We are a team of post-production professionals committed to bringing better health (and sanity) back into our industry. We are not certified nutritionists, personal trainers, or experts of any kind. We are simply regular people just like you working as a team to find the best tips, tricks, and tools to stay healthy in front of our workstations every day. Let us do the experimenting so you don’t have to.
Interested in becoming part of the team? Please contact us.
Zack Arnold – Founder
I’ve been a film & television editor for fifteen years, some recent projects include the first two seasons of Empire, the pilot for Underground, a brief period on Glee, four seasons of Burn Notice, and I’ve also cut studio and independent feature films, theatrical trailers, documentaries, behind-the-scenes featurettes, music videos, wedding videos, local car commercials…pretty much everything you can think of. In addition to my day job (plus running Fitness In Post) I also have a wonderful family with two children, ages 6 and 4. So when you say, “There just aren’t enough hours in the day to focus on my health,” I understand. Trust me.
Ten years ago the pressure and demands of this industry drove me into a deep suicidal depression that I almost didn’t escape (click here to learn more about the beginning of my journey), but once I came out the other side I was bound and determined to stop treating myself like a Ford Pinto and start treating myself like a Ferrari. Thus began my decade-long quest of personal development.
I have spent the last ten years and over $75,000 learning how to optimize my health so I can have the energy necessary to focus intensely and produce consistently awesome work on demand, arrive home at night with the energy to be present for my wife and kids, and on occasion I’ll even run a Tough Mudder or Spartan Race just to stay sharp.
Now that I have cracked the code to staying healthy in the post-production industry despite working brutally long and stressful hours, it is my mission to share what I have learned with you.
Fun Facts About Me:
– Chocolate chip cookies are my crack-cocaine
– I’ve been known to have an entire box of Fruity Pebbles for dinner (don’t judge me)
– I don’t own a single pair of tennis shoes…but I do own four pairs of Vibram Five Fingers (the funny “toe shoes”)
– If you open my office door without knocking first, you may catch me swinging a kettlebell, doing bodyweight squats, or standing upside down in an inverted yoga pose
Trying to figure out how to improve your health & well-being on your own is an overwhelming task, but once you start working with a group of likeminded peers and introduce accountability, not only is it easier to stick with your goals…but it’s fun too.
I hope you find this website to be an incredibly useful resource in helping you begin your own personal journey towards better health & wellness.
Activity Groups Coordinator (and Workflow Ninja)
I have been working in post-production for nine years as both an editor and assistant editor on trailers, featurettes and television series. In high school I ran varsity Cross-Country and Track for four years. I stopped training while in college because, surprise, surprise, my film classes took up way too much time. This trend continued into my professional life, but it’s time for me to stop making excuses and get back out there! Now that I’m a part of Fitness in Post, I’ve vowed to keep myself in shape and healthy, and I can help you do the same! I specialize in running and races but I’m willing and able to coach anyone who wants to be on my team!
I’m a Los Angeles based editor who works primarily in TV and also hosts & produces an online radio show called “Going POSTal.” Before arriving in Los Angeles, I worked in the U.K and grew up in Australia. In my travels, I’ve experienced the wellness and productivity benefits of a good work/life balance firsthand. My biggest challenge since moving to America is trying to recreate this within the confines of working in Post-Production.
I’m more than likely in the same boat as you. There’s never enough hours in the day and never enough energy to get through them. Kids, house, work, and the pressures of everyday life take over. I had no energy left. It wasn’t fair on me or my family and something needed to be done. What drew me to Fitness in Post was the accountability aspect. It’s so much easier to keep moving and stay on track when you have friends keeping you in line. Since joining, my energy levels have risen considerably, focus and concentration are dramatically improved, I’ve lost weight, and it’s given me the confidence to sign up for a 10K race run, something I would never have considered before.
My journey is not complete yet, but I’m already feeling healthier, happier and am eager to do whatever I can to help others in similar situations.
If you have a product you’d like us to review, I’m the guy to contact.
