So it’s confirmed that there will be two new trainers unveiled during Season 11 of “The Biggest Loser.” We will get a teaser this Tuesday at the season finale and producers say they will be revealed only “in silhouette.” I don’t know who the two new trainers will be, but I have a guess. I think it’s a good guess … two former contestants.
New Female Trainer
We know from Jillian’s Twitter feed that one of the new trainers is a woman. There are a few contenders for this role: the always active Ali Vincent, the first female winner, who has maintained a healthy lifestyle and very close ties to the show. She has also recently published her own book, “Believe It, Be It.”
There’s also Helen Phillips, the second pink team winner from season 7, who is starting up a health and fitness business and was talking about it on the Thanksgiving Eve “Where Are They Now?” episode.
New Male Trainer
As for a possible male trainer joining the show, I’m going with season 8 winner Danny Cahill. He’s passionate about fitness, he’s been working in the industry since he left the show, and he appeared several times this season as a motivator for Lisa, one of the contestants. I also noticed he’s gone a bit Hollywood with a very sharp haircut and a rail-thin physique. He also had 15 to 20 pounds of skin removed from his abdomen earlier this year as a result of the weight loss. (Rapid weight loss will often leave skin folds behind; if you look at the stomachs of even the thinnest contestants a lot of them have bulges there, which is literally just loose skin.)
Even more intriguing is the events calendar on his personal website, notably absent of a heavy personal appearances schedule from November on, when season 11 began filming. My money’s on him.
It could also be one of the Morelli’s, the father/son team who have started a fitness venture, or Michael Ventrella, last season’s winner who is also doing some sort of lifestyle coaching. O’Neal Hampton, Jr. is also a possibility; he has coaching experience and sunk his life savings into a health club after he left the show.
Why NBC Would Make This Choice
I’ve noticed this trend throughout the season of former contestants coming back and talking about their new “lifestyle businesses.” Let’s be clear here; “The Biggest Loser” makes a lot of money off of advertisers, but I’m willing to bet it makes more money by selling books, meal plans, workout DVDs, and Nintendo Wii games.
The show is a huge cash cow for the network but has received numerous complaints the past couple of seasons. Some have questioned their training methods as being unsafe (yup, I’m one of ’em). Bringing back popular contestants is actually a brilliant marketing strategy, someone with their own fan base to breathe new life into the show. And there will be a whole new set of exercise DVDs and products rolling out, you can be sure of that.
I can just see the “close, intimate moment” now as contestant A is having a nervous breakdown, sweaty and in tears, crouched miserably at the end of a treadmill. Former contestant / new trainer walks over, puts his or her arm around contestant A’s shoulder and says calmly, while oozing empathy, “It’s okay; I’ve been here. You’ll get through this …”
Please, Please, Please Be Properly Certified!
My only problem … what are the former contestants’ credentials? Being trained by Bob and Jillian doesn’t mean you’ve learned proper form and cueing techniques. I want certifications! Real certifications, not some low-level online piece of paper. Experience does count, but it’s not everything … I want to know that these new trainers, whoever they may be, know the difference between a vastus medialis and a teres minor. If they don’t, they’ve got plenty of time to learn it before they start doing the interview circuit.
I will not be happy if the show hires folks who don’t have a proper certification, and I recap “The Biggest Loser” for AOL with 7 million page views per month. So take the few weeks of studying necessary to learn what you need to learn. Got it? Since you’ll be working with the morbidly obese population may I suggest the ACSM certification? It’s really geared to a medical setting which is what “The Biggest Loser” really is.
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