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Biggest Loser Season 12’s Contestants Prepare for the Battle of the Ages

On September 20, fifteen new contestants will walk in to our lives on NBC’s Biggest Loser. It’s the twelfth season for one of TV’s most popular reality shows, and it promises to make us laugh, cry, yell, and cheer for these perfect strangers who will soon feel like our family.

Season 12 comes with a lot of change. There aren’t just 15 new faces to familiarize ourselves with, there are new trainers, too. Anna Kournikova and Dolvett Quince replace the spot previously held by Jillian Michaels (now a co-host on The Doctors). And for those fans who haven’t heard, season 11 trainers Brett and Cara will not be back at the gym. That leaves veterans Alison Sweeney, the show’s host since season four, and Bob Harper, training since day one, to indoctrinate this group in to the Biggest Loser lifestyle and family.

This season includes eight men and seven women, competing as individuals, in a battle of the ages.

  • Oldest contestant: John Forger, 65
  • Youngest contestant: Courtney Rainville, 24
  • Average contestant age: 42.6

The 15 contestants will be divided in to three groups of five according to youngest, middle-age, and oldest.


Biggest Loser Trainers Anna, Dolvett, and Bob Talk About Season 12

The Biggest Loser season 12 is scheduled to premiere September 20, 2011 and there will, of course, be an entirely new cast to love, hate and celebrate. Amongst those new faces will be two new trainers: Anna Kournikova and Dolvett Quince. These fitness all-stars will be teaming up with veteran trainer Bob Harper and filling a gaping hole that Jillian Michaels is leaving.

We sent Brittany Aberle, of BL5, to speak with Anna, Dolvett, and Bob live from the ranch during season 12’s first week of filming. Everyone is excited, especially Anna for the new tennis court she’s having put in.

Click each video below to see these exclusive interviews, and comment below letting us know whose training style you’re excited to watch this fall.


Meet Biggest Loser’s Dolvett Quince

It was announced that Dolvett Quince will join Bob Harper and Anna Kournikova as the newest trainer for season 12 of Biggest Loser, which begins filming next week. While it may take fans a while to warm up to the idea of the hit show without Jillian Michaels, Quince definitely has the fitness chops to whip a new batch of contestants into shape.

Quince is an IFFA and ISSA certified master trainer, meaning he has earned master fitness trainer credentials, and is the owner of BodySculptor Inc., and the exclusive Body Sculptor studio in Atlanta, GA which he opened in 2004 with wild success. Quince has used his expertise to train celebrities such as Janet Jackson,  Justin Beiber, Boris Kodjoe and Baltimore Ravens Tight End Daniel Wilcox, but according to his website, Quince says his biggest accomplishment as a trainer was “helping one client lose 325 pounds”.


Dolvett Quince Announced as Newest Trainer on The Biggest Loser

UPDATE: Watch our interview with Dolvett Quince live from The Ranch during week one!
NBC’s The Biggest Loser is set to begin filming Season 12 this week in Southern California. Well known for helping contestants transform their lives with astronomical weight loss, the trainers are arguably the best part of the show. Many tune in each week to see with what Jillian, Bob, Cara and Brett will challenge the contestants. With the announcement that Jillian Michaels has left the show, rumors swirled as to who would fill the slot. Anna Kournikova was announced at the live finale of season 11, but there were rumors that there was at least one more trainer to be added.

Today, NBC announced that the final trainer will be Dolvett Quince. The founder of Atlanta’s Body Sculptor, Inc., he’s been the city’s go-to trainer for more than ten years. Recently, he toured with Justin Bieber for three months, creating a diet and fitness plan to keep the superstar in top physical condition.


Bob Harper’s House Tour on Rachael Ray

The Rachael Ray Show

UPDATE [8/1/2011]: This episode will air again on August 5, 2011.

Tune in to The Rachael Ray show on Tuesday, April 19th for a special make over with Bob Harper. The lovable Biggest Loser trainer recently overhauled his home in Los Angeles home. Bob loves to cook, so his kitchen is sure to be a chef’s dream! Plus, you’ll get to see a peak inside his fridge, to see if Bob is keeping up with the healthy advice he gives his clients.

