Matthew Bodkin's Blog

Wed. 9/3

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            Today I met with my first Biggest Loser participant, Amie Morgan.  Amie may be the youngest participant that we have.  Amie is a very determined individual, she shows good potential.  I gave Amie a tentative skeleton plan to start exercise with.  The skeleton plan that was given is challenging.  It includes a good bit of cardio work along with some resistance training.  I have the trainers at our other facility progressing each participant in their exercise plan and also making any minor adjustments that they feel is appropriate. 
            Mr. JR Carter was the next participant that I met with.  JR seems like a laid-back individual, which I like.  He sort of reminds me of, well me.  He seems very motivated to turning his life around.  He seems to have strong family bonds that may motivate him further.  JR was also given a skeleton plan similar to that of all the participants.  It included a fair bit of cardio coupled with resistance training.  I was impresses that he had started exercising prior to our meeting.  I always ask my clients whether or not they are exercising prior to meeting with me.  So far JR is the first one.  I can see a lot of good in JR and a lot of potential.  It will be interesting to see how he progresses in the program. 
            Yolanda Baker was the last participant that I met with today.  I tell you what, I was overly impressed with how Yolanda carried herself during our meeting and during the brief conversation that we had.  She was very positive in her outlook.  It is admirable for someone in a not-so-good situation to still remain positive.  We talked briefly about how she felt when she found out she was selected.  She said, “I’m going to win this thing.”  On some level, I sort of agree with her.  Her motivation and drive seem to be through the roof.  I know that we are supposed to be impartial, but it is hard for me not to see her winning at this very early stage in the competition.  Some may call it arrogance, but to me it seems like confidence.  It will be very interesting to see whether her go-get-it attitude remains at the current level.  If so…… out!!!!

Thurs. 9/4
            After meeting with the first three participants, I thought that it would hard to find three more individuals equally motivated and determined.  Turns out, I was way off on that one.  My first meeting today was with Linda Boutwell.  Linda impressed me on a few different levels.  First, I have never met anyone that ‘square dances’, but I guess there is a first time for everything.  I have never see ‘square dancing’, but if it is anything along the lines of other styles, then I am sure the activity level can get pretty intense.  Secondly, I was very impressed with her starting physical fitness levels.  We had every participant do a 3 minute step test.  If you have never done one of these tests, it is the longest 3 minutes of your life.  Constantly stepping up, then down, then up, all while trying to maintain a predetermined rhythm from a metronome.  Her numbers turned out to be well with-in healthy ranges.  And to tell you the truth, I honestly did not expect those numbers to come from the eldest of the participants.
            After meeting with Linda, I turned my attention to Alicia Martin.  After reading her story, I made it a job to talk to her personally.  Her story is one of a kind and it almost made me cry (you better not tell anyone)!  Once I finally got the chance to meet her, I was blown away with how peppy, if that is a word, she seemed to be.  She seemed overly energetic, or maybe she was just that eager to get started.  I talked to Alicia about how the contest was going to work, and told her just how much work is expected from all the participants.  She understood that none of this is going to be easy and expressed just how eager she is to get started.  Like Yolanda, Alicia too has very strong internal drive and motivation.  It is going to intriguing to see how these two fire-balls of personality fair through-out the contest.

Tues. 9/9
            Today, I finally met with Matt Emecheta.  Matt seems like a very organized person with strong determination.  I took Matt into the gym so that we could get some beginning weight ranges for his resistance training.  Matt told me that he did not have a whole lot of experience with weight lifting.  Usually, when I work with people one-on-one to determine their weight ranges, I usually over estimate so that I can get a feel of how this person is going to handle adversity during a campaign like this.  Every piece of machinery that we used, I always found my-self loading more and more weight to the workload.  I don’t know about the rest of his eating habits, but at least he is eating his Wheaties.  I was very impressed with his muscular strength, totally caught me by surprise.  I am personally interested to see how he does from week-week.