Workout with the Extreme Makeover Weight Loss BOOTCAMP DVD
POSTED ON November 19, 2013
Created for every body and level, this program includes four fat-blasting workouts, each more challenging than the last. As you progress, you can even combine workouts to accelerate your transformation. Join Chris, inspiring past show participants and myself as you make over your own body with fun, total-body exercises! Get your copy today! Click here to purchase and get working out by doing…
Warm-Up: Set your body in motion and get your heart pumping with our signature moves designed to limber up for a fun workout.
Level 1: Begin your transformation and jump-start your metabolism with easy-to-follow exercises that get every muscle moving to start burning fat and calories.
Level 2: Rev up the calorie burn and melt inches with this low-impact interval workout that challenges the body with five total-body exercises repeated in 45-second bursts.
Level 3: Up the ante and the fat burn with a calorie-crushing workout that includes five mega moves that shred, sculpt and slim the body with four 20-second blasts each.
Level 4: Get extreme results with four-minute circuits of hard-core exercises like Mountain Climbers and Squat Jacks designed to torch calories, obliterate fat and sculpt muscles.
Cool down: Calm your breathing and soothe challenged muscles with complete-body stretches and movements that protect and invigorate your body from head to toe.
10.23.13 | Chicopee — Jami Witherell of Westfield was featured on the ABC TV show “Extreme Weight Loss” where she lost a total of 130 pounds. She is shown here at the Crossfit Firestorm gym in Chicopee where she works out. (Don Treeger, The Republican)
CHICOPEE — Name a diet and Jami Witherell has tried it.
“I was on Jenny Craig, Weigh Watchers, I tried not eating for a while, I was definitely a yo-yo dieter,” said Witherell, a Westfield resident, who was on ABC’s Extreme Weight Loss.
Witherell started her journey in the spring of 2012 weighing in at 292 pounds.
Initially, she had tried out for the Biggest Loser television show with her sister, but they were not selected. She was then contacted by ABC to audition for the program.
During each episode, the show, which is in its fourth season, follows the life of one person for a full year as they transform physically and mentally.
“I had never seen the show, so I really had no idea what I was signing up for,” said Witherell, who had been overweight most of her life.
After a week of casting and health exams Witherell was asked to write a personal letter to Chris Powell and he chose her to be on the show.
“It’s different then the Biggest Loser because it’s not a competition. You go into it knowing that you have a full year to do this and that worked really well for me because I’m not a competitive person,” she said.
After spending a week getting to know Powell and training with him, Witherell was sent home to work with personal trainers.
At the start of the show she was living in Philadelphia, caring for 33 young ballet dancers at a private school, but work and working out did not mix.
“Working 150 hours a week taking care of these kids and trying to work out four to six hours a day was becoming too difficult,” she said.
So, Witherell quit her job and came home and lived in Chicopee for awhile. There she was introduced to Ken and Joli Hamilton, owners of CrossFit Firestorm, a gym on Chicopee Street.
“They were such a big part of my journey, “she said.
Jami Witherell’s University of Massachusetts, Amherst graduation photo in 2005.
When she first walked into the gym, which is less treadmills and elliptical machines and more weights and metal pull-up bars, Witherell had her doubts.
“I walked in there and I thought there’s no way I can do this, but they have been there for me every step of the way and have tailored everything to my needs,” she said as she demonstrated some assisted pull-ups with exercise bands.
She calls the gym her second home since for the past year and a half of her life she has spent most of her time there.
While on the show, Witherell had several intense moments, starting with her confession that she was considering suicide.
“I was probably as close to clinically depressed as you could get and I had suicidal tendencies,” she said.
Witherell said what saved her was getting into therapy as soon as she was chosen for the show.
“I started meeting weekly with a therapist in Northampton and I still do,” she said. “I really needed some guidance.”
Another big moment was meeting her birth mother and biological sister in Chile.
Witherell was adopted at the age of three and was raised by two moms and her grandmother.
“I was given this blessed life and raised by this wonderful community of people in Western Massachusetts and mostly I just wanted to say thank you to her for that incredible gift,” she said.
Although the show only focuses on a short visit, Witherell actually spent two weeks in Chile getting to know her biological family. She still communicates with them daily.
At her final reveal, Witherell chose to do her weigh-in in a bikini. In a year she lost 132 pounds, weighing in at 162.
During the episode, she said although her body still has stretch marks and it’s not perfect, she is proud of her accomplishments.
