• 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

  • 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[…]

  • I broke a baseball bat in half this weekend!

    Melody Schoenfeld-- Not Yer Mama's Fitness Blog Apr 6, 2015 | 11:18 am

    I did an amazing strongman workshop with Chris "Hairculese" Rider and Eric Moss over the weekend.  Chris called me up before the workshop and said, "Do you think you can break a baseball bat?"  I replied that I had never tried it before, so he brought one, and I gave it a shot. :)  I did this after about 8  hours of tearing phone books and decks of cards and bending steel and driving nails through boards with my hands, so I was pretty wrecked by the time I broke the bat.  I have to say, snapping a bat was probably one of the coolest feats of strength I've ever done, and I'm very proud of it!

  • Current Research on Food Addiction

    Melody Schoenfeld-- Not Yer Mama's Fitness Blog Jan 21, 2015 | 16:54 pm

    I actually wrote this paper for my Biopsychology class, but I thought that some of you might find it interesting/useful.  So, with that said, here it is.  Note that this isn't my usual snazzy writing style, so if you need a good nap, this might do the trick. *************************************************************Introduction            There are many factors that contribute to the tremendous obesity problem in the United States and other Western countries.  One of these, food addiction, is a relatively new addition to the scientific world.  Food addiction was first introduced into scientific literature in the mid-1950’s  (Randolph, 1956).  While food addiction was only touched upon in literature about 9 times between 1956 and 2007, 2008 to the present time has seen a huge influx in studies about food addiction, with over 65 studies published between 2008 and 2012 (Salamone & Correa, 2013).  In this paper, I will discuss current findings about food addiction as well as developing research on the subject.  I will note ethical considerations surrounding the subject of food addiction, including those regarding gender and diversity.  I will summarize with my thoughts on future directions that research in food psychology might take, and how this research might be used to improve the health and well-being of our society.Current Findings            In 2009, Ashley Gearhardt developed the Yale Food Addiction to diagnose food addictive behavior.  She based her scale on the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (APA, 2000; Gearhardt, et al., 2009).  The scale has been validated by a number of[…]

  • Why Your New Year's Resolutions Aren't Working

    Melody Schoenfeld-- Not Yer Mama's Fitness Blog Jan 12, 2015 | 18:01 pm

    Why Your New Year's Resolutions Aren't Working If you're like a lot of people I know, you have big, lofty aspirations for the year to come when December 31 comes around.  You're going to get fit!  Lose your gut!  Start exercising!  Eat healthier!  Lose your love handles!  "Get abs!"  Start a workplace fitness/weight loss competition, and freaking win that f@#$ker!  YEAH, BUDDY!!The first week of your plan goes... interestingly.  You buy yourself some slightly-too-expensive-but-totally-high-tech workout gear for inspiration. You join a gym or start a home exercise program. You eat salad, and you eat more salad, and then you have a celery stick.  Everything hurts.  You're sweaty.  You're uncomfortable.  You hate this.  And while you're at it, you hate celery sticks.The second week of your plan, you start slipping back into your old habits.  A candy bar here, a fast food run there.  You start skipping your workouts-- you'll do it tomorrow, you promise. By week three, your life is pretty much what it was before your resolutions began, except you have more slightly-too-expensive-but-totally-high-tech workout gear than you did before.And so the cycle continues.So why aren't your resolutions working out?  Why do most people end up not fulfilling theirs?  Well, I have a few ideas.1)  They are not specific.  "Get fit" is a nice thing.  But what does it even mean?  What should you be able to do if you're fit?  Run a marathon?  Deadlift your bodyweight?  Win an armwrestling contest with your kid?  Figure out exactly what you want to accomplish with your fitness goals.  Same goes[…]

  • Annual New Year's Posty Thing

    Melody Schoenfeld-- Not Yer Mama's Fitness Blog Dec 30, 2014 | 17:57 pm

    Annual New Year's Posty Thing Holy cow-- it's almost 2015.  That went fast!  So I suppose it's time for my 2014 wrap-up post and my 2015 hopes and dreams. 2014 was a mixed bag of emotions.  Many people in my life lost loved ones and went through extreme hardships and sicknesses, and my heart is with all of them.  My cousin Marlene died very suddenly just a few weeks ago, which was a big surprise, too.  I have not seen her in a long time, but I remember spending many family events at my aunt's house with her and her family.  She was a wonderful person, and like a sister to my aunt.  She will be greatly missed.In 2014, some important friendships in my life dissolved, which is always heartbreaking.  I try to see these things as learning experiences, though, and am growing stronger as a result.2014 also brought some good things.  I made a lot of great new friends and became closer to other people in my life, including my aunt, who I had been sorely remiss in talking to on a regular basis.  She is a beautiful, wonderful person, and I plan to spend a lot more time with her in 2015 (at the very least virtually, since she lives on the opposite coast). I got engaged in 2014 (I know, right??!!).  Dave surprised me with a trip to Costa Rica and popped the question at the Sloth Sanctuary despite me making it very difficult for him (long story; if you really want to[…]

  • Alarmism Is Alive and Well

    Melody Schoenfeld-- Not Yer Mama's Fitness Blog Dec 5, 2014 | 14:59 pm

    Alarmism Is Alive and Well This is more of an op-ed post, I suppose.  Sometimes it's hard for me not to seethe a little, reading the stuff I read by "experts."I just read this article about Food Babe and her fearmongering style.  Like many in my industry, Food Babe may (*may*) have good intentions, but may be causing more problems than she's solving.  While there are certainly a lot of ingredients in food (particularly stuff that comes in packages) that shouldn't be there, a lot of the information Ms. Babe gives is only partially informed or misunderstood.Confused?  Yeah, I'm not surprised.She's not alone, though.  I am inundated with emails with titles like, "The ONE Food You Should NEVER Eat That You Probably Have In Your Cabinet RIGHT NOW" or "The ONE Food That Will Make All Your Gains Go Out The Window" and that sort of thing.  Yesterday, I saw a status from a well-known fitness professional stating, and I quote, that "Plants are as dangerous to eat as pufferfish." Beans are bad.Plants are bad.Fruit is bad. Wheat is bad.Carbs are bad.  Sugar is bad.  No, wait-- it's good.  No, it's bad again. Seriously, it's getting a little ridiculous.  Should we all be air-itarians?  Oh, no wait-- air pollution.There is currently no research that I am aware of that assesses the health effects of a mostly meat and fat diet (as the Pufferfish Guy follows), but there is plenty about plant consumption.  I would imagine that eating minimal plant foods would cause pretty serious nutrition[…]

  • Podcast!

    Melody Schoenfeld-- Not Yer Mama's Fitness Blog Nov 18, 2014 | 13:09 pm

    I had the honor of being featured on Eric Fiorello's Motivation and Muscle podcast recently!  Hope you enjoy:  http://motivationandmuscle.com/podcast-motivation-muscle-podcast-show-welcomes-melody-shoenfeld-broadcast/