Bob Harper has been instrumental in transforming hundreds of overweight contestants into their slimmer selves on NBC's hit show The Biggest Loser. Bob showed us his essential moves for making weight loss a reality. From a lateral burpee to a squat variation that'll work your entire body, see which exercises Bob says are a must if you are looking to drop weight. You'll learn some great tips about form and technique and see exactly why we can't help but love working out on Team Bob!
While it was business as usual for the first kick-ass workout at the ranch (crying, vomiting, Jillian's screaming), I'll need to keep a box of tissues nearby at all times if last night's premiere of The Biggest Loser is indicative of the rest of the season.
Here are the most emotional and inspiring moments that tugged at my heartstrings.
"People think this is a TV show, but it's not. It's a life-or-death intervention; you're checking into rehab."
This quote from Jillian really stuck with me, and I think it's the reason so many people are hooked on The Biggest Loser season after season. All these contestants are dealing with serious issues; this show is about much more than praise, bragging rights, or a bunch of money — it's truly a second chance at life.
"I've lost a huge part of my identity, and I want a second chance to take control back of who I want to be."
During casting, Rachel explained that she's afraid to go home to see her family because, she's gained so much weight. Once a champion, national-level swimmer, Rachel said she was in the "the best shape of her life" and had a "bright future in swimming." Almost in passing, Rachel explains that she "gave it all up for a boy." I'm sure there will be more to come on this struggle in the coming weeks.
"I'm much more than my sad story."
Soon after the start of the episode, we learn that David's first wife passed away after a long struggle with brain cancer. Before she passed, she made David promise that he'd be around to take care of their daughters. All the heartache left David turning to food for solace. He's hoping that his second chance at life on the show will help him take off the weight, so he can keep his promise to his late wife.
"Yes, you can! Don't you 'can't' me!"
During the first workout, Bobby is fading in a corner and makes the mistake of saying "I can't" to Dolvett. Dolvett quickly barks back, and Bobby pops back up. The next time I feel myself giving up during a tough workout, I'm going to say, "Don't you 'can't' me!" to myself.
Keep reading for one spoiler and the funniest moment from the first episode.
The premiere of season 15 of The Biggest Loser is just a few hours away! We can't wait to see trainers Bob, Jillian, and Dolvett back on the ranch and get to know a new crew of inspiring contestants. As always, this season is bringing a number of new twists and exciting things to look forward to. Here's a sneak peek at what you can expect come tonight.
The Casting Process
Wonder what it takes to be selected for The Biggest Loser? For the first time ever, the Biggest Loser trainers played a significant role in the casting process. Hopefully, this will insure that only contestants who are both physically and emotionally prepared to make these big lifestyle changes have the chance to compete. As for whether the trainers enjoyed this process or not, Bob Harper said "it was heart-wrenching." Instead of just 15 contestants, he wished he could have invited everyone he interviewed to the ranch!
Two Familiar Faces
Checking out the lineup, you'll see two faces you probably recognize. One is Olympic weightlifter Holley Mangold and the other is 2003's American Idol winner Ruben Studdard. Both had very different reasons for being on the show but jumped at the opportunity to compete. Holley has always been comfortable being a "bigger girl," but is planning to compete at the next Olympic games in Rio. While Holley is a proud Olympian, she explained that "the one thing that has been limiting me [from medaling] is my weight." It will be interesting to see how these fierce competitors fair this season!
At one point, you might remember that Ruben lost 100 pounds by going on a vegan diet but eventually put the weight back on. He explains that veganism didn't translate to "a real lifestyle change" for him; instead, he treated it like a fad diet. He's hoping his time on the Biggest Loser ranch will solidify his commitment to living a healthier life.
Keep reading to learn about the big twist that will be a game changer!
Our favorite ladies from season 14 of The Biggest Loser lost the weight last year and kept it off! We talked to Lisa, Francie, Gina, and Danni (the season's winner!) about what they've accomplished in the last six months and how they stay on course in the face of temptation. See their amazing before and after photos and learn some of their tried-and-true tips before you tune in to the new season of The Biggest Loser that premieres on Tuesday, October 15!
Next week, last season's winner of The Biggest Loser, Danni Allen, will reach yet another healthy milestone — running her first marathon. While she already has three half marathons and a triathlon under her belt since first appearing on the show, she's ready to go the distance at the Chicago Marathon on Oct. 13 in her hometown.
We spoke to Danni in August at the IDEA World Fitness Convention, right before she was gearing up for a 16-mile run — her longest at the time. While she was dreading the long run, she still took it all in stride. "Training for a marathon is kind of similar [to training for a half marathon]," she says. "Yes, it's twice the distance, but I had never run nine miles before, I'd never run 10 miles, so it was all new. Now I'm thinking, 'I've never run 16.' It's a very similar mindset." And the payoff is worth it; she told us her favorite part about training is that fact that she can "walk out the door and run a half marathon. To be at that fitness level feels pretty awesome."
It's hard to believe that just a year ago Danni was beginning her 121-pound weight-loss journey and wasn't a runner. "[Last] October I couldn't run a mile in 15 minutes; [now] I have an 8:40 pace for my half marathons in less than a year," she says. "That's why I tell people, if I can do it, you can do it. I promise." Inspired by her can-do attitude? Here are Danni's tips for first-time marathoners and half-marathoners.
