Motivation Monday: Biggest Loser Recap

Well, it’s that time again…..time for millions of viewers to slide into our couches and watch a show about weight loss :) Seems a bit odd, right?

Last night marked the beginning of a brand new season for the long running show. Jillian Michaels made a triumphant comeback and was in rare form. Bob Harper is still holding tight to his long-playing role as the top trainer and Dolvett Quince came back to resume his role as well. The BL also added a twist to the show in that they are bringing in 3 kids to be ambassadors for fitness. This means they won’t be at the ranch full-time and they cannot be eliminated. Good move on their part for bringing awareness to the childhood obesity epidemic. Oh, and Alison Sweeney is hosting again and might I say she looked FABULOUS last night!

As I move on through the recap, I need to remind you that the Biggest Loser is first and foremost a REALITY TV SHOW. They cater to ratings. I’m not judging, but I feel that some people watch the show and get caught up in the alternate reality of it all. Take it with a grain of salt people…… First night was exciting for sure. I loved the way each of the trainers handled the kids. Children should be trained differently from adults. Both in training progressions as well as motivation. The adults were a bit of a different story. The first workout was par for the course and each trainer stuck to their respective roles. I have to say, Jillian makes excellent points about the way we treat and speak to ourselves. I love the line she said about “That is abuse. All of this in here is not.” I agree whole heartedly. Now, I may not kick people out of my gym when they get dizzy (I usually offer a G2 and tell them to rest as it’s usually due to poor fueling), but I agree with her tough approach. you have to want it badly enough to challenge what has become your normal.

Aside from people dropping like flies and feeling poorly about the state of their own health (or lack thereof), everything went fairly smooth for the opening evening. As I sat and watched (with the rest of America!) I was bombarded with a lot of thoughts about this entire approach to weight loss. I mean, ALL of the contestants chosen made comments about the fact that they were doing this for their health and/or to live for a certain loved one. So, here’s the thought that keeps banging away at my heart and mind…..Why on Earth do you have to wait to be on a reality show to do it?

Whoa! I know what you’re thinking, “Come on now, at least they’re trying”. I say, no, they haven’t even begun to really try. Here’s the place I’m coming from. I have lost 104 pounds. No trainer, no huge gym, no pre-planned meals, no TV show, no cameras. Some might rebut by saying I already knew how. You would be wrong. I started right where many of these contestants start. There is NO lack of knowledge available, there is a lack of discipline to go get it.

Real fitness is just that, a DISCIPLINE. It’s not about motivation, inspiration or TV ratings. It is developing a discipline within your life to commit to your health and the health of your family. The young man who goes by Bingo (isn’t he precious???) is the same age as my son. It has taken me taking responsibility and telling him “Just a small serving” or “Get up and go do something”. Goodness, most of the time I get up and do things with him! And I’m busy too people, so don’t even try….. Develop a discipline in life and you will succeed. Success is derived from discipline.

So, I promise I’m not hating on the show! I realize that it does get some people inspired and that is worth the watch itself. Here’s the rub though: years ago when I first started teaching aerobics I had a lady who came religiously to my classes, and she was losing weight steadily. Then, one day she stopped coming. A few weeks later, she met me up at the gym. She explained that the Biggest Loser was coming to Houston to hold auditions and since you have to be a certain amount overweight to participate, she stopped working out and was gorging to gain her weight back. Houston, we have a serious problem….

Why do we think that only a TV show can save us? We are enamored with the celebrity of it all. Ask any professional actor and they will tell you the celebrity part is the worst part of the whole thing. Yet, we pine for it. It’s as though we honestly believe that living in an alternate reality is the only way we can succeed. To that I say this: if you believe you can only succeed in an alternate reality, you have already given yourself to failure. There was a man chosen who stated he had waited 3 years for his chance to be on the show. THREE YEARS!!!!! Do you have any idea what he could have accomplished in 3 years?!? And yes, I get the fact that when you do it on your own there are no cash rewards, no accolades, no interviews……but honey, it is so worth it!

