Despite the rapidly diminishing number of age 50-and-over contestants on this season’s “The Biggest Loser,” trainer Dolvett Quince is sticking to the company line that age doesn’t matter in this, the show’s Battle of the Ages competition.
“I know it sounds cliché-ish to say ‘Age is just a number,’ but the show has had success with older contestants. One of the oldest was a winner,” he points out. “Personally, I’ve been training people going up into their late sixties and early seventies for years. Granted, they probably won’t get the six pack they might hope for, but you can get in shape whatever age group you’re in.”
The Atlanta-based trainer-to-the-stars, whose client roster ranges from Justin Beiber to Baltimore Ravens Tight End Daniel Wilcox, is the lesser-known of the two newcomers who’ve joined Bob Harper on the NBC staple this year. The other, beautiful tennis ace Anna Kournikova, has a warm and likeable TV personality – but she got stuck with the group of over-50s, who’ve been making a very poor showing so far. (Hello, Casting? Could you have done better by this age group?) Dolvett and his Under 30s are looking like contenders, along with Harper’s mighty group of 30-50-year-olds.
“Being the new guy has its perks, and also challenges. You have to set a tone, a statement about who you are. My immediate job is building trust with the people I train, in order to transform them,” says Quince. “I felt good going in – I would have felt good with any of the groups.”
As far as being nervous about replacing the vastly popular Jillian Michaels – or dropped-after-one-season trainers Brett Hoebel and Cara Castronuova — Dolvett says he doesn’t think like that. “I’m pretty confident with my brand, with my skill set. I didn’t have any distractions about the previous season or the previous trainers,” he responds. “I was focused on people losing weight, every day.” According to him, he and Bob and Anna enjoy harmonious working relationships. “Everyone gets along great – the trainers, the support staff, the nutritionist, we all have that kind of camaraderie. Obesity is such a big problem, and we’re all focused on doing something about it.”
The self-assured Mr. Quince also says, “I think every trainer would want to be on this show. When I got the call, I can’t tell you how enthusiastic I was. It was amazing for me to get this chance for this exposure, to show what I’ve been doing.” The best part: “To see my team smile and celebrate as they go through these transformations. It’s extremely moving.”
Tonight’s (10/4) “Biggest Loser” brings in NFL stars Drew Brees, Eric Dickerson, Clay Matthews, Tony Gonzalez, Shawne Merriman and Tim Tebow.