The Body Politic: Ready for Some Really Tough Love?

Progressive WellnessTreva Brandon’s Progressive Wellness Column Kicks Off

Welcome to Progressive Wellness, LA Progressive’s newest foray into health, wellness and fitness. I’m Treva Brandon, your tour guide, personal trainer and coach, and I’ll be kicking your ass toward a more active life – LA style.

That means anything goes. From boot camps to barre methods; from local hiking trails to local watering holes; from yoga classes to pole dancing lessons. Because if you’re an activist, you’re pretty much game for anything, and that’s where I come in.

I’m part drill sergeant, part party animal; I work hard and I play hard. I’ve been an athlete all my life: from high school and college sports, to making a living in the fitness business for the last 30 years. When I’m not writing, I’m training private clients and teaching classes at Equinox. I also compete in USTA tennis and play California Beach Volleyball Association two-man beach volleyball when my back isn’t killing me.

I like to call what I do tough love: it’s merciless, but forgiving at the same time.

If you’re anything like me, you have to be forgiving – especially on yourself. The truth is, I’m 51-years-old and I just can’t move like I used to. I’ve punished my body for years, and now at this point in life I just want to enjoy what the old rig can do: some slow laps around the track, a couple sets of tennis, and a few rounds of cocktails at happy hour. Whether it’s exercise or activism, I say everything in moderation – except if it’s a really good wine or a really good cause, then drink up and fight like hell.

This column is dedicated to the “mature” sports enthusiast, or as I like to call us “seasoned athletes.” It’s not quite “senior” fitness, but hey, we’re all headed there sometime, so why not stay as active as we can right now?

Progressives need strong biceps and deltoids to carry picket signs; they need quad strength for those long protest marches; and they need plenty of lung capacity to yell through bullhorns.

Even if you don’t have an athletic bone in your body, you’ll get something out of this column. Besides, if you’re an LA Progressive reader, you already have very special fitness needs and you probably don’t even know it.

Progressives need strong biceps and deltoids to carry picket signs; they need quad strength for those long protest marches; and they need plenty of lung capacity to yell through bullhorns. What they really need is some cardio to offset hours of sitting behind computers yelling on social media.

Outraged about voter suppression? I recommend a power walk along the strand in Manhattan Beach. Pissed off over income inequality? Go run a few flights at the 7th Street stairs in Santa Monica. Incensed about Hobby Lobby? Well, so am I, but instead of losing my shit on Facebook, I’m going to practice some MBSR (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction). Mad as hell over Citizens United? I say unite with your fellow citizens at 4:20pm and see how long you stay mad.

treva-brandonAs your trainer, I’ll be sharing my fitness tips, answering your questions, giving you the 411 on health and wellness, linking you to fun fitness websites and articles, and encouraging you every step of the way.

Remember, support can be beautiful, and I’m your biggest athletic supporter.

Treva Brandon

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    • Ryder says

      Go into space, detect massive planet-killing asteroids, employ the aerospace industry to deflect the asteroid. Save the planet.

      I’m just sayin’…

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