Surf and Sand

Moderation Is Key

Everyone Deserves a Thintervention

So Long, Farewell, Auf Wiedersehen, But Not Goodbye

Just the Beginning

Goodbye and Good Luck!

Week 8

Week 8

Week 8

Week 8

Week 8

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Week 8

Week 8: Stay on Track!

Week 8: Loving the New Me

Helipad Workout

Leaving the Nest

Mr. and Mrs. Craig Ramsay

A Sad Goodbye

Week 7

Week 7

Week 7

Week 7

Week 7

Week 7

Week 7

Week 7: Eat Out Without Cheating

Week 7: Team Work Conquers All

Week 7: Flipping the Switch

Training Pool Workout

Teamwork Can Make a Dream Work

Just Dance

Don't Cha Wish Bryan Would Join PCD?

Moaning Instead of Meatloaf

Dance Your Ass Off

Week 6

Week 6

Week 6

Week 6

Week 6

Week 6

Week 6

Surf and Sand

Think you can handle this week's workout? Try it now!



The beach workout is split up into 2 parts – Beach Workout and Surf.


Several steps will be taken to reduce the risk of injury during this workout.

1. The entire “course” will be raked even and flat.

2. There will be no running or rushing in between stations during the sand portion of the workout.

3.  All equipment being used is designed for that particular exercise thereby reducing the risk of personal injury (see notes below).

4.  All exercises are low impact or stationary.

5. Clients will all wear tennis shoes.  Ankle wrapping is an option if necessary


PART 1: Sand(3 cycles)


Starting on the sand, clients will go through a circuit of drills in the sand. Each client will have to hit 4 stations and perform each element with perfect form before moving on to the next station.


Station #1 – Beach Ball Crunches (x30)


         Clients will blow up their beach ball and use the ball to steady themselves on their backs, feet planted in a 90 degree angle.  Once situated, each client will raise their chests at a 45 degree angle and begin crunches.  Elbows remain wide.  Chin to the sky.


Station #2 – Spider Crawl 


Clients will crawl under a netting pathway 15’ x 4’ and 2 feet high. 


                  Safety Notes:

1.       Clients will go through one at a time.

2.       This is not a timed event.  Speed is not encouraged.

3.       Netting is made of thin nylon rope tied into 2 in squares.  The netting is attached with bungee chords, which will be anchored by 4 metal stakes on each side.  

4.       Each stake is approx 2’ long and will be pounded into the sand with 6” sticking out and covered with an orange cone. 


Station #3 – Tire Flip (down and back x1) 


Lined up are 8, 40 lbs tires each client will have to flip down the beach. (Distance TBD per Jackie and Dr. Cohan)


Safety Notes:

1.       Jackie will give specific instructions how to lift each tire (using your legs) and roll it over.

2.       Jackie will ensure proper form (back straight, bending with the knees and legs)

3.       This is not a race… clients will be told to take their time… it’s about feeling the burn in the muscles.


Station #4 – Sand Bags  (x30 each)


Facing one another in two lines, clients will pick up 2 ten pound sand bags for a series of combination arm exercises. 

(Bicep Curls, Shoulder Press, Squat Throw, Stationary Lunges)


Safety Notes:

1.       Sand bags will weigh no more than 5 or 10 lbs.

2.       Sand bags are made with proper handles

3.       Form and intensity are the focus.

4.       Jackie will give instruction on form and monitor.

5.       There is no sense of urgency when performing the drills.   


REPEAT #2 – #4 (X5)


PART 2: Surf and Repeat

Clients will move down to the water’s edge for Part 2 of their workout in the surf.


Station #1 – Surf Dodge and Sprint


From the top of the water line, clients will sprint to the waters edge as the tide recedes and race back to the top of the water line as the water rushes back up the beach. 


Safety Notes:

1.       Clients will be wearing sneakers and workout clothes to not hinder their mobility.

2.       Sand is hard and they will be running with or against the incline of the beach.

3.       If clients fall, they land in ankle deep water.  


FINAL Station – “Pull Your Own Weight


Out in the surf are 8 buoys.  Each client is told to stand in front of the buoy with his or her initials.  Attached to the buoy, on the floor of the ocean, is a net filled with weights totaling the amount each client wants to lose.  Using the rope in the sand, they are to pull the weight to shore.  Once on shore, clients must drag their bags back to their mat on the beach. 


         Safety Notes:

1.       Sand is firm but still soft to get leverage.

2.       Clients are instructed to use their arms and legs.

3.       Form is key

4.       Completion is not necessary.



So Long, Farewell, Auf Wiedersehen, But Not Goodbye

Bryan thanks the many people involved in his 'Thintervention' experience.