Witherell has a master’ s degree in education from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and hopes to return to get her doctoral degree.
“One thing that was left out of my episode is that I was hesitant to start a doctoral program at UMass because I couldn’t fit in the seats,” she said. “Since then I have been back and I fit comfortably.”
She has also developed a love for acting, being cast in the role of Eponine with the Exit 7 Players in Ludlow this fall.
“That is something I would have never done before this experience,” she said.
Asked if the show changed her life, Witherell hesitates.
“I don’t think the show itself or any one person changed my life, but the experience as a whole definitely did,” she said referring to the support she got from her family and friends, her therapist, the crew at CrossFit and Chris Powell and his wife Heidi.
Chicopee — Jami Witherell of Westfield was featured on the ABC TV show “Extreme Weight Loss” where she lost a total of 130 pounds. She is shown here at the Crossfit Firestorm gym in Chicopee where she works out. Don Treeger, The Republican
Witherell hopes the show gives a more realistic look at weight loss.
“I had to get real,” she said. “Just because you don’t reach a weight loss goal it doesn’t mean you should just give up. You have to set smaller goals that are achievable and stick with it.”
Witherell’s episode originally ran this summer, but can be seen on ABC Oct. 27 at 4 p.m.
It is no wonder America fell in love with our beautiful friend, Ashley Hylton, after her episode of Extreme Weight Loss (season 3) aired this summer. Not only did she manage to captivate audiences with her hard work and dedication, losing 164 lbs in one year, but she made it clear that what she values most is family. This amazing mama brought her husband in on the weight loss action too – he lost a whopping 170 lbs in his year!!!! Go Jason! If you didn’t get to see their episode, keep your eyes peeled for Sunday night reruns on ABC – airing now.
Want a peek into how Ashley maintains her family’s healthy lifestyle? Well, here you go. Check out this amazing recipe that will surely make some happy tummies around your dinner table tonight .
Ashley’s Chile Verde -a deliciously spicy chile verde sauce served over cauliflower rice!
Chile Verde Sauce - Serves 6
What you’ll need:
5-6 tomatillos (pronounced toe-ma-tee-ohs), husks removed
1 New Mexico chile or poblano
1 tomato (Optional. If not using, add 1-2 more New Mexico or Poblano chiles will make it a more vibrant green)
2-3 small jalapenos or 1 large
1-2 Serrano chiles (the more, the spicier)
3-4 garlic cloves, unpeeled
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 1/2 pounds chicken, cut into bite sized pieces (Pork is yummy too!)
3 tablespoon oil (I used coconut oil)
How to make it:
1. Preheat over to 450.
2. Roast the veggies for 15 minutes. Remove from oven.
3. Peel your garlic.
4. Remove stems and seeds from chiles depending on how spicy you want it. The more seeds you leave, the spicier it will be.
5. Process in a food processor or blender with the salt and set aside.
6. Add the oil in a large pan with a lid on med/high heat. Add the meat and par cook (partially cook to seal in the juices) for about 5-7 minutes.
7. Pour salsa over the meat and stir to incorporate. Bring to a bubble. Cover, and reduce heat, simmering for 20 -25 minutes until meat is cooked and tender.
What’s in it:
Each serving has 232 calories, 25.5 g protein, 10 g fat, 320 mg sodium, 8 g carbs and 1.6 g fiber.
Cauliflower Rice - Serves 6
What you’ll need:
1 head cauliflower, cut into small florets
1/2 onion, minced
2 tablespoons coconut oil
Salt and pepper to taste
How to make it:
1. Process your cauliflower in a food processor or drop florets one by one in a blender on low-med speed until the consistency of rice. (If using a high-power blender like a Vitamix, use the lowest speed). Set aside.
2. In a large sauce pan or saute pan with a lid, heat the coconut oil on med/high heat.
3. Add onions and cook until soft and transparent, about 3-4 minutes.
4. Add the cauliflower and cook for another 3-4 minutes.
5. Reduce heat to medium, stir in salt and pepper to taste. Cover and cook for another 7-10 minutes stirring frequently.
What’s in it:
Each serving has 69 calories, 2 g protein, 5 g fat, 55 mg sodium, 6 g carbs, and 3 g fiber.
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As one of our first husband-wife couples ever on Extreme Weight Loss, Jason and Rachel’s journey was unforgettable. What is life like post-show for the Cornellier’s? Rachel gives us all of the answers to how they are staying on track while juggling a busy life with two kids .
