Scott Herman
by Maria Crook
March 2009



"There is no better feeling than being comfortable and confident in your own skin"

1. Why did you decide to participate in a reality show like the Real World?
To be honest, I had a client I had been training for a couple years and it was her idea. At first I was very resistant to the idea, but I trained her three times a week and after a year of her telling me to do it I finally gave in and made a casting video…. 6 months later I found myself filming The Real World Brooklyn.

2. At this point we have only seen a few of the episodes, is there anything that did not make TV, that you would have liked air?
I think it is to early to say if there is anything that was missed. The show is edited, they could use footage from the first week at the end of the season. We will have to wait until all thirteen episodes air before I can really answer this question.

3. You have your own fitness site, what can people find here after becoming a member?
Scott Herman Fitness (www.scotthermanfitness.com) is currently undergoing major updates. I spent a lot of time while on the Real World structuring the site to make it easy to use and a place where anyone could come for help whether it be a meal plan, workout routine, or a question about a condition such as diabetes. I have just launched my "Body Image" diagram which I know is going to be a staple for the site. I know that many of us are visual learners and to be honest going through lists and lists of exercises isn't the most fun thing to do. So we created a feature that allows you to "click" on the muscle you want to workout and then all the exercises that work that muscle will pop up.
We also have a section on the site where you can talk to our exercise physiologist. The "Articles" section has articles written by both Brian (exercise physiologist) and myself. In this section you can also ask Brian a question and he will respond with an article for the masses to read. There is also a search bar that allows you to type in key words to find articles relating to them. For example, if you searched "diabetes" articles related to that subject would pop up.

4. What do you like the most about modeling?
What I like most is being able to say something without words and having the ability to pretend you are someone else. I have many pictures that look nothing like me. Modeling is creating an image, and thus allows me to really explore my creative side.

5. What made you want to become a model?
Growing up I would look at advertisements in magazines, on T.V., on the walls at stores in the mall and I would think to myself.. I can do that. So once I felt I was ready I took a chance and here I am!

6. Participating in the real world, what message/story did you want to show?
My main goal is to become a role model and break stereotypes. Growing up I was never the most popular kid, but that didn't matter to me. I was always myself and never gave into peer pressure. I want to take those morals and values and help inspire other kids to do the same. To be themselves even if it means they have to be strong and put up with being picked on because you know what, at the end of the day you will feel better and accomplish more. I was lucky enough to have role models in my life that helped me to understand that message, I just want to give back and deliver that same message on a wider scale.
As far as the stereotypes go, being that I am a "model" and "jock" I always found myself automatically labeled as well, not a pleasant person. But that isn't me and to be honest, I wanted the show to somewhat portray me that way in the beginning of the season. That way as my story unfolded those stereotypes would break on their own.

7. What do you look for in a woman?
The most important qualities I look for in a woman is someone who has the ability to motivate me and feed me. It is true, the way to a man's heart is through his stomach and this totally applies to me. However, I won't settle for a woman who wants to just stay home. I need someone who has a career of their own and had the intellect to converse with me about business, life, and other things I would hope to have in common. Oh… and dark hair and brown eyes are a must. ;-)

8. How do you describe yourself?
I am a very unique and curious person. I am very loyal to my friends and family and when it comes down to fight or run; I am a fighter. I also enjoy a challenge and although I can be very stubborn, I can admit when I am wrong.

9. What is on your iPod? And DVR?
Well I used to own my own DJ company so my iPod has all kinds of music on it. For example Korn, Linkin Park, Disturbed, Static X, Slipknot, Saliva, Stone Sour, System Of A Down, Rob Zombie, Rihanna, Pitbull, Lil Wayne,DMX, Eminem, Akon, TI, Kanye, Pussycat Dolls, Neyo, Maroon 5, Savage Garden.. etc. As far as TV is concerned; The Colbert Report, The Adult Swim lineup, The Daily Show, CSI, The Sapranos, Nip/Tuck, 24, Entourage, Friends, Smallville, Heroes, The Simpsons, Scrubs, House, SNL, The Office, How I Met Your Mother, Seinfeld, The Unit, Charmed, Stargate Atlantis

10. What magazines would you like to shoot for or be in the cover for?
There are a couple magazine I would like to be the cover for, well, let's be honest, I would like the cover of all the top magazines. But a personal challenge of mine is to be the cover of Men's Health. I have been the pullout poster many times, but in order to be the cover you have to be a big time celebrity. So, I am pushing to be a superstar, that way I can land the cover of Men's Health… and yes.. I am serious.

11. Since the Real World Brooklyn aired has your life changed in any way?
The only thing that has really changed is my lifestyle and my career. Now I live in New York and I am actively pursuing my career in acting and modeling and it is very exciting. I am also becoming the role model that I wanted to be and I do my best to respond and influence fans via myspace and facebook. I am also involving myself in Charity events (more information on scotthermanfitness.com) and motivational speeches as Colleges and Highschools.

12. What did you take from your experience in the Real World?
The main thing I took away was that no matter how crazy life can get. There is always a light at the end of the tunnel and if you accept every curve ball that is thrown into your life, good things will come to you. You just have to believe in yourself.

13. What are you doing now?
Right now I am pursuing modeling and acting. I spend my days going on castings, taking acting classes, and working on my fitness website. On the weekends I volunteer for charity events and travel around the U.S.A. meeting fans and giving motivational speeches.

14. Where do you see yourself in the future?
I see myself in the very near future starring in action movies and signing onto some big modeling campaigns. In the distant future I see myself surrounded by a family of my own.



Former Salem Man Finds Fame on MTV "Real World"
by Derrick Perkins
Salem Observer
February 5, 2009

Former Salem Man Finds Fame on MTV's "Real World"

You can find him adorning the pages of Cosmopolitan magazine and in every episode of MTV's "Real World: Brooklyn," but Scott Herman still calls the Gateway to the White Mountains his home.


The personal trainer turned model and aspiring actor, now 24 and still living in Brooklyn, grew up on both sides of the New Hampshire border, splitting his time between his father in Lawrence, Mass., and his mother and stepfather in Salem. The contrast between the grittier streets of Lawrence and the small-town feel he got in Salem helped round him out as a person, he said.

"I liked the fact that I got to grow up in two different places," Herman said. "When you're walking around Lawrence you learn how to carry yourself and have street smarts. Living in Salem, I had to learn to get along with a preppier crowd."

By the age of 14, Herman had begun working at an area Gold's Gym. A few years later, he had started a DJ business with a friend, both of them sophomores in high school at the time. Since then, Herman has worked as a personal trainer, earned his real estate license, broken into the modeling business and launched a fitness Web site, www.scott hermanfitness.com.

Getting a spot on MTV's "Real World" has given him a chance to let his personality shine and given his career a boost, he said. Surrounded by roommates less focused on the city's nightlife and more about what they wanted to get out of their time on the show made it an unforgettable experience for Herman.

"Our cast was full of very creative independent people, people who didn't worry about just where the next bar we were going to go was. For us it was about being there and pursuing our dreams," He said. "I'd definitely do it all over again ... I've talked to all my roommates and we all agree that as much work as it was, it was a lot of fun."

Of the four-month span of filming, Herman said the hardest part was getting used to having a microphone strapped to him. Adjusting to life in Brooklyn was less of a challenge, he said, describing himself as having always felt at heart like a "city kid growing up in a small town."

Though planning to stay in Brooklyn to pursue his acting and modeling careers – he hopes to be the next face of Calvin Klein and land a role as the star of the upcoming Captain America movie – Herman hasn't forgotten his roots in Southern New Hampshire.

In fact, he is hoping to buy a house in the Granite State sometime in the future.

"Sometimes you want to just get away from (Brooklyn) and actually drive a car and go more than 30 miles an hour. I live in the city now and I love it, but it's great to go back home," Herman said.


Salem, N.H., Hunk Joins "Real World"

by Rosemary Ford
January 4, 2009

Salem actor, model joins 'Real World'
for 21st season

This is the true story of what happens when a 24-year-old aspiring model and actor from Salem, N.H. hits MTV — and gets real. Earlier this year, former personal trainer and entrepreneur Scott Herman headed to Brooklyn to film the 21st installment of MTV's signature show, "The Real World."  "The Real World" premiered on MTV in 1992, kick-starting the reality show genre with a program that moved seven strangers from different cultural backgrounds in together and followed them with cameras everywhere.  The show in which Herman meets his seven co-stars (this is the first year the show features eight people) premiers on the music network at 10 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 7. It was one of Herman's clients at Gold's Gym in Methuen (now Latitude) who suggested he send MTV an audition tape. "I started to realize as I was getting older, the gym was like a favorite thing to do as a hobby, as opposed to what I wanted to do with my life," said Herman, a graduate of Merrimack College.  

He made the tape, which featured moments from his life, including scenes from the Best Abs on the East Coast contest he won in 2007. That contest also was the impetus for getting Herman into Men's Health Magazine later that year, shirtless and lifting a barbell over his head. MTV contacted Herman last January, starting him on his way to the show's audition process. MTV tapped him for the show in June, and the filming started in August in Brooklyn. Since he was a teenager, Herman has done everything from disc jockeying to selling real estate. He viewed "The Real World" as a chance to pursue his dreams. 

"I feel like I have been working my whole life," said Herman, who split his time between homes in Lawrence and Salem growing up. "I just wanted a vacation."

He never saw or heard anything about his cast mates during the auditions. From the beginning, however, he wasn't worried about living with seven strangers, as growing up he shared space with four brothers and two sisters. This year's lineup also includes an Iraq war veteran, a former beauty queen, a punk rock Mormon and a dolphin trainer.  Herman said living with such a diverse group of people, he learned a lot about himself and his own personality. 

"It helped me bring out that super creative side, to purse my own goals and dreams," said Herman, who also will be appearing in February and March issues of Cosmopolitan. Rather than band together for a job or activity, like in other recent seasons of "The Real World," the roommates spend time exploring the city, pursuing career dreams and volunteering in the community, which is very reminiscent of the first season in New York.   Herman spent his time in New York auditioning, going to casting calls and building his portfolio, while getting to know the seven people MTV paired him with.  As usual, cameras tracked the roommates' every movement. Viewers can watch all these moments, unedited, through RealWorldDailies.com and MTV.com.  Herman said living under the lens was easy. The hardest part was getting others to let the cameras follow him as he went about his business in New York. 

"I am really glad I did it," he said. "I am really excited for the world to see me and see what I am about." 
Herman said he had a great time on the show, and was sad to see it end. He keeps in touch with all his former roommates. 

"For us to be so close, says a lot about us as individuals," he said. "We pulled some really good friendships out of there, and it's great. It's like we're a family." 

When he isn't working on his acting and modeling career, Herman keeps up with his former career, personal training, via his Web site, www.scotthermanfitness.com. He plans to relaunch the site this month. 
"It's my way to keep my hobby alive," he said. "Not everybody can come to the gym and afford a personal trainer."
 

