After drawing it out for as long as humanly possible, The Biggest Loser finally revealed the identities of their
Jillian replacement candidates new trainers last week, and they are: a guy named Brett and a girl named Cara. Very sinewy, fit, camera-ready people indeed, but who are they, on the inside? The pair participated in a media call last week and I joined, mostly to clear up that lack of certifications rumor business, but I also got to know some other tidbits about them. Read on for said tidbits. They're low-calorie, like Extra's Dessert Delights gum!
Can you both tell us how you made the decision to come to The Biggest Loser?
Brett Hoebel: Well, they've actually been casting for this, I'd say, almost four years. Every year [I] kept going out for the casting, and they called me in again and said, "Hey, it's that time of the year. Biggest Loser is casting." So, I've been pursuing it for quite a long time. [Jillian] got me to the front of the line, and it was good. Like, the casting people had already known who I was and Jillian kind of helped get me that final interview.
Cara Castronuova: For me, I mean it was a no-brainer. I'm a fan of the show. I had never saw it before I got cast on it, to be honest -- I don't watch TV myself. But, I went online and I checked out a bunch of episodes and I'm still touched and so inspired by the contestants on the show. And you know watching Bob and Jillian, what they do, I just fell in love the minute I saw the show.
Can you let us know where you guys got your personal training certifications? And do you have any prior experience working with the morbidly obese population?
BH: Not morbidly obese. I think Cara and I have definitely both had overweight clients, but this was a different type of population. I mean, they are 474 pounds. There's me applying the science of training, a different technique if you're a hundred pounds than it is if you're 474 pounds. But, that common denominator of like the toughness she brings, and also the science that I bring, it doesn't matter what client or what contestant or what age or weight. I don't know that many people that work with a 500-pound person on a regular basis.
CC: No. Nobody.
BH: Or 12 of them.
CC: And I'm certified with International Sports Science Association. I also am licensed in New York State as a boxing trainer and I'm formerly certified with USA Boxing. But I learned a lot from my certifications and from the training that I've done with clients in the past, but nothing could prepare you, I just want to put that out, or any trainer for what we do here at The Biggest Loser Ranch. Not one page that I read in the book that I studied for my certification, or one class I took could possibly prepare me for what it takes to be a successful trainer on The Biggest Loser Ranch, which is just being a person who is empathetic; a person that knows how to push people; a person that knows how to get in somebody's head; a fighter who knows how to teach somebody to get up when they fall down, pick them up again.
BH: I second that. I mean, the training is actually the easy part. The emotional breakthroughs that they have is the hard part. Getting them to open up and that comes from your relatability and your life experiences. I have kind of a laundry list of certifications and stuff -- seminars and stuff I've gone through. If you go to my Web site and look at my bio there is a list of them.
What was your reaction to Don and Dan's plus-nine weight gain? Do you think they threw the weigh-in?
BH: That was a very big shock and, you know, I've learned not to judge a book by its cover. All I can comment on about game play and throwing a weigh-in is, if you do that, it's been proven in Biggest Loser history that the biggest game players always gain the weight back, so why do it?
If you guys had to describe your training style in one word what would it be, and why?
CC: I would say it's "hard." Hard with a capital "H." Actually, in bold, H-A-R-D. With ten exclamation points at the end.
BH: I'd say "transformational." The intensity is one thing for me, the martial arts training adds a whole mental and emotional component to it. But the bottom line of the training for me, I've got to transform these people mentally, emotionally and physically, bottom line.
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