12:30 p.m., March 24)
Latest Biggest Loser a true inspiration to others
By Fred Sherwin
Brunet lost 64 lbs and 45 inches in six weeks
as part of the Biggest Loser program at 180-Degree
Fitness. Photo supplied
Brunet is a big loser and hes proud of it. The 39-year-old
husband and father of one, recently took part in the 180-Degree
Fitness Centres Biggest Loser Program and lost 64
only was he crowned the fitness centres newest Biggest
Loser, but he officially became the biggest Biggest Loser
raising the bar for greatest weight loss and highest percentage
of weight loss at 26.6 per cent over the duration of the
six week program.
never felt better. Im in the best shape of my life,
says Brunet, whos managed to drop another 11 pounds
since the program ended.
inspiration for losing the weight was his five-year-old
dad was always very active with us. Whatever sport we
were involved in he would end coaching and I want to be
able to do the same for my son, says Brunet who
decided to join the Biggest Loser program after seeing
the before and after pictures of his friends sister
who took part in the program last year.
had been looking for something for awhile. I have a membership
at a local gym, but I really wasnt losing any weight.
I would go a couple of times a week and then not at all
for a couple of weeks. It was tough trying to stay motivated,
with his hip dating back more than six years ago, hampered
Brunets ability to lead an active lifestyle and
lead to a gradual weight gain. He eventually underwent
surgery three and a half years ago, but it was followed
by a long rehab period during which he gained another
was hard both physically and emotionally, says Brunet.
I always took the easy out and never really pushed
myself very hard."
visiting the 180-Degree Fitness website and reading up
on the Biggest Loser program and the philosophy of its
founder and 180-Degree Fitness owner Adrian Delorey, Brunet
the various aspects of the program which combines group
workouts, with nutritional advice and personal coaching,
Brunet hit his weight loss goal of 35 lbs in the first
seven weeks. He would lose an additional 29 lbs in the
final five weeks.
owe a lot to my wife for taking care of our son while
I was at the gym four nights a week. Without her support
and encouragement Im not sure I would have joined,
says Brunet, who also credits hid fellow Biggest Loser
participants for his success. When youre working
out with 27 other people who are in the same position
you are its pretty motivational."
he started the Biggest Loser program, Brunet was on medication
to keep his cholesterol levels in check. Since losing
the weight and changing his diet he no longer has to take
thats just the beginning. Brunet is teaming up with
a fellow Biggest Loser participant to take part in the
10K during Ottawa Race Weekend and the Spartan Run in
I joined the Biggest Loser program I was overweight and
I had health issues, but now I see a totally different
future, says Brunet. People invest in RSPs
and mutual funds, but its just as important to invest
in your health, or more important, because if youre
not around to cash the RSPs its all for not."
find out more about the Biggest Loser program visit www.180fitness.ca/biggestloser.
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