HP: I know the answer to this one already, but readers want to hear it from you! Tell us what life was like for you when Extreme Weight Loss ended.
RC: While Jason and I were so grateful for the experience of the last year, and for Chris’ and your help, we were no doubt looking forward to our “new normal”. The show is called “Extreme Weight Loss” for a reason. ☺ We were looking forward to taking everything that we had learned and applying it to our new lives, but to also embrace our new lives going forward.
HP: You and Jason both lost amazing amounts of weight, and I know life has changed for you because of that. Besides weight loss, what else have you seen change in your lives?
RC: This year truly gave us courage in other ways. Our year with you guys helped us believe in ourselves a little more. Actually, A LOT more. For me, it gave me the courage to actually do something that I really wanted to do: Host a “Reha Lana” Consignment Event in my own home state of Michigan.
HP: Sounds exciting!! I’ve never heard of it, so I must know more! Tell me a little about it and why this is something you are so passionate about.
RC: When we lived in Northwest Arkansas, I was introduced to my first ever children’s consignment event. Moms and families are able to consign their clothing, baby items, toys, books and more at their events.
This provides a great opportunity for families to stretch their dollars at home. Not only can families consign, but they can shop at these events as well—and find amazing deals! When I first attended a Rhea Lana’s event I was so impressed at everything I found—in wonderful shape and for a good price. I couldn’t wait for the next event so that I was able to consign some of my own children’s clothing—and I did and made some great money while doing so. I was hooked.
HP: I’m so happy for you, Rachel! I think it’s safe to say, you are making your dreams come true ☺.
When we moved back to Michigan I was disappointed that there were not consignment events in Michigan, but I didn’t really intend to do anything about it. Jason and I had talked about it a little bit, but truthfully I just didn’t have the courage to start a business venture all on my own. Not back then then, anyway.
But now, with my newfound courage, I am now pursuing my dreams, Next week, we are hosting the first Rhea Lana’s event ever in Michigan! Our local moms can benefit from an awesome experience like this.
HP: Taking on a large, time consuming project like this, how are you staying on track to maintain your weight loss…and juggle the twins?!
RC: Has life been a little bit crazier preparing for this event? Absolutely. But it is a good kind of crazy. Also, just because we have been busy planning for our event doesn’t give us free reign to eat whatever we want and not exercise. If there is anything that you both taught us this last year is that we never have to make any excuses again. There are always good food choices, sometimes you just have to look harder or prepare a little better. And exercise? Well, you really can do squats and lunges anywhere.
So if you visit our sale and see me doing squats around the store, you will know why. ☺
HP: Thanks, Rachel! I have a feeling this is the start of yet another huge chapter of your lives!
While fans of “Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition” sit back and wait for the next season, the show’s star trainer is doing anything but that.
Chris Powell already is working with the 16 people who will be featured in Season 4 of the show, which won’t air until late next spring. (There will be 13 episodes. Two feature family pairs — one a mother and son; the other, a dad and daughter.)
Powell gets thousands of requests from people who want to be on the ABC series and he says the “hardest part” of his job is whittling the number down to the chosen few. The letters, emails, pleas on Social Media and in person come from “anywhere and everywhere.” As we’re talking, he’s in Colorado, which he describes as having a culture of fitness, as do both coasts. What about other parts of the country? Where people may have to drive to get to things and where the food choices outside the home are largely fast food and chain restaurants? Not so much.
There are many traits shared by the contestants, who spend a year working with Powell and often his trainer wife Heidi to change their weights and lives. These are not simply people who eat too much, but rather food addicts, according to the 35-year-old Powell.
“They have an unhealthy attachment to food,” he says. “They are literally spending the day planning what they are going to eat, how they are going to reward themselves with food.”
Fast food also is a staple. And for those who do cook, the meals often are what Powell describes as “extravagant, calorie-dense.” During what the show calls their transformation, Powell has them eating “real, natural food.”
The women are given somewhere between 1,600 to 1,700 calories a day; the men 2,250 to 2,300 daily calories. They are to eat five meals a day, the first beginning within 30 minutes of waking up and every three hours after that.
“You may be surprised to hear this, but when they switch [their food choices], they have the toughest time getting all their meals in,” Powell says. “It’s tough for them to get their volume in, and that is a huge, eye-opening experience for them.”
