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ABC's Extreme Weight Loss participant shares No. 1 secret to success

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MADISON (WKOW) -- A Wisconsin man who changed his life around on national television is giving out fitness advice.

You may remember Bob Brenner, who was a contestant on ABC's Extreme Weight Loss last year. He was just about 450 pounds when he started and lost 250 pounds by the time his episode aired. Now he's giving back to the show that saved his life.

Bob's helping with Extreme Weight Loss' casting call this weekend, but he's also writing a book and getting people motivated in the gym. I recently met up with him for a workout.

Sometimes the hardest thing about working out is starting. Whether you're nervous, or busy., or just not motivated, Bob says the thing that will help you get moving is accountability. "I work out with a personal trainer and have to weigh in every Friday," Bob says.

What if you can't afford one? Bob says any buddy will do. "My buddy is my wife and we just do stuff in our basement or in the living room."

That's the other thing: you don't have to start at the gym. Think about all the things you probably already know how to do that don't require a gym or any equipment, like jumping jacks, shuffles, squat jumps, push-ups or planks.

If you do go to the gym take advantage of all it has to offer. Bob says don't be afraid of embarrassment. After all, everyone at the gym has the same goal: to get healthy. "Most people are great and supportive when you go into any gym. My gym used to be a lot of fit, thin people and now we have people of all different sizes. You don't have to prove anything, just step into the gym and work hard and do your best," Bob says.

Bob will be at the casting call for season five's Extreme Weight Loss Saturday, February 22 in Chicago. It's at Dave and Busters on North Clark. It goes from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. He says just bring a picture of yourself and be natural and honest.
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