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A sneak peek of the new Biggest Loser Resort set to open

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Gerry and Stella Hayes, Biggest Loser Season 7 contestants. Gerry and Stella Hayes, Biggest Loser Season 7 contestants.
ITASCA, ILLINOIS (WREX) -

NBC's hit show the Biggest Loser takes a handful of people to California and helps them change their eating and workout habits.  But now there is a place a lot closer to home that is offering the same opportunities in a resort setting.

 

"It's an extension of the show. We decided lets see if we can create a physical place that people can go to just like they see in the show but maybe with a little bit less yelling and a little bit less screaming," says Lawrence Bond, the Biggest Loser Resort, CEO.

 

The Biggest Loser Resort in the Chicago suburb of Itasca is one of only four in the country. It requires a minimum of a week stay for its guests and there's no sitting around on this vacation. Right after check in you will immediately get your body composition.

 

"It probably won't know that I had mac-n-cheese and Kit Kats for dinner last night," says 13News reporter, Rebecca Klopf.

 

"Well actually this machine is pretty dog-gone sensitive to those sorts of things," says Paige Corley, trainer.

 

"Oops," says Rebecca.

 

The machine told the trainer Rebecca needed to kick up the intensity of her workouts. Even though the new fitness facility is not open yet it didn't stop Corley from putting Rebecca through her paces.

 

She isn't the only trainer on site. Two of the assistant trainer might be familiar to you. Gerry and Stella Hayes are from season 7 couples.

 

"Our goal is to really inspire the people who come here," says Gerry Hayes.

 

They were both voted off in the first two weeks of the show. But it didn't stop Gerry from becoming the at-home winner and dropping 177 pounds. He says he stopped accepting excuses and won't accept them from any of the guests.

 

"You know I was 64 at the time with all these medical problems and I could hardly move. You know I couldn't walk more than a half a mile. So it's just to say you got a start slow, you got to concentrate on it and keep building up," says Hayes.

 

The resort does not officially open until June 9th. There will also be day programs available for people who don't want to stay at the resort. There will be cooking classes, nutrition information and bride-to-be can even do bridal boot camps for a day or the weeks leading up to their wedding.

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