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Meet the Biggest Loser 15 Contestants, Including American Idol Ruben Studdard and Olympian Holley Mangold

“I deserve to live a happy and healthy life,” said The Biggest Loser season 15 contestant Tanya Winfield. Achieving a happy and healthy life is a big part of the upcoming season of The Biggest Loser. This year, it’s all about second chances. From a former American Idol to an Olympic athlete, season 15 of The Biggest Loser is providing its contestants with a second chance at the kind of life they want to live.

For these men and women, it’s going to be quite a change from what they are used to. “I came in thinking I was an athlete and realized that didn’t mean anything,” said contestant and Olympic weightlifter Holley Mangold.

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Most contestants agreed that the most challenging part of being on The Biggest Loser is the workouts with the trainers. “The trainers are what they are. They are here to do a job. They are personable and want you to get in shape, but their main goal is to change our lives,” contestant and American Idol Ruben Studdard said. All three trainers, Bob Harper, Jillian Michaels, and Dolvett Quince, return this season to help the 15 men and women on their weight loss journeys.

“We have a really good group of people. We’ve got people that are really willing to see themselves for what they are at the very beginning, which is they don’t have the ability, but they have that drive, that want,” trainer Bob Harper said.

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For the first time ever, the trainers helped select the contestants, but they will also get to save them. Each trainer has one “save” this season, where they can reverse an elimination and keep a contestant on the ranch who they think deserves it. It’s an exciting first for the show.

Trainer Jillian Michaels added that the contestants change more than their physical appearances. “You don’t just see a physical transformation; you see the emotional transformation; a completely different self-image, self-worth. That to me makes all the hardship worth it.” Season 15 of The Biggest Loser premieres on Tuesday, October 8 at 8 p.m. EST on NBC.

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Bob Harper Prioritizes Diet Over Exercise

Celebrity trainer and Biggest Loser coach Bob Harper recently told The TODAY Show that his philosophy on weight loss has evolved since the start of his career 20 years ago. The 48-year-old Harper is no stranger to working with the morbidly obese, and puts Biggest Loser contestants through strenuous workouts to help shed the pounds. Though exercise is still an integral part of his personal and professional life, he now believes that a balanced diet is more crucial to losing weight than exercise.

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In 2012, Harper penned a book called “The Skinny Rules,” and recently told TODAY, “It’s [weight loss] all about your diet. I used to think a long time ago that you can beat everything you eat out of you and it’s just absolutely not the case.” As a trainer, he’s helped hundreds of overweight individuals drastically improve their look and health with his insight, expertise, and Southern charm.

It’s a widely debated topic. Another famous Bob, Greene to be exact, has said the opposite, and his credentials are equally or more so impressive than Harper’s. Oprah’s best friend and trainer, and author of The Best Life, has written, “As a fitness trainer, I’d recommend that you start off by increasing your activity before you even think about what you are or aren’t putting in your mouth.” (more…)

11 Celebrities Who CrossFit to Stay in Shape

Well folks, it’s becoming official. It seems as if strong is finally the new skinny in Hollywood. CrossFit training has continued its success and becomes more popular every day with more than 7,000 CrossFit niche, or affiliate, gyms popping up around the U.S. and 30 in New York City alone.

The CrossFit workouts usually only last between 20-35 minutes, which may seem short, but the high levels of intensity will make it seem like a lifetime. Try flipping 200 pound tractor tires for 20 minutes straight and see if you feel like doing anything afterward.

It seems with CrossFit there’s been a bit of a role reversal – where everyone else found CrossFit first and the Hollywood set dove in, too. It’s usually us chasing their methods! One of the biggest star faces the sport has is Bob Harper. The Biggest Loser trainer even built his own CrossFit gym on the ranch for his contestants this season.

“I’m drawn to CrossFit because it is so well rounded and constantly different. I have found that CF has made me more fit than I have ever been,” Bob told us. “I believe in this style of working out so much that I incorporated it onto my show and have seen tremendous results. [It’s] definitely the way to go for me.”

Here’s a list of other stars who’ve been spotted getting in their quick and dirty WODs, too. (more…)

Bob Harper’s Role on Biggest Loser Makes Him a Household Name in Fitness

Bob Harper is a personal trainer, born on August 18, 1965 in Nashville, Tennessee, most famously recognized for his appearance on the Biggest Loser. Before Bob made it big on reality television he was just a small-town farm boy trying to find his passion in life. Unlike his career path today, Bob did not participate in sports very much. After he graduated high school he attended Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, TN and then found that there wasn’t much in the Southern state for him, so he packed his bags and moved to Los Angeles, CA. There, Harper found his passion for fitness and received his fitness instructor certification from American Fitness Training of Athletics Association and the Aerobic and Fitness Associations of America.

As a personal trainer, Bob uses the “Functional Training Method.” He uses balls, free weights, and bands to train his clients. Harper’s first celebrity client was Jennifer Jason Leigh, and then his star roster grew to include such names as Ben Stiller, Ellen DeGeneres and Gwyneth Paltrow. In 2004, Harper signed on for his biggest break yet, the first season of the Biggest Loser. Bob just wrapped the show’s 13th season, which makes him the longest standing trainer with the show, and the only one there since the beginning. (more…)

Bob Harper Launches Smart Success Dietary Supplements

Bob Harper, who has been inspiring America as a TV trainer and author from NBC’s hit show The Biggest Loser since 2004, recently announced the launch of his newest endeavor, Bob Harper’s Smart Success. This line of weight loss products includes Bob Harper’s Smart Weight Loss Dietary Supplement, Bob Harper’s Smart Weight Loss Starter Kit and Bob Harper’s Smart 7-Day Cleanse.