Meet Scott Herman's roommates 
Baya, 21 — Salt Lake City, Utah
Raised by hippie parents, Baya's laid-back granola vibe hides a deep passion for the hip-hop culture, especially when it comes to dancing. A very friendly and positive person, she continually feels like a fish out of water, which stems from growing up as a non-Mormon in a predominately Mormon society in Salt Lake City. 

Chet, 23 — Salt Lake City, Utah
Chet is not the typical punk rock party boy. Despite his tight jeans and affinity for neon clothing, this University of Utah frat boy is one of 10 children in a devoted Mormon family. A strong conservative Republican, he is not one to shy away from voicing his opinions or standing up for what he believes. 

Devyn, 20 — Kansas City, Mo.
A winner of Miss Missouri Teen and Miss America Teen pageants, this beauty queen is the epitome of a "diva." Known as a tease, she lives by the quote: "It is easier to get into Heaven than into Devyn."  

J.D., 22 — Miami Beach, Fla.
Life wasn't always smooth sailing for J.D., who grew up in an abusive home in Orlando, Fla. At the young age of 5, J.D. was inspired to become a dolphin trainer after a trip to SeaWorld, where a passion for animal training and marine mammals instantly developed.  

Katelynn, 24 — West Palm Beach, Fla.
Katelynn was raised in a religious Italian household, where she dreamed of being as good a mother to her children as her own mom has been to her. Yet, this goal seemed unattainable since Katelynn was born male. In high school, she realized that something was missing in her life, and she began the slow transgender process. By age 17, she began living as a woman.  

Ryan, 23 — Gettysburg, Penn.
Ryan may be considered a small-town guy, but he has had his fair share of adventure. After enlisting in the Army at age 17, Ryan completed a tour in Iraq where he guarded Saddam Hussein during his trial and lived through many near-death experiences. 

Sarah, 22 — San Francisco, Calif.
Sarah may look like another tattooed punk, but under her ink is a passionate woman with an intense past. Rising above a traumatic upbringing where she was the victim of sexual abuse, Sarah has dedicated herself to educating and advocating for sexually abused men and women through art and creative therapy.


by Mick Sandoval
March 20, 2011

A Dip In The Chilly Waters

Before flexing his muscles on MTV's The Real World, Scott Herman was a self described 'weakling.'  At 12, he found weights in his father's basement and embarked on a rigorous six-days-of-the-week, two-hours-each-day fitness program. He also changed his diet to a high-carbohydrate plan of pasta, bagels, rice and grilled chicken; then added Syntha-6, a protein supplement, along with multivitamins for added nutrients.

Ten years of training has given Scott Herman superhero looks and the confidence to match. He doesn't deny that the muscles help him in the dating arena, but he says they've also given him the strength to stand up for what he believes is right.

In response to the recent LGBT attacks and gay teen suicides, Scott has been a vocal advocate against discrimination.  "It's not a problem we can ignore any longer," he says. "I've learned when you ignore bullies, they find someone weaker to pick on. Maybe it's the big brother in me speaking, but I want to be a shield for guys who may not be strong enough to take a stand." 

In his latest shoot, Scott was convinced to take a dip in a cold New England lake in his underwear. The photographer said it would be symbolic of the dip he has taken in his fight for gay rights. Lucky for us, Scott bought it.

Where did you shoot these latest photos?
They were shot in a lake in Maine.

Early spring in New England is still chilly.
I am a New Hampshire boy. The cold is my friend. 

No one said the life of a model was easy.  
It isn't that the shoots are super hard. It's sitting around for long hours that can be a drag. I'm always on the go. When I arrive at a shoot, I want to bang out the pictures as quickly as possible. 

Are you willing to do anything to get the perfect shot? 
Most anything. [Laughs]

Would you shoot a swimwear spread in the arctic?
Heck no. I give everything I do 110 percent, but my dad taught me a valuable lesson when I was young. He said, "Work smart, not hard."  I'd prefer a swimwear spread in front of a green screen where they bring in a graphic artist to superimpose arctic scenes into the background.

Would you swim naked in a leach-infested pond?
I may be a model, but I ain't stupid. [Laughs]

There was a serious side to the lake shoot. 
I did it as a symbolic nod to the dip I have taken in the fight for gay rights. 

What made you take the plunge to publicly announce your support of gay rights?
I have spent my whole life standing up to bullies. I first became publicly involved with the gay community while filming The Real World: Brooklyn.  We did a lot of work with gay teens during the show. 

Studies show that gay teen suicide attempts are four times that of heterosexual youth.
In high school, one of my friends came out junior year and I saw how the other guys treated him. I didn't like it. I remember thinking, enough is enough. I had to do something about it, so I made it known that if anyone picked on him, they would have to answer to me. 

Were you as fit then as you are now?
I found fitness when I was 12. I was a very quiet, introverted, weak kid. I needed an outlet for my frustrations, and so I began to workout in my basement with my dad's old weight equipment. The basement was my place of Zen. I could be anything I wanted to be down there. I could push myself as hard as I wanted, and each day became physically and mentally stronger. Fitness gave me confidence.

Is it true you were working as a fitness trainer at 14?
Not exactly. I started working at Gold's Gym when I was 14. The other trainers took me under the wing, and I would offer advice to new members. I found I genuinely enjoyed teaching others how to better themselves. I was training people full-time at 18 and making a pretty decent living from it.

Do you agree that accepting differences in others is part of a healthy lifestyle?
It sure is. It's so important to be surrounded by positive energy. It is truly the lifeblood of your existence and to reaching your goals! I found that standing up for my friend in high school gave me a sense of power,

How so?
It was the first time I realized how powerful it is to stand up for what is right. If I can be a shield that gives strength to others, then that is what I am going to do.

Were you prepared for the negative feedback you would receive for supporting gay rights?
Not at all. I didn't realize the enormity of the hatred out there. 

How has the fitness community reacted to your stance?
For the most part, they've been OK. However, some people continue to leave pretty rude comments on my Youtube videos. They call me 'fag lover.' I get called gay a lot—like it's a bad thing. At the end of the day, I could care less what anonymous fools say, because most of them would be too cowardly to say those words to my face. They have to wake up every morning and look at themselves in the mirror. I am not going to waste my time on their nonsense.

The locker room has long been a place for athletes to air discriminatory remarks against gay men. Do you react when you hear teammates jokingly calling each other fairies? 
To be honest, I used to use words like 'gay' and 'fag' with my friends simply because I didn't realize why it was wrong. My brother and his friends have called me a 'fag' for as long as I can remember. I didn't know what it meant when I was younger. I only knew it was meant as an insult. Now that I know better, I do not use these words, and if I hear them being used jokingly, I say something. 

What do you say?
I simply point out that when you call someone gay in a negative way, you are saying that being gay is wrong.

How do you feel about gay men in the locker room?
Changing in front of anyone doesn't bother me. You can Google search my name and see me in my underwear. It's no big deal to me.

Would you feel comfortable showering next to a gay athlete?
I have never cared much for showering in front of other guys, straight or gay. I value my privacy. 

What other issues are you passionate about?
My number one passion is fitness. I love to exercise and push myself to new limits. I also like to push others to meet their fitness goals. 

In this busy world, why is it important that we set aside time for fitness? 
Fitness is more than just looking good. It is important to set time aside for fitness because you need to take care of your body if you want to live long and enjoy a full life. Exercise is a great way to release stress and negative energy. You will be a happier human being if you exercise.

How much time is necessary?
The average person should spend no more than 45 minutes to an hour exercising a day.  It's all about building a routine. Once you make fitness a permanent part of your life, it always will be. Also, be sure to stretch in the morning when you wake up and before you go to bed.

How has being fit changed your world?
I owe my whole life and career to getting involved in fitness at a young age. We all have a purpose in life. I was lucky to have been able to find mine in fitness.

Does your partner share your passion?
She does. She would have to. This is what I do for a living. Scott Herman Fitness is my life, and to have someone not involved would make for a huge gap in our relationship. I need someone that is going to support me 100 percent.

Does she share your feelings about gay rights?
She sure does. I couldn't be with someone who didn't have an open heart to everyone.

Scott, it's commendable that you would come out publicly in support of gay rights.  But if you knew then what you know now, about all the criticism and hate mail you would receive, would you have been so vocal in your stance for gay rights?
I know in my heart what the right thing to do is and I will continue to do it no matter how hard the journey may be.


Scott Herman: How To Stay In Shape During The Winter Months

by Scott Herman
February 3, 2011

Shoulder Boulder

Life after MTV's The RealWorld has worked-out for Scott Herman. His fi tness club, ScottHermanFitness.com, has over 35,000 members or "Hermanites",as he aff ectionately calls them, and adds 1,000 more every week. It's a free club, with Scott as personal trainer, providing tips and video to help all Hermanites reach their fitness goals.


Here's his "Shoulder Boulder" routine to build and ddefine our shoulders in four simple exercises. Perform each exercise for 3 sets of 8-10 reps.

 

 

 

 

EXERCISE 1:
Standing Single-Arm Dumbbell Shoulder Press


Stand with your feet a bit wider than shoulder length apart and aslight bend in your knees. Next, pick up the dumbbells and hold them up by your head so that your arms elbows form 90-degree angles. While keeping your head up and core tight, extend one arm to the ceiling. Once fully extended, lower arm back to 90 degrees and repeat with the other arm. Breathe out as you extend your arm.

 

EXERCISE 2:
Single-Arm Dumbbell Lateral Raise


Stand with your feet a bit wider than shoulder length apart and a slight bend in your knees. Rest one hand on your hip and hold the dumbbell in the other. As you keep your head up and core tight, proceed to raise the dumbbell away from your body. Stop once your arm is horizontal to the ground. Hold for 2-3 seconds and then bring yo ur arm back down by your side. Breathe out as you raise your arm and complete a full set with one arm before moving to the other one.

 

 

 

EXERCISE 3:
Dumbbell Bent-Over Raise


Stand with your feet a bit wider than shoulder length apart and a slight bend in your knees. While holding the dumbbells bend over so your body is almost horizontal to the ground while maintaining an arched back. Next, as you keep your head up, core tight, and a slight bend on your elbows; begin to raise the dumbbells away from your body. Hold the movement at the top for 2-3 seconds. Breathe out as you raise the dumbbells.

 

EXERCISE 4:
Dumbbell Front Raise


Stand with your feet a bit wider than shoulder length apart and a slight bend in your knees. Hold both dumbbells in your hands. Next, keep your head up and your core as tight as you can as you raise one dumbbell, palm facing in, forward and away from your body. Hold your arm in the extended position for 2-3 seconds before lowering it back to your body. Once by your side, repeat with the other arm. Breathe out as you raise your arm.

Scott Herman works out 5-6 days a week, clocking in two hours in the gym each day.
He eats every 2-3 hours, maintaining a high carb diet of pasta, bagels, and rice, along with
grilled chicken. He dips his bagels in peanut butter for extra protein. He also utilizes Syntha-
6, a protein supplement, and multivitamins for added nutrients


Superhetero Scott Herman Defiende Los Derechos gays
por Larry Lazzari
February 16, 2011

Superhetero Scott Herman Defiende
Los Dereschos Gay

Scott Herman es mejor conocido por sus abdominales en el reality de la MTV" Real World" y por sus videos
semanales en YouTube. Pero este Adonis rubio además fortalece la lucha por los derechos LGTB.


