Anna Kournikova Leaves “Biggest Loser”: Not Much Love Lost

Anna Kournikova leaves "The Biggest Loser"

So another trainer heads to the showers at the “Biggest Loser” ranch as Anna Kournikova announced via a press release today that she would not be returning for a second season.  Neither she nor a representative from the show were available for comment.

The rumors are going around that Kournikova was clashing on the set, both with contestants and with the show’s staff and crew.   In addition, her team of “Seniors” did not do well, losing several early rounds this season.

I was critical of the choice when producers first announced she would be joining the series.  Being a professional athlete is not the same thing as being a trainer.  Having the physical gifts that she possessed likely made it difficult for her to train others.  It can be frustrating trying to translate in basic terms what comes naturally to you as an athlete and Kournikova seemed to struggle with that on the show.  She also knows what it takes to be a champion physically, which many of the contestants have never experienced before.   That “suck it up” attitude was completely foreign to a lot of them.

Dolvett Quince, the show’s other new trainer, seems to be doing okay, so perhaps next season the producers will choose to stay with just him and Bob and let things recover a bit.  The show’s starting to look like a revolving door at Macy’s the day after Thanksgiving.

If producers do decide to add more trainers next year, could they please, please, please get a trainer with some actual experience training people?  With real certifications or, gasp, maybe even a college degree?  Then people could learn safe and effective ways to exercise and that would be truly amazing.

What do you think?  Was Anna a good choice?  Are you happy she’ll be gone at the end of the current season? What do you think about Dolvett Quince?  Is he a keeper?

Cheers,

Lisa

About Lisa Johnson

Lisa Johnson here. I've been a personal trainer since 1997, a Pilates instructor since 1998 and the owner of Modern Pilates since 1999. I'm hoping to give you some good ideas to get or stay in shape with a healthy dose of humor and reality. Thanks for joining me.

14 Responses to Anna Kournikova Leaves “Biggest Loser”: Not Much Love Lost

  1. Melissa (@MelGetsFit) November 14, 2011 at 9:20 pm #

    I didn’t think she was a good choice and I’m not sad to see her go. I think Dolvett is doing a great job and I hope they keep him around. My biggest fear is that as long as Bob has been doing the show that he might leave at some point, too. The Biggest Loser just wouldn’t be the same with both Jillian AND Bob gone.

  2. Jenn Givler November 14, 2011 at 9:24 pm #

    Well, I can’t really comment on the show. I tried to watch the first couple of seasons but always ended up tuning out. As a fitness professional, I can’t condone any of the practices I had seen.

    I agree with your assessment of Anna.

    I just wish this show would show what it REALLY takes to get back to. A healthy lifestyle… But then I guess REAL life isn’t sensational enough for reality TV…

  3. Tara Burner November 14, 2011 at 9:25 pm #

    I was with you back when they announced her…couldn’t believe it..
    she may be a professional athlete (and even that in my opinion is a stretch calling her that! when she has no real achievements and best known for topless sunbathing in South Beach and her modeling more than anything remotely athletic).

    So, nope she wasn’t a good choice…
    glad to see her go

    And yea think Dolvett’s worth keeping

  4. Lisa Johnson November 14, 2011 at 9:29 pm #

    Melissa, I did a phone interview with the exec producer of the show and Bob and they both said that Bob would there as long as the show was on the air … I think his contract has him locked up and/or he’s just happy to be there. L–

  5. Lisa Johnson November 14, 2011 at 9:30 pm #

    Jenn I think you said it all, the reality of what it takes to lose 100 pounds is a lot less interesting than drama and silly contests.

  6. Jason November 15, 2011 at 3:11 am #

    I think the show is done – it can’t keep having different trainers every season or else the contestants will only want Bob and won’t perform for the others.

    There was a certain chemistry that Bob and Jillian had that will and seems to be very difficult to replace. So maybe there will have to go in a completely different direction with trainers so that there is a fresh start because right now it is very stagnant.

  7. Dean Ouellette November 15, 2011 at 12:03 pm #

    Hey everyone it could be worse… they could bring Kim back.

    Wasnt reading your blog then Lisa so dont know your thoughts on her, but I thought she sucked.

    I disagree with Tara, Anna is very much a professional athlete. She may have never been the best tennis player, but she was in the top ten for a few years for sure. To be in the top ten in the world is not as easy as just looking pretty.

    I like Anna. I like her more now than I did before she went on the show. She has done a better job challenging some of the contestants than I thought she would.

    At the same time she is not a professional trainer and I do no think she should have been back for a third season.

    I would not sit with just Bob and Dolvett for the next year, I like three trainers and think they need a female.

    I think we start a petition drive to get Lisa in there and see what she can do. Who wants to start it ;)

  8. Fitarella November 15, 2011 at 2:43 pm #

    So interesting! I stopped watching after the first female trainer came in to replace Jillian, so I had NO idea that Anna was on the show. Seems like such an odd choice to me. Anyhoo, thanks for keeping me up to date Lisa! I totally agree, being an amazing athlete is not the same as being a trainer.

  9. Lisa Johnson November 15, 2011 at 5:46 pm #

    Ha! Dean … they definitely wouldn’t take me because they read this blog! I honestly would love the opportunity to do Pilates with all of the contestants an hour a day. That way the trainers could beat the crap out of them and I could keep them stitched together with Pilates, a great therapeutic & work way to stay in shape. I’d love to do that!

    I hear you on the female voice, but there’s been so much upheaval that I think two trainers next year would be good just to let the show breathe and recover a little bit. I’ve only see a bit of Dolvett so far but I like what I’ve seen … he seems to train safe and with compassion. What I’ve noticed about Anna is the compassion seems to come and go and contestants (i.e. clients) can sense that right away. She gets frustrated too easily, she’s not meeting them at their level …

    But we’ll see right? I’m sure they’ll be more announcements at the finale.

    Lisa

  10. Lisa Johnson November 15, 2011 at 5:47 pm #

    Thanks Jacqui! And great to see you here, I’m honored you read my blog. :) When are we having coffee?

  11. Robin November 15, 2011 at 10:58 pm #

    Thanks for the update Lisa! I felt the same way when she was originally brought on the show so I’m not surprised it didn’t work out. It wasn’t a good fit and this season really struggled. It’s the first one I haven’t watched in years! I’ll look forward to future updates :)

  12. Lisa Johnson November 16, 2011 at 12:18 am #

    Thanks Robin! :-) I’m actually really behind and only just started watching this season … I’m really not that into it this year …

  13. Jim Going Fitness November 18, 2011 at 11:12 am #

    I couldn’t see her doing well on a show like this anyway. They could make the show really interesting by picking a random trainer off the streets. That would makes thing interesting.

  14. Lisa Johnson November 18, 2011 at 11:31 am #

    LOL, Jim, the marketing is too important for the show. They need someone who is “TV worthy” it’s the critical ingredient to the pick a trainer process that people often don’t think about and why, I think, they’ve made some dumb choices. L–

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