The Smart Weight Loss Starter Kit includes a daytime formula, which contains naturally sourced caffeine to provide increased energy during the day, and an evening formula, which is caffeine-free.  The kit also includes a DVD of Harper offering diet and motivational tips and a 30-minute smart workout.  Additional products include Bob Harper’s Smart Weight Loss, a weight loss formula, and Bob Harper’s Smart 7-Day Cleanse,  a dietary formula made with Senna and meant to “gently flush the system of digestive waste.”

“I have helped motivate people for over 20 years by showing them how to enhance their lives by providing the tools and knowledge to make it happen through healthy diet and an active lifestyle,” said Harper in an email. “I wanted to give people another way to succeed at achieving their goal weight.”


The Skinny Rules by Bob Harper Comes out in May

Bob Harper, world renowned fitness trainer and one of the stars of NBC’s The Biggest Loser is reaching beyond his focus on fitness to share diet and nutrition tips with as many readers as possible.The Skinny Rules

Hi new book, The Skinny Rules, comes out in May and aims to show you exactly how to shed those unwanted pounds, whether its two or two hundred.

Harper says that while on the show, “I’ve been given a really big platform to reach as many people as I can. And I take that very seriously.” Now he’s putting his vast knowledge of nutrition to use in the book by breaking down what he knows into twenty simple, nonnegotiable principles.


Joke’s on Funny Man Jeremy Britt after a Bob Harper Workout on Biggest Loser 13

Jeremy Britt Wins Biggest Loser Season 13

By Dani M. Stone

Jeremy Britt admits he’s been heavy most of his life but he has always maintained an active lifestyle to offset his genetic predisposition. In the past he’s been involved in many sports claiming “I’m not the best at anything but I’m pretty good at just about everything that I try. . . well, besides working out.” Always known as the class clown and social comedian, Jeremy uses humor to deflect any comments about his weight, often bringing up the subject first before someone has the chance to cut him down. Jeremy landed a spot on Biggest Loser 13 with a walk-in casting call and quickly recruited his older sister Conda Britt to join him on the ranch.

Even though Jeremy, 22, had grown accustomed to being the “heavy kid” he was starting to see serious health-related issues in his family, including the death of his grandmother. He knew he needed to make a drastic change in his life. He describes his “a-ha moment” as the day he declined an invitation from a friend to go to the beach. He just couldn’t bear to take his shirt off in public. At 389 pounds, even hobbies he previously enjoyed, like golf, were becoming cumbersome. He still liked to play but only if it was a course that allowed carts. (more…)

Trainers Bob and Dolvett Get Little Face Time on Biggest Loser 13

By Courtney Crozier

The Biggest Loser is kicking off yet another couples season on January 3. The motto for the season is “NO EXCUSES!” which is very fitting for the start of a new year. The two trainers on season 13 are Dolvett Quince and Bob Harper, who we had the opportunity to speak with this morning. He answered a few of our questions as we await tomorrow night’s season premiere.

Dolvett, Bob, and their teams are competing against each other, so the obvious question is, “How do the trainers get along?” At least, we and @wlcmomof3 on Twitter wanted to know. Bob told us they “get along just fine,” but he doesn’t focus on Dolvett because he is focused solely on his team during workouts. Behind the scenes, Dolvett and Bob do not get the opportunity to talk much as they are separated most of the time. It’s not like the Bob and Jillian Michaels duo that we’ve seen in seasons past! (more…)

Biggest Loser Season 13 Reveals Shocking Twist

Fresh on the heels of John Rhode‘s amazing win in season 12 of the Biggest Loser, the show has announced details about season 13, which begins airing January 3.

When season 13 kicks off, contestants arrive at the Biggest Loser Ranch and receive some pretty shocking news: while they get there in teams of two, which includes a mother/daughter, father/son, brother/sister and husband/wife combination, they will be split from their loved ones and will have to compete against them!

Dubbed the season of “No Excuses,” the competitors are taken out of their comfort zone to face both physical and mental challenges like they never have before in their lives. Not to mention, one team won’t even make it on the ranch. (more…)

Bob Harper and Jillian Michaels Reunite on The Doctors

Tune in Thursday, November 17, 2011 to see Bob Harper reunite with Jillian Michaels for an episode of The Doctors.

Michaels’ long time partner on NBC’s The Biggest Loser, Harper will be putting her against her co-host Dr. Travis Stork in a Cross Fit competition. Cross Fit is the very effective strength and conditioning program used by many law and armed forces for training. The program is also used to train many elite athletes. Tune in to see if Dr. Stork can hold his own against Michaels as Bob Harper goes into full training mode and surely shows them no mercy.

Watch now as Bob does the “WOD,” or Workout of the Day, with Jillian and Dr. Travis Stork.

CrossFit’s Workouts of the Day are daily workouts posted on their website you can complete with minimal equipment or access to a fitness facility. They can include anything from pushups, rope climbs, pull ups and rowing machine relays, with the whole focus on completing the workout in the fastest time possible for you, or complete the most reps you can to do your personal best. Even if you take a CrossFit class where you are completing your WOD with a group of other people, your whole goal is to do you best and compete against yourself, which leaves room for others to encourage you along the way to push your hardest.

You can do The Doctors WOD at home. Do each of the following exercises for 30-seconds each, and repeat the circuit six times.

  • Box Jumps- 30 seconds
  • Sumo Deadlift High Pole- 30 seconds
  • Push Press- 30 seconds
  • Ball Slams- 30 seconds

Repeat this workout 6 times.