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Brett Hoebel From ‘The Biggest Loser’ Now Teaching at Flywheel – And We Got His First Playlist!

Written on June 7, 2013 at 2:05 pm , by

Ever dream about hanging with a celebrity trainer every week while you get your sweat on? Now you can – just head to Flywheel Sports and look for Brett Hoebel on the schedule (you watched – in awe, we’re sure – his capoeira skills on season 11 of The Biggest Loser). He’ll be teaching at their Los Angeles studios, and making guest appearances in New York City. We scored seats in his debut ride at Flywheel’s Flatiron studio, and couldn’t stop raving about his crazy beats on our walk back to the office. But you know we’re not the type of girls to keep those tunes all to ourselves, so of course we nabbed the playlist before we left. Now get on a bike, blast each song and prepare for a serious dose of sweat.

Fit or Flop Host Challenged Herself To Survive Competition

Written on February 27, 2013 at 1:38 pm , by

Watch out, Season 26 competitors! Andrea is in it to win it. (Photo courtesy of Lev Gorn)

At first glance, you wouldn’t consider Andrea Boehlke to be a threat. The blue-eyed, blonde bombshell may look like she belongs on the red carpet, but don’t mess—she’s a true competitor ready to rough it up in the wilderness. Andrea, a Wisconsin native-turned New Yorker, recently made her Survivor return in CBS’s Caramoan: Fan vs. Favorites season and this time she plans to come out on top.

How, you ask? As the thirteenth castaway in Redemption Island, the Fit or Flop host relied on her past experience because like Destiny’s Child once sang, she wasn’t going to give up or stop, but work harder to be declared this year’s “Sole Survivor.” We caught up with Andrea after lunging alongside her at Brett Hoebel’s recent 20-Minute Body workout to find out how she prepped for the twenty-sixth season and changed fitness things up a bit after some Fit or Flop-spiration.

First Survivor, now Fit or Flop and Fans vs. Favorites. You seem to be pretty competitive! Have you always been a workout junkie? What’s your fitness fave?
Yes, I grew up playing sports and doing tons of outdoors activities. In high school I played on the varsity basketball team all four years and was competitive in volleyball and track. My absolute favorite way to exercise is sand volleyball, but unfortunately I don’t get to do a ton of that in New York City. I really love yoga, straight up running and trying out new workout classes around the city. When I’m in Wisconsin, I branch out more—with cross-country skiing, riding horses bareback (it’s a really great inner thigh work out!), biking and hiking.

How did you shape up for Survivor?
For Survivor, I just turned my normal workout routine up a few notches. I also tried to mentally push myself beyond what I would normally do. I would actually imagine that each workout or run was a Survivor challenge and if I gave up before that last mile I would be voted out that night. Yes, I realize this sounds incredibly corny, but it actually worked! Also, about a month before leaving for the Philippines, I went home and trained in Wisconsin with my aunt, Trina Van Horn, who is a personal trainer in Random Lake. My grandpa owns a gravel pit and she had me sprinting up these huge piles of gravel. I really despised her at the time for it, but that was the best workout of my life to date.

You’re so busy being a model, actress, host and writer—what’s your secret to fitting it all in while leading a healthy lifestyle!?
I don’t think I’ve found “the secret” yet, but when I do, I will let you know! I function best when I’m busy and slightly stressed so even though yes, I’m pretty busy right now, I want to be way busier. I want to be so busy that I don’t even have time to tweet. However, I always try to make time for exercising. I often have my nights off or breaks during the day so I’ll fit in an hour or two or, if I’m lucky, I’ll catch a candlelight yoga class in St. Marks Place. I try to get a run in 4-5 times a week and ideally I get a workout in every day. If you want to work out, you’ll find a way.

How did Fit or Flop inspire your personal fit routine? Any new workout on your to-do list now?
Hosting Fit or Flop inspired me tremendously! The stories that some of these trainers have are incredible and completely motivating. I really want to take one of Trish Van Buren’s HipHotic classes—they look like a blast and maybe someday I will be able to move my booty like that! Also, I’ve taken two of judge Brett Hoebel’s capoeira classes. His classes are super intense and prove that he is a judge that knows his stuff. I would love to work out with the Brooklyn Badasses in the park, as well, because they look like they are having a blast and a half.

Ok, spill: Which trainer are you rooting for?
I’m definitely obsessed with Jason Wimberlean; he’s just a beautiful human being and writes a very inspirational fitness blog. I’m also a big fan of Jen Borman of the Rock Hard Girls Club and would love to have her has a trainer. She is this cool mix of sweet and tough and I like that the classes are catered for women specifically. Who else? There’s so many. Well, the Brooklyn Badasses pretty much speak for themselves. Hit Richards from the Calisthenics Kingz was pretty motivating, too. I’m sure I’ll have many more favorites as the season goes on!

Just for fun—dream host job: If you could host anything on TV, which show would it be?
I want to host a travel show. I want to travel the world and explore other cultures and inspire Americans to travel and see the world. I actually have a few ideas of my own for shows so hopefully someday I will see those dreams come true. Besides that, I would love to continue hosting shows similar to Fit or Flop: shows that inspire and motivate people. I think Fit or Flop is such a great concept and am really grateful for this opportunity.

Keep up with Andrea Wednesday nights at 8/7C on CBS and FitorFlop.com.

Brett Hoebel’s Short But Sweet Full-Body Workout

Written on February 21, 2013 at 10:22 am , by

Hello, six pack! Add a kick and side crunch shimmy after your typical crunch for a Brett-inspired belly burn. (Photo courtesy of Trae Patton/NBC)

Don’t be fooled by Brett Hoebel’s new 20-Minute Body workout. It may be quick, but this high-intensity routine is no joke. As the Fit or Flop judge and Biggest Loser’s Season 11 trainer recently tweeted, “We can not become what we want to be by remaining what we are.” Brett’s routine reflects just that, challenging every muscle group with the Brazilian art form of Capoeira. The fluid technique, rooted by movements invented by African slaves to mask self-defense training, shreds and sculpts for a long, lean look.

