The Biggest Loser
Sometimes being the change starts with yourself, and for some – these contestants – that decision could mean life or death. Follow celebrity fitness trainers as they help 12 extremely overweight contestants face their fears, and their fat, to find the strength to achieve the life they have always dreamed of living. Follow along with the Miso app for an all-new viewing experience.
Two celebrity fitness trainers join with top health experts to help 12 overweight contestants transform their bodies, health and ultimately, their lives. Caroline Rhea (“Sabrina, The Teenage Witch”) hosts the unscripted, one-hour series in which two competing teams follow comprehensive diet and exercise plans to undergo radical physical makeovers. Unique physical challenges, surprising alliances and irresistible temptations make the competition even tougher for the contestants, who ultimately have to decide which player gets eliminated each week. In the end, “The Biggest Loser” becomes the biggest winner, walking away with a healthier body – and $250,000.
Episode 2 – The Ultimate Bake-Off
Eleven contestants are left in this compelling weight-loss drama in which two celebrity fitness trainers join with top health experts to help overweight contestants transform their bodies, health and ultimately, their lives. Caroline Rhea (“Sabrina, The Teenage Witch”) hosts the unscripted, one-hour series in which two competing teams follow comprehensive diet and exercise plans to undergo radical physical makeovers. In this episode, the red and blue teams face the ultimate bake- off challenge when the group who sells the most of their own baked goods at Universal City Walk gets to be pampered at a luxurious spa.
Episode 3 – Popstar Challenge
Ten contestants are left in this compelling weight-loss drama in which two celebrity fitness trainers join with top health experts to help overweight contestants transform their bodies, health and ultimately, their lives. Caroline Rhea (“Sabrina, The Teenage Witch”) hosts the unscripted, one-hour series in which two competing teams follow comprehensive diet and exercise plans to undergo radical physical makeovers. In this episode, the red and blue teams take the stage for a lively “popstar” challenge, where the teams have to write and perform a song about their weight struggles in front of a live audience.
Episode 4 – Red and Blue Teams Go to New Heights
Caroline Rhea (“Sabrina, The Teenage Witch”) hosts the unscripted, one-hour series in which two competing teams follow comprehensive diet and exercise plans to undergo radical physical makeovers. In this episode, the teams must face the challenge of climbing 74 stories in the tallest building west of the Mississippi.
Episode 5 – A Team Lightens Up Through Elimination
During the challenge in this episode the two teams face their greatest temptation, and one more contestant is eliminated after that person’s team realizes they are being manipulated.
Episode 6 – Teams Trek To Beach For a Challenge
In this episode, the teams put their new stamina to the test and Blue Team Trainer Bob reaches his boiling point after one contestant refuses to workout. Also, an elimination surprise divides one team.
Episode 7 – Biking Challenge
In this episode, a race on stationary bikes to clock the most miles by midnight offers new better-fitting clothes as the prize for highest mileage. In addition, the contestants learn of a new twist in the way the game is played.
Episode 8 – Playing it Close to the Vest
In this episode, everyone “re-gains” the weight they lost after eight weeks of diet and exercise. This happens in the challenge in which they must run a quarter mile while wearing a vest weighted with the total amount of pounds the contestant previously lost. In addition, everyone reaches a personal best, although one contestant threatens to throw in the towel.
Episode 9 – A Lighter Side
This special episode of this unscripted, one-hour series hosted by Caroline Rhea (“Sabrina, The Teenage Witch”) gives viewers an often comic look back at the first eight episodes. Highlights include never-before-seen footage of contestant exit interviews, bloopers and temptations. Viewers will learn just who breaks down and cheats when they thought the cameras weren’t watching.
Episode 10 – Final Weigh In at The Ranch
After nine weeks of strenuous workouts at the hands of Trainers Jillian and Bob, it’s payback time as the contestants turn the tables and “train” the trainers. This episode is also the final weigh-in at the ranch, preceded by the contestants reflecting on this journey that has changed their lives, and followed by a vote to trim the players’ numbers down to three. Tearful goodbyes then accompany the trio as they realize it is time to go back to their regular lives without the support of their teams and trainers.
