“My Reality-TV Workout”

My Workout with Harvey Walden of Celebrity Fit Club

“Ten more seconds!”

My ears are ringing, my heart is hammering, and my lunch is creeping up my gullet as I sprint on the treadmill.


I half fall off the machine and bend over, bracing my hands against my thighs to keep from face planting.

“Awesome! One more round,” says trainer Brett Hoebel, last season’s addition to The Biggest Loser’s cadre of drill sergeants, as he vaults into the show’s notorious boxing ring.

I don’t have enough breath to say “Bite me.” Instead I hold up a finger (not that one) to indicate “Hang on, I have to vacuum up a ton of oxygen while willing myself not to vomit.”

As I lurch toward the ring for round four of sparring with Brett, I can’t help but think, How do Biggest Loser contestants survive this? Better yet, how am I going to?

Rewind a few weeks. Sitting in front of my flat-screen watching the show’s contestants pant through another episode, I skeptically thought, Oh, suck it up. Then when my editor at FITNESS offered to send me behind the scenes of the top reality weight-loss programs to work out with TV’s toughest trainers, I practically leapt through the phone and hugged her. Not only was it perfect timing — I was getting married in an unforgiving silk slip dress in a few months — but as a veteran fitness writer and trainer, I had always wondered how hard these workouts could possibly be for the regular Joe or Jane. (Okay, I’d also put on pounds lately courtesy of red wine and chocolate kisses, but I was not yet due for a muumuu.) I picked up the phone and immediately scheduled my sessions.

Ass. On. Fire

The scene: A woman walks into a 24 Hour Fitness Gym in Beverly Hills to meet her trainer, who is in full military gear. There’s Harvey Walden waiting for me in his signature fatigues, appearing just as he does on VH1’s Celebrity Fit Club when he’s chewing out crazy Gary Busey for skipping push-ups. And it’s not even the day of our photo shoot.


“I am not the type of trainer who holds your hand and begs you to do it my way,” he explains in a deep baritone as I warm up on the treadmill. “I take you out of your comfort zone. You might think I’m an a-hole, but in the end you’ll see I have only the best intentions.” He’s intimidating, all right, but, heck, if Kevin Federline could do it, so can I.

Harvey unrolls a mat, pulls out a stopwatch, and explains the workout format: a continuous circuit (no rest) of alternating one-minute cardio and strength moves.

Been there, done that, I think.

We begin with jogging in place; then we do some squats, more jogging, push-ups, jumping jacks, split lunges, burpees, scissor kicks (killer on-your-back ab exercises), V-ups, and more. In all, we do 15 exercises that work every muscle without my touching a single piece of equipment, as well as 15 minutes of cardio intervals that get progressively tougher. Breaking for a moment to drink water, I’m surprised to find that I’m pretty darn winded and a little shaky.

“That was harder than I thought it would be,” I admit. I am used to strength training but realize I’ve become dumbbell dependent: I rarely do push-ups, pull-ups, or other body-weight moves.

Harvey consults his watch: “Again! And this time do it like your ass is on fire!”

I swallow hard, then channel my inner Federline and get back to work.

Two days later we meet at a park, where Harvey, again in uniform, arranges 15 stations in a giant circle. Each is a sheet of paper with an exercise written on it; I recognize many of the moves from our previous session, and a few new ones have been thrown in. Stopwatch in hand, Harvey instructs me to do one minute at each station, then sprint once around the circle past that station and on to the next.

For the first round I am definitely slacking a little; I’m sore all over from our last workout. Harvey eyeballs me and bellows orders as I trot around the circle instead of sprinting. When I pause between rounds to grab some water, he scowls and asks, “How are you feeling?”

“Pretty good,” I lie.

“Then you’re not working hard enough,” he snarls. Then, in my face: “Ass. On. Fire.”

And he’s right. During the next round I really push myself. Harvey seems to know I’ve stepped it up and switches from bellowing to offering encouragement, calling out the time increments and praising me when I’m struggling. I finish the workout drenched in sweat and guzzle my water. Harvey smiles widely, white teeth gleaming. He is pleased. And so am I.

My Workout with Jackie Warner of Thintervention

When we meet at Tao Athletic Club (formerly the Sky Sport & Spa of Bravo’s Work Out fame) in downtown Beverly Hills, celebrity trainer Jackie Warner commands attention the second she exits the elevator. Tall, willowy, and superhumanly ripped in a trademark sports bra top and what she calls baseball pants, Warner strides into the gym, greets me, and then hustles me onto a treadmill for a warm-up. We dive right in.

