Michelle Bridges & Biggest Loser
When it comes to women’s health in Australia, there are few public personalities that could be described as having as profound an impact as Michelle Bridges. Michelle hit the scene in 2007 as one of the personal trainers on Network 10s show “The Biggest Loser Australia”. Her tough love technique was a TV series hit. After all, who didn’t love seeing an overweight person getting told that they had to stop eating cake in order to lose weight.
A Bit About Michelle Bridges
Michelle Bridges is one of Australia’s most well-known health and fitness personalities. Since launching her career in 2003, she has become a household name, inspiring millions of people to get fit and lead healthier lives.
Michelle has had an incredible impact on women’s health in Australia. She has been a strong advocate for healthy eating habits and physical activity, and has encouraged women to take charge of their own health and fitness. Through her television appearances, books, magazines and fitness classes, Michelle has been a role model for women in Australia, showing them that it’s possible to achieve their health and fitness goals.
Michelle has also supported charities such as the Cancer Council and the Heart Foundation, promoting their health messages and helping to raise awareness of the importance of leading a healthy lifestyle.
Michelle has undoubtedly had a positive impact on women’s health in Australia. Her passion and dedication have inspired millions of people to get fit and lead healthier lives, and her work has helped countless women to take control of their own health and wellbeing.
What I Love About Michelle Bridges
Here are a few things that I think have had an overall positive impact on women’s health in Australia.
One of the things I admire about Michelle is her inclusive nature. Michelle has a strong belief that health and fitness should be accessible to everyone, regardless of their age, gender, background or abilities. She has created programs that cater to all levels of fitness and encourages everyone to take part in their own health and fitness journey.
Michelle’s Simplistic Approach
Michelle’s simplistic approach to health and fitness has been a breath of fresh air. Rather than complicated diets, her focus is on making small but meaningful changes to our daily lives that can have a big impact on our health and wellbeing. I find this can be incredibly motivating and it has helped many women to make better lifestyle choices and stick to them.
Down To Earth
Michelle is also down-to-earth. She is always honest and open about her own struggles, which makes her more relatable and inspiring. She never preaches, but teaches us valuable lessons about health and fitness while still being respectful and understanding.
Some Careful Criticisms
As a health and fitness influencer, mother of three healthy boys, and married to a shift-working husband, I think it’s important to address some of the criticisms of Michelle Bridges. While I am a fan of her work and the success she’s had with her 12 Week Body Transformation program, there are some careful criticisms that need to be considered.
1. Not Sustainable
A lot of women make the mistake of thinking that a 12 week program can solve all their weight loss issues, and Michelle’s 12WBT program doesn’t really provide a framework for life. This kind of hopping on and off courses can actually produce a serious imbalance in someone’s life, leading to more serious depression and relationship issues with family members.
A good program needs to take into account long term sustainable growth in a person, and not just look at immediate aesthetic results.
2. No Ongoing Support/Accountability
While her website speaks about the community of support and the professionals that will help online, there really isn’t any proper accountability system. The courses really just are a celebrity face without the substance.
Real communities are what make changes in people’s habits and lifestyle and this is something that we’ve worked very hard at creating in our women’s health groups.
3. Not Relatable to Mums
There’s this image of the yummy mummy which doesn’t really connect with the vast majority of where mums are at. Michelle’s systems don’t take real life into account. Most mums have very busy schedules to manage with multiple tasks, all of which are very important in the day.
This celebrity based sales “one size fits all women” course creates a very basic and unrelatable program for women, which I believe lowers the value below that of what local mother’s groups can offer women.
One of the first things I do with the mums I work with is create a plan that works around their lifestyle and with their personal requirements in mind. Do they wake up early? Do they sleep late? What is their eating routine? Where do they buy groceries from? All these are some of the very basic starting questions that need to be asked in order to create something that is realistic and relatable.
4. No Variety In Exercise Plans
Michelle’s programs, while effective, have no variety in them, leading to the feeling of just literally going through the motions. This repetitive form of exercising is a fairly old style, and there are hundreds of different exercises mums can do to get fit, and at the same time have a bit of fun while they are doing it.
The way I manage exercise boredom is making sure that there are a variety of new exercises planned for each day. People sometimes forget how smart us mums really are, and that we get bored easily too!
5. No Individualised Programming For Different Body Types
Courses for the masses like Michelle’s don’t really have the capacity for accounting for many different body types. They are usually created by a bunch of marketers who sit back, have a budget in mind for the materials, and an even bigger budget for the advertising. It is all about making a quick buck, rather than seeing real and lasting change in someone’s life.
Body types should inform what kinds of exercises a trainer is providing their clients. If you are paying for a course, it should include a review of your body type, and take into account your strengths and weaknesses.
Planning the exercises around what my clients are capable of doing, and what they enjoy doing is something that I love to do. Making sure that you aren’t giving a new mum an exercise that could seriously injure her post birth is also incredibly important.
Michelle’s Bridges Fitness Generation vs Modern Fitness Movement
The overall impact of Michelle Bridges on women’s health in Australia has been powerful and positive. She has made tremendous strides in creating a platform for women in Australia to receive quality health and fitness advice, as well as inspiring many women to take control of their health and fitness goals.
Empowering Women In Australia
Through her books and television programs, Michelle Bridges has provided millions of women with the tools and guidance to take control of their health and fitness, and has been instrumental in inspiring and empowering women to make healthier choices. Her work has also helped to raise awareness of the importance of physical and mental health and fitness, highlighting the issues faced by women in Australia and promoting the message of self-care.
More Work To Be Done In Women’s Health In Australia
Despite the positive impact of Michelle Bridges’ work, it is important to note that there is still much work to be done in order to ensure all women in Australia can access the health and fitness advice and resources they need. Customisation is now the key to ensuring women’s health in Australia is being addressed in the right way, taking into account individual needs and preferences, as well as the unique circumstances faced by each woman.
Customisation Is Key & The New Fitness Generation
Women’s health is an ever-evolving field and the movement towards customisation is an important one, helping to ensure that the needs of each woman are being taken into account and that the health and fitness advice and resources available are tailored to their needs. Michelle Bridges has been instrumental in inspiring and empowering women to take control of their health and fitness, and her work has helped to create a platform for women to access the health and fitness advice and resources they need. For this, I am thankful.
Author: Simone Lord
Simone Lord is a keynote speaker, women’s health specialist, lifestyle coach, mentor, and family finance advisor.