Swole Sisters

Swole Sisters

By Kerri Donnelly Bettina Warshaw
Meet the Swole Sisters: Bettina and Kerri.

Bettina is a beer-swigging, drum-playing rocker whose ideal form of cardio is performed in a mosh pit.

Kerri is a seasoned athlete and quidditch player--yes, you read that right--who uses the gym as an excuse to cancel plans with people she doesn't like.

Each episode, we'll sweat through a different workout, while also sweating the bigger stuff like shifting beauty standards, the frailty myth, and the fragility of "self-improvement."

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Is This Cooked Enough?
This week, the Swole Sisters are in Bettina's (wheel)house as she "teaches Kerri to cook" and the ladies talk health, bodies, food, gasses...you know, the usual. Also, are you really obligated to talk about Whole 30 while on Whole 30? Not really a spoiler alert - yes.
40:24
June 22, 2018
Can We Pause For Snacks?
Swole Sisters make podcast history–okay, just *this* podcast's history–and finally make it to Pilates!! We answer age-old questions such as 'what is pilates,' 'can you exercise while in bed,' and 'are reformers the ugly step cousins of transformers'? Also, Bettina talks about her new workout schedule, Kerri talks about Whole30 because you're legally bound to talk about Whole30 when you're on Whole30, and both babes burb a lot. Is this a workout, or is it a blast?!
30:16
June 1, 2018
Orange You Glad I'm Eating a Banana?
Strap on your heart rate monitors, because Bettina and Kerri are going to Orange Theory! Sweating through the data-based HIIT class, we consider the metrics of wellness, play some word association, and use wine and Thai food to dismantle the patriarchy. The Swole Sisters are on a time crunch this week, but that's okay...we talk fast!
37:34
March 30, 2018
Did You Just Spill Water on Me?
The Swole Sisters settle into their first Self-Care Sunday, trading in brutal burpees for...butt stuff? Bettina and Kerri accidentally book a couples massage, where the two kneed out knots as well as some serious issues like bodily autonomy, drinking in moderation, and the discomfort of self-care. Also, reality t.v. because duh.  
46:24
March 2, 2018
Am I Peeing?
The Swole Sisters step out of Williamsburg and brave a new neighborhood–Greenpoint–to get sweaty on a Sunday with Zumba at Breakin' Boundaries. It wouldn't be a Swole Sisters podcast without some weird segues, and this episode we rhyme a bit, talk about Vanderpump Rules and Queer Eye, and the limitations of our calorie obsessed culture. ---^-v--^--- Created by Kerri Donnelly and Bettina Warshaw Theme song recorded by Kelly Rice Logo by Carly Miller Half-time show: Dance (A$$) by Big Sean
42:25
February 16, 2018
Do You Remember Atomic County?
The Swole Sisters are in for a rude awakening, when they want a Lazy Sunday but end up at an early morning cardio class filled with Amazon gladiator women. This episode also boasts the return of Kardashian Korner, a study of the intersection between political uncertainty and financial (ir)responsibility, and bagels! ---^-v--^--- Created by Kerri Donnelly and Bettina Warshaw Theme song recorded by Kelly Rice Logo by Carly Miller Half-time show: Sunday Morning by the Velvet Underground and Nico  
44:16
January 26, 2018
Are You All Friends?
What happens when you get four feminists in a Foundations of CrossFit class? It sounds like the start of a terribly problematic joke, but it's actually this weeks episode! Kerri and Bettina grab some friends and go ass-to-grass on the inclusivity, hypocrisy, and weird vibes of crossfit training. Ding, Ding–Science!
43:59
December 22, 2017
Is That Wood?
Swole Sisters get really, uncomfortably sweaty this week at the musically-modivated Y7 yoga class. We revisit our discussion of cultural appropriation in the fitness industry, discuss the tell-tale signs that Kerri's been abducted by aliens, and take a call from a very special listener...   ---^-v--^--- Created by Kerri Donnelly and Bettina Warshaw Theme song recorded by Kelly Rice Logo by Carly Miller Half-time show: Lotus Flower Bomb by Wale, featuring Miguel
44:13
December 8, 2017
Was That Billy Crystal?
