It can’t be easy making it all the way to the Biggest Loser ranch and then seven days later becoming the game’s first casualty, but James Crutchfield has embraced it. As the first eliminated contestant of the new Biggest Loser season nine, James weighed in as the second-heaviest player at an astonishing 485 pounds. It’s a weight he says shocked him, but he wasn’t surprised by it.
Voluntarily separating from his twin brother, John Crutchfield, due to the limitations of a knee injury, James went home and has done remarkably well for only having been at the ranch a few days. Down more than 75 pounds (since the September elimination), he’s proving that it’s entirely possible to lose this kind of weight on your own at home. “All I really needed was a jump start,” he says, continuing that “You don’t have to have surgery or take drastic measures” to lose the weight.
We spoke with James and asked about the concerns he had for himself and other contestants at the ranch do to their sizes, and he explained more about the swimming workouts that have allowed him to regain strength and mobility.
It’s not the first time Biggest Loser has had a set of twins at the ranch. On season four, twins Bill and Jim Germanakos dominated, taking home both the grand prize and the at-home prize. With big shoes to follow in, James Crutchfield and John Crutchfield think they’ve got what it takes.
The 30-year-old twins admit it won’t be easy though, saying they have a target on their backs since they weigh-in as the heaviest team on campus. James is 485 pounds and John is 484 pounds. Their advantage? They say it’s being naturally competitive, which pushes them more.
Listen now as we speak with James and John during their first week at the Biggest Loser ranch.