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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.