The Biggest Loser?

Just got a Facebook note from a friend about the latest episode of The Biggest Loser.

“I didn’t catch all of it last night (mainly because it hurts to watch the show), but a 210lb woman had to leave the biggest loser because she had a stress fracture in her hip. Maybe from running every single day?”

I am going to do something I don’t like. I am going to criticize a show I didn’t see. I hate The Biggest Loser. I watched it once. It made me ashamed and embarrassed to be in this field. What surprises me more is that there have not been more serious injuries in the show. The way they train the people on the show is an embarrassment to all of us who claim to know anything about working with overweight clients. I’ve been lucky enough to have helped my friend Hank Morse lose 115 lbs in less than one year but, we did it with no injuries and no abusive exercise.

I have said it before and I will say it again. If we abused any group besides overweight people, on television, for entertainment the way we abused these people on The Biggest Loser, there would be a huge public outcry. I guess we are doing something to combat obesity but boy do I wish we could do it better.

18 Responses to “The Biggest Loser?”

  1. It’s entertaining people to see them tortured….which is sick! I am realizing more and more that what is right does not necessarily sell… not yet anyway.

  2. dewey nielsen Says:

    Is it wrong to want to choke out the trainers of “the biggest loser”?? Its a morbid and rediculous show!!

  3. mboyle1959 Says:

    Smitty- it is amazing that more people don’t write/ complain.

  4. I agree 100% Mike. I saw on an episode this season they had an obese, previously untrained female doing plyo hack squat machine hops.

  5. I watched a clip on the internet from someone announcing a job opening for a personal trainer for one of these shows, and the person clearly stated that while “you should know your stuff”, it’s who you are that’s the most important thing. Of course getting at the fact that it’s a TV show, and that ratings matter, so they’re looking for a PERSONALITY who happens to be a trainer.

    So right from the start.. the qualifications and abilities of the trainers on the show are second in requirement to having the right personality.

    Of course this was obvious to me from the first time I saw “the biggest loser”, when I noted that Mike Boyle wasn’t the trainer!!

    I was like WTF!???


  6. mboyle1959 Says:

    This post had more responses and more views than anything I have posted. I think as coaches and trainers we ned to be more vocal in our disgust. These people demean our profession every week on national TV and we sit back and take it.

  7. Remember guys and gals perception is more important than reality.

  8. Too true. Couldn’t have said it better.

    Would you mind if I quoted you in my blog?

    It’s an uphill battle against all the crap information in the world, I guess we just have to keep trying to do our part.



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