Habiendo crecido en New Hampshire, Scott recuerda la palabra "maricón" en el vocabulario diario. "Cuando
eres joven, no te das cuenta cuánto odio hay detrás de esas palabras y cuánto daño puedes causar a una
comunidad entera de personas".


"Tras pasar por Real World he abierto los ojos", añade. En la nueva temporada se ha introducido no uno, sino tres personas LGBT en el programa, incluyendo a Katelynn, una mujer transexual, que fue quien más impactó a Scott.


"He tenido amigos gays antes, pero en el show, Katelynn y yo trabajamos con The Center en la ciudad de Nueva York. Era la primera vez que realmente me daba cuenta de la lucha de la comunidad LGBT. Cuando oí las historias de Sean Kennedy y Matthew Shepard, me di cuenta que yo también tenía que hacer algo."


Scott está liderando un movimiento para reclutar aliados hetero para el movimiento de derechos gays. Además de prestar su fama a las organizaciones homosexualescomo Trevor Project, el Comité de Derechos Humanos y Gladd, Scott hace un llamamiento a los hombres heterosexuales para que demuestren que realmente son hombres capaces de defender los derechos de las personas homosexuales.

¿Por qué un hetero está tan implicado en los derechos LGBT? Siempre he sido un buscador de la verdad y un defensor de la justicia.

Suena a superhéroe.. Crecí sabiendo qué se siente cuando te apartan, te dan de lado. Yo idolatraba a los superhéroes de los cómics, y pensaba que podía ser como el Capitán América o como Supermán, y que algún día haría algo por cambiar el mundo.

¿Por qué es importante que las personas heterosexuales se hagan conscientes de la causa LGBT?
Vivimos en una sociedad que imita todo. Una persona que hace algo puede inspirar a otros.

Como resultado de tu campaña, has sufrido también la discriminación. Algunos se preguntan por qué un tío hetero lucha por los derechos de la comunidad LGBT. Y asumen que por lo tanto también debo ser gay.

¿Estás de acuerdo con eso? No me importa lo que la gente piense, porque la igualdad real significa que no
debemos mirar a la gente como gays o heteros, sino como gente.

En tu opinión, ¿por qué tantas personas heterosexuales tienen problemas con la homosexualidad? Los medios muestran el estilo de vida de las personas homosexuales como algo negativo, y como resultado tenemos un montón de gente con una idea equivocada de la comunidad. Incluso muchos jóvenes LGBT, en un proceso de autoaceptación captan esas ideas equivocadas y no saben realmente qué es ser gay.

¿Te enfrentaste alguna vez a la homosexualidad? Cuenda era chico pensaba que era algo malo porque nadie me dijo lo correcto. Nunca conocí a nadie gay.

¿Fue entonces en el reality Real World de la MTV tu primera experiencia con la comunidad LGBT? No, tuve mis primeros amigos gays a los 18, cuando empecé a trabajar en el gimnasio de New Hampshire. Incluso frecuentaba algunos clubs gays en aquel entonces.

¿Qué pensaste cuando te diste cuenta que podías estar viviendo con un gay? Pensé que podía ser bueno, ya que los gays siempre tienen las mejores amigas cerca.

¿No tenías miedo que intentara seducirte? Para nada. Cuando un chico se fija en mí, sonrío. Estoy agradecido de ser lo suficientemente atractivo como para llamar la atención de un gay. Son hasta diez veces más exigentes que las mujeres.

¿Te sentías nervioso cuando te tenías que cambiar frente a él? No, JD es un gran compañero. Ser gay no significa que des miedo.

También viviste con Katelynn, una mujer transexual. ¿Conocías personas transexuales anteriormente?
La única vez que oí sobre personas transexuales fue cuando en South Park, Mr. Garrison se convirtió en Mrs. Garrison. Incluso entonces, pensé que era un proceso muy costoso que no todo el mundo podría afrontar. No me di cuenta que era algo más normal.

¿Cómo te fue con Katelynn? Nos hicimos amigos desdeel momento en que nos vimos. El programa nunca profundizó en el vínculo que desarrollamos.

¿Qué tenías en común con ella? Mucho, realmente. Pasábamos horas hablando de artes marciales, las tortugas Ninja, Transformers, Dragon Ball Z, xBox, y de tantas cosas más que solo unos maniáticos de los cómics como nosotros entendemos.

¿Y cuál es tu relación actual con ella? Nos vemos cada pocas semanas para ponernos al día. ¡Además Katelynn se casa este año! Y no puedo esperar más por ir a su boda.

¿Por qué crees que te has hecho tan popular en la comunidad gay? ¿Por tu aspecto? Como en cualquier relación, empieza por el aspecto. Pero como una relación, avanza porque importa menos, y se busca más lo que hay de bueno realmente. Creo que la razón de que la comunidad LGBT me siga apoyando está en que han visto que soy de fiar. Los mismos blogs que al principio me tachaban de oportunista, ahora escriben sobre mí porque saben que soy sincero en esto.

Tus vídeos en YouTube han sido toda una sensación. El secreto de su éxito está en su consistencia. Cuando la gente se mete en el fitness, especialmente al principio, se necesita un apoyo constante. Subo una nueva rutina de trabajo cada jueves, tres ejercicios individuales cada sábado y una actualización semanal los domingos.

¿Qué porcentaje de colaboradores son gays? Un 93% de la comunidad son hombres, pero cuando te añades a mi comunidad o me sigues en facebook no se pregunta por tu orientación. Basándome en los comentarios y posts, podría decir que hay un balance entre los miembros de la comunidad que son heterosexuales y homosexuales.

¿Puede cualquier conseguir un cuerpo como el tuyo? S í , con empeño y determinación.

¿Qué aconsejarías a quienes empiezan en el fitness? Que se marquen objetivos, que visualicen sus metas, es la mejor manera de mantenerse para conseguirlas.

¿Hay que tener también un plan de comidas? Seguro. Lo que comes es lo que eres. Sin una buena base, lo que construyas no tendrá consistencia.

¿Te gusta mostrar tu físico? He pasado 14 años esculpiendo mi cuerpo. Igual que a un artista le gusta mostrar su obra, a mí también. También sé que otros se han inspirado con mis fotos, al igual que yo me he inspirado en el físico de otros hombres en el gym.

¿Y te sientes bien sabiendo que otros hombres gay te ven como un objeto sexual? No me importa. Todos tenemos nuestras fantasías.

¿Qué mensaje darías a los chicos jóvenes gays en vista de los recientes ataques homofóbicos y suicidios?
Estos hechos son ejemplos de lo que ocurre cuando quien puede hacer algo no lo hace. Todos necesitamos
permanecer juntos y luchar por el cambio. No podemos permitir que "la verdad" esté en manos de unos fanáticos que niegan los derechos civiles básicos de una comunidad. La justicia es necesaria y debe prevalecerPareciera que quieres construir una comunidad de fitness. Exactamente. Cualquiera puede ir a la comunidad en facebook y preguntar para salir de dudas, y tener el apoyo que necesitan. Ya hay 31.000 colaboradores listos para apoyarte en tu sesión diaria de fitness.

Fitness Guru Goes Gaga Over Camaro

Why was Scott Herman at media days at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit earlier this year

Yes, he does have a mini media empire with his ScottHermanFitness.com website and his 50,000+-member Scott Herman Facebook Community and his multitude of videos on YouTube channels like Scott Herman Fitness and Oh The Hermanity. But, he isn't an automotive journalist. He's a fitness coach from Salem, New Hampshire.

He chuckles as he says, "I'm friends with some really important people." He goes on to explain, "I met Connie Burke who works at GM at a convention in Chicago called Naked Fitness. I was at the event because I'm a fitness enthusiast, but I also own a 2010 Camaro." He explains that he then proceeded to pull out his phone and show Connie photos of the car he has christened "Jane." Connie knew she had discovered a hard-core Camaro fan and she invited him to the Detroit Auto Show.

Scott wants you to understand that he isn't a recent convert to Camaro. His first Camaro is just as old as he is. While in high school he bought a 1984 Camaro that he describes as "a piece of junk." But he and his dad re-built it for four yeJanears and when they were done Scott says "it was the hottest car in the high school parking lot." He named that one The Red Dragon. He's saddened by the fact that the Red Dragon was damaged back in 2007 when another vehicle in his mom's garage caught fire. He'd like to get it repaired, but he says, "The house is more important. Let's get the house fixed first."

Scott isn't satisfied with quietly appreciating the qualities of his Camaro. In fact, Scott doesn't do many things quietly. On the day he picked up his new Camaro at the dealership, he had his mother capture on video the entire process from before they walked in the dealer's door until he drove it home. He has a video online showing him doing an oil change, another installing an aftermarket engine air intake and even one flirting with the OnStar operator.

When he got a chance to see the upcoming models at the NAIAS he was stoked. "I love cars. My whole family, we're all like muscle car kind of people, so it's nice to see what the other brands are bringing out to have more power. You know it's not just luxury any more, it's luxury with an oomph. Like the CTS over there. Ridiculous!"

As we conclude our conversation Scott walks over to the upcoming 2011 Chevrolet Camaro convertible on the show floor, he opens the door and slips behind the wheel. As he slowly eases into the driver's seat a large grin crosses his face. For a moment he's almost at a loss for words. All he utters is "nice." Then he turns and says, "That's how I knew when I bought mine. When I sat in it and I had an ear-to-ear smile. It's like, 'Yep, this is what I'm getting.'"

February 14, 2011


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Name: Scott Herman
Age: 26
City/State: Salem, NH
About me: I am an avid gamer and online fitness guru.
Gaming systems Owned: xBox, PS3, PSP, Nintendo, Super Nintendo, Nintendo 64, GameCube, Gameboy

Opinion of GamerFitNation stands on Gaming and Health: 
Gaming can be VERY addicting and gamer food (Mountain Dew and Doritos) may not be the healthiest choice.  Therefore, someat home fitness education is MUCH needed!

The game that sparked your interest in Gaming:
Zelda!  I have beaten EVERY game for every generation of gaming systems.

Workout regimen and eating habits:
Workout Routines: BSN Online Work Out Profile
Meal Plan: BSN Online Stack

Opinion on Health and Gaming:
Gaming can be very detrimental to your health if you don't take the time to STOP every once in a while. I believe that gaming is great for hand eye coordination and improving mental thinking ability with some games.  But just like anything else, it is a, addiction that needs to always be under control.

Advice to gamers who are struggling with weight issues:
Start off easy.  Try to have more water and better snack choices like fruits and raw veggies while you game.  Unlike chips, these foods can be attacked with a fork and you will not have to worry about a greasy controller!  You can also pace yourself and take a break every hour to get up, go for a walk, or so some push-up and sit ups.  For those of you who own ACTIVE 2 by EA-Sports.  Commit to playing it once in the morning and again at the end of the day.   This is probably the most fun way for a gamer to get in shape!