This Black Friday, help yourself to some leftovers, and a new episode of Swole Sisters! Bettina and Kerri hit the gym to test out Fitness Magazine’s Bridal Bootcamp, and test their hypothesis that wedding culture is toxic. Tune in to hear our hot takes on holiday stress, body positivity, and the power of a well-crafted mantra… ---^-v--^--- Created by Kerri Donnelly and Bettina Warshaw Theme song recorded by Kelly Rice Logo by Carly Miller Half-time show: Lima Beans by Secret Nudist Friends
46:32
November 24, 2017
Why Do You Hate Delaware?
The Swole Sisters are back in the ring for Season 2! We channel our aggression and inner punk rockers at Overthrow, the seedy dive-bar converted into a boxing gym. A lot has changed over the summer--marriage proposals, marathons, therapy, oh my!--but a lot has stayed the same...I'm looking at you, on-pod burps.
44:32
October 27, 2017
What's So Good About Pilates?
The Swole Sisters suffer a minor snafu as they tackle an early morning Pilates class. Still, we're here to serve classic segments such as Finance Femmes and Kardashian Korner, and really unpack Kerri's pilates conspiracy theory...
21:37
June 9, 2017
When's Our Anniversary?
Swole Sisters celebrate one year of doing stuff by going back to the workout that started it all: The Seven Minute HIIT workout! Of course, 365 days later we still don't know how to do an episode without some side convos on Chance the Rapper, Oprah, and analog calorie trackers. This episode is sponsored by no one, because we can't remember the name of those amazing Honey Butter chips that we're obsessed with. ---^-v--^--- Created by Kerri Donnelly and Bettina Warshaw Theme song recorded by Kelly Rice Logo by Carly Miller Half-time show: Cotton-Eye Joe by Starsound
50:13
May 27, 2017
Can You Go Help the Nice Lady?
Podcasting is just like riding a bike...because we haven't done it in a really long time and never really knew how to do it in the first place. The Swole Sisters revisit cycling classes as they take to FlyWheel Williamsburg to talk about Jack Bauer and the gender politics of the Torqboard. Bettina is also named the reigning Tangent-rine and allows some side conversations about Unicorn frappuccinos. ---^-v--^--- Created by Kerri Donnelly and Bettina Warshaw Theme song recorded by Kelly Rice Logo by Carly Miller Half-time show: Don't You (Forget About Me) by Simple Minds
52:47
April 28, 2017
What's On Your List?
Ready Player One? Because the Swole Sisters are ready for Asphalt Green's immersive videogame workout: AG6.   Amongst the flashing LED lights and synchronized Pop Punk sound cues, we also talk about corporate feminism, the cross-section between Kerri and Kourtney Kardashian, and why it's okay to unbutton your pants to make way for breakfast burritos.    Needless to say, the Swole Sisters are back.   Please note: Kerri is still accepting applications for Amazing Race partners.    ---^-v--^--- Created by Kerri Donnelly and Bettina Warshaw Theme song recorded by Kelly Rice Logo by Carly Miller Half-time show: Lifestyles of the Rich and the Famous by Good Charlotte
56:44
March 24, 2017
Should We Harmonize?
The Swole Sisters channel their primordial cosmic energy--and covet some serious crystals--at Shaktibarre! Revisiting both yoga and barre with a hybrid boutique class, this episode asks the important questions: Are community studios the new gym standard? Can gentrification ever be socially conscious? What is the point a smoothie bowl?  Also, Bettina battles anxiety and Kerri can't stop talking about her period. ---^-v--^--- Created by Kerri Donnelly and Bettina Warshaw Theme song recorded by Kelly Rice Logo by Carly Miller Half-time show: I Like You So Much Better When You're Naked by Ida Maria  
42:04
February 24, 2017
What Do You Call a Pile of Cats?
