I feel like I am watching the show like one of the fans. It's surreal to get an inside look at what was going on behind-the-scenes before I was there and what people actually say about you when you are and are not around. I have to be honest -- I never saw Work Out before being part of the show and I had no idea of the drama I was walking into: Jackie and Rebecca, Peeler and Jackie's alpha dog drama, and I unfortunately never had the pleasure of meeting Doug. Before I even get into the excitement of being part of this show and finally being introduced in this episode, I want to say that out of all the receptions I have received about my presence on the show, there were none more than comments about what an amazing spirit and bright light Doug was. I know I am the new gay trainer on Bravo but in no shape or form am I replacing Doug -- I could never. I wish I had the pleasure of knowing him.
So let's talk about the episode! Selfishly I will talk about my own experience first and then comment on what I thought of those crazy trainers. First of all, I do not want to sleep with Jesse! I love the kid but it's a brotherly love. Besides his usual catty comments -- which I admit are witty -- he actually made me feel comfortable right away. Not that we don't bump heads later but I guess you will have to watch. Jackie on the other hand had me sweating. She is not an alpha male like Peeler says but she is the alpha dog. She is not someone that I felt comfortable with right away and I usually can find that quickly with people. She doesn't take shit from anyone and she demands full attention and respect, and maybe Rebecca was right when she said Jackie is a control freak, but I think thats what makes Ms. Warner a success. It seriously took me months to start cracking jokes with her and see the softer fun side (alcohol helps!).
So I met the boys at Greg Plitt's house and here are my FIRST impressions -- and some of these changed dramatically later in the season. Meeting Greg was like meeting the high school quarterback on the first day of school. You kind of want to hate him right away because the guy seems perfect. I think I judged him unfairly when I first met him -- I thought he was another arrogant pretty boy that got by on his looks without a thought in his head. I think my own insecurities came out so I was trying to find something wrong with him. Greg actually is a sweetheart, eloquent, and definitely has something to say (maybe too much when dissing Jackie's clothing line, but he's a sharp guy). Mr Peeler: What do I say about Brian? Brian loves the attention and I can see why Jackie and he don't get along. He wants to be the star of the show and Jackie is Queen Bee. I can't even comment on the drama that unfolds. He is a fun guy but I think he sometimes comes off as disingenuous and cocky.
The most fun and the guy with the most depth is Gregg Butler. You can't help but love the guy. He's attitude to life is amazing. He is warm and an amazing musician and the guy even has a life coach. I am in awe of the guy to be honest. Not many people have a grasp on their lives and their dreams, but you can expect huge things from this cat. Can we talk about how Jesse and I are both complete novices to horseshoes and kicked ass? Loved it! Watch what happens on the mud run next week! Thanks for listening to me rant about this experience, but it has shaped my life in an amazing way, so thank you, Jackie. Thank you, Bravo, and most of all thank you guys for watching! JD