Back in Rachael Ray‘s kitchen, Bob shows viewers a healthy version of a favorite Chinese take-out dish. He’s cooking up a yummy stir-fry that features quinoa, shiitake mushrooms, jalapenos and lots of fresh veggies. Rachael also takes on the tuna-melt, and transforms this sandwich into a gourmet meal.

Check your local listings for exact show times.

SUBWAY Fit Kits Now Available Online

Bob Harper gave out SUBWAY Fit Kits to kids on this week’s episode of the Biggest Loser, and you can give them to your kids, too.

Previously only available to teachers and educators that ordered them through the SUBWAY website, the Fit Kits were in such high demand that SUBWAY is no longer able to ship them out to schools. But fear not, because you can now download all the information straight from the SUBWAY Kids website.


Biggest Loser Cast and Crew Safe in Wake of New Zealand Earthquake

A devastating 6.3 magnitude earthquake rocked Christchurch, New Zealand this week, and since then two aftershocks have continued to leave the populous city scrambling for safety. According to ABC News, at least 65 people have died and dozens have been injured. Rescue efforts are under way.

While this isn’t news DietsInReview.com would ordinarily report, many Biggest Loser fans know that members of the show’s cast and crew have been in New Zealand for the past week filming for season 11, as Bob, Jillian and Ali have been tweeting about their adventures.

We reached out to our press contact for Biggest Loser and have received confirmation that everyone is safe. It appears they are a “good distance away from Christchurch” and were not affected.

While they are not affected physically, it is evident that the trio is using their position to help raise awareness for the people in New Zealand who have been.

Bob Harper posted on his Facebook page: “We are okay from the earthquake in NZ and we are praying for the families in Christ Church. Thank you for your prayers.” (more…)

Biggest Loser Club Gives You the Ranch Experience at Home

Do you ever watch The Biggest Loser and wish you could be in their shoes? Do you long for the motivation to keep going? The Biggest Loser Club is a way for people to enjoy the Biggest Loser weight loss techniques without subjecting themselves to reality-show stardom. The online weight loss community offers personalized fitness plans, healthy recipes, professional advice, motivation from other members and other cutting edge weight-loss tools.

The Club works by providing an intricate system of peers and professionals to guide you along your path. Message boards, food journals, personalized goal charts, challenges, shopping lists and other interactive tools help keep you connected. You don’t have to do this alone.

Suffice it to say that exercise plays a big role in The Biggest Loser Club. Unfortunately, sample exercise routines are not available on the site, but we do know that Bob Harper and Jillian Michaels offer online videos to demonstrate a Biggest Loser workout.


Biggest Loser Cast Raises Money for Strikers’ Families

Alison, Bob and JillianThe Biggest Loser crew went on strike last week in an effort to secure health benefits. To help the family members of the strikers while they go unpaid, Jillian Michaels, Bob Harper and Alison Sweeney have started a support fund. “Our crew have families to support so in the interim Bob, Ali, I are auctioning off three training sessions each (Ali will be doing lunch dates) to help contribute to this fund,” writes Jillian on her Facebook.

Those who wish to help out can make a direct donation, or can bid on one of the charity auctions on eBay. Bob and Jillian are both auctioning off one-hour workout sessions, and Alison is auctioning off lunches. One workout will be auctioned off by each trainer for three days, and Alison will auction off one lunch day for three days. Each auction will last for 24 hours.


Bob Harper’s Vegan Recipes from Biggest Loser

In an unprecedented move on Biggest Loser, Bob Harper invited contestants to his home for dinner. The few who had fallen below the yellow line in season 10’s fourth week needed some cheering up, and Bob offered that in the form of a beautiful patio dinner at his LA home. The contestants, who typically prepare their own meals on campus, were no doubt excited by the prospect of a night off from the kitchen.

Upon arriving at his cool bachelor pad in the hills, Bob gave contestants a tour of his refrigerator. The contents included a whole watermelon, carrot sticks, a door full of condiments, his no-doubt sponsored Brita pitcher, and what appeared to be Pacifico beers. He said his rule is never keep anything that has a shelf life shorter than two weeks. In other words, fresh food goes bad and you should only be eating fresh foods.

Continue reading for recipes. (more…)