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No excuse for flab in Vancouver 0

STEPHANIE IP, 24 HOURS
Tommy Europe, host of The Last 10 Pounds Bootcamp and author of The 10-Pound Shred, runs 24 hours reporter Stephanie Ip through some quick workouts Thursday. (CARMINE MARINELLI, 24 HOURS)

Tommy Europe, host of The Last 10 Pounds Bootcamp and author of The 10-Pound Shred, runs 24 hours reporter Stephanie Ip through some quick workouts Thursday. (CARMINE MARINELLI, 24 HOURS)

On screen, Tommy Europe is at times horrifying and demanding, pushing the subjects of his fitness show, The Last 10-Pounds Bootcamp, to their utmost limits.

Off-camera, however, the celebrity trainer is relaxed and kind - nothing like the drill-sergeant persona he can be when training the unfit.

"I'm not the kind of person who says, 'Don't do this, don't do that.' If someone told me that, I probably wouldn't listen either," said the former CFL player, a guest at this weekend's 21st Vancouver Health Show.

The locally-based trainer is also the father of an 18-month-old girl and when he's not filming his other show, Bulging Brides, he's a stunt double for film and television. Soon after meeting with 24 hours Thursday, Europe was scheduled to return to the set of Supernatural.

While plans for the next season of Bootcamp have yet to be discussed, Europe has been busy developing new projects and touring Canada holding one-day bootcamps in different cities. Vancouver, however, has no excuse to be flabby.

"Being here in Vancouver, you have the outdoors, you can go to the mountains, you can hike, ski, snowboard, canoe, kayak, all in the same day," Europe said. "Do as many things as you possibly can to mix it up and it'll keep you active and prevent you from being bored."

However, just walking along Vancouver's seawall might not be enough. Europe recommends mixing up activities to keep things interesting, adding boredom is a major reason why many individuals don't stick to their routines.

"At some point, it's not going to become very effective. So push the envelope and do things that will push your level."

So as the holiday season creeps up, what's Europe's advice?

"Start now. As a society, we put on the most weight between Thanksgiving and New Year's. So knowing that and knowing there's going to be different things going on through the holiday season, start working out now. Don't save it 'til January 1."


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