November 2, 2011 at 2:25 pm , by Ladies' Lounge
We kicked off this week just like the first week on the ranch—the contestants competed to pick their new trainers and create new teams. It was pretty clear that a lot of them were a little comfortable with their routines and trainers, so some of them weren’t really eager to mix things up.
It was fun watching the contestants compete in the nutrition challenge to decide their new trainers. I couldn’t believe some of their eating habits before they came on the ranch. Ramone used to eat 12 tacos in one sitting! Seeing them admit that their old choices weren’t necessarily the best options showed me that they really have been listening to our advice about living a healthier life. And by the end of the challenge, I had a new blue team—Sunny, Joe and Ramone.
I knew Ramone was still upset from the weigh-in last week, and I quickly learned that Joe was very dependent on Bob. So before we even hit the gym, I decided to have a team meeting. They needed to understand that even though the trainers are helping them on their journey at the ranch, it’s the contestants who are really accomplishing the amazing things, and they need to take responsibility for their own goals and successes. I knew the week was going to be hard for everybody, myself included. But my goal was to push Joe, Sunny and Ramone harder than they had ever been pushed before.
In the first workout, my focus was on making sure that the new blue team came together as a mentally and physically strong unit. I wanted to prove to them that even though we didn’t start as a team, I was completely committed to them. Change is never easy, but it’s bound to happen, and the gym is an amazing place to work through the frustration of uncertainty.
I met with my team on the tennis court to talk about our rough start to the week. Trust and communication are important in any relationship, so I decided to open up to them about my humble childhood in Russia to show them that I understand what it’s like to work hard and overcome adversity. After our talk, for the first time I felt like my team truly believed they could achieve anything!
It was awesome to see them win the challenge and for Joe to get immunity that week! I also wanted to make sure that Ramone and Sunny were safe, so I pushed them incredibly hard during the last chance workout. I focused on simple body weight plyometrics and used the stairs at Baldwin Hills to show them that they can have a great workout no matter where they are, even without weights or a gym.
As the last team on the scale, we knew exactly how much each player needed to lose in order to win the weigh-in—an average of ten pounds each. I was ecstatic when Sunny lost nine pounds since she gained weight last week. Ramone lost an incredible 16 pounds. Then the fate of the team came down to Joe, the only safe player in the room. His 15 pounds put us way over the top and our team won! Everyone worked so hard and I was so proud. Since Jessica was sent home, I hope Ramone can stay focused. Be sure to tune in next week to see if the blue team can get two wins in a row!