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Trying Weight Loss Cheats? Trainer Harley Pasternak Has Some Warnings | Harley Pasternak

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Harley Pasternak: Are You Guilty of Weight Loss Cheats?

Originally posted 01/30/2013 02:00PM

Long before I trained entertainers, I was an exercise and nutrition scientist for the military.

I worked in a lab that specialized in performance-enhancing substances. We gave drugs to soldiers in an effort to make them run faster, jump higher and lift more.

For a time, I was an authority on drugs and foods that improved performance. You can therefore imagine my fascination with athletes – most recently, Lance Armstrong, who confessed to doping in an interview with Oprah Winfrey – who choose to take an illegal short cut to win.

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What's Got Tom Colicchio & Gail Simmons Spinning Out of Control? | Gail Simmons, Tom Colicchio

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What's Got Tom Colicchio & Gail Simmons Spinning Out of Control?

Originally posted 01/11/2013 06:00AM

From Top Chef to top cyclist!

Top Chef judges chef Tom Colicchio and Gail Simmons kicked off 2013 on a healthy note by they visiting SoulCycle's Tribeca location on Wednesday.

"While Gail was upfront wearing a SoulCycle t-shirt, Tom was in the back wearing black shorts, an Under Armour tank and a do-rag," an onlooker tells PEOPLE.

The co-judges are no strangers to the cycling craze, the source adds. "They both spin on a regular basis" and "spin together regularly when they're filming Top Chef".

After powering through the last song of the class – Beyoncé's "Halo" – Colicchio stopped to chat with Food & Wine magazine publisher Christina Grdovic.

Here's to hoping for a Quickfire Competition on a bike!
– Lesley Messer

Jillian Michaels: Why I Decided to Come Back to The Biggest Loser

Originally posted 01/09/2013 06:00PM



Jillian Michaels is back with a vengeance!

The personal trainer, 38, is eager for people to watch her return to reality TV on The Biggest Loser's 14th season on NBC, focusing her attention on the show's overweight youth.

"There were a lot of reasons for why I decided to come back," Michaels told PEOPLE on Wednesday in Pasadena, Calif., during the Television Critics Association's winter tour, naming fellow trainer Bob Harper as part of her motivation.

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Vanessa Hudgens Spins in New York | Vanessa Hudgens

Vanessa Hudgens's Pre-Thanksgiving Spin in New York

Originally posted 11/25/2012 10:20AM

Just ride!

Vanessa Hudgens burned some calories on Thanksgiving with a SoulCycle spinning class in New York's Union Square neighborhood.

"She was in the middle front row in cropped yoga pants, a pink tank top and a black sports bra," an onlooker tells PEOPLE. 

Although she was "on her iPhone until the class started," once things got underway, she was "really bouncy and dancing to the music."

"She had a big smile on her face," the source adds.


– Shakthi Jothianandan

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Harley Pasternak Blogs: How the Hottest Women in Film Get Fit

Harley Pasternak Blogs: How the Hottest Women in Film Get Fit

Originally posted 10/24/2012 11:30AM

There are three things most people are very opinionated about: religion, politics and who has the finest, fittest female body in film.

For those of you who read my blog last week, I presented a list of the fittest male physiques in movie history. Some agreed, some didn't. But my list of women must be handled with a bit more finesse.

First, what defines the "best" female film body?

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How Jeff Dunham Lost 25 Lbs. Before His Wedding Day

Jeff Dunham Lost 25 Lbs. Before His Wedding Day

Originally posted 10/15/2012 10:45AM

When comedian Jeff Dunham decided he wanted to get in great shape for his wedding, he didn't have to look too far for help.

That's because the ventriloquist's bride, Audrey Murdick, is not only a fitness model, but a certified nutrition consultant and fitness trainer.

For three months leading up to their Friday wedding, Dunham tells PEOPLE that he and Murdick, 32, religiously followed the diet she sticks to when preparing for a National Physique Committee bikini competition: one that’s high in protein, low in carbs, moderate in healthy fats and free of gluten, dairy and alcohol.

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Fitness Guru Harley Pasternak: Three Exercises for a Sexy Midriff | Harley Pasternak

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Harley Pasternak Blogs: How to Get Great Abs

Originally posted 09/26/2012 01:30PM

Few things are as sexy as a lean, sculpted midsection.

Whether it be the sexy midriff on Rihanna or the trim abs of Robert Pattinson, a toned midsection is imperative if you want to look good with – or without – clothes.

The first thing you should know about getting a great midsection is that you have to get rid of the fat covering the area.

Since there is no such thing as "spot reduction," you need to eat well and do regular aerobic activity. Take the stairs, get off the subway a stop earlier, park your car a little further away to burn any fat that may get in the way of seeing your hard-earned stomach muscles.

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Artist Julia Kozerski Loses 160 Lbs., Captures Transformation with iPhone

Photographer Julia Kozerski Documents 160 Lbs. Weight Loss With iPhone

Originally posted 09/26/2012 10:15AM

Losing 160 lbs. isn't easy and neither is sharing the process with the world.

After artist Julia Kozerski got married in 2009, she decided to make a series of changes to her lifestyle which resulted in losing 160 lbs. over the course of the next year.

Kozerski, who was studying photography at the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design at the time, documented her journey through a series of self-portraits taken with her iPhone.

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Game of Thrones Stars 'Work Up a Sweat' in Beverly Hills | Peter Dinklage

Game of Thrones Stars 'Work Up a Sweat' in Beverly Hills

Originally posted 09/25/2012 06:00AM

Winter is coming!

Game of Thrones stars Peter Dinklage and Richard Madden kicked off the Emmys with a work out in Beverly Hills on Sunday morning.

Hours before the big awards show, the pair, who play prominent members of dueling families on HBO's hit fantasy drama, were spotted at the fitness center at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills.

Dinklage, who earned a nomination for his role as Tyrion Lannister, jogged on the treadmill as Madden, who plays King in the North Robb Stark lifted weights.

"Richard was really working up a sweat!" an onlooker tells PEOPLE.

While Dinklage didn't take home an award, Game of Thrones did win Emmys for outstanding sound editing for a series, outstanding sound mixing for a comedy or drama series, outstanding special visual effects, outstanding art direction for a single-camera series, outstanding costumes for a series and outstanding makeup (non-prosthetic) for a single-camera series.

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Pink: How I Got My Body Back After Baby | Pink

Pink: How I Got My Body Back After Baby

Originally posted 09/09/2012 01:40PM

After delivering daughter Willow Sage 15 months ago, Pink was in no rush to lose the 55 lbs. she gained while pregnant.

"I love to feel fit. I love to feel healthy. I wasn't in a race," she tells PEOPLE. "I was really kind to myself because I was actually really impressed with the fact that I had just had a baby, like 'I made a human!' "

The singer-songwriter, 33, was ready to hit the gym eight weeks after Willow was born, but it wasn't easy.

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