The Biggest Loser is back and more tempting than ever. Hi, Dolvett!
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.
First challenge of the season involves lifting bags of “money” (really sand or something, since they weigh 30 pounds each), and Jen’s black team just has no friggin’ clue how to lift these safely. Use your legs, people! They then need to climb a very tall ladder, and yeah the ladder is tall, but how friggin’ hard is it to climb a ladder? I don’t have to tell you that the answer is: apparently really hard? Roberto falls off twice and the way he’s swinging around haphazardly, I’m amazed the NBC lawyers didn’t make them wear helmets.
The trainers can now use [Unnamed Product Placement] to magically track the contestants’ activity levels moment to moment. When this is introduced to them before their first workout, their heartrates are already at around 60% of maximum. If their hearts are working that hard just to keep them standing up, they are fucked for this workout. A mostly-resting heartrate, where you’re just standing around, should be at least 20 beats per minute slower than that. More proof of how being out of shape can mess a person up! That said, I hope they’re referring to heartrate reserve, not heartrate max. There is a massive difference in expectations between the two, but God forbid we educate America on this topic.
Bob Harper is now the host! And I don’t know if anyone else watched the New Year’s edition of Hollywood Game Night, but he was on that, and openly mocked the Biggest Loser contestants, saying things like “waaah! I want pizza! Waaah!” There you have it, America: Bob Harper is a dick. We might bite pizzas, but Bob bites the hand that feeds him.
This season is all about temptations, and they have really mixed up the format. I’m sure they are trying to make the show as compelling as possible, but to me they have made it all about the competition and the TV show, and not about weight loss. This has been a problem for many years, in fact, but was really glaring in this season premiere. There was no talk of the actual workouts. There was no talk of eating properly. There was barely any discussion of why these people want or need to lose weight. In a two-hour show about weight loss, these omissions are unforgivable. We’ll see if they end up bringing in some heart and soul in the coming weeks.
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