“Biggest Loser” contestant Joelle Gwynn is a client at the CoachMeFit studio in West Bloomfield, MI. She works out with the owner of the studio, Catherine Munaco.
“Biggest Loser” airs Tuesday’s at 8:00pm on NBC.
Catherine will be blogging weekly first-hand updates from Joelle’s training
Joelle had an interview with Matt Lauer last Tuesday on the Today Show, so I didn’t see her to workout on Monday or Tuesday. Thankfully, the Today show went off without much drama. Joelle and Carla both looked great, they were friendly, and most importantly they got to show off the hard work they’ve been doing!
Now that Joelle has been eliminated and the interview rush has subdued, we got to spend this week refocusing and getting back to our regular schedule. Joelle meets with me four days per week for her most intense workouts, and then she fills in with cardio classes or recumbent bike riding. The weather in Michigan is FINALLY starting to thaw, so we even went for a short jog together. This week marks the first time that Joelle has jogged a mile straight. That may sound simple, but, like most overweight or unathletic people, Joelle never jogged when she was younger. I started with a mile so she would realize that she could do it. Joelle was extremely proud of herself, and she should be! We’re already talking about road racing together. We’ll probably start with a 5k, but eventually I would like her to run/walk a half marathon with me (she doesn’t know this yet…) The great thing about jogging, if you can do it without your joints hurting, is that it burns a lot of calories and you don’t need very much equipment (a good pair of running shoes is enough). You can get a decent workout in by jogging around your block, even when time is limited. You don’t need to waste time driving to the gym. Plus, with regular jogging you can see vast improvements in a relatively short amount of time, especially for beginners. If you’ve never jogged before, try this beginner routine: Jog for 3 minutes, and then walk for 3 minutes. Go for at least 30 minutes. If you do this every day for a month, you will see you won’t need to walk as long. You may not even have to walk at all!
Joelle is looking forward to being able to run longer distances at a faster pace, but she has been working hard on her treadmill intervals. Every week we’ve tried to increase her speed or her pace. This week she’s running 8.5 mph for 30 second intervals on the treadmill (she walks in between intervals to recover, and does about 12 intervals in all). Next week we’ll increase the speed again. Joelle’s goal is to be able to do intervals at 10mph for 30-45 seconds.
On a personal note, it’s great to have Joelle focused and motivated. I definitely noticed a change since she came home from New York last week. We have a little over two months and we are going strong!