Philadelphia Magazine’s Fitness Challenge 2010: Devon Montgomery-Bender

A 25-year-old just-married caterer who wants to begin the greatest adventure of her life looking good and feeling great. “I don’t feel beautiful because I know I’m not healthy. I want to start my married life as a healthy, beautiful woman.”

Devon’s Sweat Trainer: Holly Waters

[sidebar]Initial Assessments: “The girl is in it to win it! I am honored to work with such an enthusiastic and determined woman like Devon!”

The goal: Keep the workouts safe, but tough, and incorporate as much activity—walking, etc.,—outside of the gym as possible.

The plan: “I am training Devon one-on-one once a week. I will be doing interval workouts with her at all times in order to burn the most calories and keep her on her toes. We have already integrated the rower, dumbbell circuits, and strength and balance tests in order to make sure her workouts are safe yet strong. She’s also doing water aerobics and walking.”

Check out Devon’s 2,300-calorie plan here, created by Sweat nutritonist Brittany Lucchetto, RD, LDN.

Starting Stats
Age: 25
Height: 6’1”
Starting weight: 325

Why we picked her:
“I need this motivation to start what should be the happiest time of my life….That photo you have was taken 6 weeks ago at my wedding. While it’s possibly the most beautiful picture ever taken of me, it’s still me, at a size 24. My BMI is over 40 and I’ve recently been diagnosed with sleep apnea. The snoring drives my husband crazy….While I know I look pretty in that picture, I don’t feel beautiful because I know I’m not healthy. I need to not only be a part of this challenge but I need to win it, because I want to start my married life as a healthy beautiful woman.“

Why she thinks she’s gonna win:
"I was thrilled to be chosen because I knew that this was going to be the catalyst that would change my life. I’ve been big all my life, like my father and my grandfather. I think at some point I just accepted it and whatever challenges that life has for bigger people. But I’m only 25! Well, no more settling. I’m going to use this contest to kick my own butt and start my healthy life with a BANG! So, I’m sorry to my other competitors, but I’m young, gutsy and I’m gonna win this because I have to. And I have a huge family (no pun intended) and my new husband who are going to cheer me to that scale!"


Monday, January 25th –January 31


I was a little nervous for today, I haven’t worked out in a long time. I got excited as I got to the gym. Holly, my trainer, is this wonderful little spitfire. I absolutely LOVE her! What I thought was a light workout turned into an all out butt kicking. I think it was one of the hardest things I’ve done in a long time. Holly was there the whole time smiling and cheering me on even when I thought I was gonna die. Swim aerobics tomorrow, I’m excited!


 So surprisingly I woke up feeling pretty good. I was super excited about swim aerobics. I thought it would be a really easy workout. Wrong again! I used every muscle in my body but I did try to give it everything I had. Now, I’m feeling it. Luckily there is a just a mile or two to walk tomorrow. I also found out that 43% of my body is fat. Just one more reason to change things now.

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  • aunt dana

    Devon, you are a beautiful woman inside and out. Best of luck. We are routing for ya!

  • Alexandra

    GO Devon! We are rooting for you! We know you will be great! So proud of you!

  • kym

    You got this girlfriend!

  • BBJ

    kick butt devon, I know you’ll do great!

  • Bob

    Like I told you before,there isn’t a thing that “you” Cannot do once you put your mind to it.

  • Judi

    Devon, we love you sooo much and are 100% behind you!! This victory is yours!! We’re so proud of you! Aunt Judi

  • Shay

    Devon, I know this is yours. Claim it and it shall be yours. San is another story lol. I’m behind you 100%

  • Holly

    Let’s do this Devon!! You’ve already impressed me, and from the looks of it you impress everyone around you! See you tomorrow!!

  • Fred

    I am so proud of you my wonderful beautiful and amazing wife. Now go kick some butt!

  • Zoe

    You are going to blow the competition out of the water! You are so beautiful and you’ve got your family (the ultimate power, really) and your bmc ladies (another ridiculous group) behind you all the way! GO DEVON!!

  • Holly

    Nice water guns today Devon!

  • Holly

    now get your sleep girl! you’ve got a big day ahead of you! Go get it!

  • Judith

    I’m cheering for you all the way from Germany!!! Go cuz!!!

  • BBJ

    Good work Devon, I’m so impressed!! I know you’ll keep kicking butt.

  • KCT

    I know Holly very well and she has transformed me into a shape I didn’t think was possible!! You are in very good hands, go girl!!! (ps, I have been a patient of multiple members of your family and they are awesome!!!)

  • Devon

    I just want to say thank you for all of the love and motivation! I’m down 2 inches on my wait AND a few pounds! Keep the posts coming!

  • Becca


    love becca

  • Kathleen

    I was so happy to see you on the TV. Best of luck from your fifth grade teacher!! I know that you can do it!!
    Miss Tait

  • Tommy

    You can do it! You can do anything you put your mind to!!!

  • BBJ

    Awesome Dev, you look great & I know you’ll win, those girls got nothing on you. I’m so excited for you!

  • Coleman

    Devon Keep up the excellent work! It has been a pleasure to see you around the gym! Thanks for supporting me last week. See you soon.

  • sheryl

    KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK….Holly’s mom

  • Shadia

    You’re such an inspiration! You’ll always be beautiful, strong, and full of that BM spirit. Rooting for you!