January 25, 2012 10:07 AM by Cassandra Sturos
Every week we are treated to an exclusive blog by one of the current contestants on this season of The Biggest Loser, Cassandra Sturos. What does this very funny contestant have to say about everything that happened during week four on the Biggest Loser ranch, losing the gym for the week, and how well Bob Harper can kick butt? Read Cassandra Sturos’ blog below and find out!
Another one for the books this week at the ranch! I hope you all watched last night’s amazing episode. My team lost our challenge having to face this week’s excuse head on: Working out without a gym.
If you missed what happened last night on The Biggest Loser catch up by reading our recap!
Now I am no stranger to avoiding the gym. My excuses have always been, memberships are too expensive, I don’t know how to use most of the equipment, or my personal best – I am fat and people will judge me. This has caused me to either attempt working out at home, which is always a bit dicey or not working out at all—even worse.
My initial thoughts on losing the gym were: “Okay, I’ve worked out without a gym before, no big. And, I like the outdoors anyway. Or, how bad can this be?’
The major differing factor here was I wasn’t just about to embark on a little outdoor adventure on my own. I would be outdoor-sing it with Bob freaking Harper. That sexy man does not mess around when it comes to fitness and I should have known better.
Read Cassandra Sturos’ blog from week three on The Biggest Loser ranch!
The first workout with him in the frost-bitten grass, doing bear crawls, burpees, running, skipping—yeah skipping, turns out that is only fun when you’re five and weigh about that, had me aching for the gym. What was so great about the outdoors anyway? I was starting to re-think why I had ever hated gyms in the first place. Give me a spin bike again and color me happy.
By the time our next outdoor workout rolled around involving kitchen chairs and cans of beans I was genuinely fearful. A can of beans seems fairly innocent, so I dared to hope that we’d be using the cans as weights. No such luck. Having to do lateral jumps over a can of beans is horrendous. Horrendous I tell you! Try it if you don’t believe me. Then we had to lift kitchen chairs over our heads doing a squat thruster—as in squat while delicately balancing a piece of furniture over your head and then stand up and thrust said piece of furniture over your head and back down. We did this in a circuit called Fran involving 21 squat thrusters, 21 push-ups, 21 air squats, then 15 of each, then 9 of each, as fast as you can. If any of you are without a gym and bored with your exercise tapes, try this. Rest assured you will want to vomit. I almost did.
But here’s the silver lining. This no gym excuse really is a crock! I mean, yes Bob could give you a severe workout out of a twig and piece of yarn, making you wish you’d signed up for the military for some relief, but all that aside, I found that there’s no knocking a can of beans and a kitchen chair for a calorie burn worthy of your most legit elliptical. Who the heck knew?
Even though Black team showed Mother Nature a thing or two about workouts and proved to ourselves that we could still lose weight sans gym, it wasn’t enough to save us from elimination. We bid Gail a very sad Adieu, but all had grown a little stronger and wiser having challenged ourselves so thoroughly this week.
I must say, this Bob Harper magic is working, I am already down to 206 pounds! Be sure to tune-in next week to see if I can get my weight back into the 100s! Until next time, happy fitness!
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