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.”