“Work Out” Recaps: Episode 3.2 “SkyLab 2.0”


SkyLab 2.0 — Last year, Jackie introduced SkyLab, her intensive boot

camp and retreat for clients looking for that special jump-start that only gobs

of money can buy. This season, SkyLab has a whole new class of plus-size folks

who have willingly signed up to get their asses kicked.

Jackie and company have

their hands full, so to speak, with clients ranging from experienced gym-rats

like Jackie’s existing client, Shannon, to Paisley,

a lazy spaz who doesn’t know how to do simple jumping jacks and, furthermore,

would rather not know.

Jackie barks, “Straighten

the arms,” repeatedly, and Paisley

ignores her. Jackie ends up doing them with her, which seems to be what she


Jackie says Paisley “doesn’t want to lift a finger, wants things

done for her” — like there’s something wrong with that. But I guess if you’ve

committed to being there, the least you can do is try to learn what most 10-year-olds

already know.

Then there’s Deenie, the

heaviest and youngest of the group. During her screening interview, Deenie tells

Jackie she went to her first Weight Watchers meeting while in the third grade. Third

grade. Where was her mother? A third-grader doesn’t jump behind the wheel of

the family minivan and drive to Baskin Robbins all by herself, if you know what

I mean.

Deenie’s goal, to “walk

into the Gap and buy a pair of goddamn jeans,” may sound modest to most of

us, but for her, it’s going to be a long journey filled with bitter protein

powders, major chafing and possibly an oxygen tank.

But before Deenie can

walk, she has to learn how to crawl, and Jackie’s all over that with her

patented exercise, “See a Penny, Pick It Up.”

According to Jackie,

Natalie, at 244 pounds, is the “most normal” of the SkyLab bunch

because her obesity hasn’t affected her daily self-esteem. Is anyone on this

show really in a position to judge who’s “normal”? Tune in next week

when Jackie starts dispensing relationship advice.

It’s Natalie’s first

wedding anniversary, but married life isn’t as good as it looked in the

brochure. She tells Jackie they’re having problems.

Jackie: Do some of them have to do with

your weight?

Natalie: A lot of them have to do

with my weight. He’s been with me for five years and has seen my struggle, up

and down, up and down. And at one point, ya know, he just said, “I can’t

take it anymore.”

Nice. Thanks to Mr.

Wonderful, Natalie’s self-esteem is well on its way down the crapper.