A 2.4 mile swim, a 112 mile bike ride, and a 26.2 mile run. These are the daunting distances that make up a full Ironman triathlon. Many superior athletes don’t even take a second look at these races because they’re simply so demanding. The training, the discipline, and the excruciating race are all just too much for most to handle. However, a new unlikely trend seems to be taking place within the Ironman. The least likely of competitors are throwing their hat in the ring and chasing that fateful moment when the announcer says, “You are an Ironman!”.
This surprising group is comprised of Biggest Loser contestants. People who entered a television reality show morbidly obese and then moved on to complete what is possibly the toughest physical feat on the planet – these elite individuals are hardly losers.
There have been five Biggest Loser contestants who have completed an Ironman, and they are Tara Costa (BL7), Hollie Self (BL4), Jay Kruger (BL5), Ali Vincent (BL5), and Matt Hoover (BL2). One theme seems to be shared among them all – finding out just how far they could push themselves drove them to take on their biggest challenge yet.
“…being on the Biggest Loser, you quickly learn that you can do so much more than what you think is possible if you just try,” said Tara Costa, a finalist in season 7.
All of the finishers say something to the effect that being on the show showed them that they were much more capable than they previously thought and once they were off the show, they needed another huge challenge to keep proving that to themselves. (more…)
Whatever happened to your favorite Biggest Loser contestants? Well, wonder no more as this Thanksgiving Biggest Loser will air a two-hour special taking in to the private lives of many of the show’s alumni. More than 30 contestants will appear on “Where Are They Now” to show you how their weight loss has changed their lives and how they look today.
Growing as popular for its love stories as it has for its weight loss success stories, you’ll get to watch the romantic proposal of season 9’s Sam and Stephanie, who recently visited the brand new Biggest Loser Resort in Malibu with Daris George. Not only that, but get access to the recent Lake Tahoe wedding of season 5 at-home winner Bernie Salazar to Jennifer, the cousin of his teammate Brittany Aberle.
You’ll see that these Losers really do walk the walk when it comes to fitness, as 50 of them meet to take on the San Francisco Triathlon, which took place this past summer. Representatives from every season since 2 participated, including Tara Costa, Ed Brantley and Brady and Vicky Vilcan. Plus, see pretty-in-pink Ali Vincent and Sherry Johnston appear at the Biggest Loser 5K event in Myrtle Beach, powered by the slogan “Don’t compete…just complete.” (more…)
Week five of Biggest Loser nine is shaping up to possibly be the most intense episode yet this season. As two teams return to the ranch to vie for a chance to stay, another contestant is in an emergency situation and we’re teased that he will be going home permanently. Hearts will be pounding inside and out of the gym this week.
If you’re a fan of the show, there’s even more reason to tune-in to Biggest Loser this week. For the first time in the nearly ten-season history of the show, a former contestant is working behind the scenes to actually create this episode.
A member of season four’s remarkable black team, Hollie Self, who continues to eat, breathe and live this healthy, active lifestyle two years later, is a story editor and played a key role in producing this week’s episode. Hollie answered a few questions about her role with Biggest Loser, and she’ll return Wednesday in an exclusive video for DietsInReview.com to tell us about some of the behind the scenes action that went in to making this episode.
Biggest Loser season 8 came to a close last night and Danny Cahill, a married father of two from Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, walked away its newest champion. When Danny began his journey at Biggest Loser he weighed in at 442 pounds, one of this season’s heaviest contestants. When he punched through the paper image of his old self, he emerged a man unrecognizable. Not only has Danny lost a downright impressive amount of weight since May 2009, he’s done so in a manner in which he looks healthy. And even more shocking, after standing next to him, you can’t help but wonder where all that skin went.
Danny’s final weight was 191 pounds, a staggering 239-pound loss that equated to a 55.58 percent total loss of body weight. Very impressive.
Here is Danny’s interview live from finale with season four finalist, Hollie Self.
Now, Danny faces the hardest part of all, and we wish him all the luck as he continues his journey.
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