Peoria's Biggest Loser contestants find ways to prep bodies for long term weight loss

By WEEK Reporter

January 28, 2014 Updated Jan 28, 2014 at 11:41 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- It has been about three weeks since the initial weigh in for contestants of Peoria's Biggest Loser competition. Contestants from seven teams must complete the 12 week program of intense workouts and nutrition classes. Nearly 40 contestants hope to transform their lifestyle and as much as two hundred pounds.

Nicole Moore is a 23-year-old teacher. She came into this competition to walk the walk.

"In class, I always tell [my students] that they have to persevere and that they can't give up," said Moore. "For me, this is my personal battle. This is where I have always told myself, 'I can't,' and now I have to tell myself, 'I can,' so I hope I can be a good role model for my students."

This is her battle to shed the pounds in the long run.

"We're talking 75-100 pounds, which is kind of a scary number," said Moore.

Lead trainer Carter Oltman says the lesson is a change in lifestyle.

"In any situation where you're undergoing a long-term fitness program, you need to make sure your body is ready for that exercise," said Oltman.

"My worse days are my running days, and that's when I can feel it. I can feel it in my lower back, because it is something new," said Moore.

So what does she do?

"I stretch," said Moore.

Oltman says that stretching is one of the right answers. He demonstrated a simple stretch that anyone can do.

"You're on your knees, you're going to sit your hips back towards your heels, arms pushed out as far as you can, and put your head down to the mat as far as your can," explained Oltman.

He was describing a stretch inspired by the yoga position called "child's play." It stretches the muscles one uses during a run.

"It's great for our lower backs, our gluts and our quads," Oltman.

And those are all muscles that these contestants will work as they continue to train twice a week.