It’s the 20th episode of Swole Sisters!!! …But we literally had no idea, so we celebrate by staying home and sweating it out with Shaun T’s dance-fitness workout ‘Cize! Sleeve-cutting queen Lucy Goldberg joins the sisters to talk tindr ice breakers, teach us the Tootsie Roll, and generally just make us look bad by actually knowing how to dance. ---^-v--^--- Created by Kerri Donnelly and Bettina Warshaw
 Theme song recorded by Kelly Rice
 Logo by Carly Miller Half-time show: Club Can’t Handle Me-Flo Rida
45:02
February 10, 2017
What is the Ice Cream of the Future?
The Swole Sisters take some time for self-care as they process the first week in Trump's America. We strategize ways to keep your stamina and spirits up when the world's gone to shit, unpack our experience with the women's march in NYC, and keep track of the things giving us hope (lookin' at you, park rangers.) Somehow, we're still here singing off-key and burping off-mic.   ---^-v--^--- If you want to participate in our Swole Sister Charity Challenge, email proof of donation to swolesisterspodcast@gmail.com   Subscribe to Alicia's AMAZING newletter: Culture Shock  
52:28
January 27, 2017
Are We Talking about Who Smells Now?
2017 getting you down? Our first episode of the year takes to Uplift Studios to lift your spirits! The Swole Sisters invite guest Alicia Carroll to New York's only all-women boutique fitness studio, for a class that tests their strength as well as waddling abilities. In this tangent-heavy talk, we tackle the importance of female spaces, take down heteronormativity, and make some strange assumptions about the Polish. We also burp a lot. This episode is sponsored by Thinx, Blue Aprons, Nipples, and Rootbeer.com.* *No it's not.
1:08:01
January 13, 2017
What Are We Gonna Do With That One Extra Second?
In this mini-episode, the Swole Sisters take their rest day to reset and reflect on our New Years resolutions. It might not be your typical workout, but it's still exhausting trying to figure out how to pursue self-improvement and self-care without being selfish. #TitsOut2017 #FuckShapewear2017 #DontOverThinkIt2017 #YearsofthePoop  
32:58
December 31, 2016
Why Didn't I Just Say Regular Beads?
After a month hiatus, the Swole Sisters roll back into your life with some foam rolling at The Living Room's Balanced Body class. Our workout may be mellow this week, but we're as inconsolably frantic as ever as we chat about political paranoia, booby mats, and some great, mom-friendly metaphors. It's our first episode in Trump's America, and we're gonna get through it with some balance and perspective! Or straight up witch magic. Whichever. Comments? Compliments? Workout challenges? Hit us up at swolesisterspodcast@gmail.com or on twitter @swolesisterspod. ---^-v--^--- Created by Kerri Donnelly and Bettina Warshaw
 Theme song recorded by Kelly Rice
 Logo by Carly Miller Half-time show: Livin' Thing by ELO
44:38
December 23, 2016
Has Anyone Ever Fallen Off One of These Things?
The Swole Sisters reach new heights this week as they test both their buoyancy and their hangovers at TrampoLEAN. Special guest Kelly Rice jumps in on the action to help us defy gravity as we discuss body autonomy, baby bouncers, the election, and Winnie the Pooh personality types. Comments? Compliments? Workout challenges? Hit us up at swolesisterspodcast@gmail.com or on twitter @swolesisterspod. ---^-v--^--- Created by Kerri Donnelly and Bettina Warshaw
 Theme song recorded by Kelly Rice
 Logo by Carly Miller Half-time show: Jump by the Cast of Glee (sorry)
58:45
November 25, 2016
Episode 15: Do You Remember Man Yogurt?
Hey. We're still here.  This episode was recorded in a simpler time, back when Kerri couldn't quite figure out the spike in her anxiety and Bettina had the grumps just 'cus. So we take to Row House with bellies full of tuna fish, to discover that water is probably an important part to the whole rowing appeal. There's a lot of impressions, karaoke, and googling things...and guess what? There will still be a lot of impressions, karaoke, and googling things. Because like we said: We're still here. And we're not going anywhere. 
52:50
November 11, 2016
Do I Need Sneakers For This?
