Weight Loss Gurus

My all time favorite weight loss guru is Richard Simmons. Back in the day when I was first concerned with my weight (did I never not worry about my weight?) I purchased all his exercise videos and loved dancing and groovin' along with him. Sweatin' to the Oldies, Tonin' to the Oldies - nothing could get me up and moving like Richard did. Besides his great sense of humor, he always has very positive things to say to motivate you to keep your weight off.

He even has a web page at: http://www.richardsimmons.com/j15/ and he sends daily messages to his fans even now.

This guru has helped individuals lose 3 million pounds of extra weight over the years. He understands because he was there. In high school he weighed over 250 pounds and was picked on by some classmates.

Richard grew up in New Orleans and sold pralines on the street corners. He finally got hold of his weight and has been an activist for fitness ever since.

Richard Simmons now has a studio called Slimmons in Beverly Hills, California and invites the public to be part of his DVDs. Some people find him annoying, but I personally think he is very entertaining and adore him for helping so many people that might have died or been chronically obese without his help.


The latest little powerhouse is Jillian Michaels. She is only 5 foot 2 inches and 112 pounds of dynamite. She has trained 7 of the 8 winners on TV's Biggest Loser . She is not known for her gentle nudging towards loss weight, but pulls no punches with her kick-ass or die workouts. She makes people cry and is currently trying to change her image.

Jillian was born in 1974 in Los Angeles, California. At 14 years of age she was 175 pounds. Her mother enrolled her in martial arts and it transformed her into the person she is today. She has a black belt and became certified as a personal trainer. She opened her own gym, has been on television, has written books and has her own reality show Losing it With Jillian . Her website is:http://www.jillianmichaels.com/

She has definitely come a long way in a short amount of time.

Another Weight Loss Guru that I have spent many hours suffering with is Denise Austen. She has been known for over 25 years as a fitness expert. She was born in San Pedro, California in 1957. She began taking gymnastics at age 12 and earned an athletic scholarship to the University of Arizona. She then earned a BA in Physical Education.

Denise was especially interested in the subject of muscles and their natural range of motion. She used this knowledge to create exercises that could safely exercise all the major muscle groups. She became an aerobics instructor and with her energy, personality and good lucks she became very popular. She was invited by NBC to appear on Today for four years. Her website is:http://www.deniseaustin.com

She then produced her own line of exercise equipment that the average woman could use in their own homes to stay fit. She advocates simple changes in lifestyle. She emphasizes portion control and daily exercise.

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ayoubcocoo 4 years ago from Morocco

Very inspiration hub thanks for sharing it


medwalls 5 years ago

very nice hub in fact great piece of information for me


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elayne001 5 years ago from Rocky Mountains Author

That is great Sabrina - we need more inspiration and after looking at your links, I am quite impressed. That is wonderful. Thanks.


Sabrina 5 years ago

You know I am going to need to add a few ladies I inspire to be like. Famous in there own right. The best examples for me a stay at home mom is

Jill Knapp, http://getupandgetmoving.net

And the wonderful Roni Noone, http://ronisweigh.com

Visit both of these ladies sites and you will totally see what I mean.


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elayne001 5 years ago from Rocky Mountains Author

I am sure you are right Wayne. Sometimes weight is beyond the person's control depending on their individual circumstances. If they have glandular problems or have to take certain medications, they will gain weight regardless of exercise or intake. Thank you for your comments.


Wayne Cardenas 5 years ago

One thing I would like to reply to is that weight loss program fast is possible by the right diet and exercise. Someone's size not only affects appearance, but also the entire quality of life. Self-esteem, depression, health risks, and physical abilities are damaged in excess weight. It is possible to just make everything right and at the same time having a gain. In such a circumstance, a problem may be the offender. While an excessive amount food and not enough physical exercise are usually at fault, common medical conditions and popular prescriptions could greatly increase size. Thanks a lot : ) for your post in this article.


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elayne001 5 years ago from Rocky Mountains Author

Thank you Jenny. I appreciate your comments.


Jenny 5 years ago

@elayne001,

Thanks for very awesome article about weight loss diet.

Mose useful links about weight loss and diet tips.

Everyone should have that dvds

Thanks

Jenny


Social Weight Loss 5 years ago

Thanks! Those DVD can really make a difference.


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elayne001 5 years ago from Rocky Mountains Author

Thanks rachaelgerk - that is great - why don't you write the article since you seem to like that topic? I won't steal it from you. Aloha.


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rachaelgerk 5 years ago from Hawaii

I have Richard Simmons and Jillian Michaels DVDs... I love them! maybe you will consider writing a piece on walking the pounds away with Leslie Sansone sometime in the future? :P


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elayne001 6 years ago from Rocky Mountains Author

Hey thanks weight loss diets tipster - Glad you like it - I like her too!


weight loss diets tipster 6 years ago

Jillian Michaels is a favourite of mine.. Nice hub I have you bookmarked.


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elayne001 6 years ago from Rocky Mountains Author

Glad you are a fan of Richard Simmon Lammes. So am I.


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Lamme 6 years ago

I still workout with Richard Simmons! He's a great motivator and his dvd's are a lot of fun.


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elayne001 6 years ago from Rocky Mountains Author

Yes, Pamela99. Those who are on the biggest loser show do so bravely to share their life with the world. They become role models for others. Thanks.


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States

Interesting hub. Those gurus have helped a lot of people and I love to watch the biggest loser but I'm sure glad I wouldn't have to go anywhere and work that hard. Good hub.


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elayne001 6 years ago from Rocky Mountains Author

Thanks to katiem2 and Sage for your comments. I know Richard Simmons well (we sweat together)- guess that shows my age.


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Sage Williams 6 years ago

Oh what ever happened to Richard Simmons. You don't hear much about him anymore. I, like you remember working out with Richard Simmons. I must say he had a very sincere heart and love for people. I guess I just dated my self a little more.

Great idea for a hub and good job!

Sage


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katiem2 6 years ago from I'm outta here

Very well put together. Love the bit about Richard Simmons. I'm a long time fitness lover and never tried his work. After reading this I will have to check him out on your Amazon links. Peace :)


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elayne001 6 years ago from Rocky Mountains Author

Aloha Hello, hello. Glad you stopped by to check out my newest hub about weight loss gurus.


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Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

Thank you for your informative hub.


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elayne001 6 years ago from Rocky Mountains Author

Thanks hublim. I am appreciative of your comments. Yes, they are each unique and effective weight loss trainers.


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hublim 6 years ago from Scotland

I remember seeing Simmons on TV years ago and found him strangely hilarious. It's great to see people take so much pride in helping others. Each of the 3 mentioned above are all great motivators in their own unique way.


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elayne001 6 years ago from Rocky Mountains Author

Yes, mynameisnotpaul, just watching Jillian Michaels push those who are trying to lose on the TV show makes me tired, but it obviouslly works!


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mynameisnotpaul 6 years ago from Kentuckeh'

I tried a Jillian Michaels video out one time, and I must say that she is extremely intense, but hey, that's the way it has to be to get results, right? ;)

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