NeverSayDiet virtual coach and fitness trainer Marc Santa Maria chimes in on what he thinks of The Biggest Loser Season 8.
Alright, it’s just the simple truth—The Biggest Loser can make me boohoo like nobody’s business. Seriously, whether it was learning about Abby and her losing her husband and two kids in a car crash to Daniel choosing Shay as his partner because he instinctively knew she was, like him, one of the heaviest contestants to ever be on the show—the tears were just flowin’! And, I’m not ashamed to admit it. Here’s the thing: this show floors me because you have people making a choice (Jillian made that clear in this Season’s opener). People are straight up choosing either to love and honor themselves or to let fear get the best of them. And, letting fear and insecurities lead our choices always kills the best of who we are.
I’m a sucker for the underdog. So instantly, Coach Mo is my man. He was forced to be partners with the other contestant who was hospitalized (Tracy). Yet, he did not linger in the fact that they were in last place in the one mile race (which incidentally, when I get on the treadmill now and do one mile—I say a huge “Thank You” that I can do this without collapsing since I see how challenging it is for these contestants). He then ends up losing over five percent of his body fat. You can see that this light went off in his head. He teaches kids fitness. He has to lead by example and not by history. Then, there’s his partner Tracy. Go underdog with determination. She was talking to herself to stay in the lead during that one mile race and it broke my heart as she fell back. Then, I was literally on the floor with her when she couldn’t get to the finish line on her own. Like I said, this show floors me.
I love that Bob and Jillian are working together. I love that Jillian and Bob are cursing their mouths off. Why? Because this is hard and it’s frustrating and it’s symbolic of real life. But here’s the thing—having people support you and having a place to let your true thoughts come out is major. We may not all have a group of fellow contestants or trainers like these two—but there are people all around us. Connect with them. Use them. Be real with them. They can help you get up off that floor whenever you are down and they will allow that best side of you to come out—full force—and cross the multitude of finish lines that will pop up in your life.