Swole Sisters fight against gender roles at their UFC Fight Fit class! In addition to beating up some gym bags, we break down sports entertainment and celebrity, athletes as role models, and the neurochemistry of emotions because why not? Featuring surprise special guest Lucy G! ---^-v--^--- Created by Kerri Donnelly and Bettina Warshaw
 Theme song recorded by Kelly Rice
 Logo by Carly Miller Halftime Show: Sugar, We're Going Down by Fall Out Boy
1:06:03
October 28, 2016
Who Is Cool Robby?
People say you can't out-train a bad diet...but can we drive out diet culture? Please?   The Swole Sisters step out of the gym and into the kitchen to learn about meal prep from Inspiralized's Meaghan. We also serve up some hot takes on obscure vegetables, the separate spheres, and culinary arts as a boy's club.   Now get back in the kitchen and make me a sandwich!   ---^-v--^--- Created by Kerri Donnelly and Bettina Warshaw
 Theme song recorded by Kelly Rice
 Logo by Carly Miller Halftime Show: I'm Like a Bird by Nelly Furtado
55:12
October 14, 2016
Who Embodies Female Empowerment More?
The Swole Sisters channel their inner Will Smith at the Miami-inspired dance cardio workout: (305) Fitness.  The class promises to “make sweat sexy,” but instead we make ourselves uncomfortable discussing cultural appropriation, our own personal brands of sex appeal, and the infallible pretty/sexy/cute scale.   Episode 12 of Swole Sisters is sponsored by Netflox. ---^-v--^--- Created by Kerri Donnelly and Bettina Warshaw
 Theme song recorded by Kelly Rice
 Logo by Carly Miller Halftime Show: Pony by Ginuwine
53:47
September 30, 2016
What's My Age Again
The Swole Sisters return after their rest day—okay, rest month—refreshed and ready to go Blink gym! We work our way through the “workout menu,” take some online quizzes, and try to cram two-weeks worth of fast-talking nonsense into one episode! We are also now involved in lawsuits with Über, Soul Cycle, and potentially all of our listeners. With special guest: Gus! ---^-v--^--- Created by Kerri Donnelly and Bettina Warshaw
 Theme song recorded by Kelly Rice
 Logo by Carly Miller Halftime Show: Everybody by Backstreet Boys
48:27
September 16, 2016
Do You Have a Favorite Elbow?
What’s more daunting than a 14 foot warped wall? The warped societal expectations of our adolescence!!! In this episode, the Swole Sisters welcome their first guest, Liz, to celebrate Kerri’s belated birthday at a Ninja Warrior class. We talk a lot about overcoming fear—and when to accept it—as well as discuss the anatomy of a perfect nickname (Ex: Hottie Mc Nice Face)
48:42
August 19, 2016
Can You Cue the Sound Effect?
Get ready to rock and/or roll! The Swole Sisters don’t miss a beat during their drum-inspired workout: Pound. They also weigh the similarities between lady drummers and Hillary Rodham Clinton, test out a new sound board, and talk about butt stuff. This episode brought to you by La Croix seltzer. Just kidding. But we do drink it a lot.   Comments? Compliments? Workout challenges? Hit us up at swolesisterspodcast@gmail.com or on twitter @swolesisterspod. ---^-v--^--- Created by Kerri Donnelly and Bettina Warshaw
 Theme song recorded by Kelly Rice
 Logo by Carly Miller This episode features music by The Rizzos
48:55
July 29, 2016
Is This Water Ambient?
Episode 8 is on pointe. The Swole Sisters raise the bar at Fly Barre and infer that isometric movements are the devil’s workout. We also explore ballet as an art form and athletic achievement, and give it up for gnarly feet. ---^-v--^--- Created by Kerri Donnelly and Bettina Warshaw
 Theme song recorded by Kelly Rice
 Logo by Carly Miller Half time show is Maps by The Yeah Yeah Yeahs 
49:15
July 22, 2016
Are You My Booby?