Opinion on the gaming industry and how they handle health: 
The gaming industry specializes in gaming, not health.  BUT, with all the recent gaming systems coming out with games such as the EA-Sports ACTIVE 2; it is apparent that the gaming industry has realized that people spend too much time in front of the TV and if they want to keep their customers alive, they need to get them moving!

Health wise what are you goals:
My goal is to maintain my current health.  I train at the gym 5-6 days a week for about 1 hour and 30mminutes and feel great.

Opinion on the current motion technology i.e Playstation Move:
All I have to say is that God Of War is currently one of my favorite games.  In fact, it is the only game I own for PS3.  Just play that game for a couple hours.  The layout designs and attention to detail will blow your mind!

Tell us about business i.e Website:
Scott Herman Fitness, LLC is a fitness website dedicated to helping its members reach their fitness goals and true potential.  We are located online at www.ScottHermanFitness.com and through various social media outlets.  (Facebook Community & YouTube  The information/videos are FREE and the online community on facebook is the most positive place to obtain the help and support you need 24/7.   We realize that while everyone may be different we all still have the same goal; and that is to be the best person that we can be inside and out.

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February 11, 2011

Frontiers Magazine

FM: Where and when did you shoot the lake images?
SH: The lake images were shot in Maine a couple weeks ago.

FM: Late March in New England is still chilly.  How did they convince you to take a dip in the lake in your underwear?
SH: Well I am a New Hampshire boy.  The cold is my friend.  But believe it or not we actually had a couple really warm days!  It was great!

FM: No one said the life of a model was easy.  What was the most difficult shoot you have been on?
SH: Well, it isn't that the shoots are super hard.  It's the laziness of some production crews that is the most difficult.  I can't stand it when I am forced to just sit around.  I am a work-o-holic and when I arrive at a shoot I want to work at my own pace.  For example, I recently did a shoot with BSN.  It was AMAZING!  We shot for 12 hours straight and shot over 220 exercises (before and after photos), still shots, product shots, and a bit of video.  This was my favorite shoot because the production crew was full of energy and didn't stop until I wanted to.  But don't get me wrong, we worked "balls to the wall", but we also had a TON of fun!

FM: Are you willing to do anything to get the perfect shot?  Would you be willing to shoot a swimwear spread in the arctic?
SH: Well, swimwear in the artic huh?  Haha, I am not that desperate!  I will always give anything I do 110% of my efforts.  But my Dad taught me a valuable lesson when I was young.  "Work smart, not hard".  So how about a swimwear spread in front of a green screen and then hire a photoshop expert? LOL

FM: Would you swim naked in a leach-infested pond?
SH: Hey man, I may model at times; but my brain is up and running at 100%! haha

FM: There was a serious side to the lake shoot.  We hear you chose to do it as a symbolic nod to the dip you have taken in the fight for gay rights.  What made you take the plunge to publicly announce your support of gay rights?
SH: No matter if you are bullied for being a quiet and very introverted kid, or because you are gay; it's all the same.  I have spent my whole life standing up to bullies and as I became older and more involved in the gay community, especially as a cast member of "The Real World: Brooklyn", I began to see the injustice in the gay community as I heard more stories from my friends about how they were and still are bullied for being themselves.  As a kid I idolized my comic book heroes such as Superman & Captain America and with the guidance of my parents was able to gain the confidence I needed to do the right thing.

FM: Did you test the waters first?  Were you prepared for the negative feedback you would receive for supporting gay rights?
SH: If I lived my life actually caring what people thought, I wouldn't be here right now.  I know in my heart what the right thing to do is and I will continue to do it no matter how easy or hard the journey may be.

FM: Historically, the fitness community has been extremely discriminatory toward the gay community.  How have they reacted to your stance?
SH: I would say the negativity I receive is at an ultra-low.  However, some people do leave pretty rude comments on some my videos. But, at the end of the day I could care less because I know 99% of these people would be too cowardly to say what they have to say to my face.  They have to wake up every morning and look at themselves in the mirror; I am not going to waste my time on them when I could be utilizing it to help others.

FM: The locker room has long been a place for athletes to air discriminatory remarks against gay men.  Do you react when you hear teammates jokingly calling each other fairies?  What do you say?
SH: Well to be honest my friends and I will call each other names like fairy, weak, or girl.  When I was younger I used to use the words "gay and fag" freely among my friends simply because I didn't realize why it was wrong.  My brother and his friends called me a "fag" ever since I could remember.  I didn't know what it meant when I was younger, but I knew I was clearly being called it in an insulting manor.  But now that I am older I do not use these words and if I hear them being used "jokingly" I say something.  But I am not a jerk, I simply say something like, "Hey, when you call someone gay in a negative way, you are saying that being gay is wrong."

FM: How do you feel about gay men in the locker room?  Would you feel comfortable changing or even showering next to a gay athlete?
SH: Well to be honest I never much cared for showing in front of others my whole life whether they were gay or straight.  I like my privacy in the bathroom/locker-room.  But as far as changing in front of others; you can Google search my name and see me in my underwear. So seeing me in the locker-room in my underwear isn't a big deal to me! haha

FM: Have you ever been hit on in the shower?  How did you respond?
SH: No, because I don't go in open showers.  Like I said above.  I like my privacy.

FM: Have you always been an advocate of gay rights? Was there a time you found yourself jokingly calling another guy a faggot?
SH: The best way to answer this question would be to say that I have always stood up for what I knew was the right thing.  One of my friends came out junior year and I saw how others reacted to him.  I didn't like it, so I decided to do something about it.  If anyone picked on him I would stand up for him.  But to be quiet honest, he stood up for himself pretty well too!  I don't know if I would call that being an advocate at the time, I was just standing up to bullies at that point in my life.

FM: What inspired your advocacy?
SH: The final straw for me was that I heard one too many stories about someone being brutally attacked or killed and said, enough is enough.  When I became a trainer at the age of 18, I seemed to be the only trainer with gay clientele.  I didn't judge anyone.  I was taught to treat people as people.  As a trainer you learn a lot about your clients and often chat during/after workouts and I began to hear stories about how they were picked on or have friends that were picked on/beat up and it made me very angry.  I know what it's like to be bullied.  I am not trying to say that I am a Billy-Badass, but I know I have enough strength to make a difference and stand up for people who can't defend themselves.  If I can be a shield that gives strength to others, then that is what I am going to do.

FM: What other issues are you passionate about?
SH: My number one passion is fitness.  I love to exercise and push myself to new limits and showing others how to as well. 

FM: When did you find your passion for fitness?
SH: I found fitness when I was 12.  I was a very quiet and introverted kid and often picked on at school.  I needed an outlet for my frustrations and began to workout in my basement with my Dad's old weight equipment.  The basement was my place of Zen.  I could be anything I wanted to be down there.  I could push myself as hard as I wanted and each day became stronger both physically and mentally.  Fitness gave me the confidence to be myself and that is why I enjoy sharing it with others.

FM: How did you discover your passion for inspiring others in fitness?
SH: I started working at a local Gold's Gym when I was 14 and after a few years of being taught how to workout by the trainers/members at my gym; I began to help others when I saw an opportunity.  I genuinely enjoy helping/teaching others how to better themselves and when I turned 18, I was ready to do it full-time for a living.

FM: In this busy world, why is important we set aside time for fitness?  How much time is necessary?
SH: It is important to set time aside for fitness because your need to take care of your body if you want to live long enough to enjoy a full life.  But fitness is more than just looking good, exercise is a great way to release stress and negative energy that may be in your life.  You will be a happier human being if you exercise not only because you look great, but because you will be able to clear your mind and focus better mentally as well.  The average person should spend no more than 45minutes to an hour and a half exercising a day.  Stretch in the morning when you wake up and before you go to bed as well.  It's all about building a routine and once you make fitness a permanent part of your life, it always will be.

FM: How has being fit changed your world?
SH: I owe my whole life/career to getting involved in fitness at such a young age.  So I would say it changed my world for the better.  We all have a purpose in life, I was lucky to have been able to find mine at such a young age.

FM: Does your girlfriend share your passion for fitness?  Do you require that your partner share your passion?
SH: My girlfriend does share my passion for fitness and yes it is a requirement.  This is what I do for a living.  It is my life and to have someone not involved would make for a huge gap in our relationship.  SHF is my life and I need someone that is going to support me 100%.

FM: Is being positive and accepting of others differences part of a healthy lifestyle?
SH: It sure is.  You want to be surrounded by positive energy.  It is the lifeblood of your existence and reaching your goals!  Remember the old saying, "Treat others as you would want them to treat you" ?

FM: Please give us your step-by-step dip exercise for a sidebar.  Do you have images to accompany the piece? 

Image 1:  Find either a Captain's Chair or another piece of equipment that has dip handles and start by holding yourself in the air keeping your wrist straight, arms fully extended, feet crossed, core tight, and maintaining a neutral spine.

Image 2:  Lower yourself so that your arms form a 90 degree bend at the elbow.  Once you reach 90 degrees extend your arms back up to the starting position and repeat. 

* Breathe out as you extend your arms. *

Scott Herman Battles Equality
by Sam Washington
February 2, 2011

Scott Herman Battles Equality

Before flexing his muscles on MTV's reality show The Real World: Brooklyn, Scott Herman was just a regular American kid growing up in Salem, New Hampshire. He remembers always protecting the little kids in his neighborhood. However, it wasn't until meeting Katelynn, his transgender roommate from the show, that Scott realized he needed to do more in the fight for gay rights. Today, Herman is using his celebrity muscle and Colgate smile to recruit straight allies to the gay cause.

Why is it important to you that straight allies take on the fight for gay rights? It is the only way we can put an end to inequality. Until more straight men and woman stand up for what is right, especially in social settings, the gay community is going to continue to suffer.

What led you to become a gay rights activist? I didn't like being bullied as a kid and I don't like to see anyone else bullied, but I'd say my journey to become a hardcore activist for gay rights began when I was on "The Real World: Brooklyn". I learned a lot about the abuse endured by the gay community through my transgender friend, Katelynn. Her story of being brutally beaten and cast aside was enough for me to see that I needed to take a stand.

What are you doing to get the word out? I have done various media interviews and speaking engagements
talking about why it is important to be a straight ally. I've also led fundraisers to raise money for LGBT organizations including GLAAD, The Center, Trevor Project and Fenway Health.

Have you ever been to a gay bar? Oh yeah. The first time was when I was 19. I was working part time as a trainer at a gym and part time at a real estate agency. My boss at the agency was gay and he took me to a gay bar in Haverhill. One of my clients from the gym, who was also gay, happened to be at the bar too. We laughed because I knew more guys in the bar than anyone else.

Did anyone question what you were doing there? No, they knew I was just hanging with my friends and my boss and having a good time meeting new people.

Why do you choose to make your home in New Hampshire? My mom moved to New Hampshire when I was in the second grade. So I really didn't have a choice. (Laughs) But seriously, I chose to stay because it's the perfect combination of a small town, big city and its where my friends and family live.