Because Powell doesn’t want the new eating style to be viewed as one of simply restriction and elimination, on Sundays contestants are allowed an extra 1,000 calories to satisfy their cravings. But — and this sounds like good advice for all of us — the reward food (often something that’s been their downfall in the past) must be eaten outside the home.
“If it’s in the house, they’re going to break their promise,” to change their eating patterns, says Powell. “And once the dam breaks …”
There’s another reason reward food is off-limits at home. It’s the same reason Powell’s team creates an at-home workout space. “We want them to see home as the environment for success,” he says.
By the time the contestants return home — with Powell in tow — they often are seeking a gym because they’ve discovered, he says, that that’s a place with like-minded people.
Powell tells contestants from the very beginning: what will be their support system very well won’t be coming from where they’re expecting it. “We warn them the support might not be your family, your friends, your loved ones,” he says. “It’s just not their journey.”
And yes, Powell says, it’s important he stay in their homes. “That’s when they can see, when the cameras are off, I’m the same person and then they can open up. They can see they can trust me, and that my intent is just to help.”
Bob, we couldn’t be any more proud of the person you have become over the last year. Let’s be honest…you’ve been as amazing as they come from the start, but proved that even the best of the best have room for self-betterment.
As a father, a husband, and a friend, you lead by example in all that you do. You live what you preach, and are one heck of a buddy ☺. Even from thousands of miles away most of the year (except our awesome trip to Paris, and a few occasional flights to each other’s home towns), you made it easy to feel connected to you and your awesome wife Kelli ☺. Your life-advice is always appreciated and will never be forgotten.
Now let’s talk about the record-breaker you are!!!! Did you ever think you would be the greatest weight loss of any many we had ever worked with?? How darn cool is that? Your hard work sure did pay off, and I know it wasn’t easy. You are proof to this world that bumps, bruises, and roadblocks don’t have to stop you from reaching your dreams. You teach by your actions that you can, in fact, use these challenges as springboards for greater success!
We are blessed and honored to have you in our lives, Bob. You and Kelli are two wonderful people, and we are BEYOND excited for all of the great stuff you have in the works! This is JUST the beginning for you, my friend!
On Extreme Weight Loss (ABC) this Tuesday, the episode will follow the efforts of an obese policeman from Wisconsin, Bob, as he attempts to lose weight and qualify for skin removal surgery. Bob faces major knee problems that might stand in the way of his exercise routine, and of meeting his year-long final weight loss goal.
Bob’s knee and weight issues might even end up costing him his job as a police detective, unless transformational coach and co-host of the show (along with his wife, Heidi), Chris Powell, can help him lose his excess weight without further damage to Bob’s knees.
At his initial weigh-in, Bob tips the scales at almost 450 pounds. The state of Wisconsin has implemented the requirement that all police detectives must pass a physical fitness test called “Fit for Duty” and Bob is worried that he might not be able to pass the test.
Desperate to lose weight and pass the test so he won’t lose his job, Bob turns to Chris Powell for help, hoping that Powell will accept him as a participant in the Extreme Weight Loss series.
Chris agrees to take Bob on, but a problem arises during Bob’s very first workout. Both Chris and Bob hear a loud “pop!” Unfortunately, the sound is Bob’s knee getting re-injured.
The police detective now has a decision to make. Should he continue with the program and risk permanently injuring his knees, or should he rest and try to heal up, for consideration next year?
Bob decides that he is tired of carrying around his excess weight, and he want to change himself, and also get fit enough to pass the “Fit for Duty” test, instead of waiting another year.
Using as his main fitness regimen swimming and boxing, Bob renews his dedication and commitment to lose weight.
As with the other participants of the Extreme Weight Loss series, Chris tells Bob as an extra added incentive, he will reward him if he meets his weight loss goals and milestone challenges during the year.
For example, if Bob meets his six-month goal, Chris will send him and his wife, Kelly, to Paris to renew their vows. Also, while in France, Bob and Chris travel the final leg of the Tour de France together.
Another major obstacle arises when Bob’s other knee gets injured, and he’s taken away from his exercise regimen for an entire month. Will Bob’s injury prevent him from losing enough weight to qualify for the skin removal surgery, and pass the test so he can keep his job?
This will be the final episode of Extreme Weight Loss (ABC) season three, but, have no fear, fans of the show — it’s been renewed for another season! Until then, tune in on Tuesday, September 3, to see if Bob is able to meet his weight loss final goal, get his surgery, and pass the “Fit for Duty” test!