Community Manager (and Social Media Butterfly)
I am an editor that works in television and independent features, and I am no exception to the perils of post-production. No sunlight, no exercise and lots of sitting and staring at screens for years was wrecking my body and mind until I finally decided to do something about it. I believe long-lasting change for myself can be achieved by taking my exercise and health one step at a time. I don’t need to lift 200 lbs but I want to feel strong. I don’t need to run a marathon but I want to be able to do an obstacle course like a big kid in a playground. I want to have energy and focus so I can edit like a ninja wearing sparkly glitter sneakers (there’s a story behind that). I am part of Fitness in Post because I want to enjoy life, feel good, and I have no intention of leaving my post-production career and all of its challenges.
Podcast Editor (and Audio Badass)
I am a post production audio editor at AlphaDogs Inc in Burbank. I have been called a “garbage disposal” with my eating habits in the past and been proud of it. I am no stranger to eating 4 or 5 fast food burgers in one sitting and that’s how I used to eat nearly everyday. Once I hit my late 20’s I started really feeling the effects and knew I wouldn’t live well with my current way of life.
Working with tight deadlines, sitting indoors and ubiquitous junk food is something that is synonymous with the post production industry, which is never a good recipe for a healthy lifestyle. I went on a juice fasting diet in 2012 and I lost 30 lbs. However, working in post and not being encouraged to eat better and be more active, I soon gained all the weight back and then some. This is why I believe so much in Fitness in Post is about. I’m a firm believer that you don’t need something quick, easy or expensive to make small changes to improve your life. Some of my favorite activities include rock climbing and obstacle course racing.
Podcast Executive Producer
I’ve been working at a desk, first in technology and now in Post Production, for almost 20 years. Before that, I was a skater and a martial artist. Over the years, I’ve watched my weight and body mass fluctuate by as much as 60 pounds and I thank the gods that I can hide some of this in my 6 foot 2 inch viking frame.
In 2002, I traveled through Europe and then Southeast Asia and found that — just by stepping away from the sedentary lifestyle I’d built — I was able to eat normally, be active and lose weight. I left weighing 215 pounds and I returned in 2004 and weighted 168 pounds with a 31 inch waist. Then, back to the daily lifestyle of burgers, pizza and a desk, I regained all the fat and weight I’d lost in just under 8 months.
I traveled again in 2009, I spent two years traveling from California through Mexico, Central America and eventually Europe, while working (using only a small laptop) and speaking. Without changing my lifestyle — other than not sitting — I lost the weight again and returned at 170 pounds.
I’m trying to build my life around more movement, more standing and eating better.
‘Optimize Yourself’ Course Editor
I’m a freelance video editor and motion graphics designer in the Minneapolis area and have worked with a variety of advertising agencies and post production facilities for the past 15 years.
Health has always been an interest of mine, and I followed a lot of the standard advice without results. I was actually going backwards, not getting better. After one visit to the doctor where the only advice given to me to improve my heart health was to drink more wine, I decided I needed to start researching on my own. Through this effort, I was able to drop 25 pounds and bring health markers into range. This passion eventually led me to heading up an employee run wellness committee at the agency I was working at.
Once I found Fitness in Post, a program designed specifically for people in my profession, I knew I needed to be involved. Instead of hashing through all kinds of half baked health advise online, I can go straight to a community that understands where I’m coming from.
I am particularly interested in nutrition and holistic wellness, but am passionate about all aspects of health.
Social Media Manager/Instagram Addict
Some terrible NYC traffic, a chatty TV-obsessed airport worker and a big helping of fate is the weird genesis of my Fitness in Post journey.
At the end of a recent brutal 2-years assisting and editing on 2 TV shows at once and anything else that came across my desk, I suffered some pretty severe burnout. My roller coaster mental health along with a lack of sleep, food and sunlight led me to almost opt out of the industry.
At the start of 2016 I decided I had to commit 100% to all aspects of my health if I was ever going to survive post for the long haul. FiP helps keep me motivated and proud of my efforts to change, no matter how small. The proof is in the proverbial puddin’ because I’ve bought new trail run shoes and joined a running group! My favourite thing is getting back out into nature and going on a long hike.