How do you feel about New Hampshire making same-sex marriage legal? The state's motto is "Live free or die". The real question is why it took so damn long. Have you attended a gay wedding? Not yet, but soon. Katelynn, my best friend from "The Real World: Brooklyn" will be walking down the aisle and I'll be there. What do you recommend to readers who are making it their new year's resolution to add fitness to their life?
Join my fitness community and become a Hermanite! I have over four hundred videos on Youtube and I post a new workout every Tuesday. On Sundays I post an update so you know what to expect the following week. I also talk about various contests and other fun things the Hermanites and I are doing for the community.

How important is diet in your workout routine? Very important. I have an amazing meal planner on the site that will show you exactly what to eat for your body type in order to reach your personal goals.

What are you looking forward to in 2011? I am building a studio! Scott Herman Fitness is now sponsored by
Sears so I will be able to do more creative videos with much better production quality. My goal is to help as many people as possible become healthy. And health includes tolerance, so please, let's make 2011 a year of love.

Superhetero Scott Herman Fights for Gay Rights
by Larry Lazzari
January 1, 2011

Superhetero Scott Herman Fights for Gay Rights

Scott Herman is best known for flexing his muscles on MTV's The Real World and on his weekly Youtube workout videos. But the blonde Adonis is now strengthening up for a new fight for Gay rights.

Growing up in New Hampshire, Scott remembers words like "gay" and "fag" being part of the everyday vernacular. "When you're a kid, you don't realize the hate behind the words and how hurtful they can be to a whole community of people."

"Living in The Real World house opened my eyes,", he continues. The season introduced not one, but three GLBT members to viewers including Katelynn, a transgender woman, who had the most impact on Scott.

"I had Gay friends before, but during the show, Katelynn and I worked with The Center in New York City. It was the first time I really became aware of the struggles of the GLBT community. When I heard the stories of Sean Kennedy and Matthew Shepard, I knew I had to do something."

Scott is leading a charge to recruit straight allies to the Gay rights movement. In addition to lending his celebrity to Gay organizations including Trevor Project, HRC, and GLAAD, Scott is calling for Straight men to prove they are real men by standing up for Gay rights.

ION: Why is a Straight man taking on Gay rights?
Scott Herman: I have always been a seeker of truth and an advocate for justice.

ION: You sound like a superhero.
SH: I grew up knowing what it felt like to be left out of the crowd and picked on. I idolized the superheroes in my comics and thought that if I could be more like Superman or Captain America, I could one day make a difference in the world.

ION: Why is it important that heterosexuals take on the gay cause?
SH: We live in a monkey-see, monkeydo society. One person standing up can inspire others. My nickname as a kid just happened to be Monkey.

ION: As a result of your stand, you've faced some discrimination yourself.
SH: Some wonder why a Straight guy would fight for the rights of the Gay community. They assume I must be Gay.

ION: Are you okay with that?
SH: It doesn't matter to me what people think because true equality means we don't look at people as Straight or Gay, just people.

ION: In your opinion, why do heterosexuals have such a problem with homosexuality?
SH: The media portrays the Gay lifestyle negatively and as a result, a lot of people have the wrong impression of the community. Even some young GLBT kids in the beginning process of coming out have the wrong idea of what it means to be Gay.

ION: Were you ever opposed to homosexuality?
SH: When I was a kid I thought it was wrong only because no one was telling me it was right. I was never exposed to Gay people.

ION: Was The Real World house your first exposure to the Gay community?
SH: No, I met my first Gay friends around 18 when I started working at a gym in New Hampshire. I even went to my first Gay club around that time.

ION: What did you think when you first learned you would be living with a Gay man?
SH: I thought it was sweet because Gay men always have the cutest girl friends.

ION: Did you have any fear that he might try to seduce you?
SH: Not at all. Whenever a guy hits on me, I smile. I'm thankful to be good looking enough to attract a Gay man They're ten times pickier than woman.

ION: Were you nervous changing clothes in front of him?
SH: No, J.D. was a cool dude. Being Gay doesn't mean you are going to be creepy.

ION: You also lived with Katelynn, a transsexual. Had you ever known a transsexual before?
SH: The only time I had ever heard of a transsexual was when Mr. Garrison became Mrs. Garrison on South Park. Even then, I thought it was a million dollar procedure that most people couldn't afford. I didn't realize the operation was so common.

ION: How did you relate to Katelynn?
SH: We were friends the instant we met. The show never really dove into the bond we had.

ION: What did you have in common with her?
SH: A lot, actually. We spent hours talking about mixed martial arts, Ninja Turtles, Transformers, Dragon Ball Z, xBox, and other things that only comic book dorks like us would know about.

ION: What is your relationship like today?
SH: We play catch-up every few weeks. Katelynn is getting married next year! I can't wait to go to her wedding.

ION: Why do you think you have become so popular with the Gay community? Is it because of your looks?
SH: I think that just like in any relationship, it began with looks. But as relationships go on, looks matter less because there are plenty more good looking dudes out there. I think the reason the GLBT community continues to support me is because they know my advocacy is legit. The same blogs who at first referred to me as a "hot piece of ass" now write thoughtful posts about me because they know I am genuine in my cause.

ION: Your Youtube workout videos have become quite a sensation with close to a million views on many of them!
SH: The secret to my YouTube success is consistency. When people get involved in fitness, especially in the beginning, they need constant support. I post a new workout every Tuesday, three new individual exercises every Saturday, and a weekly update on Sundays.

ION: It sounds like you've built a fitness community.
SH: That's exactly what it is. Anyone can go to the Facebook community page and ask questions to get the help and support they need. Right now there are over 31,000 Hermanites ready to support you on your fitness journey

ION: What percentage of Hermanites are Gay?
SH: 93% of the community is male, however when you sign up for YouTube or on my site, your sexuality doesn't come into question. Based on comments and posts, I would say I have a pretty even split of Straight and Gay community members.

ION: Is it really possible for anyone to get a body like yours?
SH: Yes, all it takes is consistency and determination.

ION: What do you suggest people do to get started on the path to fitness?
SH: I suggest a Goal Board. Visualizing your goals is the best way to stay on top of them.

ION: Do you provide a meal plan?
SH: For sure. What you eat is going to make up the foundation of your results. A weak foundation will collapse once you start building on it.

ION: Do you love showing off your physique?
SH: I have spent fourteen years sculpting my body. Just like a sculptor enjoys showing off his work, I do, too. I also know that others are inspired by my photos. I was inspired by the physiques of the guys in my gym.

ION: And you're okay with Gay men viewing you as sex object?
SH: It doesn't bother me. We all have our fantasies.

ION: Would you pose for Playgirl?
SH: Posing for Playgirl isn't on my agenda. I am fighting for equality, not attention.

ION: What message do you have for your Gay fans in light of the recent attacks and suicides?
SH: The recent attacks and suicides are examples of what happens when people who can do something don't. We all need to stand together and fight for change. We can't allow these right wing fanatics to deny the community its basic civil rights. Justice needs to and will prevail.

Superhetero Scott Herman Fights for Gay Rights
by Larry Lazzari
January 12, 2011

Superhetero Scott Herman Fights for Gay Rights

Scott Herman is best known for flexing his muscles on MTV's The Real World and on his weekly Youtube workout videos. But the blonde Adonis is now strengthening up for a new fight for Gay rights.

Growing up in New Hampshire, Scott remembers words like "gay" and "fag" being part of the everyday vernacular. "When you're a kid, you don't realize the hate behind the words and how hurtful they can be to a whole community of people."

"Living in The Real World house opened my eyes,", he continues. The season introduced not one, but three GLBT members to viewers including Katelynn, a transgender woman, who had the most impact on Scott.

"I had Gay friends before, but during the show, Katelynn and I worked with The Center in New York City. It was the first time I really became aware of the struggles of the GLBT community. When I heard the stories of Sean Kennedy and Matthew Shepard, I knew I had to do something."

Scott is leading a charge to recruit straight allies to the Gay rights movement. In additLL to lending his celebrity to Gay organizatLLs including Trevor Project, HRC, and GLAAD, Scott is calling for Straight men to prove they are real men by standing up for Gay rights.

LL: Why is a Straight man taking on Gay rights?
Scott Herman: I have always been a seeker of truth and an advocate for justice.

LL: You sound like a superhero.
SH: I grew up knowing what it felt like to be left out of the crowd and picked on. I idolized the superheroes in my comics and thought that if I could be more like Superman or Captain America, I could one day make a difference in the world.

LL: Why is it important that heterosexuals take on the gay cause?
SH: We live in a monkey-see, monkeydo society. One person standing up can inspire others. My nickname as a kid just happened to be Monkey.

LL: As a result of your stand, you've faced some discriminatLL yourself.
SH: Some wonder why a Straight guy would fight for the rights of the Gay community. They assume I must be Gay.

LL: Are you okay with that?
SH: It doesn't matter to me what people think because true equality means we don't look at people as Straight or Gay, just people.

LL: In your opinLL, why do heterosexuals have such a problem with homosexuality?
SH: The media portrays the Gay lifestyle negatively and as a result, a lot of people have the wrong impressLL of the community. Even some young GLBT kids in the beginning process of coming out have the wrong idea of what it means to be Gay.

LL: Were you ever opposed to homosexuality?
SH: When I was a kid I thought it was wrong only because no one was telling me it was right. I was never exposed to Gay people.

LL: Was The Real World house your first exposure to the Gay community?
SH: No, I met my first Gay friends around 18 when I started working at a gym in New Hampshire. I even went to my first Gay club around that time.

LL: What did you think when you first learned you would be living with a Gay man?
SH: I thought it was sweet because Gay men always have the cutest girl friends.

LL: Did you have any fear that he might try to seduce you?
SH: Not at all. Whenever a guy hits on me, I smile. I'm thankful to be good looking enough to attract a Gay man They're ten times pickier than woman.

LL: Were you nervous changing clothes in front of him?
SH: No, J.D. was a cool dude. Being Gay doesn't mean you are going to be creepy.

LL: You also lived with Katelynn, a transsexual. Had you ever known a transsexual before?
SH: The only time I had ever heard of a transsexual was when Mr. Garrison became Mrs. Garrison on South Park. Even then, I thought it was a millLL dollar procedure that most people couldn't afford. I didn't realize the operatLL was so common.

LL: How did you relate to Katelynn?
SH: We were friends the instant we met. The show never really dove into the bond we had.

LL: What did you have in common with her?
SH: A lot, actually. We spent hours talking about mixed martial arts, Ninja Turtles, Transformers, Dragon Ball Z, xBox, and other things that only comic book dorks like us would know about.

LL: What is your relatLLship like today?
SH: We play catch-up every few weeks. Katelynn is getting married next year! I can't wait to go to her wedding.

LL: Why do you think you have become so popular with the Gay community? Is it because of your looks?
SH: I think that just like in any relatLLship, it began with looks. But as relatLLships go on, looks matter less because there are plenty more good looking dudes out there. I think the reason the GLBT community continues to support me is because they know my advocacy is legit. The same blogs who at first referred to me as a "hot piece of ass" now write thoughtful posts about me because they know I am genuine in my cause.

