This piece was run several years ago and I’m re-running it today for a few reasons. The first reason is that it’s still as relevant now as it was before; I can’t claim to have watched The Biggest Loser of late but I know nothing has changed. They are still doing the same stupid crap (and, in my opinion causing far more harm than good for people wanting to get into shape) and injuring their contestants for the sake of ratings.
The second reason is to make it look like I’m updating the and Google loves that. Third and more importantly is as a lead-in to another article series I want to re-run that, unless my laziness takes hold, will ramp into a new article/video at the end of the month.
And with that said, here are some comments sent to me by a guy several years back who was on the Biggest Loser show along with my comments thrown in throughout. I think what he sent me is interesting for at least two reasons:
- What can be accomplished in a short period when you put your mind to it.
- How unrealistic some of the changes on the show actually are relative to normal people.
BL: I know that obese people are not your target audience but for anyon who cares, we worked out 4 hours per day 6 days per week. That started on day 2. Day 1 we worked out 2.5 hours. That is from sedentary to 2.5 hours.
We did 1 hour cardio in the morning and 1 in the evening by ourselves and the trainer came in every afternoon for two hours to put us through a circuit resistance based routine for an hour and sometimes her own crazy cardio routine for an hour or we did that third cardio hour on our own also. We never worked out intensely for more than 2 hours at a time.