The dedicated discipline you earn from putting in your own work far exceeds anything a reality show can offer! You want to see a change in this world? Start a fire in you first! Be the one that begins to develop a change in your own family. Take personal responsibility for your health and fitness. Stop making excuses and playing the victim! You and I are no different from each other. We both hurt, we bleed, we struggle, and if you’re like me, we have a raging sweet tooth! But you know what? Fitness doesn’t care who you are, how much money you make a year, where you start, or how long it may take. Fitness is available to EVERYBODY. You don’t need a membership, you don’t need a certain color shirt and you sure don’t need to be picked from a crowd. Did you realize that as of right now over 66% of the United States is struggling with obesity? That’s the MAJORITY! You are no longer going to sit idle amongst the majority, waiting hopefully for your name to be called. You will stand from this day on. You will walk tall and know that YOU CAN DO THIS.

So, what’s it going to be? Are you in or are you out? Are you tired of waiting for your “chance”? Be the first to step out and make a real change… script required :)





OK, wow. When you think of hardcore workouts, Insanity is probably one that crosses your mind. Shaun T is a genius at pace and sequencing for some seriously effective workouts. I love these DVD programs and they are both incredibly challenging, so let’s get into them and see what they’ll bring you.


Have you heard of this one? You know, you’re up too late one night flipping channels and before you know it you’ve been sucked in to an infomercial full of incredibly fit and happy people (dude, my dream is to LIVE in those infomercials…..but life awaits). INSANITY is one of the top infomercials and one of the top-selling products through Beach Body fitness (online retailers for ALL things wonderfully fit). So what’s the real deal with it?

“The hardest workout program ever put on DVD.

Are you ready for the ultimate challenge? You can transform your body in 60 days with this total body conditioning program. And you won’t need equipment or weights—just the desire to dig deep and push past your limits.

In INSANITY®, Shaun T uses a method called Max Interval Training. It’s not your typical interval workout. You’ll do cardio and plyometric drills with intervals of strength, power, resistance, and core training. It all happens in long bursts of maximum-intensity exercises with short periods of rest so you can burn up to 1,000 calories in an hour.”

Big promises right? Yep. Big results? You bet. So what’s my take on the pros and cons? Well, one of the biggest pros is Shaun T himself. Shaun is a fabulous motivator and has a very engaging personality. He never comes across as arrogant or a know it all. You can tell at the center, he LOVES fitness and wants you to love it as well! Also, he’s fun to watch workout! He gets real (makeup! LOL) and isn’t afraid of the faces and all that are associated with workouts of this caliber. The workouts are really paced very effectively and sequenced flawlessly. The rest of the “cast” is awesome and very inspiring to boot. NOTE: when working out with programs at home, pick a cast member and try to out do them. It awakens a sense of competitiveness that helps give you more of an edge.

So what might the cons for INSANITY be? Very few actually, but pay close attention. This is NOT a beginner  workout! Even though you are told you can modify, I would never put a beginner (or somebody with more than 50 extra pounds hanging on) on this program. This is a progressive program, meaning you build up to it. Now there are those who fight their way through, but research backs up the fact that those people are few and far between. most put the DVD back on the shelf and come back later IF they come back at all. INSANITY is for those who have a base of physical fitness (your high school football glory days do NOT count as a base) and are looking to change up their routine and challenge their limits. This does not mean that there are those who cannot do this, it simply means you work up to it :)


The ASYLUM is a newer program by Shaun T. so you know I’m cool with the instruction, pacing, sequencing, and personality. Let’s dig in….

“Maximize your sports performance in just 30 days.

Start your winning streak with INSANITY: THE ASYLUM. Shaun T takes your skills and fitness up to elite status with sports-specific training and progressive drills inspired by pro athletes. During this 30-day program, he’ll push you to build your speed, coordination, agility, and power. You’ll be ready for game day—every day.”

OK, so the MAIN difference (it’s a big one) is that ASYLUM is created for athletic training. So, the biggest con here is that you really need more than just a fitness background, you need to be TRAINING for something. On a side note, I think this program is AWESOME for personal trainers to DO. Notice I didn’t say teach, but actually do. It will change your perspective AND your training. What’s your sport? ASYLUM can and will help you switch up your training and reach those goals FAST. This is not a weight loss program and I personally would not put a weight loss client on a program like this. Athletic and sports specific training is a different animal, but Shaun T has managed to tame it into a comprehensive program worth every penny.

Hopefully, this allowed you a little insight into the differences of these 2 programs. What if you’re not ready for either one? There are MANY more beginner friendly AND weight loss focused programs (even a couple of dance programs from the man himself, Shaun T) at this link HERE.

Be back later this week as we begin our month focusing on the health of the future!