• You Can Only Get Better.

    Melody L. Schoenfeld, CSCS, CMT, RKC, certified nutrition specialist, and more, brings over 20 years of training and massage therapy experience to the Southern California area. Train smart. Train right. Have fun. You can only get better. Read More
  • Flawless Fitness - The Gym

    Flawless Fitness' studio space is not what you might expect a personal training gym to look like.  There are no cardio machines, strength machines or, really, machines of any kind.  The only machines there, as a matter of fact, are the people who come in and train-- you are your own machine, and your body was made to move its own way. 

    This is not about what's trendy.  This is about what works. 

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  • Group Training

    Group Training classes are a vigorous mix of different kinds of training methodologies designed to give you the most burn for your buck. Classes are 30 minutes and will have your heart pounding, your muscles burning, and your body more toned and fit. Group Training is a fun and extremely affordable way to supplement your current workout. Come join us! 

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Not Yer Mama's Fitness Blog

  • Realizing a Dream

    Melody Schoenfeld-- Not Yer Mama's Fitness Blog Nov 21, 2017 | 08:05 am

    Realizing a Dream If you are a regular reader of this blog, you probably know that for the last several years, one of my New Year's resolutions to myself has been to get my book written.Well, at long last, I have made that dream a reality.  As of Friday, my new book, Pleasure Not Meating You, has been available for purchase on Amazon! I cannot express to you how much it means to see this project through.  There is a major lack of unbiased, non-propaganda information about the vegan diet in media, and I sought to change that with this book. I had the scientific portion vetted by decidedly non-vegan heavy-hitters in the nutrition world such as Dr. Jose Antonio, PhD. of the ISSN, and Dr. Mike Israetel, PhD of Notre Dame University (who also wrote the foreword for this book!) as well as the very amazing Leigh Peele, to ensure that the contents are as accurate and neutral as possible.  And, of course, I wanted to share a few recipes as well (I hope I did OK with that part, as usually my cooking is not that structured). So, should you decide to purchase this book, I hope you enjoy it, and I hope it helps you in some way. As for me, I am SO EXCITED.

  • Responding to Videos (Rant of the Day)

    Melody Schoenfeld-- Not Yer Mama's Fitness Blog Oct 10, 2017 | 07:23 am

    Scenario: Someone posts a video of a lift or movement they have performed.  That person may be posting to show progress, because they are particularly proud of it, or some other reason.  Fair enough.The question is, how do you respond?Here's what NOT to do.Do not respond with form tips unless they have been requested by the original poster.  I know it's tough to watch imperfect form, and I know you are just trying to help (probably).  But here's the thing:  The person in the video may be an experienced lifter who knows exactly what they are doing.  Or maybe they're not.  Either way, if they didn't ask, most people find it kind of irritating to get unsolicited advice.  If you absolutely can't hold back, the best way to approach this is to privately message the person and ask if you can give them some suggestions to improve their lift/movement/whatever.  If they're open to it, they will respond.Do not respond by telling them they're too old to do what they're doing.  (Yes, I have seen this more than once.)  Even if you're joking.  Honestly, the choices other people make are none of your business.  You don't have to lift past a certain age if you don't want to.  But telling people they can't/shouldn't is not only rude-- it's wrong.  As a matter of fact, resistance training is one of the best things a person can do for their body in later years: 1 2 3 4 5Do not respond with comments like, "Watch your back!"[…]

  • Well, apparently I'm ranting a lot these days...

    Melody Schoenfeld-- Not Yer Mama's Fitness Blog Aug 11, 2017 | 18:03 pm

    Well, apparently I'm ranting a lot these days... Hey, kids!  Here I am with another ranty-type post.  I must be in a mood these past few weeks!Today's rant is about a video that a lot-- and I mean A LOT of people have been tagging me in this week.  I am not going to link to the video because I really don't want to draw more attention to it, so instead I will post a picture of my dog, who has just had a bath, and is not very happy about it but is super cute anyway. OK.  So in this video, there is a woman who is Olympic lifting.  She doesn't lock out completely on the bar for whatever reason (it could be that the weight was too heavy for her, or it could just be user error-- it happens), and the bar collapses on top of her.  Ouch.  (She is OK, by the way.  Whew.)  People are passing this thing around like candy, though.  They think it's hilarious.  One person told me that someone had been using it as "proof" that "women can't lift."  This poor woman is being shamed all over the place for a freaking mistake in the gym.But she's in good company, because I see this happen all the time.  "Gym fail" videos are rampant.  I don't know what it is about the human psyche that makes people love to watch (and laugh at) people injuring themselves, but there it is.  So what I have to say about this particular video is this:She[…]

