“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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Let’s get the discussion going.

Lisa