Cary Castagna, Edmonton Sun

Cary Castagna, an editor at the Edmonton Sun, is a certified personal trainer and former bodybuilder. He also writes a weekly fitness column for the Sun Media/QMI chain called Keeping Fit. Cary has interviewed many industry icons, from Jack LaLanne and Jake Steinfeld to Denise Austin and Richard Simmons. The Winnipeg native formerly worked as a crime reporter for the Winnipeg Sun and as a sports writer for a small North Dakota daily.

Stories

Fitness expert Brett Stewart is an ultra-marathoner, triathlete and co-author of Ultimate Jump Rope Workouts. He is based in Phoenix. (Supplied)

Roped in

It’s a prevailing stereotype that has fitness expert Brett Stewart at the end of his rope.

Michael "The Count" Bisping. (File)

Feeding the machine

Michael Bisping is known around the UFC for his superior cardiovascular fitness.

Angela Robinson. (TOM BRAID/QMI AGENCY)

Fighting depression

It was in the spring of 2011 when the normally energetic and driven Angela Robinson found herself overwhelmed with “extreme fatigue and a total lack of motivation.”

Nadeen Boman says skipping meals is a major offence and often leads to weight gain. (Supplied)

No gym required

Shaping up and ridding yourself of your unsightly “spare tire, muffin top or thunder thighs” doesn’t mean you have to toil away in a gym for hours on end, says trainer and nutrition coach Nadeen Boman.

Karl Knopf says adults in their 60s, 70s, and 80s need to exercise to continue doing all the activities of daily life, from pushing a lawnmower to picking up a grandchild. (Submitted Photo)

Saved by the bell

For 60-year-old exercise guru Karl Knopf, it’s as clear as a bell.

Melanie Grosz. (Supplied)

Lose weight for yourself

Melanie Grosz gets emotional when discussing what ultimately helped her lose 60 pounds and transform not only her body but also her life.

Jill Miller, a fit 114 pounds at 5-foot-3, likes to incorporate no-impact plyometrics and whole-body movements in her own regimen. (Supplied)

Core values

Fab abs are more than just skin deep.

An inspirationally fit 180 pounds at 5-foot-11, former TV talk show host Montel Williams, 55, who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, works out seven days a week, usually for 90 minutes a session. His regimen includes plyometrics, resistance training, TRX suspension training and cardio. (Supplied)

Montel won't let disease slow him down

Montel Williams says he only has about four years left to live -- based on research and statistics on life expectancy for black men who have multiple sclerosis.

Michelle Lovitt, left, a Los Angeles-based trainer to the stars who counts Courteney Cox, right, Julianne Moore, Jason Statham, Sean (Puffy) Combs and Lauren Graham among her famous clientele. (Supplied)

Being active a way of life: Celeb trainer

While it seems most Hollywood A-listers loathe the paparazzi, the stop-at-nothing shutterbugs offer celebrities at least one benefit: a continuous supply of workout motivation.

A before and after look at Dee Rubina, of Charlotte, N.C., who embarked on a 10-year weight loss journey that saw her lose nearly half of her weight. (Supplied)

Dee for devoted

Before she embarked on an amazing weight-loss journey in which she dropped roughly 150 pounds, Dee Rubina wrote herself a letter.

GoodLife chief operating officer Jane Riddell, disguised on left, with Zumba instructor Assata McKenzie. Ridell recently appeared on "Undercover Boss Canada." (Supplied)

Not the Zumba class

Jane Riddell feared she wouldn't clear airport security while wearing a convincing disguise for her recent appearance on Undercover Boss Canada.