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How Food Network's Amanda Freitag Got Fit

Food Network personality Amanda Freitag, 39, grew up with big kitchen ambitions and an even bigger appetite. FITNESS helped her put her health back on the front burner.
Amanda Freitag at the gym Measure Your Steps and Reps

Aside from walking to work, I was doing almost zero exercise. I feared gyms. My trainer, Amanda, started me off with baby steps: 30-second sets of strength moves, like shoulder presses with 7.5-pound dumbbells, and 15 minutes on the stationary bike. Eventually I did each exercise until failure -- that is, until I could do it no longer. Every time I eked out an extra rep or minute, it motivated me to push on.