Give the crunches a rest and tone your middle with capoeira, the dance-inspired Brazilian martial art. Learn five full-body moves, which are anything but boring, from trainer Brett Hoebel. These exercises work the abs from every conceivable angle to help you sculpt a fabulous midsection, or as Brett likes to say "Brazilify" your abs. Best of all, you don't need any equipment for these exercises. Press play and get ready to study capoeira.
After all our speculation about the identities of the newest trainers on The Biggest Loser, we finally got to meet Brett Hoebel . . . at The Biggest Loser ranch! Brett gave us the inside scoop of life on the BL set, how many workouts the contestants do daily, and how his experience as an overweight kid helps him motivate his team. Watch and learn!
If you're looking to work your body in just one move, try the sprawl. It's a MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) move that The Biggest Loser trainer, Brett Hoebel, showed us when we visited the ranch this Spring. The sprawl works you from head to toe, and if you add some speed, you will really start burning fat. Check it out!
For the last month there's been a guessing game going on over the Internet: Who are the two new trainers on The Biggest Loser? We even got in on the action by throwing out our own guesses on who they might be. But while all of this was going on — including NBC dramatizing, dragging out, and hyping the identities of its "two mystery trainers" — Jillian Michaels confirmed their names in an under-the-radar interview with TV Grapevine last year:
"I don't know the girl; I don't know Cara, um, but I do know Brett, and I think he's fantastic. I took Caporiea classes with him in New York, which is how they found him to be on the show. Because I was like, 'This guy is bad-ass.' I just love him. Like I said, I haven't met Cara. I know she's a boxer, I know she's an actress, but I'm really looking forward to meeting her."
Given that Jillian had yet to meet the new female trainer at the time of this interview, it's got to be several months old, if not more. I'm actually a little surprised at the implication that Jillian had not met Cara before she was cast as her replacement. Based on what Jillian does say, I think that our guesses on the new trainers' identities are right on the money: Brett Hoebel and Cara Castronuova. Now we just have to wait for NBC to give the big reveal to confirm what we (and the rest of the Internet) know already.
Updated on 1/18/2011: On tonight's episode of The Biggest Loser, Brett Hoebel and Cara Castronuova were revealed as the show's "unknown" trainers. We had it right all along!
If you watched The Biggest Loser last night like me, you saw the reveal of the show's two newest trainers — well, sort of. The producers showed a quick glimpse of the trainers' silhouettes while playing a small snippet of their voices. Here's what I learned: it takes two trainers to replace Jillian, the guy trainer looks like he knows his Capoeira, and the female trainer is a former boxing champion. And even though I have no real clue who these new trainers are, it won't stop me from guessing!
Anyone that knows Beachbody fitness or has seen the RevAbs infomercial will probably agree that the new male trainer is most likely celebrity trainer Brett Hoebel. From what I saw on The Biggest Loser last night, the new male trainer moves, looks, and sounds just like Brett. Like Bob, Brett is easy on the eyes, but from what I can tell, his approach tends to be a bit softer than team Jillian and Bob. Brett is sure to deliver the goods, though — he's spent his life on a holistic approach to health with his fitness focus being in Capoeira and Muay Thai kickboxing.
As for the new female trainer, I'm pretty stumped, though I have a few guesses. What we know is that she seems to take on a boot-camp-style approach and is a former boxing champion. After watching the limited clip of her from The Biggest Loser, my top three choices are female boxers Monica Rumler, Mikaela Mayer, and Maureen Shea. All of these women will look good on TV, are media savvy, and definitely have the skills to pull it off. Maureen Shea seems a likely choice, having appeared on the MTV show Made, where she trained and transformed a high school ballerina into an amateur boxer.
Updated on 12/16/2010: After getting a tip from Lisa Johnson, I'm putting my money towards Cara Castronova as the new female trainer. She sounds and looks exactly like the new female trainer in The Biggest Loser preview clip and has been trying to break into TV and film for the last several years. She's also a two-time Golden Gloves champ, which is one of the clues that was given towards the identity of the new Biggest Loser female trainer.
Updated on 1/6/2011: Jillian Michaels confirms the new trainers' identities. Find out what Jillian said by reading more!
Updated on 1/18/2011: On tonight's episode of The Biggest Loser, Brett Hoebel and Cara Castronova were revealed as the show's "unknown" trainers. We had it right all along!