How important is your environment when working out? Is what works for someone else what will work for you? Are you worried that it’s too late for you to change your lifestyle?
In this podcast episode, Melissa Vogel speaks to Jen Widerstrom about making her own rules on The Biggest Loser and in her own life.
Meet Jen Widerstrom
Jen Widerstrom, television star, and your daily get-fit motivator is an industry leader primarily known for her big-hearted training on NBC’s The Biggest Loser.
As the Fitness Director of Shape Magazine and featured regularly on Dr. Oz, LIVE with Kelly and Ryan and The Doctors; she also serves as a member of the SHAPE Brain Trust, is the best selling author of the Diet Right for Your Personality Type and the founder of the WiderSTRONG training tribe and method.
In This Podcast
- The importance of changing your environment when working out
- How this became Jen’s world
- The Biggest Loser
- Pitfalls that people are facing right now during the quarantine
- Balance and sustainability
The importance of changing your environment when working out
Jen doesn’t recommend working out at home. It’s important to leave the house, put on a different pair of pants, and change your environment. You need the time away and you need the time for yourself. The physical change to your geography, your environment, solidifies the intention and follows through on the thought process.
How this became Jen’s world
What do I have to say? What is my point of view here because now the world is listening.
Jen started as a group fit trainer and not a personal trainer. This ultimately led to her being on The Biggest Loser. The exposure gave her a platform to reach more people.
The Biggest Loser
If they felt my commitment they would invest.
Jen’s realness and rawness is what made people fall in love with her. Her history and experience of getting people fired up shone through on The Biggest Loser. She created love and order and set boundaries that created value. She let people know where they stood, and they valued her for that. Jen didn’t bend to the pressure that the producers put her under to push her contestants harder, she put her team before the show and kept them safe. She had to make sure that her team knew she had their backs so that they would step up. Jen’s team needed to know that she was there for them and not just using them for the show. If she had done it the producers’ way then she would not have connected with her team or the public. They would have seen that she was being fake. Pushback with the producers was required in order to have an authentic experience.
Dealing with the biggest pitfalls that people are facing right now during the quarantine
It’s not a dictatorship, you choose, it’s your life!
- The lines get blurred – all of the lines around the structure, eating, movement, personal time, and getting things done, all get blurred.
- Lack of movement – You need to get up and get moving.
- Create guidelines for yourself. Now is a good time to start counting macros and empowering yourself to take those reps.
- Be mindful of what you’re buying – Is what’s going into your cart going to fuel you or take you into a spiral?
- Use this time! Get stronger. Put more weight on your bar/dumbbell. How you come out of this is totally up to you #postpandemicbody
Balance and sustainability
I guarantee you, if you map out around what your defaults are, you will create new patterns for yourself.
It’s never too late to start changing your lifestyle, it doesn’t matter how old you are or what your history is. You need to find a balance when adapting to a new normal. Start with the end in mind – not your results, but rather what life you are building, and is it one that you can sustain? Make sure that you’re using this time to create a system that’s going to actually bridge to real life and be able to sustain it. Good or bad, this time will carry with you.
Books by Jen Widerstrom
Meet Melissa Vogel
Melissa Vogel is an energetic keynote speaker, business owner, certified personal trainer, certified group fitness instructor, 1st degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do, a mother of three, and a podcaster.
Melissa has been voted as the Best Personal Trainer for 2020 by Inland Empire Magazine, and Built the Busy to Bomb Fit Mom exercise system.
She is quickly becoming recognized for her expertise and influence in her field!
Melissa has contributed to numerous publications and has been featured in the Trail Blazer Magazine, and published in the April 2020 edition of Health Magazine. Her approach incorporates personal experience, energy, humor, and charisma.
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