  • Dear Vegans

    Melody Schoenfeld-- Not Yer Mama's Fitness Blog Jul 29, 2017 | 13:01 pm

    Dear Vegans:Let me start off by saying that I am vegan.  I have been vegan for 17+ years for moral/animal advocacy reasons, and I am vegan 4 lyfe *flash cool-looking hand sign.* I appreciate your message of nonviolence and environmental stewardship.  I get it. Now, having said that, let me now say this:You're doing it wrong.Now, I know this is going to piss a lot of people off.  And, of course, this message does not apply to all vegans-- there are a ton of amazing vegans out there who don't portray any of the habits I am about to describe.  But please, I ask you to read this with an open mind and maybe take a step back and see if maybe this might pertain to you in some way, and if perhaps it might make you rethink a few things.  That is all I can possibly expect, and I appreciate your time.So, here we go.You are not going to win many friends by shaming them for their own eating habits.  I know that before I went vegan, having people cram animal slaughter videos in my face did nothing but traumatize me, and trying to guilt me for my decidedly nonvegan ways actually pushed me away not only from being vegan, but from associating with other vegans (and to this day, I do not have a lot of vegan friends, although I have a few). If someone has expressed an interest in cutting down on meat, that is something you[…]

  • A Quick Rant

    Melody Schoenfeld-- Not Yer Mama's Fitness Blog Jul 13, 2017 | 17:49 pm

    I am not one to disparage anyone else's methods-- I believe that if you're doing something you enjoy, and it is working for you, all is well.  However, when it comes to Tracy Anderson and programs like hers, I have to speak out for the following reasons:1) she is trying to push her unproven, nonsensical theories as some kind of science/fact2) she is essentially pushing an extreme eating disorder(600 calories/day is an anorexic pattern)-- and making bank on it.  Having grown up around eating disorders, let me just say this is not a game, and could turn deadly. Do what works for you, but please remember that if it causes your health to decline, it is not working for you--  no matter how "small" you get.http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/healthy-living/tracy-anderson-new-studio-gwyneth-paltrow-new-york-a7832626.html

  • Death By Training

    Melody Schoenfeld-- Not Yer Mama's Fitness Blog Jun 28, 2017 | 18:13 pm

    Death By Training First and foremost, I need to acknowledge that I have been extremely bad at keeping up this blog.I really have no excuse.If it helps, though, I did get an article published with the Strength and Conditioning Journal earlier this year (planning another as we speak), and my long-promised cookbook is currently being organized and edited and will hopefully be ready to go by end of summer.I've also been writing a ton of music lately, something I haven't felt inspired to do in ages, and that's been awesome.So...forgive me?Pretty please?In any case, better late than never.Today I got inspired to post because of our friend, Social Media.Social Media is awesome in many ways.It connects us to people we may never have been able to connect with otherwise, lets us learn and discover new things, and helps us disseminate information to large groups of people quickly and easily.Those things can be great.They can also be... erm... problematic.Because while good information is awesome, bad information can be extremely detrimental.Today, I saw that a well-known and very impressive trainer/athlete posted the following: "If you don't feel DEAD by the end of your training, did you even workout?"I get that this is the philosophy of many trainers and athletes, and I get that it works for some.This really seems to be the norm amongst the fitness people I have observed, and seems to be the expectation in the clients who approach me.The assumption appears to be: if your body parts still work and your clothes[…]

  • Annual New Year's Posty Thing, 2016-2017 Edition:Fear and Action

    Melody Schoenfeld-- Not Yer Mama's Fitness Blog Dec 31, 2016 | 12:34 pm

    Annual New Year's Posty Thing, 2016-2017 Edition:Fear and Action 4 years ago on New Year's Eve, my mother called me.  She was coughing up blood, she said, and she was at the hospital.  They might put a tube in her, and if they did, she wouldn't get to talk to me for a bit.  That was the last conversation I ever had with my mom.  She died about a month later of lung cancer and pneumonia.  My mother was a remarkable woman in many ways.  She graduated from Cornell University and became a doctor at a time when it was very unusual for women to do so.  She started her own practice and it thrived.  She worked up until the day she went into the hospital.As remarkable as she was, my mother was also a very fearful woman.  She lived in fear of many things, cancer being one of them, and organized her life in such a way that she thought she might avoid or prevent her fears from becoming reality.  Living like this, I believe, contributed strongly to my mother's final condition.  Even more so, I believe it prevented her from doing a lot of things in her life.  I see this pattern often amongst people I encounter.  With clients, I see it manifest in fear of the weights (which prevents them from lifting what they want to lift), fear of lifestyle change (which prevents them from making the changes they want to make), and, as odd as it may seem, fear of changing their bodies or their[…]