Episode 11 – Finale
After weeks of training and careful eating, it comes down to choosing the “biggest loser” in this special 90-minute season finale. The winner will be chosen during a live portion of the telecast.
Episode 12 – It Isn’t Over Until It’s Over
This special post-finale episode follows up on some of the surprises announced in the season finale the week before. The champion of the entire competition and viewers discover more about the lives of the other contestants and their fighting spirit.
Episode 1 – Season Premiere
Caroline Rhea (“Sabrina, the Teenage Witch”) returns to host the second season of this unscripted and life-altering one-hour reality series which challenges and encourages overweight contestants from across the country as they compete for a grand prize of $250,000 in a safe and recommended manner through comprehensive diet and exercise. This special 90-minute season premiere episode introduces the 14 strong-willed yet hopeful contestants who arrive at a ranch to lose weight, and quickly face their first temptation: a room full of their favorite foods! After the food, they’re broken up into teams, and encounter a surprise twist; it’s men vs. women! This time the red team is all women and the blue team is all men, with each team under the supervision of professional trainers Jillian Michaels (red team) and Bob Harper (blue team), who quickly put them through their paces in a grueling first workout. Later, the first challenge offers the teams a once in a lifetime opportunity when they take off in a jet to experience weightlessness while competing in a game in zero gravity.
Episode 2 – Straight and Narrow Is Tough
As the realities of a sequestered life on the ranch set in for the 13 remaining contestants, they are tempted by an opportunity to receive comfort and a touch of home. Presented with a room full of their favorite food items, the contestants learn the only way to read a letter from their loved ones back home is to eat from the array of high-calorie treats. Just like their new eating style, the two teams’ physical challenge requires balance to cross a balance beam suspended over water.
Episode 3 – Hurt Bodies and Feelings
The battle of the sexes continues as the 12 remaining contestants must overcome injuries and trainer disputes. Another food temptation tests their resolve; they have to decide if they want “the gravy train” or the next physical challenge, which requires the teams to travel up and down the aisle of a moving railroad train.
Episode 4 – What Happens in Vegas Buffets in Vegas
The teams hit the road for the ultimate temptation town: Las Vegas, where the trainers teach skills for a hotel stay ranging from eating right when confronted with a buffet, to finding ways to workout within their hotel rooms. A card game that offers the chance to win up to $5,000 comes with high stakes – losing their trainer for the rest of the week. The team challenge for the opportunity to choose who sits out at the next weigh-in and to win a return trip to Vegas with their families consists of a relay race in the hotel swimming pool.
Episode 5 – Losing Teammates Instead of Weight Drags Down One Team
A team’s spirit drops as its number dwindles, and their trainer hopes a pep talk from a surprise visitor from the past can make a change. However, even the effect of the visit on the team can’t prevent a storm of personality clashes, which boosts the confidence of the opposing side.
Episode 6 – High Anxiety
The miserable performance of one team during previous weekly challenges spurs them to not only work harder during workouts, but to work harder on the teammates relationships with each other. Faced with the challenge of an exhausting uphill climb, the red team follows Jillian on one of its most dangerous workouts to date. The week’s victories and frustrations culminate in the most emotional weigh-in yet!
Episode 7 – Let’s Do The Twist!
Every competitive reality series has a twist somewhere, and this tension-filled episode presents the remaining eight players with a new way to play. Following a shake-up in the teams’ composition, former adversaries find themselves aligned against common enemies in the beachside challenge. Later, even the weigh-in has a surprise, ultimately leading to the most shocking elimination to date.
Episode 8 – Fancy Footwork From Pedicures to Pedicabs
The lucky seven remaining contestants receive Beverly Hills-style makeovers before participating in a professional photo shoot. But the great news that develops at the pedicab race is the surprise visit by family members who become precious cargo in the human-powered vehicles. Winning the race not only earns immunity at the weigh-in, but also means that contestant may spend the evening with their respective family. The amazing weight loss by the players continues.
Episode 9 – Jump Start
The six remaining players learn that all teams are dissolved so they can all go head-to-head against each other in competitions. This week’s temptation puts each of the trainers atop dunk tanks. And the challenge has contestants using a giant “jump rope machine” with a flimsy “rope” that easily breaks if stepped on. Also, one contestant surprises the group with a new look, and two of them have a showdown.
