“Biggest Loser’s” New Trainers? Cara Castronova & Brett Hoebel

Oh the fun of being a blogger sometimes.  I literally got an anonymous phone call from someone connected with “The Biggest Loser” who wanted me to know who the two new trainers are for the upcoming season 11.

I’ve got ’em.  Cara Castronova (you have to scroll down a bit to see her info) and Brett Hoebel.  I do NOT have confirmation of this from the show but …

The rumor has been going around that it’s Brett and my anonymous tipster confirmed that was true.  He’s a martial artist and a personal trainer who has trained some Victoria’s Secret models.  His bio states that he

is an award-winning group fitness instructor and nationally recognized personal trainer with certifications in Personal Training, Nutrition & Lifestyle Coaching, Metabolic Typing™ Nutrition, C.H.E.K. Holistic Exercise Kinesiology, Hatha Yoga, and Prenatal/Postpartum conditioning.

That’s not too bad of a list.  I’ll be checking on it further … it doesn’t list specifically what his personal trainer certifications are, so I’d like to find out more about that.

Now for Cara.  She is very pretty and a two-time Golden Gloves boxing champion with amazingly gorgeous hair.  She has been trying to establish an acting career since 2007 or so and is represented by agents in Hollywood.  It appears, however, she has zippo for certifications.  I can’t find one single reference to a fitness certification anywhere.  I also couldn’t find a reference to her being a personal trainer anywhere.  I don’t know if she’s ever had clients in real life.

The pictures above are two stills from video clips.  The outline profile on the left is from the “Biggest Loser” season 11 teaser promo on NBC.com and the second still is from a History Channel documentary about Warrior Women.  Looks pretty darned similar no?

If you listen to the voice of the new female trainer on the promo for season 11 as well as Cara’s acting promo tape, it sure sounds and looks like the same person to me.  Ditto for Brett; I listened to a TV interview and compared it to the “BL” promo.  Their body types, bios, and voices all match.  I think I’ve got it right this time.  By the way, I thought Brett’s cueing was good; he had good pacing, used breathwork well, and corrected form.  All good signs.

What do you think?  How do you feel about Cara, who potentially doesn’t have ANY certifications to speak of working with a morbidly obese population?

I’m not happy if that’s the case.  I hope I’m wrong. For the producers to go and hire just a pretty face without a fitness resume is pretty darned disturbing. Is it more about the ratings or more about saving lives?

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Dim Your Lights for a Better Night’s Sleep

Bright lights can suppress melatonin which can interrupt sleep cycles and contribute to sleeplessness, Type 2 diabetes, and increased blood pressure.  These findings were released last week through researchers at Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston. The study sequestered 116 people between the ages of 18 and 30 for five days and the researchers regularly checked melatonin levels throughout.  The findings are significant. According to Joshua Gooley, Ph.D., “Our study shows that this exposure to indoor light has a strong suppressive effect on the hormone melatonin. This could, in turn, have effects on sleep quality and the body’s ability to regulate body temperature, blood pressure, and glucose levels.” The study goes on to say that dimmed lights will significantly decrease the adverse effect.  Exposure to room light during the evening hours suppressed melatonin by more than 50 percent over using dim light. There has been a lot of buzz lately about the importance of sleep.  Many of us (especially us social media types) have electronic screens and lights on late.  This can be really disruptive to our sleep cycles setting up a vicious cycle of sleep deprivation, not being focused, and needing to get more work done. So the take away here is to turn off your screens at least an hour before bed (the researchers suggested 90 minutes) and keep the lights dim during the same time period.   What they’re really saying is unplug, unwind, and rest.  Sounds like good advice, doesn’t it? What do you think about shutting off your electronics at least an hour before bed?  Have you tried it and been successful?  Have you found budgeting your time and schedule to include bedtime has made you more efficient? I’d love to hear your thoughts. Thanks, Lisa