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Clients Reach Goals Through Accountability

Friday, December 12th, 2008

Amy and Shellay from NBC’s “Biggest Loser” were interviewed by WDIV this week along with their personal trainer, CoachMeFit Owner Derek DiGiovanni. 

Their weight loss since being eliminated from the show has been truly remarkable and they attribute much of this accomplishment to Derek’s help.  Watch the clip above to hear them talk about just how far they’ve come.

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After elimination, Amy offers advice for others

Thursday, November 27th, 2008

“Biggest Loser” contestants Amy and Shellay are clients at the CoachMeFit studio in Birmingham, MI.  They work out with the owners of the studio, Derek and Kerrie DiGiovanni.

“Biggest Loser” airs Tuesday’s at 8:00pm on NBC.

Last night, Amy was voted off the show. Eager to stay at the ranch and continue the rugged regime, she would now have to go it alone. Instead of a TV star for a trainer she would look to Derek at the local CoachMeFit to “kick butt.” It’s working. Her weight continues to go down.

Amy has some advice for people who are seriously over weight but don’t have the luxury of a stay at the Biggest Loser ranch to help them.

    1) Make exercise a priority every day. If there is something else you want to do, tell yourself that you can’t do it until you do your cardio, or weights.
    2) Ideally find a “workout buddy” who is committed to exercising with you regularly. Of course, a personal trainer is your best support system.
    3) Diets alone don’t work.
    4) Realize that many physical symptoms—aching legs and feet, difficulty breathing, and a host of medical problems—are the result of your weight, and you can be free of them.
    5) Set small attainable goals, achieve them, and set more small goals. If you never exercise, don’t start with a goal of working out every day. You’re likely to fail, and give up completely.

This week’s pay-off for Amy was going to lunch with friends she used to work with and finding that many didn’t recognize her. Priceless.

In case you are curious … Amy and Shellay won’t be indulging in a 4,000-calorie (the average intake of an adult at Thanksgiving dinner) eating frenzy this Thanksgiving. They are eating turkey breast, salad, and cauliflower mashed “potatoes.”

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Amy Dropping Pounds and Going Strong

Friday, November 21st, 2008

“Biggest Loser” contestants Amy and Shellay are clients at the CoachMeFit studio in Birmingham, MI.  They work out with the owners of the studio, Derek and Kerrie DiGiovanni.

“Biggest Loser” airs Tuesday’s at 8:00pm on NBC.

Nothing celebrates losing a lot of weight like selling all your “fat” clothes in a garage sale. That’s exactly what Amy and Shellay did, vowing that they are so over being overweight.

Amy and her Personal Trainer, Derek

Amy and her Personal Trainer, Derek

If Amy reaches her goal, she’ll be wearing a size-10 dress for the season finale. On Tuesday’s program Amy beat out all other contestants in terms of the greatest percentage of weight loss in a week. She lost 8 lbs for a total weight loss of 66 lbs.

Shellay is on-track to don a size 6 little black dress when she returns. Shellay admits that exercising for hours every day is getting tougher. Boredom, burnout … that’s inevitable when all day, every day for the last six months you’ve been counting every calorie you burn. It’s her personal training sessions that keep her enthused. “I always feel really good after working out with Derek. Sure, I’m exhausted, but my stress and any negative feelings are gone.”

Shellay believes that if you exercise infrequently, you can convince yourself you’ve reached your limit although your body is far from it. But with a good personal trainer you find you are capable of more than you imagined. “CoachMeFit is full of positive energy. I cross paths week after week with the same people and can see their progress.

I would tell anyone who is struggling with losing weight to in invest in personal training, even a few times a month. It would be hard to put a price on the benefits.”

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Amy’s Workout Regime

Friday, November 14th, 2008
CoachMeFit Birmingham Owner, Derek DiGiovanni, guides Amy through one of her workouts

“Biggest Loser” contestants Amy and Shellay are clients at the CoachMeFit studio in Birmingham, MI.  They work out with the owners of the studio, Derek and Kerrie DiGiovanni.

“Biggest Loser” airs Tuesday’s at 8:00pm on NBC.

“I’ll never go back to that life,” says a determined Amy referring to the years when she never, ever exercised, dieted off and on, and gained weight year after year. “I knew very little about the Biggest Loser right up to the day I tried out for the show. I did know that if I was ever going to change my life, this was my chance.”

Living on the Biggest Loser’s ranch where she learned the importance of exercise and how to eat right transformed Amy. By Tuesday’s show Amy had lost 58 pounds — the equivalent of 24% of her body weight. And the hard work continues. At CoachMeFit she warms up, powers through a 45 – 60 minute cardio workout on a combination of elliptical, treadmill and bike and then completes a 45 – 50 minute weight circuit and cools down. She experiences some muscle soreness after weight training, but it doesn’t bother her. “It’s a sign I worked hard.” The weight training builds muscle tone to add firmness to her smaller shape. The rest of her training is on her own in the form of gym workouts and hours of walking.

Training with Derek or Kerrie helps Amy feel grounded and committed. Like her workouts at the Biggest Loser ranch, the sessions are serious business. Her trainers know that Amy is in it to win.

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Amy’s Hardwork Paying Off

Wednesday, November 5th, 2008

“Biggest Loser” contestants Amy and Shellay are clients at the CoachMeFit studio in Birmingham, MI.  They work out with the Owners of the studio, Derek and Kerrie DiGiovanni.

“Biggest Loser” airs Tuesday’s at 8:00pm on NBC.

“The energy goes right out of me when I don’t exercise. That’s a real eye-opener,” Shellay observed after a family funeral and other obligations made it impossible to keep up her intense exercise regimen this past week. Contrary to how she might have expected to feel after dramatically cutting down on exercise, Shellay admits she “felt exhausted.”