Episode 10 – Last One In The Pool Is a Winner
The guys open up and share their dreams before all five remaining contestants take on a nightmarish endurance challenge. By wrapping their arms and legs around a one-foot diameter tube suspended before them above a swimming pool, they hang on as long as they can. The last one to fall makes a splash as the winner of this event.
Episode 11 – Scary Scale
During the last episode taped at the ranch, the final four contestants discover how far they have come in terms of weight loss and exercise by doing the same workout from their first day at the ranch. For their challenge, they have enough quarters to equal the weight they have lost since the first episode placed on their backs. Weighted with coins, they must scale the side of the building, and then make a second trip up the side minus the extra weight. The contestant with the most improved time between the climbs wins, and even gets to keep their quarters.
Episode 12 – Season Two Finale
After weeks of training and careful eating, it comes down to choosing “The Biggest Loser” in this special two-hour, live season finale. Only three contestants remain in the contest to see who has the biggest percentage of weight-loss. The winner will be chosen during the live portion of the telecast. Hosted by Caroline Rhea (“Sabrina, The Teenage Witch)
Episode 1 – The Biggest Loser is Back
The show that inspired the nation to get healthy is back with 50 contestants, one from each state in the country. New surprises await the contestants including the addition of fitness veteran, Kim Lyons as the new red team trainer. The contestants will quickly learn that only 14 of them will stay and train at the ranch while 36 will go home to compete on their own with a chance to make it back to the ranch and win $250,000. In the first challenge, the teams will square off in a wall scaling competition for the power to switch one team member’s weight-loss with someone on the opposing team.
Episode 2 – The Biggest Loser Goes to the Beach
In a special two-hour episode, the contestants get a taste of life away from the ranch with a trip to the beach. The teams quickly learn that it isn’t all fun in the sun after Bob and Kim put them through a series of grueling workouts in the sand. At the challenge, the teams will fight for the chance to receive care packages from their families by building mountains of sand in order reach a team flag. Meanwhile, one contestant receives devastating news from home that could force them to leave the ranch.
Episode 3 – Cruise Week
This week the teams must battle the buffets while going on a luxury cruise vacation. Bob and Kim show the teams how to make healthy food choices and work exercise into a vacation. During the challenge contestants will deliver room service orders all over the ship for the chance to win time with their loved ones. Each week the teams find out how much weight they have lost during the weigh-in and the losing team must send one of their own home from the ranch.
Episode 4 – Free Pass Week
Fresh off their disappointing week, the red team finds themselves falling apart mentally under the pressure. Kim gets frustrated with her team after they refuse to follow her lead. During the temptation, the players try their hand at winning a free pass that will save them from being eliminated. The stakes get higher at the escalator challenge when the teams find out they are playing for $10,000. Each week the teams find out how much weight they have lost during the weigh-in and the losing team must send one of their own home from the ranch.
Episode 5 – Gym Gone Week
With the teams even, the players are shocked when they discover that the gym is locked for the week. Bob and Kim use the opportunity to show the teams that they can workout anywhere without using the gym. At the challenge, the blue team hopes to break their losing streak by winning “the wave” challenge at the Los Angeles Coliseum. Before they start the challenge both teams watch inspiring messages from home.
Episode 6 – Calorie Counter Week
After back-to-back losses, one team must step it up in order to keep their team together. During the temptation, the teams must guess the calorie content of various restaurant foods. The losing team will lose their trainer and have to order takeout for 72 hours. For the high-flying challenge, teams will have the chance to win a gourmet meal or an intense pool work out at the Bel Age Hotel on the Sunset Strip.
Episode 7 – Duos Week
Caroline delivers shocking news to the teams when she announces that the red and blue teams are gone. One player will have the power to decide who will compete together as a duo. The duos must work together in an exhausting fire challenge in order to win a video phone call home. In an emotional weigh-in, the teams are shocked when an entire duo goes home.
