By Tabitha Carnes on November 02, 2011
Those of you who’ve been around here awhile know that I’m pursuing a career as a personal trainer. You probably also know that I am an avid viewer of The Biggest Loser reality TV show. (But for the record, it’s about the only reality TV I care to watch; most others are not only scripted — as I’m sure some of BL is — but they’re just trashy. At least BL is doing legitimately positive things in people’s lives.)
Anyway, this season there are two new trainers, in addition to veteran trainer Bob Harper. One of those trainers is tennis superstar Anna Kournikova. And while I try not to get too sucked into the “drama” of the show outside the actual weight loss and exercise aspects, I need to rant a little about this woman.
I am NOT a fan of her training style (or the way it’s portrayed on the show, at least). It seems like she is trying too hard to mimic Bob’s and Jillian’s ability to connect emotionally with the contestants, and she forces things that aren’t really there. But beyond that, I just feel like she is more concerned with how SHE looks as a trainer compared to the other guys, and not really paying enough attention to each of her contestants’ specific needs and goals physically.
This week, after things got switched up and she had three new contestants to train, she started things out by calling one guy a crybaby. And then, when the contestants were obviously apprehensive about having her as their new trainer, she said, “It’s going to be a really tough week for me.”
Um, FOR YOU?! Hi, this show is not about you. It’s about THEM. You need to do everything in your power to EMPOWER THESE CONTESTANTS. They are your clients, and as a personal trainer, you should be supporting them. I’m not saying you need to sugar coat things or let them get away with less than their best. But don’t belittle them: “It’s like somebody took your toy away. Don’t be a crybaby!” And don’t try to manipulate them like you did with Bonnie when she was having issues with your training style and you tried to force the situation to be about her traumatic past rather than your differences with each other.
I guess I just feel like, despite the fact that this show obviously needs to be interesting for entertainment purposes, the other two trainers are aware of the more important aspect of it: getting these people healthy. Bob and Dolvett seem to spend more time creating specific training routines for each person and making sure their contestants are being given the best chance at success. But Anna is constantly trying to save face, to make herself look good, and to validate herself as the new girl. She’s not going to replace Jillian, and I don’t think anyone expects her to. I wish she would get over herself as a reality TV star and become immersed in her role as a trainer. If she can’t do it, let me get in there and give it a try!
(See what I did there? Heh.)
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