Michelle Bridges (born 20 October 1970) is an Australian personal trainer, author and television personality. From 2007 to 2015, she was a trainer on the Australian version of The Biggest Loser, making her first appearance in the second season.
Bridges in May 2012
|Born||20 October 1970|
|Occupation||Personal trainer, author, television personality|
|Spouse(s)||Bill Moore (2003–2013)|
|Partner(s)||Steve Willis (2012–2020)|
Bridges attended high school in Nelson Bay, New South Wales. In an interview with The Sydney Morning Herald, she said "I was 14 when I pitched the idea to my school mistress that I would take the kids at school who didn't play sport, who hung around smoking cigarettes, and do fitness classes with them." She then went on to take over space at a local squash court along with her personal trainer Tash Sheehy and taught classes there. At 18, Bridges graduated from the Australian Institute of Fitness as a certified fitness instructor, and has served since 2009 as an ambassador for the organisation.
Bridges opened up about being sexually assaulted when she was 18 years old. Bridges escaped from her attacker and ran to a police station with cuts and bruises. She reported the assault to police and indicated she most definitely wanted to press charges. Months later, she found herself in the local court room facing down her attacker and enduring a fierce cross-examination from his lawyer, who quizzed her on what sort of clothes she had been wearing and how short her skirt had been. The man who assaulted her was sentenced to a year in prison.
In 2007, Bridges became a trainer on The Biggest Loser. In her first season, she trained the red team alongside Jillian Michaels. She appeared as the red team trainer for every season. In 2016, Bridges announced she was leaving the series.
Bridges was one of the contestants in Celebrity MasterChef Australia. She describes herself as "a bit of a foodie" and won the second heat with her signature dish of Moroccan spiced lamb with eggplant and currant couscous, beating performer Kathleen de Leon Jones and journalist Peter FitzSimons to continue in the competition.
In addition to her TV appearances, Bridges is the author of several books, including:
- Crunch Time: Lose Weight Fast and Keep it Off
- Losing the Last 5 Kilos: Your Kick-Arse Guide to Looking and Feeling Fantastic
- Crunch Time Cookbook: 100 Knockout Recipes for Rapid Weight Loss
- The No Excuses Cookbook
- Losing The Last 5 Kilos
- 5 Minutes A Day
- Everyday Weight Loss
- Your Best Body
- Get Real!
In 2012, Bridges launched the fitness and leisure range ONEActive, sold in Big W stores across Australia. This includes hardware fitness goods, footwear and apparel. Her fitness wear ranges in sizes from 8–26. In August 2013 her apparel was launched on the BIG W website and in September 2013 she established a licence agreement to also sell kitchenware with the retail chain. Also in September 2013, Bridges expanded her apparel to include children's fitness clothes for ages 8 to 16.
In 2010, Ubisoft brought Bridges to Canada to help develop the weight loss segments of their product Your Shape Fitness Evolved. The company used motion capture to create an avatar of Bridges to appear in the game, which will use the Kinect technology. Bridges said "It was quite extraordinary. I'm now a fitness trainer inside an XBox game." Bridges said fitness games could provide as good a workout as going to the gym, saying "If you can roll out of bed and turn on your Xbox and get into it games like this one, you've just cut your travel time to get the gym, to find a park and you're good to go. There's a real opportunity to spark a passion to get into your fitness."
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Bridges married fitness trainer and gym owner Bill Moore, who later became her business manager, in 2003. The couple separated in May 2013 and Bridges began dating fellow Biggest Loser trainer Steve Willis. She currently resides in Sydney. In July 2015, the couple announced they were expecting their first child together. On 19 December 2015, Bridges gave birth to their son.
On 26 January 2020, Bridges pleaded guilty to mid-range drink-driving after being caught behind the wheel of her 4WD with her five-year-old son in the car. She allegedly returned a blood alcohol reading of 0.086. She was fined $750 and banned from driving for three months. She later confirmed that she and Steve Willis had ended their relationship.
- Karnikowski, Nina (25 January 2010). "One tough cookie". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 7 February 2011.
- "Michelle Bridges: I jailed my sex attacker". Now To Love. Retrieved 29 February 2020.
- Bowden, Ebony (12 September 2016). "The Biggest Loser returns without Michelle Bridges and 'Commando' Steve Willis". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 23 March 2017.
- Milsom, Rosemarie (17 August 2012). "The making of Michelle Bridges". Newcastle Herald. Retrieved 23 January 2014.
- "Michelle Bridges wins Celebrity MasterChef heat". Herald Sun. 8 October 2009. Retrieved 7 February 2011.
- "Bridges becomes virtual trainer". Herald Sun. 19 August 2010. Retrieved 7 February 2011.
- Dudley-Nicholson, Jennifer (18 November 2010). "Microsoft launches Kinect with The Biggest Loser's Michelle Bridges taking centre stage". The Courier-Mail. Retrieved 7 February 2011.
- 12 Week Body Transformation
- "Bridges breaks up". The Sydney Morning Herald. 3 March 2013. Retrieved 22 January 2014.
- "Michelle Bridges and Steve 'Commando' Willis are expecting first baby – it'll be his fourth child". The Daily Telegraph. 16 July 2015. Retrieved 16 July 2015.
- "Michelle Bridges pleads guilty to drink driving with son in car". 7NEWS.com.au. 18 February 2020. Retrieved 29 February 2020.
- Sutton, Candace (27 January 2020). "Celebrity trainer Michelle Bridges confirms split with 'Commando' before drink-driving charge". News.com.au. Retrieved 27 January 2020.
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