Episode 8 – We’re Baaacckk
Caroline shocks the duos when she tells them that some of the 36 state contestants are back to weigh-in for the chance to rejoin the competition. Two players rejoin the game, but they struggle to keep up with Bob and Kim’s training. At the challenge, everyone has a “ton of fun” moving thousands of pounds across a huge warehouse.
Episode 9 – Every Man for Himself
Host Caroline Rhea reveals to the players that the rest of the game will be played as individuals. The contestants are excited when they find out they are getting a makeover and fashion photo shoot to go along with their newly thin bodies. In a very dramatic challenge, one player faces a fear while riding a stationary bike 30 feet in the air and another has a meltdown and doesn’t want to compete. Highs and lows at the weigh in when one of the contestants hits the 100 pound loss mark but another doesn’t lose a pound.
Episode 10 – The Biggest Loser Holiday
Kim teaches the contestants how to cook Thanksgiving dinner “Biggest Loser” style without sacrificing flavor. At the challenge, the players run around the Santa Anita Park racetrack while wearing their original weight when they arrived at the ranch. The player who crosses the finish line first wins a visit with a family member.
Episode 11 – High School Special
Bob, Kim, and Season 2 winner Matt Hoover head over to their high schools to teach the kids about childhood obesity, proper exercise and nutrition. Meanwhile, Bob and Kim talk to the school lunch ladies about replacing the unhealthy food options with healthier ones. They will attempt to inspire the kids to change their unhealthy lifestyles and educate their families.
Episode 12 – Only Four Will Remain
It’s the final week at the ranch and emotions run high as the contestants prepare to return home. In the final challenge, the players decide to compete as a team in a “Biggest Loser” triathlon. After the elimination, the remaining four contestants say goodbye to their trainers and return to their families to see if they can continue losing weight on their own.
Episode 13 – Two-Hour Season Finale
After weeks of training and careful eating, it comes down to choosing “The Biggest Loser” in this special two-hour, live season finale. The final four contestants weigh-in one last time for the chance to win the grand prize of $250,000. Jaw-dropping transformations will be seen as all 50 contestants return to reveal their newly slimmed bodies.
Episode 1 – Engaged Couples: Part 1
Steve and Sarah from Allentown, Pennsylvania vs. Edwin and Rasha from Portland, Oregon. Two engaged couples must battle to lose the weight before their wedding day, but only one couple will walk away with a dream wedding worth $50,000.
Episode 2 – Engaged Couples: Part 2
The finale of engaged couples Steve and Sarah from Allentown, Pennsylvania vs. Edwin and Rasha from Portland, Oregon.
Episode 3 – Italians vs 50′s Diner: Part 1
This episode serves up a contest between two restaurateur families – one from the Bronx and the other from Peoria, Ill. Included: a treadmill challenge that proves overly difficult for one father. Also: Season 1′s Gary Deckman makes an appearance.
Episode 4 – Italians vs 50′s Diner: Part 2
As the restaurateur families continue their quest to shed unwanted pounds (and win $50,000), they return to their homes to find new gym equipment and refrigerators filled with healthy foods. However, trainers Bob and Jillian are disappointed with the participants’ weight-loss results. Also: someone gets exciting news.
Episode 5 – Military Wives: Part 1
Navy and Marine wives compete against each other to see who can lose more weight. In one of their first challenges, they also vie to win a free nanny for a week. Host: Caroline Rhea.
Episode 6 – Military Wives: Part 2
The Navy and Marine wives head back home to their everyday lives and try to stick to their new diet-and-exercise regimen. Included: one team gets an unexpected visit from a personal chef. A final weigh-in determines which team wins the $50,000 prize.
Episode 7 – Muhas vs Samuels: Part 1
The Muha family from Tampa, Florida vs. The Samuel family from Atlanta, Georgia. These two families will have a dessert battle in the desert along with a healthy food pop quiz from Bob and Jillian as they fight for $50,000.
Episode 8 – Muhas vs Samuels: Part 2
Two families compete to see which can lose more weight and win a $50,000 prize. The challenges include carrying ice-cream boats across the desert. Host: Caroline Rhea.
Episode 9 – Engaged Couples: Part 1
Two engaged couples – one from Hawaii, the other from LA–square off in a battle to lose pounds before their nuptials. The winners receive a $50,000 dream wedding. Caroline Rhea hosts.