- Get the right shoes: "Don't skimp on shoes. Try a bunch of different pairs and always train in them beforehand. Get to know your feet very very well." Danni prefers Saucony, Asics, or Brooks shoes, depending on the run, but make sure you spend time at a running shoe store asking questions and advice in order to find the right fit.
- Don't skimp on the miles: "There's no excuses. You have to get those miles in. That takes away the fear."
- Race with what you know: "Never run in something you've never run in before. I learned that the hard way, and I had the worst burns on my chest from a shirt I hadn't run in before. Make sure you practice with whatever you run in." Danni likes to run in Lululemon crops ("They're really built for running legs," she explains), compression socks, and her Biggest Loser tank.
- Push through those mental blocks: "Running 16 [miles] is a little more of a mental game than running 10. That's the biggest part. Now it's not physical, it's mental."
After losing 121 pounds and winning The Biggest Loser in March, Danni Allen has been on a whirlwind tour sharing what she's learned on the ranch (no doubt a lot, with Jillian Michaels as her coach). I caught up with her at the IDEA World Fitness Convention in LA and asked her how she's been sticking with her new healthy-living goals even while being on the road all Summer. Here are Danni's smart tips for staying in shape while traveling.
- Bring a snack: You never know when hunger is going to strike, so make sure you're prepared. Danni packs celery sticks with hummus and nuts (a handful at a time, about two ounces) mixed with Craisins to help power through hunger. Most importantly, Danni says, is to eat your snacks mindfully to help you feel satisfied. "I'm very conscious when I eat," she explains. "I think a lot of us will just throw stuff in our mouths and not realize. I'm looking at the food and being focused on it, so that way I'm mentally recognizing that I'm eating."
- Research your destination: It can be easy to just pull into whatever drive-through you spy first from the freeway, but a few minutes on your phone before you get to your next stop can help you line up healthier alternatives. "I tend to stick to nonprocessed foods when I'm on the road, so I don't want to be going to that fast-food burger place down the street," Danni says. "I'll look up whatever grass-fed beef they have in the area, or I'll keep it as clean as I can."
- Pack your fitness: It doesn't take much luggage space to stay fit on the road. Danni relives the ranch by always carrying Jillian Michaels DVDs in her bag; the first-time marathoner — she's currently training for the Chicago Marathon in October — also makes sure she packs running shoes to stay fit no matter where she is. "I can leave my hotel room and go for a run. There's no excuses," she says.
- BYOB: Bring your own water bottle — drinking more water can help get your mind off a grumbling stomach. "I always carry water with me, 24/7, because that's a good little hunger curb," Danni explains. Sometimes dehydration can be mistaken for hunger, so filling up your reusable water bottle throughout the day is a smart idea.
If Monday morning always feels like the start of a diet, you're not alone. When you have a low-key weekday routine in place, it's easier to stick to a healthy plan. But once all the weekend fun rolls around, it's hard to resist or say no. Take these helpful tips from Chef Cheryl Forberg RD, nutritionist to the contestants of The Biggest Loser and in-house nutritionist for Omni Hotels and Resorts, that will keep you on track — even in the face of fun.
Do your research: You might love the thrill of reading a menu for the first time once you're seated, but Cheryl says that checking out your options ahead of time helps you determine whether a restaurant is right for your needs. There are enough temptations out there that you don't have control over, so when you make a reservation with friends, you should "be confident that there are healthy choices available," she says.
Be smart about booze: A glass of wine or a light cocktail is just fine, but once you get together in a big group of friends, things tend to get a little carried away. Once you have a little buzz going on, making unhealthy choices doesn't seem all that bad. Before you order that second drink, though, Cheryl suggests that you take a step back and check in with yourself. With a clear head, consider that "the calories in just a few cocktails can add up to a whole meal." This can help inform your choice to have another round or stop while you're ahead.
Keep reading for two more helpful tips for the weekend.
On the current season of The Biggest Loser, trainers Dolvett Quince, Jillian Michaels, and Bob Harper continue to push contestants toward their goal of a healthy life. And even though season 14 isn't over, it's already offered plenty of tears and triumphs as the trainers help their respective teams break past mental, physical, and emotional boundaries. Even if you're not a contestant, there are still a lot of valuable lessons to be learned from the tough group of trainers.
According to the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 17 percent (12.5 million) of children and adolescents aged 2-19 years are obese, with the epidemic nearly tripling since 1980. The Biggest Loser's celebrity trainer Jillian Michaels has a personal connection to the plight of overweight kids: "As a former overweight teen, I know firsthand how dramatically weight issues can affect every aspect of a child's life. Having recently become a mother of two, I am more passionate than ever about helping empower children and families with the information and resources they need to live a healthier life."
What do you think? Is casting a public eye on the teen contestants' struggles with their weight a positive move in the fight against childhood obesity, or is putting the still-developing kids on the show too aggressive of an approach?
If you watch The Biggest Loser, then you already know that trainer Bob Harper gets results. We caught up with Bob, who explained how anyone can apply the same techniques he uses on The Biggest Loser to everyday life. Learn what Bob's perfect 30-minute workout looks like and his secret to losing weight when you only have 15 minutes to spare.