How did those mouthy contestants on her hit show Thintervention with Jackie Warner give this woman lip? Walking when they should have jogged, faking hyperventilation, phoning in their reps. (That’s right, Jeana from Real Housewives of Orange County, I’m talking to you.)

“We’re going to work out exactly like I do with all my clients on TV and off,” she says, and my mind flashes to the episode in which chubby twentysomething Stacey nearly needed an oxygen mask to continue her routine. “We are going to start with ladder sets. This is where you combine two exercises and increase the number of reps per set from one to 10.” Translation: You do one push-up and one shoulder press, for example, and then move up to two push-ups and two shoulder presses and so on, until you reach 10. “Then you do heavy biceps curls for 15 reps.”

Jackie hands me my weights: 15-pound dumbbells.


I start off strong, but by the seven-rep tier my shoulder presses are as slow as molasses and my push-ups are getting sloppy. Jackie steps in to spot me and “force to failure,” increasing the burn tenfold. Finally I get to the 10-rep tier, the so-called top of the ladder. (In case you’re not doing the math in your head, that’s 55 push-ups and 55 presses.) Then I have to do 15 heavy biceps curls. Did Jeana from Orange County really do that? Maybe I’d cheat with fried shrimp after six weeks of this, too.

My arms are quivering.

After that I do a giant superset that combines six exercises and finish on the treadmill, running at five miles per hour on an 8 percent incline for two minutes. Then suddenly it dawns on me: For all my treadmill time at the gym, I have not been working out intensely on my own — not at all. I try to recall the last time I achieved failure (baking a souffle maybe?) and can’t come up with anything. I grit my teeth in determination and finish my cardio with gusto. Then we go through two more giant sets. As I leave, I am already looking forward to a rematch.

Our next workout is also composed of the giant sets, but today Jackie has brought out the big guns: a truck tire and a sledgehammer, a loose heavy bag and a huge medicine ball. Instead of being scared, I’m excited to use these fun toys. Really, how often do you get to hit anything with a sledgehammer?

I wield it like some kind of Angelina Jolie action heroine as Jackie eggs me on, telling me to hit the tire harder and laughing when I hit it off-kilter, propelling the sledgehammer sideways and sending myself backward onto my butt.

When I nail the rest of the workout — pull-ups, plyometrics, assisted handstand push-ups, heaving the heavy bag, jogging backward, and tossing the medicine ball — I mentally give myself a fist pump. I’m not in this to score 15 minutes of reality-TV fame or prize money or a new, non-obese lease on life. I’ve become a sweaty mess just to impress Jackie Warner. Maybe those TV contestants aren’t turning to mush in front of the cameras for anything more than that high-five feeling. As I limp out of the gym afterward, I know that I’ll be sore for days.

This makes me smile.

My Workout with Brett Hoebel of The Biggest Loser

Arriving at the Biggest Loser ranch, a secluded oasis near Malibu with a few simple buildings set on acres of woods and wildlife, I imagine myself at some sort of Dirty Dancing-era Catskills resort — if Patrick Swayze worked at a summer fat camp. However, I quickly change my mind after realizing that although I’m on the set of a hit TV show, this is the least glamorous place you could be.

When I meet trainer Brett Hoebel in the ranch’s 6,800-square-foot gym, it’s midway through season 11 of the show. He tells me that much of his approach to exercise is something called metabolic resistance training, in which you do four high-intensity rounds of a circuit of five resistance exercises, each for 30 seconds with 30 seconds of rest. This is followed by a four-minute Tabata routine: 20 seconds of all-out boxing with 10 seconds of rest and then 20 seconds of sprinting on the treadmill with 10 seconds of rest, repeated four times. According to Brett, if you use the right equipment, this method gives the most calorie burn with the least morning-after muscle soreness. The show’s fans will recognize our first workout as a high-intensity highlight reel of everything that makes contestants pant furiously: flailing giant ropes, pushing a Prowler, pulling a sled, tossing sandbags, and doing tons of planks.

I feel sure Brett is putting me through this workout to impress FITNESS readers and that there’s no way those TV tubbies could withstand such a butt whooping in one sitting.

