Fitness In Post

"What is the best office chair to buy," and "What is the best ergonomic position to work in" are very common questions I get on a regular basis. Unfortunately there is no right answer to these questions, and more importantly, these are the wrong questions to be asking in the first place. They belong in the world of "Ergonomics 1.0."

In this episode I discuss the concept of "Ergonomics 2.0" with Industrial Engineer and Certified Ergonomist Josh Kerst. We talk all about why traditional ergonomics no longer make sense, and more importantly, how to reshape your workstation and workspace to be more dynamic and promote better health.

Click here to download your bonus document "How to Set Up a More Ergonomic (And Dynamic) Workstation"

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Topics of Conversation:

  • What exactly does Josh do?
  • When Josh decided he should shift his focus to standing instead of sitting
  • Josh's thoughts on the AltWork Desk
  • How Wall-E is becoming our reality
  • What happens to the body when you don’t experience gravity properly
  • What is N.E.A.T.
  • “Your best ergonomic move is your next one.” Keep moving!
  • The best ergonomic chair is not a chair
  • Stand assist tools - The Mogo
  • Great tips for transitioning from a sitting desk to a standing desk
  • More Focal Upright Ergonomics tools that will help you transition to a standing desk
  • The positive consequences of movement during the workday aka “getting your mojo back”
  • How movement is helping to combat depression and anxiety
  • How your posture affects how people perceive you
  • Exercising (even if you do it often) will not make up for sitting all day
  • Allowing kids to move is actually helping them learn and concentrate
  • Try taking a walking meeting outside (especially after lunch) 
  • The effects of lighting on humans - get out of your caves!
  • The best color to work under
  • Moving can really give you a competitive advantage
  • Setting up the proper standing workstation
  • How to deal with forearm and wrist issues

Useful Links:

Focal Upright Ergonomics

FiP Podcast Ep63: The Solution To Your Sedentary Lifestyle

FiP Podcast Ep55: We Are Not "Below the Line"

F.lux App

Amy Cuddy: Your body language shapes who you are

Guest Bio:

Kerst, Josh, CPE, CIE

Executive Vice President, Principal Ergonomist, Focal Upright Furniture Inc.

(Ergo Geek) Experienced, passionate and thoughtful leader in the field of ergonomics with an emphasis on designs that positively transform the way people work in the digital age. Josh holds a BSE (U of Michigan) in Industrial Engineering and is a Certified Professional Ergonomist (CPE), Certified Industrial Ergonomist (CIE) and is a Member of the ANSI/BIFMA X5.1 Office Seating committee.

Show Credits:

This episode was edited by Curtis Fritsch, the show notes were prepared by Natalie Boschan, and this show is executive produced by Kanen Flowers. We are a member of the THAT STUDIO podcast network.

The music in the opening and closing of the show is courtesy of Dorian Cheah from his brilliant album ARA.


Direct download: FiP_ep70_JoshKerst.m4a
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 5:58pm PST

Setting goals sounds like it should be easy, but if it were, wouldn't everybody achieve them? In this episode we switch up the show format a little bit, and NLE ninja and master trainer Jeff Greenberg interviews me.

I had ZERO knowledge of Jeff's questions before he interviewed me for this episode, and we covered a lot of ground. We talk about how I began my career as an editor, my work on Burn Notice and Empire, balancing work and family, living a healthy lifestyle, and goal setting. Jeff definitely kept me on my toes throughout the interview and even helped me find some insight into my own life goals. 

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Direct download: FiP_ep69_JeffGreenberg.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 2:44pm PST

As editors, it's not uncommon to have a perpetual bowl of M&M's and a Coke next to your keyboard 12 hours a day (we've all been there). The question is, are the 3 Cokes a day simply a "treat," or are you actually addicted?

