Penn & Teller: Bullshit!

Exercise vs. Genetics

Season 2, Ep 12, Aired 8/26/04
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  • Episode Description
  • Penn & Teller interview various fitness gurus such as Clack Bartram and Tamilee, and catch them in contradictions, in order to prove that genetics is really more important than fitness. Guest Experts and Actors Include: Dr. Nil Elatrash (Himself-Orthopedic Surgeon, Sports Medicine Specialist) Clark Bartram (Himself-Author and Trainer) Dr. Cedric Bryant (Himself-Chief Exercise Physiologist/Vice President Of Educational Services for the American Council on Exercise) Ryan Murakoshi (Himself-Personal Trainer) Tamilee Webb (Herself-"Buns of Steel" spokesperson) John Abdo (Himself-Inventor of several infomercial fitness products, including the AbDoer and Instant Abs) Wendi Cooper (Herself-CEO of C Spot Run Entertainment)moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Penn Jillette

    Himself

  • Teller

    Himself

  • Star Price

  • Jonathan Taylor

  • David Wechter

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  • Quotes (17)

    • Penn: [last lines of episode] Remember, when you buy this sh*t, you're sending money to the same jock-head f*cks who made you feel like sh*t in high school. Don't let 'em f*ck you over again.

    • Penn: Real fitness is not expensive. Eat less, be more active. Should make your lifestyle cost less.

    • Abdo: [on Jump N2 Fitness] I redesigned the whole trampoline system. I put a numerical design on the surface so now people know where to put their feet. The tiltability is unbelievable. Penn: You're right! We DON'T believe this is anything but a lopsided version of one of the many trampolines that sell in stores for about...35 bucks. This one costs more than twice as much because...it has numbers painted on it!

    • Abdo: The Instant Abs is exactly what The Ab-Doer isn't. The Ab-Doer, you sit down and you wiggle your upper body. The Instant Abs, you sit down and you wiggle your lower body. Penn: [sarcastically] He's a genius!

    • Abdo: The average result for the Ab-Doer that I've seen is people can lose 3-4 inches in one month, easily! Cooper: It doesn't happen that way. If you're not consistent in your diet and your workout, then you're not gonna lose weight, and you're not gonna get fit. There's no magic pill, there's no magic machine.

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    Notes (1)

    • This episode of Bullsh*t! could be seen as a kind of continuation of some of the ideas put forth in the Eat This! episode from season 1, particularly that episode's examinations of diets and dieting claims.

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