We recently got a taste of the speedy (but efficient) cardio-kickboxing session with Brett and trust us when we say our buns have never hurt so good after all of the executed squats, lunges, dance and martial art moves! The best part? All you need is a 4’-by-4’ space and your own bodyweight.

To get the blood pumping, Brett started off by leading us through a cardio series full of crosses, jabs, upper cuts, sidekicks and a bit of fancy footwork. Just when we thought we knew what was coming next, Brett asked the burning (literally!) question, “What time is it?” Throwing our hands in the air, we echoed enthusiastically in unison, “Bootytime!”  before getting low for 60-second rounds of pulsing squats. Our glutes thanked us later…

A circuit with four sets of minute-long explosive isometrics came next, featuring low runner’s lunge-squat combos, crossover walking planks, jump squats and abs. Brett upped the difficulty each round, adding a “shake ‘n bake” shimmy/kick to the ab roll-ups and a mountain climber variation to the planks. Wobbly legs didn’t hold us back from giving Brett our all. His own beading sweat and encouragement helped us finish strong!

Brett’s new routine is expected for release soon with a soft launch of classes offered through March at 24 Hour Fitness locations in New York City, Los Angeles and Miami. Until then, be sure to check out his other programs, RevAbs and reVamp, for a revolutionary total body tone.

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Fit or Flop: Behind-the-Scenes of Finding the Next Fitness Star!

Written on January 30, 2013 at 6:07 pm , by

Tune in every Wednesday to see who impressed these tough judges!

It’s OK, you can admit it: you’re addicted to reality TV. This is a judgment-free zone, and by now you all know about our slight obsession with The Biggest Loser and The Bachelor. So what’s a girl to do when she just wants to see her passion for guilty-pleasure TV and fitness combined? Enter season 2 of Fit or Flop, an online reality series looking for the next big fitness star.

Sound right up your alley? We got the inside scoop from all three of the judges: Brett Hoebel, formerly from The Biggest Loser, Allison Ceraso, and Jenna Autuori-Dedic, our very own fitness editor! Keep reading to find out what they’re looking for in a winner, then check out their website for a new episode every Wednesday night!

What made you want to get involved with Fit or Flop?

Jenna Autuori-Dedic, fitness editor at FITNESS (JA): We have dancing, singing and talent competitions on TV, and since the fitness industry is so popular right now and saturated with many trainers and methods, it makes sense that we put them all together and find the next star! I meet so many trainers who are all so amazing and passionate, but they need the right direction on how to expand their brand and business. Winning Fit or Flop gives you that chance. Plus, it was like an open casting call for me to find new workouts and methods that I could share with our readers!

Brett Hoebel, founder of Hoebel Fitness (BH): I really think the fitness industry needs something like this. When I was getting started, there wasn’t a lot of access to getting started as a brand, and it was a struggle. If I knew that something like this was available back then, I would have absolutely been going at it.

Allison Ceraso, creative director at Havas Life (AC): The concept is so appealing to me. I truly believe that health and wellness are the biggest trends of our time. That, coupled with the takeover of social and digital media, seemed like the perfect pairing. Health is contagious, so it seemed fit to make the branding of the next fitness star go viral!

Are there any traits that really sway you to make a person a Fit instead of a Flop?

BH: Star power. To me, that’s just “Do you remember the person after they’ve left the room?” It doesn’t mean they have to leave a good impression on you – some people love to hate – but they have to have left a lasting one. I call it stickiness, and that’s the kind of personality and program you have to have.

JA: Just like all TV shows or big stars, personality and star power sets you apart from everyone else. I gave a Fit if I really saw that a trainer’s method would speak to the masses or if they had a great personality and positive energy that would attract a lot of followers. If I felt like I would want to take a class with this person on my own time, they got a definite Fit from me!

AC: For me, it was about the ability to inspire. Yes, they had to come in with a solid, unique program that engaged everyone. But they also had to have the ability to connect emotionally with their customers, and most importantly, create an enduring relationship through their brand so it wouldn’t be short-lived. They had to be ready to not just create a brand, but be the brand.

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Can Women Be Too Toned?

Written on August 3, 2011 at 3:40 pm , by

We think Ripa looks great! Do you? (Photo courtesy of Getty Images)

It seems like everywhere we go these days women are constantly told how to look. Don’t be too skinny because then people will think you have unhealthy habits lurking in the shadows. Don’t be overweight because that’ll bring on an onslaught of health problems and medical concerns. So what’s the happy medium? You’d think working out and building up muscle would be. But now it seems as though women are being criticized once again—this time for being too toned.

ABC news recently aired a video covering the topic, in which it seems a double standard has been issued between men and women. We want men to look buff and muscular, but if women are, then something’s wrong. They targeted celebs like Cameron Diaz and Kelly Ripa as potential culprits: Ripa for her rockin’ arms and Diaz for her washboard abs.

Brett Hoebel, one of the trainers from season 11 of The Biggest Loser, tweeted earlier today saying he doesn’t think muscle is a bad thing. “Pop culture has set a standard for girls to be ‘thin’ and ‘waif-like,” he tweeted. “Most men, however, are not looking for that type of girl…I personally love a woman that is fit and has more curves than a skinny body.”

We couldn’t have said it better ourselves, Brett. After all, we love Kelly’s bod and think Cameron is pretty rad, too.

Now tell us: Can women be too toned?