What an incredible journey this has been. There are so many words that come to mind when I reflect on the past 13 weeks. At times the process was overwhelming, frustrating, challenging, inspiring, hilarious, painful, intense, sweaty, but at the end of the day, the experience for me was life changing. I got to learn so much about myself along the way and made some amazing friends throughout the process. It was interesting to watch everyone's journey package on the finale and see how we all dealt with our time away from Jackie.

I found Shay's honesty in coming clean with Jackie and Dr. Ramani incredibly brave, I think Joe turned a major corner, Jeana found the strength to stand up for herself, Stacy fought like a champion, Nikki figured out a way to incorporate Jackie's program into her lifestyle, and Mandy knocked it out of the park. I was tremendously proud of everyone at the finale for all of the hard work and hurdles we each had to overcome. And Jackie was right; it wasn't just about a number on the scale but how each of us now relates to food, and how we have been able to incorporate exercise into our daily lives.

However, none of this would have been possible to achieve had it not been for the following kindhearted, motivational, and inspiring teachers: 

I really gained a lot of respect for Dr. Ramani when she first opened up and told us that she also struggled with food. I appreciated her courage and I quickly came to realize that she could honestly relate to our battle. We could not have asked for a better role model than this articulate, intelligent, and beautiful woman. To be able to talk to someone on a weekly basis that has walked a mile in my shoes was immensely valuable to me. Dr. Ramani truly understood food addiction and was instrumental in helping me turn my life around. She taught me that it was okay to express my pain and not hold on to my secrets. She taught me that honesty could really be rewarding. She taught me how to view food as a friend not an enemy. I am humbled by her story and blessed by her wisdom.

Craig might be one of the kindest, foxiest, and most knowledgeable trainers for men that I have ever met. In those 6 weeks away from Jackie, Craig pushed me harder then anyone I have ever met. There were days when I just wanted to say, "ENOUGH ALREADY," and throw in the towel. Thankfully, Craig taught me how to push myself to intensity. He taught me "the ropes of the gym" and how to workout in the future on my own. He also taught me about self worth and self esteem. Craig talked me off the ledge many a day, and I will forever be indebted to this man. He is not only beautiful on the outside but also just as beautiful on the inside.

Then we have the woman who made it all possible: Jackie, or Herr Warner as I affectionately like to call her. My first impression of Jackie was that she was going to be incredibly tough and that I was going to have some type of screaming match with her, where only one of us would walk away alive. (*Note, never mess with a hungry, cranky queen.) I did loose my cool with her once, but it wasn't because of something she did, it was more with me just being uncomfortable and in pain and just wanting to "finish the f------ workout." Jackie is an AMAZING teacher. She is the Mrs. Miyagi of the fitness world. She taught me how to dig deep and push through the burn. She taught me that cookies were pain. She taught me how to connect mind, body, and spirit. She taught me how to call on Ethel when I truly needed her. She taught me how to wax on and wax off … oh wait, scratch that. Most of all she taught me how to take responsibility and live a better, healthier lifestyle. Jackie not only changed my life, she SAVED my life. I will never be able to truly thank her enough for allowing me to go on this journey. It was the most rewarding experience of my life so far. 

Then there is the love of my life, Miguel. He has been a thoughtful, generous, selfless, benevolent, caring, beautiful, loving and most importantly, the best teacher that I have ever met. He taught me to love myself in spite of my faults. He taught me the importance of standing by someone's side through the good and the bad no matter what. He taught me the importance of self worth. He taught me about patience. He taught me about love. I feel the same way now as I did those 7 ½ years ago when I first laid eyes on him, incredibly blessed and fortunate to have found my soul mate. I appreciate that he never gave up on me, and I am honored to spend the rest of my days growing old with him.

Last but not least, there are the fans. "You" who read the blogs and have taught me encouragement. "You" who watch the show and have taught me that I am not alone in this journey. "You" who have taught me that one person can make a small difference in someone else's life. "You" who have made me want to become a better person. I thank all of "you" for your constant words of motivation and support. While this might be my last blog for Thintervention and Bravo, this will not be the last you hear or see of me. 

1) Follow me on TWITTER @BRYANTDONOVAN. Everyday I will be tweeting about my journey after the show, what I continue to learn, what challenges me, and just life in general. And if you like my humor, this is where you want to be!

2) Become a fan of BRYAN T DONOVAN - THINTERVENTION WITH JACKIE WARNER on FACEBOOK. I use this fan page to connect with everyone and engage in all sorts of conversations, share my reflections and lessons, answer your questions, share ideas, and really just have a forum for all of us to support each other and stay connected! I love sharing pictures as well! 

 3) Check out my website at

With a humbled heart and immense gratitude-

Xoxo Bryan