The Biggest Loser’s original two-hour format is back. Sadly.
As a personal trainer and avid reality television fan, I find The Biggest Loser to be one of the most compelling and frustrating shows on television. Every week I rank the most appalling situations, quotes, and people on a scale from mildly irresponsible to downright dangerous.
This is the season of the Random Bob T-shirts. “Mahalo Burpees?” What the hell does that even mean?
The product placement for the Yogurt That Shall Not Be Named is very egregious. Even for this show.
Hap now cooks his meals on a Foreman grill during his business trips. So why was he making TWO huge chicken breasts? One for him and one for the hooker he hired? (Allegedly.)
Carl Edwards is a very fit guy, but his motivational skills are lacking. An impotent statement of “don’t get tired, guys,” is not particularly exciting compared to Dolvett’s intense screaming.
“You’re not dizzy, you’re focused!” No, Jillian, she might actually be dizzy. They are not eating carbohydrates! They are barely consuming electrolytes!
It feels like they’re trying to cram in as much “learn about these people” segments as possible to make up for an entire season of basically skimming over them. It’s a little overwhelming to the viewer.
Some poor production assistant had to bury all those kettlebells in the sand hill for that stupid challenge. Also, I swear I have seen this exact same giant sand hill in an episode of Extreme Weight Loss.
The eliminated players are weighed in at the start of the episode. Bobby has the largest percentage of weight loss and gets to return to the ranch! Hooray!
For the first time this season, the weigh-in has a yellow line. Tanya had a one-pound disadvantage from losing the challenge and she falls below the yellow line with Tumi. Tumi is deemed the bigger threat and sent home to her loving fiancé.
Next week, imagine being able to be magically whisked away to US Olympic Training Center in Park City, Utah! Hi. I’m in Park City, Utah. (to paraphrase Wayne’s World)