ThighMaster Lives Again!

“The human body is meant for movement. ANY kind of movement.  You don’t have to join a pricey gym or train for a triathlon to get great health benefit from exercise.  Just being more active every day counts.”

As a motivational speaker on health and fitness I’m never certain how many people these words will influence.  I stress that everybody already has a home gym.  It’s in the hoisting of a heavy laundry basket or the wielding of the cast iron skillet.  More movement awaits them at their dining room chair by doing squats until their muscles are fatigued.  Tell me your purse doesn’t feel like a 10 pound hand weight!  Do some bicep curls with that oversized thing!

It’s a great reward, therefore, when someone gets back to me and tells me about how they have gone from being a couch potato to moving more every day.  One young man in particular comes to mind.  Someone who you would never suspect would become a dedicated exerciser.  His nickname is Potato (this moniker was bestowed upon him in his youth when he was overweight, apparently he looked just like a potato).  Now at the age of 25 the name still sticks and he doesn’t mind at all.  This should serve as a clue to the unique personality we’re dealing with here.  Anyway, with my cheerleading, Potato decided to start working out at home and bought a set of hand weights.  He felt stronger within a week and added a pull-up bar to his doorway.  Next came an inversion table and then a punching bag.  A stability ball joined his growing pile of equipment.  Before each purchase he would ask my opinion and I gave him the O.K.

On a recent trip to a local Goodwill, however, he texted me a photo of what he had already purchased – Suzanne Sommer’s Thighmaster and a bow (without the arrow).  Hahaha!  Imagine, if you will, this pierced nose, skull-wearing, Satan-worshiping dude working out to heavy metal with this Multi-Joint Move:      Pull back on bow (which works posterior deltoid [back of shoulder] and latissimus [bra buldge]) while squeezing knees together (which works adductors [inner thighs])!  Hey, I think it’s a great new combo!


So if you’re thinking you can only work out with the latest gadgetry, take a lesson from my young friend who has reached back to Three’s Company and Robin Hood days and take advantage of being more everyday active in your very own home (gym).  And remember, fellow motivational speakers, you cannot judge a book by it's cover.  Our message doesn't discriminate.

Hmm, as I look around I think I will bench press my very full laundry basket – 12 reps, 2 sets.


Motivational Speaker Polly Pitchford didn’t always know the phytochemical benefits of kale, in fact, those words weren’t even in her vocabulary 30 years ago. Neither did she see any reason to do jumping jacks on a cement surface for an hour. But all it took was a chance vegetarian cooking class and some high-energy music to open her eyes upon a whole new world of healthy living. For 30 years Polly has practiced, studied, taught, educated and lived a healthy lifestyle that makes her such a powerful speaker.

Polly’s down-to-Earth and humorous approach mirrors her own lifelong journey to lasting, positive changes. The audience walks away with tangible plans for improving their health and their lives through food, fitness and fun.
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  1. I so enjoy you, Polly! Now I can refer to my "latissimus" muscle when describing my back fat. Thanks for reminding me that I don't need to go to the gym to stay fit!  Back to countertop push-ups while waiting for my coffee to heat.

  2. Oh Good Golly Miss Polly! Are ALL motivational speakers on health and fitness as funny AND practical as you are??  That is GREAT information! I'm in and will be joining Colette in the kitchen counter push-ups!

  3. I love how motivational speakers take big dreams and goals and help us bring them down to bite-sized workable pieces! And you have done it again Polly! And you know how I love a good story. Potato is the dude! What encourages me most about this post, is how we can change this idea of having to carve out two hours for the gym, and instead work movement into EVERYTHING we do. That way it becomes part of our routine and yet doesn't feel as burdensome as the two hour gym thing.  Just yesterday I was doing calf raises in the airport waiting to board my flight. Now I just need to work out some sort of mental reminder to incorporate movement into my daily movements. Maybe by thinking of it every morning – perhaps a note stuck to my mirror as I get ready – will help me focus on that until it becomes a habit. 

  4. Love everything about this Polly!  I think Potato would be a great mascot for people who are ready to get off the couch and take control of their health – the PEP Power Potato!   When I was a personal asssitant to Nell Carter, I used to do curls with her bags as I walked home from the shops along the sidewalks of NYC.  No one even gave me a second look and I was rocking the sleeveless that summer!  And I am also IN with the counter top push ups!  

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