‘The Biggest Loser’ Reboot: Meet the New Trainers – One of Them Dropped 160 Pounds
One of the latest? The Biggest Loser, starting this January, on USA Network!
The original series ran on NBC from 2004 to 2016. With a revolving door of hosts and trainers including Caroline Rhea, Alison Sweeney, Bob Harper, Jillian Michaels, Kim Lyons, and others, the reality series was a mainstay on the network.
Here’s what we know about the new trainers and host of the new reboot of The Biggest Loser.
Bob Harper is back as host
As he was in the final season of the NBC series, Bob Harper will be back as host of the revamped The Biggest Loser. Harper, in the final, seventeenth season in 2016, took over hosting duties for Alison Sweeney, who had been host eight seasons, until 2015.
Harper spoke with People this month, announcing the new Biggest Loser is “not about getting skinny, it’s about getting healthy. You see people getting off medication, reversing their type 2 diabetes, lowering their blood pressure.”
He’s the only support staff from the original series to return for the new reboot and revealed a big change from the original TBL: more post-show support.
As has been widely reported, many of the contestants from the show’s seventeen seasons have gained all their weight back, and more. Harper says this time around, the show has been designed to work with contestants after the fact, to promote success long after the show is done.
“The hardest part is keeping it off,” he explained. “This is going to be something that they have to work on for the rest of their life, and I wanted to make sure that they have the aftercare and the support.”
Meet new trainer Steve Cook
With twelve new contestants, the series also welcomes new trainers. One of them is Steve Cook, who grew up in an athletic family. If you wanted to watch TV, “I had to do push-ups during commercials,” Cook told Men’s Health.
“We have so many online clients and you forget how nice it is to actually work with somebody,” Cook told People in September this year, “and get to know them and have them train right before your eyes and transform.
“You get to see people every day, their highs and their lows, and it feels like a family in there. That’s pretty rewarding and something you can’t get on social media these days.”
Meet new trainer Erica Lugo
The new contestants coming in should know there’s one line they can’t use on this trainer: “you don’t know what it’s like!”
Weighing in at one point at 322 pounds, Lugo dropped 160 pounds on her own. She’s able, with this incredible feat under her belt, to hold contestants accountable and to cheer them on.
As if that weren’t enough, the 33-year-old has also overcome cancer. She’s had overcome enormous challenges and this alone will be an inspiration to the contestants coming in.
“I know every excuse in the book because I’ve tried them. I’ve used them on myself for the past five years,” Lugo said to Men’s Health as well. “I fell on my face 50 million times. You have to keep going and tweak things and figure it out.”
Watch The Biggest Loser beginning on Jan. 28, 2020 on USA Network