"Work out" is Bravo's reality show focusing on a training facility in California. One can understand what the initial attraction was to make this a reality show. The gym is owned and run by a youngish lesbian named Jackie, her staff is very attractive, and the first season had her story combined with her training methods for her clientile. It was good publicity for her gym, and Bravo got an original show.
Much like every other reality show, the concept was really only good for one season. But here it is back again, and the drama is more contrived than on MTV's "real world".
The first season focused on the clientile, the gym, and Jackie. It had some dramatic moments as one of her trainers passed away, Jackie's romantic situation was tangled to say the least, and she had a therapist and talked about her family issues.
The reason why shows such as this are usually one shot shows are the "cast" (in whatever such show) are not actors, and don't know how they are being perceived until the show (and the editing) are done. After season one, they are more media savvy and the drama seems fake. Also, since most peoples lives (even strait or gay good looking trainers) are, lets face it, boring, some of the occurences, if not scripted, due seem forced.
In season two, there is new "studly" trainer literally right out of a magazine, which everyone conveniently hates. Jackie is fighting with one of her other male trainers, who is conveniently not fired, and she has a new girlfriend, replacing the relationship she had with one of her trainers, Rebecca, Who is conveniently still there for the new season. As for the clientile, why its the girl from Joe Millionaire, a reality show from yesteryear..Oh the drama!
Unlike some of the moments last year, this year's first episode felt as believable as a daytime soap. Ms. Warner (Jackie) seems to type A (as it were) to put up the drama from the male trainers and seems like the type to fire someone on a dime. I'm sorry if this offends, but I do not buy the rebecca girl as a lesbian, or the relationship. (maybe a girls gone wild type of play lesbian/anything to get on TV type, but that's it). She was appearantly on the "Amazing Race" and would probably do just about anything to get back that 15 minutes of fame. Its very telling that on the webisite for the show, many of the "actors" of the show refer to themselves as "characters".
If this isn't scripted, someone is going to have a hell of a sexual harassment or discrimination suit. In the first episode, Jackie buys everyone new uniforms that have a picture of a female bodybuilder on it, it is revealed she is taking only her female trainers on a lesbian cruise (gee the guys must love that, and wouldn't any girl find that per se sexual harassment), and she was presumably sleeping with her employee. If she ever fires one of her male trainers, the papers will be in the mail!
If it is fake, then enjoy it like you would the real world, it isn't shakespear, but it will kill some time.