Monthly Archives: August 2010
“The Biggest Loser” has officially announced its contestants for season 10, and it looks like a more promising season than ever. They have one of Beyonce’s backup singers on the show, as well as a former college football player. Sounds like an enticing cast, if I do say so myself.
The contestants also had to complete a physical challenge just to be granted a spot on the show, which seems to be a recurring trend. (In season 9, the contestants had to complete a marathon on a bike before being allowed a spot on the ranch.) This year, the potential participants had to complete a 500-step contest along with a one-mile race. The top two finishers made it to the ranch to work with world-famous trainers Jillian Michaels and Bob Harper.
Following a “Pay it Forward” theme, the show traveled to seven cities in search of contestants for the new season. The 21 participants hail from Detroit, Los Angeles, Portland, Phoenix, Atlanta, Oklahoma City and Boston; all of which struggle with weight problems.
Prevention pubished a “Biggest Loser” Weight Loss Planner guide that highlights 16 of the contestants. Unlike past seasons that often focus on teams and parents working with their children, this season only features two contestants over the age of 50. The latest season, entitled”Biggest Loser Couples,” has most contestants between the ages of 25 and 35. Below are the latest “Biggest Loser” contestants, courtesty of That’s Fit:
•Jesse Atkins, 28, law clerk; St. Paul, Minn.
•Montina Cooper, 35, singer/songwriter; Houston, Texas
•Jessica Delfs, 27, bridal consultant; Tucson, Ariz.
•Richard Deroque, 54, pediatric physical therapist; Conway, Ark.
•Alfredo Dinten, 43, futures commodities trader; Staten Island, N.Y.
•Sandy Dolan, 30, stay-at-home mom; Fort Worth, Texas
•Brendan Donovan, 32, special education teacher; Boston, Mass.
•Tina Elliott, 58, retired homemaker; Boring, Ore.
•Sophia Franklin, 28, high school counselor; Germantown, Md.
•Patrick House, 28, sales representative; Vicksburg, Miss.
•Adam Hurtado, 26, nonprofit manager; Santa Ana, Calif.
•Allie Ishcomer, 22, student; Moore, Okla.
•Burgandy Keel, 35, stay-at-home mom; Eagle Mountain, Utah
•Shanna Masten, 38, math teacher; Pima, Ariz.
•Lisa Mosley, 31, sales representative; Norman, Okla.
•Mark Pinkhasovich, 31, bartender and recruiter; East Brunswick, N.J.
•Corey Pinkerton, 27, life coach; Fairbanks, Alaska
•Elizabeth Ruiz, 31, medical assistant; Lawrence, Mass.
•Aaron Thompkins, 29, graphic designer; Kent, Ohio
•Ada Wong, 27, project coordinator for high-tech company; San Francisco, Calif.
•Anna Wright, 39, administrative assistant and songwriter; Atlanta, Ga.
This sounds like it has the makings of a healthy, life-changing season. Starting Sept. 21, I look forward to tuning in every Tuesday night to see who will be this season’s “Biggest Loser.” Let me know what you think of the contestants, too!
I have taken various spin classes over the last two weeks at studios throughout NYC in order to test out different teaching methods. One thing that tied each class together? The music. Each instructor had different tastes in music, but there were a few songs that showed up in every playlist. There are just some tunes that make you forget about the pain pulsating through your body and simply pump you up to finish strong. Below are my top 10 tunes of 2010 that push me through that monstrous hill or the last stretch of a sprint session.
- Love the Way You Lie by Eminem featuring Rihanna
- California Gurls by Katie Perry
- Jai Ho! by the Pussycat Dolls (It came out in 2009, but it’s too good to leave out)
- Your Love Is My Drug by Ke$ha
- OMG by Usher featuring will. i. am
- Imma Be by The Black Eyed Peas
- Whataya Want From Me by Adam Lambert
- Airplanes by B.O.B. featuring Hayley Williams of Paramore
- Break Your Heart by Taio Cruz
- Empire State of Mind by Jay-Z featuring Alicia Keys
What are your favorite spinning beats? I’d love to check ’em out!