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?