As if he could read my mind, Brett enlists three contestants to train with me for the second session. It’s a Saturday, when the set is dark — which means there is no filming and that contestants are left to do their own workouts. But some have caught wind of what we’re doing and want in. There’s Austin, a hulking 21-year-old radio-board operator with wild curly orange hair who came to the show with his dad; Kaylee, a 20-year-old student who tried at one point to be voted off the show; and Courtney, a 22-year-old restaurant manager who is a fan favorite for her upbeat attitude. The trio warm up beside me on treadmills as Brett lays out equipment. Though the contestants are four months into their transformations and are looking more fit, they still have a long way to go.

Austin hoots excitedly as Brett turns on some club music and we each assume a station. I stand at the battling ropes, Austin at the heavy-bag lift-and-walk, Kaylee at the sandbag toss, Courtney at the Prowler pull; sure enough, Brett takes the dead man’s crawl. The energy in the gym is off the charts, and the contestants are animals! They cajole each other, encourage me, and playfully give Brett a hard time on occasion.

When it’s my turn with the stopwatch, I look on in awe as Austin hurls the sandbag across the floor and Kaylee frenetically whips the battling ropes. Brett, on his 30-second break, rallies Courtney and corrects her form in the dead man’s crawl. It’s clear that they’ve done this before, with the same go-for-broke focus. Together we make our way through the first 20 minutes, and I complete my last exercise feeling as if I’m on a high. We all slap hands, then brace for part two of our butt kicking.

By the time we finish up with the Tabata portion, I’m so close to losing my lunch that I put a hand to my throat. As I step off the special Force treadmill on which I’ve been harnessed in full-tilt sprint position, Kaylee pats me on the shoulder. “It’s okay,” she says. “I feel like that all the time.” Nobody tells me to suck it up.

They don’t have to. I’m saying it to myself.

As I watched the season finale of The Biggest Loser last spring, I teared up. In my tour of duty on reality TV, I had lost 11 pounds. To be standing onstage, these people had worked off more than 100 pounds, so who was I to be so snarky from my sofa seat? I think it’s safe to say that Brett, Harvey, and Jackie have collectively stripped more than two tons of fat from their on-air contestants. (They not only got me into my wedding dress but also gave me back my boy-push-up ability.) Let the cameras play up the drama and dripping sweat. Those reps are real, and the scale doesn’t lie.

Originally published in FITNESS magazine, September 2011.

Jillian Michaels Returns to TV with a New Reality Competition, Sweat Inc.

It’s hard to remember a time before Jillian Michaels was the Queen Bee of the fitness world. We first met “America’s Toughest Trainer” on The Biggest Loser, and in the 10-plus years since the premiere, she’s became a household name-and she shows no signs of slowing down. (Have you tried the Fat-Melting Bodyweight Workout she swears by?)

Now, after building her own fitness empire-which includes television shows, books, countless DVDs, her signature Bodyshred program, fitness-based video games and so much more-Michaels is ready to pass on the torch and find America’s next big fitness phenomenon. As a judge on the new show Sweat Inc., Michaels will be using her branding know-how and two decades worth of experience in fitness to help find what will ultimately be the next great exercise craze. The reality show, which will air on Spike, has been dubbed by some as Shark Tank meets American Idol with a fitness twist. The contestants on the show-referred to as entrepreneurs-will each be vying for $100,000 and the opportunity to develop their fitness brand and launch their innovative program at multiple Retro Fitness locations throughout the country.

Sweat Inc.

To help decide who of the 27 aspiring fitness entrepreneurs has developed the most groundbreaking exercise offering, Michaels will have fitness gurus Randy Hetrick and Obi Obadike by her side. Hetrick, the founder of TRX, knows a thing or two when it comes to developing innovative fitness equipment and a strong business and brand to go along with it. Obadike, an internationally recognized celebrity trainer and fitness expert, is no stranger to building successful brands either, as evidenced by the over 2 million followers he has amassed on Twitter alone. (Meet The Faces Behind Your Favorite Fitness Classes.)

But what makes this show different from other reality TV programs is that the judges don’t just critique from their comfy judges’ chairs; they get down and dirty testing out the workout programs and equipment. “This show is unique because each entrepreneur has to prove they have a viable business and they also have to prove to us and to the test groups that their workout is effective,” shares Obadike. “The judges actually get sweaty and have to try every new workout, as opposed to other shows where you never see the judges ever try to dance or sing themselves.”

