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Correct Common Mistakes Made in the Weight Room

This guest post comes from  
Tiffany Gust, trainer at the Biggest Loser Resort at Fitness Ridge.

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…)

Paying it Forward at Biggest Loser Resort

Provided by The Biggest Loser Resort, sponsors of the Biggest Loser Newsletter

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…)

How to Reduce Your Stress in 2011

Tiffany Gust is a trainer at the Biggest Loser Resort at Fitness Ridge.

Start a stress journal so that you can uncover the things that cause you stress.

Write down the following:

  • Who is causing you stress?
  • Did you feel physically and emotionally?
  • When the stress happened, what was your response?
  • What did you do to make yourself feel better?

This can help you determine how you currently cope with stress.  Are your strategies healthy or unhealthy, productive or unproductive? (more…)

Healthy Lunch Meat Brands for a Better Sandwich

By Emily Fonnesbeck RD, CD, nutritionist for the Biggest Loser Resort.

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…)

Amanda Arlauskas One Year after Biggest Loser

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.”


Eat Food, Not Stuff Simple Rules of Clean Eating

Emily Fonnesbeck is the Registered Dietitian for the Biggest Loser Resort.

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…)

Carla Triplett’s Back on the Wagon at Biggest Loser Resort

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.


6 New Pumpkin Recipes for Fall

Emily Fonnesbeck is the Registered Dietitian for the Biggest Loser Resort.

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…)

Biggest Loser Reunion with 30 Contestants in Thanksgiving Where Are They Now Special

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.

You’ll see that these Losers really do walk the walk when it comes to fitness, as 50 of them meet to take on the San Francisco Triathlon, which took place this past summer. Representatives from every season since 2 participated, including Tara Costa, Ed Brantley and Brady and Vicky Vilcan. Plus, see pretty-in-pink Ali Vincent and Sherry Johnston appear at the Biggest Loser 5K event in Myrtle Beach, powered by the slogan “Don’t compete…just complete.” (more…)

The Biggest Loser Resort at Fitness Ridge Opens in Malibu

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.

Former Biggest Loser winners Michael Ventrella and Danny Cahill participated in a national satellite media tour promoting the Resort’s opening as well as the Biggest Loser season 10 premiere. Daris George also attended the soft opening, participating in such activities as hiking, aerobics, strength training, education features and of course the delicious and balanced spa cuisine. (more…)