, I’ll definitely take it down, but when I first started, I realized I needed a LOT of material to fill 30 minutes so it seemed more like a once-a-month type deal!


5 MelissaNibbles April 22, 2010 at 10:34 am

This is awesome! I can’t wait to get home from work and download it.
p.s. I think I have a girlcrush on you after watching that video. Don’t worry, it’s harmless and will pass.


6 Christie April 22, 2010 at 10:54 am

GREAT IDEA! Just bought it! Can’t wait to laugh my ass off!

.-= Christie ´s last blog ..BABY BUMP WATCH! =-.


7 Anna April 22, 2010 at 11:16 am

Cool! I can definitely save up 3.99 a month for hilarious things to listen to. Thanks for putting it out there!!


8 Leah (Nutritionista) April 22, 2010 at 11:19 am

I had the chance to preview the first episode of Gymtertainment, and let me just say… if you want something to totally take your mind off your workout — DOWNLOAD THIS! You won’t have to worry about listening to the same songs on your workout playlist for the millionth time (I’ve had the same workout playlist for like six months — It’s so boring). Just press play and suddenly, you’re not at the gym, you’re at a stand-up show!
.-= Leah (Nutritionista)´s last blog ..Is Exercise Essential? =-.


9 sarah @ syrupandhoney April 22, 2010 at 11:40 am

My view on life is pretty minimalist. I largely avoid consumerism…which is, in my opinion, a significant problem in our society, amplified by advertisements encouraging us to purchase things we don’t need and don’t truly add value to our lives.

That being said, I think this is a great product and I plan to purchase it! Speaking to the cost, if the humor is as quality as I’ve seen from you up until this point, then I’ll definitely be getting what I’m paying for.
.-= sarah @ syrupandhoney´s last blog ..Goat Cheese Tasting =-.


10 Rachel April 22, 2010 at 11:43 am

Sarah — thank you! That was a really wonderful compliment and vote of confidence.

And to anyone who does purchase, please come back here to comment and let me and everyone else know what you thought!!


11 Bess @ I Dream of Greenie April 22, 2010 at 11:59 am

Okay clearly we were on the same page today…

If you need any gym related stories, just check out my post today and you will see I’ve got a slew of material…LA really brings out the LOLs in the gym.
.-= Bess @ I Dream of Greenie´s last blog ..How Do YOU Fit In Workouts? =-.


12 Eunice April 22, 2010 at 2:54 pm

Very creative! I forgot my earphones today, but I’ll check this out later. I love my music, but this could be a nice change! :)


13 Manon April 22, 2010 at 5:26 pm

If you haven’t downloaded this, DO IT NOW!!! I just did and took it out out for a 3 mile run which ended up being me against mosquitos gone wild…..they wanted to eat me, and eat me ALL GONE. Somehow, I made it through…..and made it through LAUGHING.
.-= Manon´s last blog ..Tuesday makes me Tingle…… =-.


14 Girlwithnoname (Jackie) April 22, 2010 at 6:14 pm

Cool idea gf… !! Love it!

.-= Girlwithnoname (Jackie)´s last blog ..Interview with Mike Geary: “Truth About Abs” and “Fat Burning Kitchen” =-.


15 Laura Georgina April 23, 2010 at 9:22 pm

Late to the commenting party but not forgotten–this is the shizzle, gyal!!! Love it. And I love how you look SO excited in the explanation video, like you have to keep a straight face because you can’t stop smiling. It’s what we call the hyena face.

Let’s just hope I can download away with paypal here in the land of piracy, or I might have to change my flights home to get at Gymnertainment sooner.

.-= Laura Georgina´s last blog ..How To Be a Mean, Green, Earth-Loving Machine =-.


16 Shane April 27, 2010 at 1:11 am

Hi Rachel,

You are HILARIOUS! I just took this on a walk around the neighborhood and I was laughing and smiling to myself (I kind of felt like a weirdo, but anyway, you are great!). I love the idea of using La Perla tossing as a benchmark of success.


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