But it’s not just the judges who will be breaking a sweat. As part of the competition, the entrepreneurs have to show both their business smarts and their physical capabilities. “In addition to the half-dozen different physical challenges that these entrepreneurs must complete, their programs are also scrutinized in detail to assess basic business viability and concept scalability,” says Hetrick. “Ultimately, the competition is designed to assess five different criteria: popularity, effectiveness, innovation, business model viability, and business concept scalability.”

Hetrick can very much relate to the entrepreneurs on the show-he was just like them not too long ago. “TRX began as a tool I developed as a Navy SEAL and then launched a few years later out of my garage,” he explains. “At the time I started TRX, I was 36 years old, a father to a newborn baby, had just graduated business school at Stanford, had almost no money at all, and was carrying $150,000 in debt.” Flash forward 10 years and Hetrick and his team have built TRX Training into one of the hottest brands in the fitness industry, generating more than $50 million dollars per year in sales and reaching over 25 million people worldwide. (Haven’t tried TRX yet? We have a Military-Inspired TRX Workout created by Hetrick.)

Being able to help another passionate entrepreneur experience similar success is one of the main reasons Obadike jumped at the chance to be a part of the show. “I saw Sweat Inc. as a phenomenal opportunity to be able to mentor and helpful fulfill some young entrepreneur’s dream. I love the concept of the show being a unique hybrid of fitness and business, because that’s something that’s never been done on TV before.”

With so many passionate, energetic and determined entrepreneurs on the show, the competition is as real as it gets, and the show is sure to keep you guessing all season long. “Nothing was done for the sake of TV,” notes Hetrick. “It is all the real deal, and I guarantee that it will surprise viewers over and over again.” And with Jillian Michaels at the helm, we know there will be a whole lot of real talk and tough love-just what we want from our reality TV!

Set your DVR for Tuesday, October 20 at 10:00 p.m. ET to see Michaels back in action.

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The Inside Scoop on Fuse45 Co Founder and her Debut on Jillian Michaels’ Sweat Inc.

11 Mar The Inside Scoop on Fuse45 Co Founder and her Debut on Jillian Michaels’ Sweat Inc.

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Sweat Inc., a reality-competition show on Spike TV hosted by Jillian Michaels, aired in October 2015. In it, twenty-seven fitness entrepreneurs competed for the opportunity to spread their program nationwide, be featured in Women’s Health Magazine, and claim title of ‘the next fitness phenomenon’. Co-founder of Cycle & Row (now Fuse45) Samantha Kelman (now Friedman) was a competitor in the interval-training portion of the competition, pitching Fuse45 (a workout created by Cycle & Row). Along with Jillian Michaels, Sam worked alongside fitness gurus Randy Hetrick, the founder of TRX, and celebrity fitness expert, Obi Obadike.

What was the best piece of advice Jillian Michaels gave you?

Jillian offered so much advice throughout the show that it’s almost impossible to identify one piece. So whether this is the most significant or not, I’m not sure, but it’s what comes to mind and stays to mind. About half way through the show, she asked me, “Mama, (yes, she liked to call me Mama), what’s your marketing hook? How are you going to get people to keep coming back to your studio?”

It’s funny because I come from a marketing background, but I never really thought about needing a “hook” to retain customers if the service I am providing is that effective. I always thought the workout would speak for itself. I realized, with all of the competition out there, you need more than just a great workout to be successful . Jillian is a hugely successful trainer, but she’s also a businesswoman and always thinking outside of the box to improve her and others. I really appreciated her tough questions that really made me think and, more than anything, made me change.

What was it like to work out with Jillian Michaels?

As cliché as this may sound, working out with Jillian was like a dream come true. Jillian is a true inspiration. She has overcome personal struggles and she has followed her passions and turned them into thriving businesses. I absolutely loved working and working out with her. Her tough love approach is definitely not for everyone, but I tend to have pretty thick skin when it comes to education and business. I never think I’m smarter than anyone. I always know I have more to learn and I think she really respected that.

What was the toughest part of the competition?

The toughest part of the competition was having to make real-time changes to a program I thought was complete. I never thought that our workout could be ever-evolving, especially since we already had a studio up and running… with paying clients! But all successful business go through change, especially in the beginning. While it takes a lot of effort, change can be worth it. Examples of change for me during the competition included logos, class/studio name, equipment and format… which feels almost like an entire business plan! But it was all worth it and our concept today is now a huge improvement from what it was.