  • So Many Trolls, So Little Time

    Melody Schoenfeld-- Not Yer Mama's Fitness Blog Aug 29, 2016 | 16:00 pm

    So Many Trolls, So Little Time This weekend, I attended a rather spectacular conference (Women's Fitness Summit-- check it out).  An interesting question was raised that struck a particular chord with me, and I thought it was worth writing about.  The question was this:How do you deal with internet trolls?Let's face it-- anything you put out there to the public is subject to armchair critics.  No one who puts content online is safe from people who want to drag you down.  And a lot of them are good-- really, really good-- at what they set out to do.  The comments they leave can be really painful if they strike the right nerve.  But you can beat them, and you can do it any way that suits you.The first thing that is important to realize is that trolls will strike anywhere, anytime, for any reason.  For example, here is a compilation of cute kitten videos.  It has 1,185 "thumbs down" ratings.  IT IS A COMPILATION OF CUTE KITTEN VIDEOS. I think we can all pretty much agree that anyone who "thumbs down" cute kitten videos is probably a bubbling cauldron of misery.  And there are clearly a large number of misery cauldrons out there.  So if almost 1200 people have serious cute kitten video hatred (or at least have any interest in trying to bring down the awesomeness of cute kittens), it'd be pretty easy for them to try to bring down pretty much everything else good in the world.My point is, the computer-concealed venom of misery[…]

  • Customary End-Of-The-Year Recap And Goals

    Melody Schoenfeld-- Not Yer Mama's Fitness Blog Dec 31, 2015 | 17:52 pm

    Customary End-Of-The-Year Recap And Goals It's that time again!  First and foremost, I apologize for being extremely lax in my posts.  My schedule has been nutty this year, and my blog has been severely neglected as a result.  Goal 1 for 2016 is to start posting again, at least a few times a month.  (Let me know, by the way, if there are subjects you'd like me to cover!)2015 was an interesting year.  A lot of my friends and colleagues went through terrible tragedies, either personally or within their friend and family circles.  The world has been in turmoil with threats and acts of terrorism, and the media has been lapping it up and ensuring that our lives are constantly immersed in fear, paranoia, and polarization amongst one another.  2015 has not been easy, to say the least.Personally, 2015 has been setting off my panic button a lot.  I have panic disorder (I've had it since I was a child), and the news is a major trigger for me.  My panic attacks got bad this year, almost to the point in which I was afraid to go outside.  The good news is that I finally found something that has worked miracles on me.  I started doing weekly one-hour sensory deprivation floatation sessions in November, and I am happy to say that I have not had a panic attack since I started.  I'm sleeping better and overall in a much better mood.  There is some interesting preliminary research on floatation tanks which I'll probably write about[…]

  • Ideals

    Melody Schoenfeld-- Not Yer Mama's Fitness Blog Apr 23, 2015 | 11:09 am

    Ideals Several months ago, I saw a very well-known trainer friend of mine post pictures of her new body.  She had been in an emotionally abusive relationship for a long time, and had taken great pains to maintain what her ex saw as a "perfect body."  She had a six-pack, she was super lean, she was strong.  And she was miserable and suffered from disordered eating patterns.  She got out of that relationship and started taking care of herself without anyone else's ideals in mind, and she looks great.  She's still lean and super-strong, but she no longer spends her life in the gym or worried about every macro and micro she puts in her mouth.  She's got more body fat than she used to, but she is by no means unhealthy, and is extremely athletic-looking.  She got tons of compliments when she posted her picture.  She also got tons of comments along the lines of, "Woah.  You got fat."Seriously?I was reminded of that because of this video trainer Cassey Ho put out.  I think it's eye-opening and worth watching:Why does good health and strength equate to some weird ideal of the perfect body?  I've written this in the past, but I believe it bears repeating.  I see it in my clients all the time.  They're getting healthy, their clothes are fitting better, their bloodwork is amazing, but "If I could only get rid of this..." (pointing to whatever "arm flab" or "pooch" they are preoccupied with). In my gym, I have[…]