DVD Stars: Real People or Real Buff?

One thing I love about The Biggest Loser workout DVDs is that they feature the stars of the TV show itself. These aren’t people who work out for a living; they’re people who have struggled with weight issues and fought for every pound lost. They don’t smile through the workout, pretending it’s the easiest thing they’ve ever done. Instead, they sweat, curse, groan and otherwise make you feel like you’re not alone when you’re sweating and cursing in your living room.

What do you think? And what other muppet might you want to instruct your workout? —Erin

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  1. Mandy A says:

    I actually think it’s a great thing when they use “real” people in the videos. I use The Firm videos pretty regularly – and there were about four or five videos that they had real “firm believers” as we call ourselves in the videos with the instructors! I guess maybe it makes you feel as though getting in shape is more attainable by using “real” people!!

  2. I don’t really care either way, as long as the workout is good. I’ve done Jillian Michael’s videos where all the gals looked pretty fit. I’ve done Leslie Sansone videos that have women of all shapes and sizes. And I love both workouts for different reasons! 🙂

  3. Liz says:

    I think I prefer the pros, with a little caveat. Like, my favorite workout DVD is One on One with Jackie, and the Sky Sport trainers are obviously pros, but there are also moments when you can tell that, say, Rebecca was dragging and picked it up a little because all of the sudden she realized the camera was on her. I like the little “mistakes” that make them seem more human but I also like the perfect abs that I’m trying to convince myself I can get.