What did you learn from Matt and Maria, your “control subjects” on the show? Have they kept up with their fitness goals?

Matt and Maria were TOTAL ROCKSTARS. I learned so much about the Fuse45 workout through working with Matt and Maria. I learned that it was truly a workout for everyone, with infinite room for growth and improvement. I learned that I had a winning concept, regardless of the show results. I reaffirmed that working out together is so much more fun, motivating and effective than working out alone. I learned how to connect with clients on a more personal level. I was so proud of Matt and Maria every step of the way and of course am still impressed that they have changed their lifestyles to include healthier diets and more intense exercise (they are still following the Fuse45 workout plan on their own!). We can’t wait to have Fuse45 studios in Los Angeles one day so they don’t need to attempt to create mini studios in their local gyms…. Which is nearly impossible.

Just 3 weeks into the competition, Matt and Maria lost significant weight, cut sizes, and energy levels were way up. They were eating 3 healthy meals per day with light snacks and even dessert! How did they make the change? FUSE45 EVERYDAY!! You can too.

Jillian Michaels to Star in Spike TV Fitness Competition Series

Jillian Michaels has found her next gig after The Biggest Loser.

The personal trainer will headline Sweat Inc., a new unscripted original series on Spike TV that centers on finding the next fitness phenomenon. Michaels will serve as host and judge for the series along with two other fitness industry experts. Together they will be tasked with deciding which undiscovered workout is best suited to be the next Soul Cycle, Zumba or Crossfit.

In each episode, 12 fitness entrepreneur contestants will put their innovative workout regimens to the test. Michaels and the other judges will then decide which entrepreneur will be eliminated. After 10 weeks, the victorious fitness program will win a cash prize and a partnership with a national gym chain to develop their fitness brand.

See more ‘Biggest Loser’ Trainer Jillian Michaels Reveals Why She Returned, How Long She’ll Stay (Video)

“Like the gold rush or tech boom, the fitness business has evolved into a high-stakes, billion-dollar industry, with a huge fortune awaiting the next amazing idea,” said Sharon Levy, executive vp original series at Spike TV. “Jillian Michaels is the perfect host and judge to lend her expertise to determine a victor.”

“I’m thrilled to be joining the Spike family and ‘reteam’ with 3 Ball to make another hugely entertaining and successful show,” said Michaels. “Sweat Inc. is a competition elimination show that has elements of today’s most compelling and engaging shows. It explores the savvy, grit, guts and glory to make it big in business while unleashing and exposing the most cutting edge, innovative, underground workouts to the masses. Ultimately, Sweat Inc.’s appeal is universal because at its core it’s about getting that one shot at making your dreams a reality. Who can’t relate to that?”

The network has ordered 10 one-hour episodes of the show, produced by 3 Ball Entertainment (Extreme Weight Loss). Sweat Inc. will go into production this summer and will premiere in the fall. Todd Nelson, JD Roth, DJ Nurre and Brant Pinvidic will serve as executive producers, along with Michaels and Giancarlo Chersich from Empowered Media.

UPDATES: Spike TV is teaming with Jillian Michaels on new unscripted series Sweat Inc for premiere this fall. The network said today at its upfront in NYC that it ordered 10 one-hour episodes of the series that seeks to find the next big fitness phenomenon. Michaels will host and serve as judge on the series produced by 3Ball Entertainment.

Spike also announced it has greenlighted eight more episodes of new, original series Lip Sync Battle which premieres April 2. In addition, the network announced it is partnering with Legendary Pictures to develop the original scripted series Emergency Broadcast, which features a group of government first responders who confront the planet’s most fantastic crises and disasters. The network also announced a development deal with Dwayne Johnson and Dany Garcia’s $7 Bucks Productions. Under the pact, Johnson and Garcia will executive produce shows ranging from big live events, specials, sports and initiatives surrounding our troops and veterans.

In Sweat Inc, 12 aspiring fitness entrepreneurs compete to prove they’ve developed the newest groundbreaking exercise program. Using her knowledge of the fitness industry and her business sense, The Biggest Loser alumna Michaels will decide which undiscovered workout is best suited to be the next new phenomenon. Two other yet-to-be named fitness industry experts will join Michaels at the judges table.

Emergency Broadcast is based on an original idea by Thomas Tull, Chairman and CEO of Legendary, and reteams the studio with longtime collaborator Max Brooks (World War Z: An Oral History Of The Zombie War), who serves as a consultant on the project.

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