Many people enjoy lifting weights and have been doing it for years; however, there are some common mistakes that seem to keep people from reaching their goals. These are simple to fix, and can enhance anyone’s current workout program.
1. Warm up. It is important to warm up the muscles before you start your strength training. The muscles are cold and rigid, especially in the morning. By hitting a cardio machine for 10-12 minutes before your strength training, you prepare the muscles for what is about to take place. Some like to walk or ride their bikes to the gym, and this is very effective as well. (more…)
The Biggest Loser Resort at Fitness Ridge was so inspired by the past Biggest Loser season’s Pay it Forward theme in season 10 that they decided to find out how others were paying it forward. The responses were amazing! Read how former Resort guests are paying it forward here – but that’s not all.
One former guest chose to pay it forward by gifting an entire week’s visit at our Utah Resort. After losing over 100 pounds and visiting the Resort three times, an anonymous guest chose not only to gift an entire week to another former guest – he also gave two other former guests gift certificates to apply toward their next visit to the Biggest Loser Resort at Fitness Ridge. (more…)
Generally speaking, I don’t really like lunch meat. Most are high in sodium, contain fillers and byproducts, and are processed with nitrates and nitrites. But I realize they are convenient so if you are willing to spend a little more money, you can control the quality of the product.
Specific brands I recommend are Boar’s Head, Applegate Farms, Nature’s Promise and Wellshire Farms. These will be 100% meat without the fillers and may have low sodium varieties, which I would recommend if you can find them. They are most likely be found at the deli counter rather than prepackaged on the shelf. Choose turkey, chicken, lean ham or even lean roast beef over pastrami, liverwurst, pepperoni, salami or bologna. (more…)
Although she feels exhausted and sore, Amanda Arlauskas says “I feel accomplished” after a week at the Biggest Loser Resort. Just one year after her Biggest Loser season eight finale, in which she was a finalist, Amanda is still making health and wellness a priority.
We had a chance to speak with Amanda during her time at Fitness Ridge, a place she calls tough, fun and challenging. Hear from her what a week is like at this incredible fitness destination in Ivins, Utah, as well as what life is like after “Loser.”
You have probably heard the term “clean eating” a lot lately. It is definitely a new buzz word, or term, that is getting a lot of attention. The actual definition is unclear, and up to interpretation. My definition of clean eating would be – “Eating Real
In my lectures, I stress the importance of eating “food” rather than “stuff”. When people watch their calorie intake, often they only monitor the quantity of the calories taking no thought for the quality of the calories. This may lead to using artificial no-calorie sweeteners, fat-free salad dressings, or having a Snickers bar for lunch. With clean eating, or focusing on real foods, you would instead use less of an unprocessed sugar, a high quality vinaigrette, and eat a well balanced lunch of
veggies, whole grains and lean proteins. (more…)
This week we caught up with Carla Triplett, a contestant from Biggest Loser‘s season 7, during her stay at Biggest Loser Resort in Utah. When her season started just shy of two years ago, Carla weighed in as the heaviest woman in the show’s history at 379 pounds. By finale, she had lost a total of 128 pounds, most of that was on her own due to some unfortunate game play that didn’t give her too much time at the ranch.
Today, Carla is still working hard to live her fitter, healthier life, but admits to us that “I fell off the wagon.” While she has never stopped her daily workout regimen, a busy schedule has put her in a position where she finds herself relying on more fast-food than she’d like. While anyone can fall off the wagon, she says you can always get back up… and she’s right! Carla credits her fitness regimen with helping her maintain her weight, not gain, and says that the time at Biggest Loser Resort is helping her to get back on track with the food.
Watch our interview with Carla now as she talks about maximizing the benefits of Biggest Loser Resort, how she plans to make a healthier Thanksgiving this year, and her approach to loving yourself and your body.
I love pureed pumpkin. It is such a tasty way to sneak in a vegetable and it just screams fall. It is loaded with vitamin A, fiber, magnesium, potassium, zinc, iron, and antioxidants lutein and zeaxanthin, which contribute to health of the eyes. At just 40 calories for 1/2 cup, pumpkin is a very nutrient dense food. Here are a few ways I like to use it:
Pumpkin Yogurt: Mix plain non-fat Greek yogurt with pumpkin (I usually do equal amounts or slightly more yogurt) and season with vanilla and cinnamon. This can be used as a dip or as a base for breakfast with the addition of fruit, oats, cereal, and/or flaxseed.
Smoothies: Add a spoonful (or more if you’re daring!) to your regular smoothies. I recommend pumpkin, almond milk, banana, milled flax seed, cinnamon, vanilla and a scoop of almond butter. Blend together and enjoy a nice refreshing drink! (more…)
Whatever happened to your favorite Biggest Loser contestants? Well, wonder no more as this Thanksgiving Biggest Loser will air a two-hour special taking in to the private lives of many of the show’s alumni. More than 30 contestants will appear on “Where Are They Now” to show you how their weight loss has changed their lives and how they look today.
Growing as popular for its love stories as it has for its weight loss success stories, you’ll get to watch the romantic proposal of season 9’s Sam and Stephanie, who recently visited the brand new Biggest Loser Resort in Malibu with Daris George. Not only that, but get access to the recent Lake Tahoe wedding of season 5 at-home winner Bernie Salazar to Jennifer, the cousin of his teammate Brittany Aberle.
Update 10/6/10: Spirits are high at the Biggest Loser Resort at Fitness Ridge as they hosted the Biggest Loser 11 media junket Monday, October 4. Meeting the new contestants was a true honor. Contestants made a major impact as they shared their journeys, struggles and greatest hopes about their experiences. Bob and Jillian also attended to share their insight on the upcoming season. A highlight for all attending was the beautiful spread of healthy, delicious spa cuisine prepared by the Resort’s chef, Rodolfo Reyes, as well as the exclusive tour through the Resort, led by Ashley Johnston, Season 9 contestant that won America’s heart with her tenacious spirit and warm smile. It’s official. Everyone is excited about the transformations of the Biggest Loser Season 11 contestants, and can’t wait to witness their incredible life changing experiences.
The energy was high as the Biggest Loser Resort at Fitness Ridge opened the doors to their second Resort location in the incredible rolling hills of Malibu. In preparation for the grand opening, the Resort hosted a one week soft opening where guests were invited to experience the four-point philosophy of fitness, nutrition, education and relaxation in the secluded retreat environment of Malibu.
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