Brenner's loss is others' gain

Column by Penny Parker


Bob Brenner, the “Extreme Weight Loss” record breaker on the hit ABC television series, was so transformed by his experience on the show that he has announced plans to become a certified life coach to help others realize weight loss success.

To achieve his life coach certification, Brenner is partnering with the Colorado-based school Coach Training Alliance to become a credentialed coach. He is expected to earn his life coach certification in November.

During his yearlong journey on “Extreme Weight Loss” season three (season four is being filmed at the University of Colorado's Anschutz Health and Wellness Center in Aurora), Brenner lost a record 253 pounds — or 56 percent of his body weight — through a commitment to healthy eating, regular exercise and mental perseverance.

His next extreme transformation is a total career makeover — going from Milwaukee undercover cop to national life coach. Brenner also remains good friends with “Extreme Weight Loss” host Chris Powell. Both guys were in Denver the first weekend in September.

Show makes a move

Chinook Tavern, 6380 S. Fiddlers Green Circle in the Regis University building in Greenwood Village off I-25 and Arapahoe, is the new venue for this year's edition of “The John Fox Show,” which airs at 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays on 7News.

On the first show (Fox appeared via a taped interview because of the season opener against the Ravens), Broncos Ring-of-Famer and all-time leading wide receiver Rod Smith joined 7Sports anchor Lionel Bienvenu live from the restaurant.

Each week, different football guests will join Bienvenu and fans will have the opportunity to be a part of the live show.

“Everybody knows the Broncos have an incredible hold on the heart of our city, and this is an exciting way for Chinook and our guests to go `inside the huddle' this season, which could be a very memorable one for Broncos fans,” said Clemens Georg, Chinook general manager.

Valley girls and guys?

Colorado is fast encroaching on Silicon Valley's crown as the king of incubators for tech startup companies, according to (

According to the story posted Aug. 14, “Four of the top 10 metro regions in the U.S. with the most tech startups are in Colorado: Boulder, Fort Collins-Loveland, Denver and Colorado Springs. That's according to a report released (recently) by technology policy coalition engine and entrepreneurship research association the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.”

The research defines high-tech startups as “new businesses with a concentration of employees in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math.”

Here's how Colorado cities stacked up: 1. Boulder; 2. Fort Collins-Loveland; 3. San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, Calif. (aka Silicon Valley); 4. Cambridge-New-Framingham, Mass.; 5. Seattle; 6. Denver; 7. San Francisco; 8. Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, D.C.-Va.-Md.; 9. Colorado Springs; 10. Cheyenne, Wyo.

Nelson Rangell to perform

Denver-based jazz performer Nelson Rangell will help the Colorado Jazz Repertory Orchestra open its 2013-14 season at the Lone Tree Arts Center at 8 p.m. Sept. 20.

Born in Castle Rock and a Denver resident, Rangell has been hailed internationally as one of the world's best saxophone players.

Details and tickets are at

The seen

Pop star and teen heartthrob Justin Bieber and entourage were spotted by Facebook posters on Monday who said they saw him at Beta nightclub, 1909 Blake St., and at Chloe Discotheque on 14th and Market.

Spotted on the snowless slopes, “Today Show” fourth-hour host Hoda Kotb with a “new (male) friend” hiking in Colorado's mountains during Labor Day weekend.

“We did a two-mile hike straight up a mountain,” Kotb told co-host Kathie Lee Gifford during a recent show. “You can't breathe and your chest is about to explode because of the (lack of) air.”

“He has the nicest smile,” Gifford interjected. “What does he see in you?”

On Kotb's return flight to NYC, she chatted and posed for pictures with singer Aaron Neville, who performed during Denver's Taste of Colorado at Civic Center Park.


Eavesdropping on one male golfer commenting on another man's watch, on the deck enjoying a beer after golf at Fossil Trace: “That's a nice watch ... is it a Rolodex?”

Penny Parker's “Mile High Life” column gives insights into the best events, restaurants, businesses, parties and people throughout the metro area. Parker also writes for You can subscribe and read her columns (Monday, Wednesday and Friday) at She can be reached at or at 303-619-5209.


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