In this episode I have an honest and emotional conversation with editors Siân Fever and Monica Daniel about their recent journeys with removing sugar from their diets. We talk about why they chose to do it, what their experiences were like during the withdrawal process, and most importantly, the positive effects it had on their energy, focus, and mood once they emerged from the dark side.

Click here to download our bonus document "5 Ways to Overcome Sugar Addiction"

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Topics of Conversation:

  • Monica and Siân’s relationship with sugar
  • Why they decided to quit cold turkey
  • Monica’s experience avoiding sugar for the first few weeks
  • How Monica is kicking this habit over the long term
  • Sugar is actually a neurological craving
  • When Siân realized she had a problem with sugar
  • Siân’s experience with quitting sugar cold turkey
  • Monica and Siân’s stories are not uncommon!
  • How sugar works
  • Having a problem with sugar is not shameful
  • Monica and Siân’s sugar withdrawal symptoms: shakes, headaches, always feeling hungry, pain in the gums, restlessness etc.
  • Your tastebuds change when you are eating more/less sugar
  • Siân was using sweets as a “reward” for everything
  • How cutting sugar helped with their focus and general quality of life
  • Reducing sugar can clear your skin and make you LOOK healthier too!
  • Try cutting sugar for seven days and see what happens
  • Siân’s recommendation for reducing your sugar intake--get a cookbook, find a sponsor
  • This is the first step in Monica’s journey to better health

Useful Links:

FiP Podcast Ep48: Transitioning From Reality To Scripted with Monica Daniel

FiP Podcast Ep24: Sexism in Post, Pt. 1 with Siân Fever and Kylee Wall

The Ingredients in Pop Tarts

That Sugar Film

Fed Up

Is Sugar Toxic?

7 Deadly Truths of Sugar

What Eating 40 Teaspoons of Sugar a Day Can Do to You

How Coca-Cola affects your body when you drink it

FiP Podcast Ep63: The Solution to Your Sedentary Lifestyle with Ben Greenfield

Guest Bios:

Monica Daniel

Monica is an Offline/Online Editor based in Los Angeles, as well as a member of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and an Affiliate Member of American Cinema Editors. She has worked for several television networks in addition to independent features that have been released by Miramax, Lionsgate and Anchor Bay Entertainment. She enjoys sharing her knowledge by giving presentations about her work, as well as Producing/Co-Hosting an industry podcast called Going Postal Show ( and promoting health in post production through Fitness in Post ( She has recently moved into scripted television, working on Minority Report for Fox as an Assistant Editor in 2015. Monica currently works as an Assistant Editor on Supergirl for Warner Bros. Television. You can follow her on twitter at @monica_edits

Siân Fever

Siân Fever is a London-based offline editor for broadcast, marketing and corporate content. She has a proven strength in music programming and branded content.

Her clients include: Universal, Xbox, Sony BMG, Microsoft, Red Bull, Ford Mondeo, MTV, The Disney Channel, AOL, Natwest, ITV, Channel 4, The Mercury Music Prize and The Olympics.

Recently she made the jump to Assistant Editor, working on BBC One’s Call The Midwife.

Show Credits:

This episode was edited by Curtis Fritsch, the show notes were prepared by Natalie Boschan, and this show is executive produced by Kanen Flowers. We are a member of the THAT STUDIO podcast network.

The music in the opening and closing of the show is courtesy of Dorian Cheah from his brilliant album ARA.


Direct download: FiP_ep68_SianAndMonica.m4a
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 5:16pm PST

Editor Julian Smirke is convinced that he ended up being an assistant and then associate editor on Star Wars: The Force Awakens because of sheer luck and nothing more. But I don't believe in luck. I believe that luck should be redefined as "when hard work meets opportunity."

In this episode Julian and I talk all about his path from starving and unemployed artist to working on the largest film franchise in cinema history. I break down every step of his journey and show you how anyone can take a similar path if they are willing to put in the work.

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Direct download: FiP_ep67_JulianSmirke.m4a
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 10:34pm PST