Bravo revisits high school drama in grand style with its six-episode reality series "Work Out." Unlike other reality fitness shows, "Work Out" isn't about regular couch potatoes trying to shed beer bellies and love handles. Entrepreneur Jackie Warner and her cadre of buff bods are the elite of celeb cellulite busters at the swanky Sky Sport & Spa.
Bravo revisits high school drama in grand style with its six-episode reality series “Work Out.” Unlike other reality fitness shows, “Work Out” isn’t about regular couch potatoes trying to shed beer bellies and love handles. Tough-as-nails entrepreneur Jackie Warner and her cadre of buff bods are the elite of celeb cellulite busters at the swanky Sky Sport & Spa, a $400-an-hour workout room with a 360-degree view of L.A.
Warner caters to playmates, actor/models and industry types who can afford the steep fees to sculpt molecules of fat from their size 0 frames. And while names such as Kristoff St. John and Jody Watley appear in various episodes, the show’s focus is on the charismatic Warner and her core group of trainers. It’s “The Apprentice” in sweatpants.
Warner is savvy, professional and seemingly successful. That’s the boring part. The show’s real muscle is Warner’s less-than-perfect personal life, including a volatile relationship with her jealous and controlling girlfriend, Mimi, as well as tepid relations with her employees. That’s the shamefully engrossing part.
Show has the prototypical office personalities: the tattletale, the flirt, the insecure macho jerk. There’s gym flirt Rebecca, who will spank, tweak or pinch any and all of her clients when she’s not mooning co-workers or showing off dirty cell phone pictures. Good old southern boy Brian, aka Peeler, is having his own troubles adhering to Warner’s “my way or the highway” work ethic and is threatened by everyone and everything.
Warner is a bit stiff at first, and the premiere episode is unfortunately the most lackluster. As Erika, the only seemingly normal trainer, points out, you have to keep things interesting to stick with a workout. The same holds true for TV.
Subsequent episodes provide more drama, including a visit from Jackie’s disapproving mom and more conflict with Peeler, but Mimi provides most of the dirt. She’s this show’s dragon lady, a stunningly twisted personality even for reality TV.
Bravo debuts the show inexplicably at 11 p.m., a time best known to the average viewer as half past a bag of Doritos. Not exactly a big vote of confidence. Subsequent episodes air at a more reasonable 9 p.m. starting July 25.