LL: Your Youtube workout videos have become quite a sensatLL with close to a millLL views on many of them!
SH: The secret to my YouTube success is consistency. When people get involved in fitness, especially in the beginning, they need constant support. I post a new workout every Tuesday, three new individual exercises every Saturday, and a weekly update on Sundays.

LL: It sounds like you've built a fitness community.
SH: That's exactly what it is. Anyone can go to the Facebook community page and ask questLLs to get the help and support they need. Right now there are over 31,000 Hermanites ready to support you on your fitness journey

LL: What percentage of Hermanites are Gay?
SH: 93% of the community is male, however when you sign up for YouTube or on my site, your sexuality doesn't come into questLL. Based on comments and posts, I would say I have a pretty even split of Straight and Gay community members.

LL: Is it really possible for anyone to get a body like yours?
SH: Yes, all it takes is consistency and determinatLL.

LL: What do you suggest people do to get started on the path to fitness?
SH: I suggest a Goal Board. Visualizing your goals is the best way to stay on top of them.

LL: Do you provide a meal plan?
SH: For sure. What you eat is going to make up the foundatLL of your results. A weak foundatLL will collapse once you start building on it.

LL: Do you love showing off your physique?
SH: I have spent fourteen years sculpting my body. Just like a sculptor enjoys showing off his work, I do, too. I also know that others are inspired by my photos. I was inspired by the physiques of the guys in my gym.

LL: And you're okay with Gay men viewing you as sex object?
SH: It doesn't bother me. We all have our fantasies.

LL: Would you pose for Playgirl?
SH: Posing for Playgirl isn't on my agenda. I am fighting for equality, not attentLL.

LL: What message do you have for your Gay fans in light of the recent attacks and suicides?
SH: The recent attacks and suicides are examples of what happens when people who can do something don't. We all need to stand together and fight for change. We can't allow these right wing fanatics to deny the community its basic civil rights. Justice needs to and will prevail.

TELEVISION MTV's Scott Herman talks fitness
NUNN ON ONE: Special to the Online Edition of Windy City Times

by Jerry Nunn
2011-01-19

Windy City Time's Interview

Hunky Scott Herman worked it out on the 21st season of MTV's Real World. Living with eight strangers (one of them gay and one transgender) taught him some life lessons. Here's what he had to teach us…

Windy City Times: Hi, Scott. How did you become a part of the Real World?

Scott Herman: The Real World was actually a fluke. I worked at a gym for a very long time and became a trainer when I was 18. I was training someone who told me for six months that I needed to make a Real World audition video. I hate that show. I thought those kids are just drunks and I don't drink. They are very disrespectful, they have no morals, they have no values and I don't want to be associated with all that trash, so I don't want to do it.

WCT: So why didn't you give up?

Scott Herman: My client kept badgering me so finally I made a tape and I mailed it in. I kind of forgot that I did it because I got an e-mail four months later stating that I made it to round two. I decided to keep going as a way to promote my fitness business. This was my chance to get out of my shell and the small community I lived in. I then had to fill out a questionnaire package which took about 10 hours to it; I filled it in with great detail, everything about me was in there, and they ask you questions about everything. My favorite question asked what were my three wishes. My first wish was to have superpowers, the second wish was to be rich and the third wish was to set the genie free from Aladdin.

WCT: Are you big into comic books?

Scott Herman: Yes I am; I still have them all. I still have every single superhero action figure like all my Ninja Turtles, my X-Men, and I have a lot of them still in boxes.

WCT: What is your favorite?

Scott Herman: When I was a kid my favorite was Wolverine, because as a kid I was more aggressive. Now that I'm older it's more diplomatic so I kind of relate to Captain America or Superman, who was also a favorite when I was a kid. A lot of people didn't really think I was kind of into stuff like that.

WCT: I don't think you talked about it on the show.

Scott Herman: They didn't show a lot of things I did on the show because I wasn't transgender nor was I going into the army, which is fine because the show covers those topics. I feel like the world is getting to know me more now after because I'm doing my own thing. I was at Captain America Comic-Con and I used my own costume in New York. Stan Lee actually signed my shield, and I must have taken 5,000 photos at the end of those three days. Every one was coming up to me and saying I looked awesome.

WCT: What are you currently promoting?

Scott Herman: We are promoting a thing with Andrea Metcalf, she has a lot to do with Oprah's blog, and she does a lot of fitness stuff. We are doing a thing called Naked Fitness. I have a whole routine that you can just use your pillow. I have two ab pillow workouts online each has 60,000 hits.

WCT: Where can people go to that?

Scott Herman: They go to YouTube.com forward-slash Scott Hermann Fitness. I have a lot of good YouTube stuff, and I'm global with my YouTube. I sold T-shirts at 20 different countries. I ship them myself, every T-shirt comes with an autograph photo, it has my signature, I put their name and write a thank you on a nice letter. The letter basically says thank you and I would appreciate it if you take a photo of yourself with the shirt on and sent the photo to my personal email. I have sold over 400 T-shirts within these past four to five months, which is a lot since I'm not much of a T-shirt guy. On my Facebook page, I just hit 35,000 people on my community and I have over 110 photos of different people wearing their shirts. I put their first name, with the state and city they live on as well as their country.

WCT: You have a website?

Scott Herman: It's http:// www.scotthermanfitness.org/ and the new face will be re-launching. The new face will be more interactive. This site right now already has it but the way the site is set up you might not exactly know what it is unless you join the site and check it. I have a body diagram and what I've been doing is synching my site with YouTube.

WCT: Well, that's handy.

Scott Herman: Let's say you don't know anything about working out and you want to work out this muscle but you don't know what it is called. You might say it's a bicep, some people don't know where a bicep is; on my site there's a body diagram, an anatomy guy who is split in half. Half is the front and the other half is the back, so you roll your mouse over the major muscle group, and if you click on the bicep, all my bicep workout videos pop out. Even if you don't know what that muscle is, you can click on it and all the exercises pop up and even if you don't know what the exercises are it doesn't matter. Once you click on it there's video that link to my videos and with it there [are] write ups on what it does. The way the new site is being designed, when you click on it there's a beginner, intermediate and advance so you can figure out what level you are. There's also a meal plan system on there that shows you exactly how to eat to reach your goal for your body.

WCT: Do you want to have a DVD?

Scott Herman: The reason why I am doing what I am doing is because a lot of people can't afford a trainer, they can't afford fitness. I probably will have a DVD eventually, since a lot of people have been asking for me to do something like that, or even combine a bunch of videos and putting together. That's why I have my iPhone app. There are a lot of people who won't even start fitness because if they join the gym they won't be able to utilize the machines. That's why I filmed in my gym after hours when it's close so I can demonstrate how to use every single machine. So you can go online if you have your iphone or if you want to look at it on your computer before you head to the gym. You don't need a trainer if you can't afford one.

WCT: Do you still talk to anybody from your cast?
Scott Herman: I talk to Katelynn probably once a month, just because she's doing her thing and I'm do
ing my thing. I talk to Chet at least five to six times a week. Sarah and Ryan are both doing well. JD is
living in LA. I talk to Baya and Katelynn like maybe once every couple of months just to catch up on
some stuff.

WCT: Well, thanks for the work out tips for the New Year!

by Peachy Deegan
Thursday, March 12, 2009
March 2009



"MOVERS AND SHAKERS: Scott Herman, Athlete Extraordinaire, MTV Real World Star, DJ, Model and Actor"


As an aspiring entrepreneur, Scott Herman constantly finds himself surrounded by not only success but new opportunities.

At the young age of fourteen, Scott applied for his first job at Gold's Gym in Methuen, MA. By the age of fifteen he was performing gym maintenance, running the front desk, and selling memberships. When Gold's Gym was relocated to a new 65,000 sq. ft. facility, Scott was promoted to a manager's position. At eighteen he became a personal trainer and has been training men and woman from the ages of twelve to eighty-three ever since.

Before moving to Brooklyn to appear on "The Real World", Scott not only managed the fitness department and sales department for "Answer Is Fitness" located in North Attleboro, MA, but he also developed and ran a highly successful DJ company called "Galaxy DJ's". In addition to this work, Scott attended and received his BA in Business from Merrimack College in North Andover, MA. Concurrently, he acquired his real estate and financial advising licenses.

Scott's modeling career really started to take off his senior year of college after he entered and won the Men's Health "Iron Abs" contest in November 2007. He then began making a series of personal appearances and began traveling to New York City for castings and other events, and the more he became acquainted with the city, the more his interest in becoming a professional model/actor grew.

In December 2007, Scott sent his audition tape into The Real World: Brooklyn and was selected from a pool of approximately 50,000 to 70,000 applicants. He moved into the Real World house six months later and, now that filming is over, has decided to stay in Manhattan. He is excited to continue taking acting classes, go on auditions, and pursue his new career.

Scott is also an accomplished athlete and enjoys sports such as wresting, soccer, running cross country, boxing and kickboxing. He spends his days going to castings, the gym, and updating his fitness website, www.scotthermanfitness.com. Peachy Deegan chatted with Scott Herman recently and hopes he inspires all Whom You Know readers to get in shape for spring!

Peachy Deegan: When you were 14 what drew you to the gym?
Scott Herman: Well I have been working out since I was 12 and my close friend Ryan Thomas http://ryanthomastattoos.com/artwork/441393.html , who was on the wrestling team with me, asked if I wanted to work at the gym with him on Saturday mornings. At this point I had outgrown my weight bench and 20lbs dumbbells and was very excited to have access to variety of equipment so I quickly said yes and started that week.

Whom You Know has heard you have the best abs on the East Coast. How did you get them?
My abs are the result of hard work. In my experience most people do not train their abs as hard as they train their arms, legs, or chest. How often do you hear someone grunting while doing sit ups? By this I mean, when someone is struggling because they are really pushing themselves say on a chest press, they may make some noise. Well, that's me with my abs. I push them to the limit and enjoy the pain of not being able to laugh because my stomach is too sore. It is just my thing.

What do you like most about being a trainer and how does that compare to being a DJ?
What I like most about being a trainer is that I get to help people. Even now while living in the city, I am not training anymore, but I can't help but to correct the form of nearby members. I have such a passion for fitness and I really enjoy being able to share my knowledge and help change lives. Compared to being a DJ, I can say that when you can get a crowd of people jumping around and having a great time, that sense of accomplishment feels just as great as when I help someone reach their goals. It is all about interacting with people and having fun.

Have you exercised your Real Estate and Financial Advisory licenses professionally?
I mainly got my Real Estate license for my own knowledge of how to buy and sell in the market. I did work with a firm for a short time; however I was also working full time as a trainer and going to college. As far as my financial advisory license, I received it around the same time as my real estate license and this was for my own knowledge. I have always dabbled in stocks and mutual funds and have enjoyed helping my friends manage their money.

What do you hold- a Series 7?
Before I came out to the show I had received my licenses to sell life insurance, set up mortgages, and to set up debt consolidation programs. I was studying for my series-6, but then the Real World came along. I decided that I still have the books and have an interest, but I want to try something new. I had been working full time and going to school for so long; I thought I was due for little vacation after graduating from college.

