Heavy Duty

updated 01/23/2006 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 01/23/2006 AT 01:00 AM EST

TEMPESTT BLEDSOE, 32
181 LBS.
GOAL: 151
“I've always worked out, but I thought the chance to focus on it for 100 days would be good,” says the former Cosby kid. Still, she adds, “I don't like running.”

GUNNAR NELSON, 38
*NEW ARRIVAL
175 LBS.
GOAL: 160
“My goal was to look like Patrick Swayze in Road House,” says the singer (and twin brother of Matthew), who replaces Jeff Conaway on the show starting Jan. 15, when the Taxi star leaves to go to rehab. “It was difficult to be around Jeff,” says castmate Chastity Bono. “He was angry, bitter and very inappropriate.”

CHASTITY BONO, 36
215 LBS.
GOAL: 175
“I got clean and sober 21 months ago, so I spent a good year working on my mental health and this was the next step,” says Bono. “Once I realized I could get through the show with my dignity intact, I decided it would be a fun thing to do. My mom [Cher] is thrilled.”

KELLY LEBROCK, 45
175 LBS.
GOAL: 140
“It's grueling,” says the former model, who ultimately completed a 5K run. “Every day is an achievement when you're on a diet.”

BRUCE VILANCH, 58
315 LBS.
GOAL: 270
“I discovered the elliptical machine. When you start working on it, it's like having an acid flashback without the acid,” says the comedy writer and actor. “You feel like you're flying.”

BIZARRE, 29
321 LBS.
GOAL: 276
“I'm committed,” says the D12 rapper, who suffers from diabetes, asthma and sleep apnea. “My face is slimmer, I feel better.”

YOUNG MC, 38
278 LBS.
GOAL: 238
“It's definitely tough,” says the rapper. “Every meal you eat, every time you decide to get on or not get on the exercise machine, it has an impact.”

COUNTESS VAUGHN, 27
130 LBS.
GOAL: 105
“I'm not good with heights,” says the 4′10″ actress (The Parkers), with trainer Harvey Walden after a rope climb. “But the adrenaline, wanting to win, that's how I got through the competitions.”

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