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Ali Vincent Wouldn’t Advise Loved Ones to do ‘Biggest Loser’

Fitness dynamo Ali Vincent — a.k.a. “The Biggest Loser’s” first female winner — looks back on her “Biggest Loser” experience with mixed views these days. Asked whether she could ever envision herself becoming a “BL” trainer, she says, “Honestly, I don’t think I could ever do that because I’ve been through it. I think it’s one of the greatest opportunities of my life — but I’d never encourage anyone I care about to do it.”

Why not?   “I just think it’s super intense and — I’m glad I went through it, but I didn’t know what I was signing up for when I got into it. By the end, I was just, like, spent,” recalls Ali. She also admits she won the show at a weight that “quite frankly wasn’t a good weight for me. I lost my menstrual cycle that last month.”

She continues, “I would definitely be cautious about who I would recommend doing it. For instance, my uncle would like to do it, and in my personal opinion, he is strong enough. My cousin, not so much.”

The vivacious Vincent has more than enough to do with her own show – “Live Big with Ali Vincent” — that launched on The Live Well Network in September. (Not to mention her ‘cross country travel for speaking engagements, signings of her popular Believe It. Be It. book, etc.) She says her steepest fitness challenges came after leaving the “BL” ranch and learning to live the healthy lifestyle day-to-day, out in the real world. Those lessons are what she hopes to impart via “Live Big,” in addition to fostering an online community of people helping other people to live healthy.

“This is our first year and we’ve had so much fun with the show, figuring out the flow of it. It’s interesting, trying to showcase people on their journeys,” she says. “Some have gone beyond my wildest expectations, some are like, excuse-ridden. You can take a camel to water but you can’t make it drink, you know? I want to say, ‘Come on — you said if you had these opportunities, you’d take advantage of them. Do you know how many people want to be in your spot?’”

She hopes that viewers can learn from both types of examples, maybe even see themselves in the excuse-makers. “It’s not about weight loss although weight loss is part of it. It’s about living a healthy lifestyle, and making those moment-to-moment choices to live better. If you make it about a diet, it has a start and an end. When you switch to a healthy lifestyle, there is no end.”

Which is one reason Ali is currently in training for an Iron Man triathlon in Cozumel, Mexico in November. “I’m covering it on my show. One of the things I promised myself on ‘Biggest Loser’ was that I was going to stay on top of my game. Having goals like training for a triathlon helps me keep my edge.”

Alison Sweeney Feeling Effects of Triple Duty Schedule, but No Slowing Down

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“The Biggest Loser” is wrapping up shooting for its currently-airing season this week, and host Alison Sweeney admits “I’ve been counting the days” ’til it’s over.  That’s because Alison, a master multi-tasker, has taken on a workload that’s nearly impossible.  There’s “Biggest Loser,” her ongoing starring stint on “Days of Our Lives,” plus the “Hollywood Girls Night” TV Guide Channel show she’s executive producing along with her on-camera chores.

Planning her schedule has been like “a thousand-piece puzzle that only fits together one way.  It’s all been happening at once,” she tells us.  “I try to avoid this, but one time did I have to do all three shows in one day, with the Hollywood Moms coming for dinner.  That was a long day.”

In case you weren’t aware, the Sunday night show, in which she partners with Ali Landry, was inspired by their real-life social circle of celebrity moms, who had fun getting together at each other’s homes and dishing on the industry, men, their kids, men, friends and men.  “We want to keep it all positive, fun and light-hearted, just like it is when we talk to our girlfriends off-camera.  It’s not often you’re in the middle of an outrageous conversation or a catfight.  We behave as we would if we came to someone’s house for dinner,” she says.

Sure.  Not surprisingly, though, the show’s teaser promos stress the spilling of secrets, and such attention-grabbing bits as this week’s guest Kendra Wilkinson talking about building a “sex room” in her home with hubby Hank Baskett.  “Kendra is a highlight — the way she opens up about her married life, her background, what her life has been like as a Playmate, how she’s comfortable with her body,” Alison says.  “She had great stuff.  I kept asking her questions.  I HAD to know more.”  Robin Givens is also on this week’s show.  Future shows include Brooke Burns and champion dancer Cheryl Burke.