Episode 10 – Engaged Couples: Part 2
The engaged couples continue their quest to lose weight while planning their upcoming nuptials. Included: the winners of the $50,000 dream wedding are determined. Also: a visit from a Season 1 contestant. Host: Caroline Rhea.
Episode 11 – Tonfanellis vs Stephens: Part 1
The Tofanelli family from Peachtree City, Ga., and the Stephens family from Detroit compete to see which one will lose more weight. One of the challenges involves carrying two tons of sand in order to win mountain bikes.
Episode 12 – Tonfanellis vs Stephens: Part 2
For the final hour of the family competition, the teams return home to continue their training. The families then travel back to the ranch to weigh in to determine the winner of the grand prize of $50,000.
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Canadian stand-up comedian, actress and host of The Biggest Loser Season One.
Since 1993, Jillian Michaels has held two personal training certificates from the leading certification programs in the country, the American Council of Exercise (ACE), and National Endurance & Strength Association (NESTA). Her fitness training stems from 17 years of martial arts practice in Muay Thai and Akarui-Do. In addition to her extensive weight training and conditioning experience, Jillian is also proficient in Reebok Core and Pilates Mat. She also has a strong background in nutrition, diet planning and physical therapy rehabilitation techniques.In addition to being an NESTA Certified Personal Trainer, ACE Certified Group Fitness Instructor, and a Certified Reebok Core Trainer, Jillian is also recognized by ACSM for Advanced Exercise Nutrition as well as Supplementation for Training and Performance. Her specialties include: injury rehabilitation, kickboxing, Pilates mat, endurance training, strength training, muscle growth, fat reduction and sports nutrition.Bob’s method is “fitness for the mind and body”, tackling the internal and external battles of personal fitness that goes beyond training sessions and expands into the realms of personal motivation and life counseling. He brings a unique approach to fitness for his clients by changing their lifestyle through nutrition and exercise for dramatic results that last a lifetime.
Bob’s work as a top fitness instructor has taken him to Europe, Australia and the Far East, both as a personal trainer and a fitness instructor, educating other trainers in his specific goal-oriented style and technique.
In addition to private training, Bob teaches daily group fitness classes in Los Angeles. His creative classes have gained him a loyal following and a renowned reputation for getting his clients in amazing shape while they enjoy his razor sharp wit and cutting edge music. Bob is also has a dedicated following for his Yoga instruction.
Bob’s BootCamp, his trademark training class, is one of the most successful niche fitness businesses in Los Angeles with brand expansion throughout the United States and Western Europe.
Bob was born and raised in Nashville, TN and lives in Los Angeles. He is an avid photographer and pop culture aficionado. He also enjoys tennis, cycling, running and snowboarding.
Since 1993, Jillian Michaels has held two personal training certificates from the leading certification programs in the country, the American Council of Exercise (ACE), and National Endurance & Strength Association (NESTA). Her fitness training stems from 17 years of martial arts practice in Muay Thai and Akarui-Do. In addition to her extensive weight training and conditioning experience, Jillian is also proficient in Reebok Core and Pilates Mat. She also has a strong background in nutrition, diet planning and physical therapy rehabilitation techniques.In addition to being an NESTA Certified Personal Trainer, ACE Certified Group Fitness Instructor, and a Certified Reebok Core Trainer, Jillian is also recognized by ACSM for Advanced Exercise Nutrition as well as Supplementation for Training and Performance. Her specialties include: injury rehabilitation, kickboxing, Pilates mat, endurance training, strength training, muscle growth, fat reduction and sports nutrition.
Jillian began her career as a trainer working for Todd Tramp, a pioneer in the personal fitness realm. Her modus operandi caters to professionals who need intense but time efficient and effective workouts. In addition, her celebrity clientele includes David Geffen, Amanda Peet, Vanessa Marcil, Amber Tamblyn and Sarah Paulson. Currently, Jillian owns and operates a Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation Center in Beverly Hills that offers fitness training, physical therapy, chiropractic manipulation, massage, acupuncture, nutrition counseling and a day spa.
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