When I opened my computer to begin writing this recap, I had no idea it would lead me down a rabbit hole ending on the Instagram page of a white man from Oklahoma. But I dusted off my investigative journalism skills to get to the bottom of what we’ve all been asking: What exactly is Drop It With Drew?
After weeks of wondering and questioning, Drew finally invites the women to experience her weight-loss program. For some reason, I was incorrectly assuming that this was a business Drew conceived and executed on her own with a partner. Upon rewatching the first episode, I will go on the record to say the first time she brings up the program on camera, she says she was approached to be the face of the business. I’m not sure how this got lost in translation, especially as someone who literally has to take notes while watching the episodes, but now it all makes sense … kind of.
Initially, Drew tells Kandi and Sanya that her involvement in the program began after dealing with body image issues and body shaming due to her adenomyosis. She ended up getting a hysterectomy and mommy makeover and said to have started Drop It With Drew to “maintain” her body. In the same breath, she claims she lost an additional 25 pounds in three weeks from the program. Anyone who has tried to lose a significant amount of weight knows how big of a feat this is, and attempting to do it healthily is challenging. Her cast members have been dubious and skeptical of the program, with production adding a before and after of Drew that didn’t really support her case. The website not working in New York doesn’t help either. Fast forward to tonight’s episode when they all convene to participate in the program, located in a random gym space that said “FAT LOSS CAMP” until three days before the event. Thankfully, Drew runs up a check at Kinko’s for a large sign outside of the building so everyone knows where to go.
The event begins with an on-camera weigh-in, something that should be illegal, and everyone checking out each other’s asses, I mean leggings. Shereé comes decked out in (still unavailable for the general public) She by Shereé leggings, a She by Shereé yoga mat, and a She by Shereé water bottle. This particular Drop It With Drew workout serves as a way to celebrate the top losers; one woman said she lost 100 pounds. Again, I want to emphasize that these are extreme results that are difficult to achieve in a short period of time and in a healthy fashion. I’m not a gym person, but even though I’m not hitting the gym frequently, I know this: Drew’s form is terrible, and if a gold medal Olympian is struggling to understand and follow the workout, the workout might be the problem. Drew brings out her business partner, Jackie, to explain more about the program. Jackie says she’s been doing this for over five years; she owns all of the locations and brought Drew on to be the face of it before Drew even began the program. Being the face of a business and being a business partner are two very different things. When Kenya asks what the business’s name was before Drew’s involvement, Jackie said it was simply “the 21-Day Program.” Interesting.
Even though there’s evidence that Drop It With Drew is real, I still felt something wasn’t adding up. I started sleuthing on Instagram to find that Drop It With Drew is a program within a program within a program. Stay with me. I crept through Drew’s IG to find posts of her promoting Drop It With Drew when I found an account she tagged in October 2021. It’s called @atlantafatlosscamps, which I thought was interesting because there’s no mention of Drew in the account name or handle, but there is a link in the bio to the Drop It With Drew website. And remember, prior to Drew’s event, the space had a sign reading: “FAT LOSS CAMPS.” While creeping through this page, I recognized the slanted G logo that is on some of Drew’s endless supply of Drop It With Drew t-shirts. I kept scrolling to see older posts referring to the program as “Garza’s Six Week Challenge.” Hmmmmm.
I google “Garza’s Six Week Challenge” to find this site plastered with that G logo. The about page explains that Travis Garza is an Oklahoma native who created workout routines and diet plans that were eventually franchised and implemented in gyms throughout the country, including the gyms Jackie owns. Drew was brought on by Jackie as a celebrity face to break into the Atlanta market. I don’t know why Drew did not explain this, or why it was insinuated that this was her business, but let’s keep it a buck, Drop It With Drew is part pyramid scheme, part Teddi Mellencamp accountability program. Mystery solved.