For all Americans not in shape, what would you say to motivate them?
You don't have to be super lean to be in shape. That is not what fitness is all about. Your fitness goals should reflect how you want to look and feel and you have the power to accomplish anything. The only person who should be able to tell you that you can and cannot do something is "yourself". So believe in yourself, have fun, and make fitness a lifestyle.

What is the best exercise to do and why?
The best exercise is the type that you will actually do on daily basis. By this I mean you will work harder performing the exercises that you enjoy.

What is your favorite place to be in NYC?
I feel like I cannot answer this question yet. Summer is almost here and I know I am going to be able to explore and experience more of NY once that happens.

What is your favorite shop?
The Virgin Megastore in Times Square, I love music and movies and this place is huge! [Oh no Scott, it is closing!]

What is your favorite drink?
I mainly drink water, but I will enjoy a Mountain Dew every once in a while.

What is your favorite restaurant?
TGI Friday's

What is your favorite NYC book?
The Colbert Report. His show is filmed in NY, so then it is a NYC book right?

What is your favorite thing to do in NYC that you can do nowhere else?
Having the ability to walk out my door and indulge myself into all kinds of different societal groups.

What do you think is most underrated and overrated here?
The city is not as big and hard to navigate as everyone thinks and the people here are a lot nicer as well.

What else should Whom You Know readers know about you?
I am a family man, and I am living in NYC pursuing my dreams in hops that I can give back to my family and inspire my younger siblings to accomplish even greater things than me.

How would you like to be contacted by Whom You Know readers?
You can contact me through my fitness site, www.scotthermanfitness.com.

Editorial Staff
Real World Brooklyn: Paley Center Preview
Dec 2007



"Why Brooklyn?"


"Why not?" is Real World co-creator Jonathan Murray's reply. The cast, executive producer and creator of "The Real World: Brooklyn" met the public last night at The Paley Center for Media in Manhattan in one of the center's recurring Public Programs series. All of the cast were present: Baya, Chet, Devyn, J.D., Katelynn, Ryan, Sarah and Scott, along with show executive producer Jim Johnston and show creator, Jonathan Murray. The host and moderator for the evening was Jeff Gordinier, editor-at-large of Details magazine. The evening began with a video which probably approximates the first 15 minutes of the new Real World Brooklyn season's first episode expected to air the second week in January, 2009. As in past seasons, the opening sequence seeks to acquaint the audience with the cast and the house in the Red Hook section of Brooklyn, with its spectacular view of the Statue of Liberty. These first few minutes, though, contain many hints that this is not a hard drinking, hot tub hungry group. There is something different about them; it appears they all have interesting and even compelling back stories. But, if you are a recent watcher of the MTV series, you immediately wonder who will be putting phone numbers in a drawer, which ones are the loud, obnoxious drunks, who will attract the groupies, and who will christen the hot tub. An hour later, it was clear that this cast is one the older generations of veteran watchers will appreciate. Welcome back 30 something viewers… Before introducing the cast, Gordinier, a long time Real World follower, provided a few general historical observations that largely mirrored his article in the magazine Details, The True Story of Seven Strangers…and You. Three that seemed to stand out were his following observations: "It hit me that we knew these people and that we've come to think of them as friends in our lives, strangely, as classmates." "It almost goes without saying that The Real World blazed a trail that led to the new world of reality TV." The show "pioneered the 'friending' of America, a world in which everyone is famous on 'facebook' and everyone is on a first name basis with everyone else." Here are some of the things the panelists had to say" Jonathan Murray on the hour format and other stuff: "After 19 seasons of doing the show as a half hour, in the 20th season, Hollywood, we were talking with MTV and we always felt we could tell stories if we could do the show in hour. And they said yes. We noticed that on Bravo, a lot of their reality shows are an hour and working really well the audience seems to hold from 10 to 11 PM and so we went to an hour.

Moderator: "Why Brooklyn?"

Jonathan Murray: "Why not? We done the first season down in Soho. We did the next (New York) season in the West Village, and Brooklyn has become a real place a lot of New Yorkers live in, and so why not?"
"There was no hot in the first season in New York; but, when we came to LA, LA is all about hot tubs and so in that first LA season, Venice, we put a hot tub in. It didn't produce that much the first season and we didn't have one in San Francisco. We didn't have one in London. It was kind of in Miami where the hot tub became a story." Both Murray and Johnston commented that they were seeing the opening video in HD for the first time. The show is edited in "low def." Both said they saw things in HD that they had not noticed before and were going to have to revisit the show before it was ready for broadcast. Jim Johnston on the 8th cast member and production challenges: "From the crew perspective, it seemed like one extra person was a lot of extra coverage for us." "We didn't give that group job this season. We go pursue their own desires all over New York. We a people going in eight directions all around Manhattan and basically two cameras to try and follow them. It was hard. "We had nearly 1000 places across New York cleared (to shoot in)... whether it was a volunteer facility or a restaurant or a bar…" Random cast responses to moderator and audience questions:

Devyn: "I think we can all say we've really grown. For me (The Real World) was a great opportunity, a great platform. It was the perfect vehicle to get me to New York to do what I want to do…that I probably wouldn't have been able to do otherwise."

Chet: "I'm straight." (His casting tape shows him sitting at a sewing machine). He thinks it is crazy that people would judge him by what he wears. (In person, there is no question he is straight.)

Baya: "For me, I never thought about making hooking up an issue. I wasn't looking for anything. I came out here to pursue my goals, if something was going to happen it was going to happen, but that's not what I came out looking for it all."
Baya also related a very funny incident about her parents walking in one her watching an episode of Bunim Murray's "Bad Girls Club" at the time she was involved in the casting process and was worried that The Real World was much the same.

Katelynn: "We grew up in an era where it was inevitable that you were going to watch at least one season of The Real World."
Katelynn's clear purpose in coming to the house was to be an advocate with a social agenda of gender identity, but she talked about being respectful and careful in recognizing that not all her cast mates might respond warmly to her. Yet, it was obvious from the entire cast that Katelynn enjoys immense support personally. She is a powerful speaker with a big voice that frequently dominated the hall (in a good way).

Ryan:In responding to an audience question, Ryan said his Brooklyn family was similar in many respects to his military unit, in the he came to rely on the cast as he had with the people in his unit. He comes across as a fun loving guy, but well grounded.

J.D. :"I've been watching the show since I was a kid, and even though we have our ups and downs, you see it through every season and through … The Gauntlet, the challenges, they end up being a family, and that is part of the reason I wanted to be on the show, I wanted to experience the family that I never had."

Ryan: "I was familiar enough with the show that I knew what it was about. I really didn't watch much of the show until I was in the casting process… That (Hollywood) was actually the first and only season that I saw."

Sarah: (I didn't write down anything she said. On reflection, it's not that she had nothing to say, but that when she talked it was like the audience was in a one-on-one conversation with her, and note taking would have seemed rude.)

Scott: In responding to an audience question about "fame," Scott reiterated what others had said, that this cast came with agendas that didn't include their "15 minutes of fame." He talked about going home over Thanksgiving and going to his favorite bar where both people he went to high school and college with hang out at Thanksgiving. He said he wasn't interested in talking about himself. He wanted to know what his friends had been up to for the past four months. Katelynn talked about Scott using the cameras in a club as a way to identify people he didn't want to know. The groupies were attracted to the camera lights, but Scott's interest was on the people elsewhere in the club who couldn't be bothered the with the cameras. Those were the people he wanted to meet. He is obviously a well-grounded guy -- albeit one with incredible abs.

Jon Murray on the casting process: "If you don't have flaws, you probably aren't going to be on The Real World." The objective is to put together a diverse group of people who, over time, will discover that they have things in common with each other. He says they have learned over time just to pick great people who have lots of layers to them. "There isn't a formula." His experience is that it takes about 1000 people to find one cast member. He only sees the final 65 tapes and looks for on-camera charisma. One question he asks is "are we going to tire of this person in a couple of weeks?" It was an interesting event which provided some good insight into the cast and their character. One topic of conversation the first night in the house may tell you about the substance of this group. The topic: the human genome project. Next time you have the opportunity, bring that subject up with someone from the Austin, Denver, Las Vegas or Sydney cast and anticipate the blank stare coming back at you.



"BACK TO SCHOOL – Weight Training"

1. Summer is over. Is it ok to give our bodies a break for the fall and start up again after the holiday?

a. I would never recommend anyone to stop exercising. There is no reason, even on a holiday, why you can't stretch, eat correctly, and even take 30-45minutes a day to exercise a bit or go for a quick jog. You never want to come back from a holiday feeling like you gained 20lbs. Also, exercise makes you feel good and helps to jumpstart your day. So why wouldn't you take advantage of that? Get movin'!

2. Please offer 5 tips that will help readers build muscle, lose fat, and help them get to where they want to be by holiday time.

TIP #1: Don't "take a break" just because it is a holiday. Your body doesn't know the difference between work and play. Hitting a goal requires determination and that determination quickly fades away if you are already looking for the first "break". Stick to your goals and you will reach them! Period!

TIP #2: Eating is super important when it comes to reaching a goal. You need to make sure that you are consuming the right amounts of macronutrients (protein, carbs, and fat) a day so that your body can recover and grow. Even on days off or "rest days" you need to be eating all of your macros. If you need some help finding out the correct amounts of food that you should be eating, check out my meal plan system on www.ScottHermanFitness.com.

TIP #3: If your goal is to gain muscle, don't worry so much about how much weight you are lifting. TUT (Time Under Tension) is the most important variable here. Setting the right TEMPO will ensure that your muscles are under enough strain/torture to spark some growth! A TEMPO of 2-2-4 is a great place to start and your rep range should be around 10 reps per set; 3 sets per exercise. If you need some help understanding TEMPO, check out my routine "Zeus Chest: A Chest Worthy of The Gods!" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VJNWYo0J3rk)

TIP #4: You don't have to crank up the MPH on the treadmill to achieve an amazing cardio session. You can also play with the incline to give yourself a more intense workout at a lower MPH. Try 20 minutes of cardio with 5% incline and at around 3-6MPH. You won't believe how great you feel after those 20 intense minutes!

TIP #5 If your goal is fat loss you need to focus on more than just cardio. The first thing you should mark off on that checklist is your meal plan. If you are not eating the correct amount of macronutrients & putting yourself in a caloric deficit, than expect little to no results. Once in place, it is time to get that workout in order. You want to be total body training. Compound exercises like jump squats, burpees, and mountain climbers will engage multiple muscles at once for a higher calorie burn in a shorter amount of time. For complete routines or individual exercises, check out the custom "Body Diagram" on my website (www.ScottHermanFitness.com) . Every routine & exercise is just a muscle click away!

FOR EXAMPLE:

TIP #1: FIND A FRIEND

If you're not lifting with a partner you're selling yourself short. How can you max out or lift to failure if nobody's there to spot you? Answer: you can't fellas… so don't do it! Find somebody who's as big, or preferably bigger, than you, and get on the same workout routine. Doesn't hurt to have somebody to be accountable to as it'll ensure that when you get to the gym, you're actually gonna bust your ass (instead of doing straight bicep work in the power rack… Nobody likes that guy).