Ladies, are you bathing suit ready!??!! And by that we mean do you a have flesh colored swim cap that makes you look like a penis? Because we do. This episode does a little time travel to cover our month-long misadventures with Aqua Zumba. We talk about the three summer Bs— bathing suits, body hair, and boobies—and ultimately admit that we just want to be old biddies that gossip and eat dumplings all day. #ThreeMoretilFroYo
48:34
July 15, 2016
When did my ex start yoga?
It's International Yoga Day! ...Or it was, last week. But let's celebrate anyway! Episode Seven asks the tough questions: What are the branches of yoga? What makes you sweat more--downward dog or discussing your complicity in cultural appropriation? What's an english muffin?    Find out these answers--and so much more!--in this week's episode of Swole Sisters.   ---^-v--^--- Created by Kerri Donnelly and Bettina Warshaw
 Theme song recorded by Kelly Rice
 Logo by Carly Miller Half-time Show song: "Surrounded" by Sirs & Madams
59:08
June 30, 2016
Did we train ghosts?
Even though we forgot to press record for half the episode, it’s still the longest yet! The Swole Sisters host a slumber party before their first ever Soul Cycle class. Bettina doesn’t cry, but our vaginas scream. Bikes are a product of the patriarchy, you guys.    ---^-v--^--- Created by Kerri Donnelly and Bettina Warshaw
 Theme song recorded by Kelly Rice
 Logo by Carly Miller Half-time Show song: "Just Can't Get Enough" by Depeche Mode
49:56
June 24, 2016
Are boobs just a construct?
This episode is pretty hardcore...or, wait....core work is just hard.  The Swole Sisters design their own core circuit, weigh in on gender performance at the gym, and learn that a bad workout means a good snapchat photo. With special guest John Cena!!!* *Kerri’s impression of John Cena   ---^-v--^--- Created by Kerri Donnelly and Bettina Warshaw
 Theme song recorded by Kelly Rice
 Logo by Carly Miller Half-time Show song: "Blister in the Sun" by Violent Femmes
31:57
June 16, 2016
Is that a nutcracker?
Its thick-thigh Thursday! Bettina and Kerri discuss the perversity of glute exercises, drink some things, and solve street harassment once and for all. Also, the heat makes us sweat--and swear--more than normal. Sorry, mom.   Comments? Compliments? Workout challenges? Hit us up at swolesisterspodcast@gmail.com or on twitter @swolesisterspod. ---^-v--^--- Created by Kerri Donnelly and Bettina Warshaw
 Theme song recorded by Kelly Rice
 Logo by Carly Miller Half-time Show song: “Dairy Queen" by Pwr Bttm
42:24
June 16, 2016
What is Structure?
The Swole Sisters are back and better than ever…or at least, we’re back and trying our best? This episode, we have a gas in the weight room while Bettina tries strength training for the very first time. We also discuss Kylie Jenner, ‘Having It All,’ and the similarities between running and pancakes. Comments? Compliments? Workout challenges? Hit us up at swolesisterspodcast@gmail.com or on twitter @swolesisterspod. ---^-v--^--- Created by Kerri Donnelly and Bettina Warshaw
 Theme song recorded by Kelly Rice
 Logo by Carly Miller Half-time Show song: “I Can Lift a Car” by Walk the Moon  
30:55
June 2, 2016
Do High-Fives Count as Exercise?
Welcome to Swole Sisters Ep. 1! We made it! On this pilot episode, we work through awkward introductions, the seven minute workout, and why seltzer is a problematic way to re-hydrate. Fair warning: Bettina's laughs are full-volume. We're still learning audio production/what this all means/how to speak like human beings. We're getting better. We'll continue to get better. That's the point of this whole thing, anyway, so we're totally on brand. Comments? Compliments? Workout challenges? Hit us up at swolesisterspodcast@gmail.com or on twitter @swolesisterspod. ---^-v--^--- Created by Kerri Donnelly and Bettina Warshaw
 Theme song recorded by Kelly Rice
 Logo by Carly Miller This episode features music by (our favorites) Best Behavior
28:33
May 27, 2016