Alison brushes off reports that she and Landry annoyed their real-life friends by going off on their own to sell the show last year.  “Obviously, I just think there’s a lot of misinformation out there,” she says.  “It’s a wonderful show, really positive, and most important for us, it’s celebrating our friendships.”

The busy actress-host-producer-director also has her husband and two small children at home.  Finding family time “is definitely a big piece of the puzzle,” she says.

She credits nutrition and exercise tips she’s picked up through her years on “The Biggest Loser” for the fact she has the energy for all this.  “These are tools you can use for your whole life, not just when you’re losing weight,” she points out.  And…are you ready?…she’s also training for the L.A. Marathon March 18.

‘Biggest Loser’s’ Dolvett Quince Weighs in On Age Issue

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Despite the rapidly diminishing number of age 50-and-over contestants on this season’s “The Biggest Loser,” trainer Dolvett Quince is sticking to the company line that age doesn’t matter in this, the show’s Battle of the Ages competition.

“I know it sounds cliché-ish to say ‘Age is just a number,’ but the show has had success with older contestants.  One of the oldest was a winner,” he points out.  “Personally, I’ve been training people going up into their late sixties and early seventies for years.  Granted, they probably won’t get the six pack they might hope for, but you can get in shape whatever age group you’re in.”

The Atlanta-based trainer-to-the-stars, whose client roster ranges from Justin Beiber to Baltimore Ravens Tight End Daniel Wilcox, is the lesser-known of the two newcomers who’ve joined Bob Harper on the NBC staple this year.  The other, beautiful tennis ace Anna Kournikova, has a warm and likeable TV personality – but she got stuck with the group of over-50s, who’ve been making a very poor showing so far.  (Hello, Casting?  Could you have done better by this age group?)  Dolvett and his Under 30s are looking like contenders, along with Harper’s mighty group of 30-50-year-olds.

“Being the new guy has its perks, and also challenges.  You have to set a tone, a statement about who you are.  My immediate job is building trust with the people I train, in order to transform them,” says Quince.  “I felt good going in – I would have felt good with any of the groups.”

As far as being nervous about replacing the vastly popular Jillian Michaels – or dropped-after-one-season trainers Brett Hoebel and Cara Castronuova — Dolvett says he doesn’t think like that.  “I’m pretty confident with my brand, with my skill set.  I didn’t have any distractions about the previous season or the previous trainers,” he responds.  “I was focused on people losing weight, every day.”  According to him, he and Bob and Anna enjoy harmonious working relationships.  “Everyone gets along great – the trainers, the support staff, the nutritionist, we all have that kind of camaraderie.  Obesity is such a big problem, and we’re all focused on doing something about it.”

The self-assured Mr. Quince also says, “I think every trainer would want to be on this show.  When I got the call, I can’t tell you how enthusiastic I was.  It was amazing for me to get this chance for this exposure, to show what I’ve been doing.”  The best part: “To see my team smile and celebrate as they go through these transformations.   It’s extremely moving.”  

Tonight’s (10/4) “Biggest Loser” brings in NFL stars Drew Brees, Eric Dickerson, Clay Matthews, Tony Gonzalez, Shawne Merriman and Tim Tebow.

Trainer Bob Harper Feeling ‘Possessed’ By Jillian Michaels These Days

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Trainer Bob Harper tells us that although Jillian Michaels left “The Biggest Loser” after last season, her spirit lives on, in a way.  “I’ve gotten possessed by Jillian a lot,” he jokingly admits.  “You’re going to see me in a different way, not taking ‘no’ for an answer, getting people to stand on their own two feet.”

 The beloved Bob, who has been known to shed a tear and share a hug with an emotional contestant every few episodes, has never been easy on his subjects.  But he’s even tougher these days, to hear him tell it.  He says, “Now that Jillian has moved on and is working with ‘The Doctors,” I’m getting a chance to spread my wings in my own way.  I’ve got to do what I can for these people, as passionately as possible.” 