By Kate Lowenstein and Drew Toal; Photographs by Ben Goldstein
Decermber 31, 2008


"Party of eight"

katelynn

Damn, nice digs. Do you have any idea how the rest of us live in this city?
When you come to the Real World, you expect a sick-lookin' house. And we got it. Looks like Ikea threw up all over the place, but we got it. The living situation is the fakest thing about the show.

What's the realest?Our interactions. Because there's so much drama, people think it's scripted. But what they don't realize is that you're filmed 24/7 for four and a half months. These people have over 3,000 hours of footage to cram into 13 one-hour episodes.

What's it like being the show's first trans person?It's a huge responsibility. I figured if I could destigmatize the word transgender, if I could normalize it, that's my goal. It's an education opportunity. I look at a lot of my housemates as representatives of a demographic. I use that as an opportunity to educate demographics I'd otherwise never be able to reach.



Devyn

Are you surprised that the media hasn't been that kind to you and the roommates?You have to be on your guard; everything is on the record. Some of the people that wrote the meanest, most derogatory things were the people who were like, "Ohhh, this is so great." And even came back for a party last night to honor everyone who helped put the show together, and they had just written and posted this blog about us that was so demeaning, and then they came here! Do we have stupid stamped on our foreheads?



Sarah

Did you do anything on the show that will piss off your boyfriend?Not at all. If you really love someone, you can keep it in your pants for three months. We already had a long-distance relationship. We talked every day. I think there were two days we didn't talk. What are you up to for New Year's? I think we're planning a trip to Vegas. You know, a quiet one.



Baya

The term douche bags gets used every time people write about this cast. What's up with that?Well, there's always going to be someone with something negative to say, and that's what comes with this. And that's okay. They obviously haven't seen the season yet.

Why did Red Hook bar owners ban you guys?They knew that we were coming and didn't like the idea of it. It's understandable. When you go to a small place, it's really intrusive to have a huge camera crew come in.



Ryan

Are you going to be here for New Year's?New Year's? Yeah. I'm only a couple hours' train ride away, and most of the roommates are actually going to be staying in New York. Three of them are rooming together and another is going to be staying with his brother in Manhattan. So I thought, Hey, let's all get together. We want to do the whole Times Square experience. I know it's going to be crazy. I've heard horror stories. But I'm looking forward to doing it.

New Year's? Yeah. I'm only a couple hours' train ride away, and most of the roommates are actually going to be staying in New York. Three of them are rooming together and another is going to be staying with his brother in Manhattan. So I thought, Hey, let's all get together. We want to do the whole Times Square experience. I know it's going to be crazy. I've heard horror stories. But I'm looking forward to doing it.



Chet

Favorite things about New York during the holidays?Oh shit, I don't know. The Christmas lights are obviously very important. What's that show, where the girls are doing the kick-ups?

The Rockettes?They're very limber. Very limber. And that's very important to me. The day I have sex I'm hoping it's with a girl who has a little maneuverability.

So you're the Mormon. Are you at all worried what the people back home are going to think?Well, I think everybody has worries, and I don't think it's necessarily because I'm a Mormon. I think everybody, if they analyze their own lives, everybody is at fault. Judge not, lest ye be judged.

Did they like your I LOVE BOOBIES wristband?[Laughs] This thing is for breast cancer. One of my buddies' mom just got sick with it. But yeah, you'd get into a little trouble if you went into a more Christian environment [wearing it]. They're like, "You're a Mormon, and I LOVE BOOBIES?!?" And I'm like, "Yeah, well, I actually do love boobies, even though this is for breast cancer." Can't lie about liking boobs.



J.D.

Are you sad it's all over?Mmmm, not really. I train whales and dolphins back home. I miss my animals, I miss the beach.

These animals weren't enough for you?[Laughs] Um, I tried to train 'em. It wasn't very successful. I grew up in a dysfunctional family, so I came here for the family I've never had. I got it.

Aw. What's up with you and Anderson Cooper? Rumor has it you had a thing going.There's nothing going on. When you work at SeaWorld you meet a lot of celebrities. I stay in touch with them.

You didn't sleep together?No.

I'm sorry to hear it.I'm not sorry. Trust me, I was more livid than anyone else. Being an animal trainer, I'm a public figure, just like he is.



Scott

Did New Yorkers get to see lots of your abs in the past four months?Yeah. We'd be out somewhere and Chet would always be like, "Hey, have you seen Scott's abs?!?" I don't usually show them. I'm not here to show off.

But you're a model—of course you are!Well, I kind of grew out of it. I wear long-sleeve shirts, no more muscle shirts. I don't want that attention when I'm at a club meeting people. But in front of the camera? Fine. That's what it's there for.

What's cool about New York and the holidays?I've always wanted to see what Central Park is like with snow all over it. Also, I want to make sure to be here to see the ball drop. Everyone needs that experience: being in the street, freezing, watching…

The people who are actually from here don't ever do that.Really? Well. It's your city, you totally should.



The Real World: Brooklyn premieres January 7.

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Superhetero Scott Herman Fights for Gay Rights

by Larry Lazzari
January 1, 2011

Scott Herman is best known for flexing his muscles on MTV's The Real World and on his weekly Youtube workout videos. But the blonde Adonis is now strengthening up for a new fight for Gay rights.

Growing up in New Hampshire, Scott remembers words like "gay" and "fag" being part of the everyday vernacular. "When you're a kid, you don't realize the hate behind the words and how hurtful they can be to a whole community of people."

"Living in The Real World house opened my eyes,", he continues. The season introduced not one, but three GLBT members to viewers including Katelynn, a transgender woman, who had the most impact on Scott.

"I had Gay friends before, but during the show, Katelynn and I worked with The Center in New York City. It was the first time I really became aware of the struggles of the GLBT community. When I heard the stories of Sean Kennedy and Matthew Shepard, I knew I had to do something."

Scott is leading a charge to recruit straight allies to the Gay rights movement. In addition to lending his celebrity to Gay organizations including Trevor Project, HRC, and GLAAD, Scott is calling for Straight men to prove they are real men by standing up for Gay rights.

ION: Why is a Straight man taking on Gay rights?
Scott Herman: I have always been a seeker of truth and an advocate for justice.

ION: You sound like a superhero.
SH: I grew up knowing what it felt like to be left out of the crowd and picked on. I idolized the superheroes in my comics and thought that if I could be more like Superman or Captain America, I could one day make a difference in the world.

ION: Why is it important that heterosexuals take on the gay cause?
SH: We live in a monkey-see, monkeydo society. One person standing up can inspire others. My nickname as a kid just happened to be Monkey.

ION: As a result of your stand, you've faced some discrimination yourself.
SH: Some wonder why a Straight guy would fight for the rights of the Gay community. They assume I must be Gay.

ION: Are you okay with that?
SH: It doesn't matter to me what people think because true equality means we don't look at people as Straight or Gay, just people.

ION: In your opinion, why do heterosexuals have such a problem with homosexuality?
SH: The media portrays the Gay lifestyle negatively and as a result, a lot of people have the wrong impression of the community. Even some young GLBT kids in the beginning process of coming out have the wrong idea of what it means to be Gay.

ION: Were you ever opposed to homosexuality?
SH: When I was a kid I thought it was wrong only because no one was telling me it was right. I was never exposed to Gay people.

ION: Was The Real World house your first exposure to the Gay community?
SH: No, I met my first Gay friends around 18 when I started working at a gym in New Hampshire. I even went to my first Gay club around that time.

ION: What did you think when you first learned you would be living with a Gay man?
SH: I thought it was sweet because Gay men always have the cutest girl friends.

ION: Did you have any fear that he might try to seduce you?
SH: Not at all. Whenever a guy hits on me, I smile. I'm thankful to be good looking enough to attract a Gay man They're ten times pickier than woman.

ION: Were you nervous changing clothes in front of him?
SH: No, J.D. was a cool dude. Being Gay doesn't mean you are going to be creepy.

ION: You also lived with Katelynn, a transsexual. Had you ever known a transsexual before?
SH: The only time I had ever heard of a transsexual was when Mr. Garrison became Mrs. Garrison on South Park. Even then, I thought it was a million dollar procedure that most people couldn't afford. I didn't realize the operation was so common.

ION: How did you relate to Katelynn?
SH: We were friends the instant we met. The show never really dove into the bond we had.

ION: What did you have in common with her?
SH: A lot, actually. We spent hours talking about mixed martial arts, Ninja Turtles, Transformers, Dragon Ball Z, xBox, and other things that only comic book dorks like us would know about.

ION: What is your relationship like today?
SH: We play catch-up every few weeks. Katelynn is getting married next year! I can't wait to go to her wedding.

ION: Why do you think you have become so popular with the Gay community? Is it because of your looks?
SH: I think that just like in any relationship, it began with looks. But as relationships go on, looks matter less because there are plenty more good looking dudes out there. I think the reason the GLBT community continues to support me is because they know my advocacy is legit. The same blogs who at first referred to me as a "hot piece of ass" now write thoughtful posts about me because they know I am genuine in my cause.

ION: Your Youtube workout videos have become quite a sensation with close to a million views on many of them!
SH: The secret to my YouTube success is consistency. When people get involved in fitness, especially in the beginning, they need constant support. I post a new workout every Tuesday, three new individual exercises every Saturday, and a weekly update on Sundays.

ION: It sounds like you've built a fitness community.
SH: That's exactly what it is. Anyone can go to the Facebook community page and ask questions to get the help and support they need. Right now there are over 31,000 Hermanites ready to support you on your fitness journey

ION: What percentage of Hermanites are Gay?
SH: 93% of the community is male, however when you sign up for YouTube or on my site, your sexuality doesn't come into question. Based on comments and posts, I would say I have a pretty even split of Straight and Gay community members.

ION: Is it really possible for anyone to get a body like yours?
SH: Yes, all it takes is consistency and determination.

ION: What do you suggest people do to get started on the path to fitness?
SH: I suggest a Goal Board. Visualizing your goals is the best way to stay on top of them.

ION: Do you provide a meal plan?
SH: For sure. What you eat is going to make up the foundation of your results. A weak foundation will collapse once you start building on it.

ION: Do you love showing off your physique?
SH: I have spent fourteen years sculpting my body. Just like a sculptor enjoys showing off his work, I do, too. I also know that others are inspired by my photos. I was inspired by the physiques of the guys in my gym.

ION: And you're okay with Gay men viewing you as sex object?
SH: It doesn't bother me. We all have our fantasies.

ION: Would you pose for Playgirl?
SH: Posing for Playgirl isn't on my agenda. I am fighting for equality, not attention.

ION: What message do you have for your Gay fans in light of the recent attacks and suicides?
SH: The recent attacks and suicides are examples of what happens when people who can do something don't. We all need to stand together and fight for change. We can't allow these right wing fanatics to deny the community its basic civil rights. Justice needs to and will prevail.

 

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