I thought last night’s episode of Biggest Loser was a big winner. I loved the outdoor gyms that the trainers designed for their teams! Loved, loved, loved. Though much of my own work is done in the gym, much of it is done outdoors and I love adding nature to the mix for all the benefits it provides. I loved that Jillian’s space was so zen-like as yes, all we need is our own bodies for a an awesome workout. We got to see a little of Dr. H last night, who unveiled the evils of sugar, fat and sleep apnea amongst the contestants. He admitted to wanting to scare them, in hopes of making some serious impact. Jillian was all about the scare tactic again, until she realized this just wasn’t working for her team members. Thank you for softening, Jillian. While all trainers have their own flair, there clearly was too much yelling, puking and as my friend Joy said, bullying….and bullying is really never acceptable! The 3 “kids” come back and it’s challenge time. I liked the challenge. It was physical enough, yet not over the top. It was a 4 part obstacle course and the winning team would benefit their junior ambassador, who would get to have an NFL player come out to their school and present a check to be used for fitness equipment for the school. Probably because they were petrified to lose, Jillian’s white team managed to win, with only 2 contestants representing. The “kids” take part in a Biggest Loser fitness test before they head back home, and will repeat it again later on to monitor how far they come. Then it’s the last chance workout, and then the second weigh in of the season. Everyone does pretty well for week 2, which is often a problem week on the scale, except for Jeff, on the blue team, who lost NO weight (really?). With Nathan of the white team weighing in last he must lose at least 6 pounds for his team to beat the blue team but he puts up a 5 putting his team on the chopping block. Since it was once again a red line elimination, we said good-bye to him, leaving Jillian a team of 2. I would have liked to see more of Nathan and definitely cried when I saw him at home, 50 pounds lighter, proposing to his girlfriend, who of course, said yes. I am a sucker for romance, but a bigger sucker for weight loss successes…
Message to Jillian…sometimes, when you think everyone else is the problem, maybe you need to look inward. Just saying. I do realize that extreme weight loss requires extreme measures such as instilling fear by the doctor and breaking people down so they remember how they never want to be there again, but there has to be a line…
I am excited for my first Tuesday back at the TFC after a few weeks of Tuesday holidays. Maybe I will see you there…or back here. Wherever your eyes are reading this, make it a great day! If you are local and know someone looking for a trainer, I have a few openings and would love to help someone transform…but those that know me know I tend to be much more of a Bob than a Jillian…my gym is a no puking zone.
I thought Jillian approach was too “in your face” also. I felt like if she had backed off on Nikki last week and told her to go for a walk and think about what she was doing here, there might have been a different outcome. I was glad to see her change her approach a bit.
The outdoor gyms looked a lot like my bootcamp classes. I have done circuits like those and they are no joke – very difficult and challenging, even for people who are in shape.
Bonni – The flu that is going around seems to have found me (I haven’t been sick in at least 5 years) so I probably won’t be in class tonight 🙁
Carol, I totally agree regarding Nikki and my guess is she will be back. Somehow, in my heart of hearts, I believe Jillian would be a great trainer in real life and think that much of her being such a bitch is about RATINGS.
I am sad and sorry the flu found you—it’s hard to hide from this stuff that is going around….5 years without being sick is pretty darn good! Feel better quickly…let me know if you need anything at all!!!