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According to Bob, his new, high-profile fellow trainer — tennis star Anna Kournikova — is bringing plenty of passion to the show.  “She’s a sweet woman and a really strong competitor,” he says.  However, he points out that she is brand-new to the game of helping morbidly obese people get into shape.  “It’s going to be a real struggle, I think, because it’s such a specific job.  You can come in with all the heart you want, but you also have to know what to do.”  Trainer Dolvett Quince is also newly aboard “The Biggest Loser,” which launches its Season 12 on Sept. 20.

His friendship with Jillian continues.  “Of course!” he says.  “We talk all the time.  I’m about to leave for dinner with her right now.”

Alison Sweeney Adds New Activities to Hectic Life, Including Getting Your Pet Fit

Alison Sweeney, Bob Harper, Jillian Michaels NBC photo by Mitchell Haaseth

Alison Sweeney doesn’t sound terribly enthusiastic about the two new trainers on “The Biggest Loser” this season.  Asked how she feels about the male-female duo so far, she demonstrates a side-stepping capability that ranks up there with the most seasoned politicians:

“They’re certainly different, but I was a new person at one time myself,” points out the “Biggest Loser” hostess and “Days of Our Lives” daytime TV star.   She also says, “I think the show is as strong as ever.  ‘The Biggest Loser’ is all about change and people getting their lives back.  I think we’ll see how the fans feel about what they’re seeing as it all unfolds.”

Does she like the two newcomers who are competing against popular trainers Bob Harper and Jillian Michaels this season?

Her answer:  “They’re amazing trainers.  They certainly have an important contribution to make.”

Viewers should not expect to get a big reveal all at once about the new trainers, either.  They’re being kept mysterious.  Sweeney is doing her part.

She laughs.  “I’ve been on a soap opera a long time.  I know how to keep a secret.”  In fact, she won’t even say how much chance she’s had to get to know the pair herself.

“Every week they’re going to show a little more.  I can’t speak for the producers, but I think the idea is for viewers to see the effects of the work they put in.  They wanted America to see what they do before really seeing who they are.  I can tell you for sure that the contestants who went to train with them love them and are passionately enthusiastic about the choice they made to go with them.”

A few weeks ago, Michaels announced that she would be leaving the show at season’s end in hopes of focusing on motherhood as she wants to adopt a baby.  Sweeney notes, “As long as she’s a part of ‘Biggest Loser,’ we’re lucky to have her.  Even last week at the weigh in, I was so moved by her passion.  I know whatever road Jillian takes she’s going to be successful and put her whole heart into it.”

As far as her own feelings about changes on the show, Sweeney says, “It’s just one of those things.  These things are going to happen.  It’s like the contestants’ journeys.  At a certain point there are going to be extraneous factors you can’t control, but you can’t let that keep you from doing what you need to do.”

MEANWHILE:  Sweeney has been living the life of a master multi-tasker for years now, what with her prime time and daytime shows, plus her toddler son and daughter and her husband at home.  This year, she adds to her activities list with her “The Mommy Diet” book, and stumping for the Hill’s Science Diet for pets and its current Million Dollar PetFit challenge.  Fur real!

Her own beloved family dog, fivish-year-old rescued Boston Terrier, Winkie, inspired her involvement.  “There are crazy statistics out there about overweight dogs.  You start to say the words and realize it’s the exact same mistakes people make with their children; they associate food with comfort and love.  But being overweight really does impact the health of the pet.  They’re going to be in pain, they’re going to have low energy, it will impact their longevity.  Our vet made it clear a fitness program is vital to keep your pet healthy.”

Speaking of fitness, how are the current crop of “Biggest Loser” contestants doing, deep into filming of the season that just started to air last week?

“They’re amazing,” she says.  “The weight loss is spectacular — they’re definitely meeting and exceeding the standards.  We had people getting whistles on the catwalk because of how great they look.  You would say, ‘That person doesn’t belong on a weight loss show.'”

We’ll see.