Expect lots of clashes ahead on this season of “The Biggest Loser.” That’s the word from trainer Bob Harper, who complains that unlike past groups, in which weight loss and camaraderie were foremost, the current group of contestants “were very into playing the game. That, to me – I have no time for it. It’s unfortunate they worked so hard to get onto the show and then made it about that,” he adds.
This season, in fact, features some changes in structure that bring out the fierceness of the competitors. Still, says Harper, “I love it when contestants tend to unite. We’ve definitely had some great contestants in the past, ones who’ve stuck with it, who’ve inspired a lot of people.”
Inspiring people to lose weight and get healthy is the aspect of “Biggest Loser” that means the most to Harper, who’s happy with this season’s Pay it Forward theme in which the show is seeking to get entire communities motivated to get fit. They also traveled to Southern California’s Camp Pendleton Marine base for an upcoming episode in which the contestants train like Marines, complete with lots of dirt ‘n’ grit.
“The Camp Pendleton part was really fun. The only thing is, what Jillian and I really saw is that the Marines are about building up your character — not necessarily getting you to lose weight,” he says, referring to fellow trainer Jillian Michaels. “I think the two things do go hand in hand, but you have to know how to do it.”
The drill instructors and trainers do have some things in common, however. “You get people to push their bodies to different kinds of limits, to get uncomfortable, to do things they wouldn’t normally do.”
The 10th season of the popular reality show got off to a slower start, ratings-wise than seasons past. Is trainer Bob concerned about running out of steam?
“I keep it out of my mind,” he says. “We’re starting to shoot Season 11 right now, and we’re on a good upward trend, and I just really feel good for all of us.”