Amy’s hard work is really paying off. When Biggest Loser last aired two weeks ago, she ranked number one – she had lost the greatest percentage of body fat of any of the contestants. From Shellay’s perspective, this has made as big a change in her attitude as in her body. “She is so much happier now.”

Shellay has mentioned before that she tried all kinds of diets from the time she was a teenager. It wasn’t until Biggest Loser that she realized the role of exercise in losing weight. If you doubt the extremes to which she went to lose weight, check this out — Shellay, her mom, aunt, and cousin all tried a controversial diet that involved receiving injections of animal placenta. Imagine that even as a teenager, Shellay was desperately searching for a way to lose weight, just like her mom.

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Congratulations Shellay!

Wednesday, October 15th, 2008

One of our celebrity clients, Shellay, was voted off of the Biggest Loser last night. We are extremely proud of Shellay and her accomplishments on the show. Take a look at the picture below to get an update on what Shellay looks like now.

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Shellay and Amy continue to work out with Derek and Kerrie DiGiovanni at the CoachMeFit studio in Birmingham.

To get an idea of how far Shellay has come, take a look at this video. Great job Shellay!

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Weekly posting #3. CoachMeFit follows Shellay’s progress as a contestant on the “Biggest Loser.”

Tuesday, October 14th, 2008

“Biggest Loser” airs Tuesday’s at 8:00pm on NBC.

“Amy and I made up a name for Derek, our CoachMeFit trainer … ‘Stroke’ … because he’s silent but deadly. He earned that name last week by coaching us through one of the toughest and best workouts I’ve had. He has a calm, quiet way of getting me to work harder than I ever imagined.” Shellay explained that exercise is a greater challenge for her than dieting, but she has found the one-on-one time with a trainer is the incentive she needs.

Workouts with Jillian were quite different, as viewers witnessed in last week’s program when her “boot camp” style brought Shellay to tears. After it aired, her friends called to console her. But Shellay believes there’s a positive side to facing the tough talk. It helps her confront the life-long issues that keep her from succeeding.

As a “Biggest Loser” celebrity, Shellay has become a role model for people who’ve struggled to lose weight. “People email me for advice and tell me I’m an inspiration.” Shellay has been asked to speak to different groups about her experience. Yet with all the evidence that she has made a dramatic life change, Shellay can hardly believe what she sees in the mirror. “That can’t be me. I still see myself as fat.”

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Weekly update #2 — CoachMeFit’s Celebrity Clients from the “Biggest Loser”

Wednesday, October 8th, 2008

The “Biggest Loser” airs on Tuesday’s at 8:pm on NBC.

Shellay stayed on the “losing” track this week with the help of Kerrie, co-owner and trainer at CoachMeFit in Birmingham. Although Shellay describes both Kerrie and Derek as “easy-going” she adds that when the going gets tough, they know how to be tougher.

Amy and Shellay are trusting Kerrie and Derek DiGiovanni (above) to help them continue their weight loss

Amy and Shellay have selected Kerrie and Derek DiGiovanni (above) to help them continue their weight loss since leaving left the "Biggest Loser" ranch.

How does this mother/daughter team handle a contest that requires so much personal effort and discipline? Shellay recalls that coming back to reality after leaving the ranch was a bit of a “shock.” Life is different. You have to create a new routine. “Amy and I do feel some competitiveness as we set our own fitness goals,” Shellay commented. Amy realized that her friends were distracting her from focusing on losing weight, so she has limited the time she is available to them between Monday and Friday. On the other hand, Shellay has the support of her husband who is happy to make exercise a part of their lives together.

As for the workout…

Shellay does weight exercises with Kerrie or Derek, not on her own, as a way of preventing injury. During her 45-minute sessions on the treadmill or other cardio equipment she has learned how to change the speed and incline for a more varied workout. “I’m not coordinated,” she admits, “so I feel more comfortable on equipment that requires less balance.”

Shellay already feels like a winner—her cholesterol is down from 208 to 135!

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The Biggest Loser

Monday, September 29th, 2008

This is the first of weekly updates on CoachMeFit’s celebrity clients, Biggest Loser contestants Shellay and Amy Cremen. The mother-daughter duo has been training at CoachMeFit Birmingham with owner/trainer Derek DiGiovanni since the summer. At stake is a $250,000 prize for losing the most weight by the season finale in mid December. The Biggest Loser airs every Tuesday at 8pm on NBC.The Biggest Loser at CoachMeFit

“I can feel my ribs!” exclaimed Shellay, noting one of the many ways her body is changing as she sheds more pounds each week. Shellay admits that until entering this competition she wasn’t able to maintain a diet or exercise program. She explained, “Not being able to keep commitments to ourselves and lack of self-discipline run in my family. But, I’m very good at keeping commitments to others.” Shellay thinks that’s a big reason why she can stick with her demanding, life-changing workout schedule. She’s made commitments to her teammate, her daughter Amy; to her husband who walks miles with her every night; and to Derek, her CoachMeFit trainer. Scheduling appointments 3 times a week are like making promises. Being accountable for her progress means working hard during each session.

Derek developed a fitness plan to meet Shellay’s goals. Her sessions are a combination of cardio and weight training. “When I have been able to diet and lose some weight, I just looked thinner. Now I can see how toning improves my shape.” In between CoachMeFit training, she works out on her own and adds a long walk every night.

“I haven’t been discouraged because I’ve continue to lose weight and see results,” says Shellay. “My whole mental attitude is different. I’ve stopped sabotaging myself and am convinced that I can do this. The benefits so outweigh the effort.”

For more about the competition read Birmingham’s CoachMeFit trains ‘Biggest Loser’ contestants.

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