Thursday, November 23rd, 2017

Biggest Loser Season 9 Episode 1 Recap and Gut Check!



What better way to start the New Year than to watch some of the most overweight and out of shape people in America lose weight and change their lives right in front of our eyes. Hopefully you’re not watching while gorging yourself on ice cream like I was during Season 1 of the show!

“The Biggest Loser” has been getting bigger and bigger and Season 9 is the biggest ever! 22 new incredibly obese contestants step onto the Biggest Loser ranch with Bob and Jillian in an effort to transform their lives from fat to fit. This season features the largest contestant ever: Michael Ventrella, with a starting weight of 526 lbs; the near half ton team of John and James Crutchfield weighing in at 969 combined pounds and Ann Arbor, Michigan natives Darrell and Andrea Hough at 711 combined pounds. The transformations this season promise to be utterly amazing.

Initial Weigh In

Episode 1 of the show opens with the contestants weighing in… at home among their own family and friends! This was incredibly painful for these contestants and I witnessed the pain first hand while in attendance at Darrell and Andrea’s weigh in. As a former contestant with my own 60” + waist I can tell you that showing the stomach violated my “Fat Rule # 5 – CTB – Cover The Belly”. See my At-Home Challenge below for a way you can identify with this seasons contestants and add a little motivation to your own New Years goals.

Pop Challenge

After their public humiliation, the contestants arrive on the ranch to a Pop Challenge in which the contestants must cycle as a team for 26.2 miles. The winner receives the most coveted prize on the campus — immunity — and the two teams who come in last place go home! Go home?! Day one? Wow, talk about an incentive! In the end, the Green team wins immunity and the Yellow and Blue teams get the boot. Almost. Bob and Jillian surprise the eliminated players and give them a glimmer of hope as they tell them that they are only going home for 30 days but are competing against the other team for a chance to come back on the ranch. At least all hope is not dead!

Near Death Experience

Next up the contestants experience some of the most grueling days of their entire lives. Nothing could possibly explain how physically and mentally demanding the first couple of weeks on the ranch are for the contestants, so I will not even attempt to put it into words.

We also see contestants share their stories and struggles of being overweight, blah, blah, blah – let’s cut to the chase and see the real star of the show – the scale!

Weigh In

The producers did not cut the contestants any slack at all and a third team will be going home this episode after this week’s weigh in.

The contestants all pretty much put up good numbers but the Brown team of John and James fall below the Yellow line and James goes home and continues to put in a solid effort by losing 100 lbs in two months, at home! Great job James.

Next Week – The Infamous Week Two Slump

As Jillian has said in the past – The only way to avoid a setback during week two is beatings, beatings, beatings. Should be fun!

At-Home Challenge – Gut Check

Join in on the fun with the Season 9 Biggest Losers and participate in this At – Home Challenge. It is called ‘Gut Check’! Here is how it works; right now, grab a camera, go to a mirror and snap a picture of your belly or have someone else take your picture. Take the photo from the front, from the side, in a sports bra whatever. Just take a picture! Then take that picture and post it on MLive. Now over the next 5 months let’s whittle that belly off along with the contestants and reveal a new Gut at the end of May, just in time for the summer. I will be asking for an update in 3 months! By the way – my picture is in the video blog.

Talk to you soon and remember,

There’s a Winner Within You!

Pete Thomas


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