Michael Ventrella lost 257 pounds in eight months on his way to winning â€œThe Biggest Loser.â€ But since then, he has gained so much more.
Almost 100 students and other members of the Fort Collins community of all shapes and sizes spread out in CSUâ€™s Student Recreation Centerâ€™s MAC gym on Thursday afternoon to workout with Ventrella, during an event put on by the Association for Student Activity Programming.
â€œMy main objective here is to be inspirational, your motivation needs to come from within,â€ Ventrella said.
Personal trainers from the Recreation Center instructed the free class, while Ventrella enthusiastically worked out alongside them.
â€œI really liked the class. There was a good turnout and a lot of good energy,â€ said Kaitie Huss, a sophomore journalism major.
Huss teaches a kickboxing, stretch and boot camp class at the Rec on different days of the week.
â€œI think it is important to see that you donâ€™t have to be active all your life in order to be fit. You can start at any time and still be successful,â€ Huss said.
A couple of hours later, Ventrella was eagerly welcomed by members of the Fort Collins and CSU community to give a motivational, and humorous, speech about his experiences with weight loss and his life on the show.
â€œI was always looking for the quick fix,â€ Ventrella said. â€œThere were times in the process when I would look in the mirror and say, â€˜Oh my God, I look like a pregnant walrus with a bad tan.â€™â€
After the death of his good friend, his grandfather and grandmother, Ventrella found intrinsic motivation to audition for â€œThe Biggest Loser.â€
â€œAt that moment, I told myself I was going to do it. I am not going to give myself an option to fail,â€ Ventrella said. â€œIt is about knowing the difference between your needs and wants.â€
Ventrella described his experience on the show as horrible and traumatic yet fun and very rewarding.
â€œIâ€™m happy. Iâ€™m funny now because I feel good about myself, not because Iâ€™m hiding my embarrassment,â€ Ventrella said. â€œYou all being here is a very proactive step in the process of weight loss.â€
Staff writer Sarah Banes can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Be active
- Self analyze
- Eat healthy
- Ask your doctor about your body type
- â€œIf you donâ€™t quit, you wonâ€™t fail.â€