By now, most fellow Biggest Loser junkies know that next season, the show's 11th, will be Jillian Michaels' last. She apparently wants to go raise kids or save the world or something. Well, good for her. No, really.
I'd be lying if I said I wasn't disappointed. Sure, the show serves as a source of inspiration (and motivation) -- my own story is disturbingly similar to many of the contestants who have found themselves on the ranch.
But it's amazing how personal trainers like Bob and Jillian use the science of calories in vs. calories out to make weight loss happen throughout each season ... yet still claw their way into these people's heads enough to change the course of their lives forever.
Needless to say, these two new trainers have some pretty big shoes to fill ... and yet the finale on Tuesday left us hanging. Who the heck are they?
If the rumors flying around the blogosphere are true, boxer Maureen Shea might just be the next Jillian Michaels incarnate.
According to the announcement made by host Alison Sweeney on Tuesday night's Biggest Loser season 10 finale, two new trainers will join Bob and Jillian in a complete overhaul of the show's basic two-trainer, black vs. blue team format when the new season kicks off on January 4.
Are the new trainers going to rant and rave and scream and yell like Jillian? Or are they going to be like good cop Bob Harper, who's always quick to offer the contestants a shoulder to cry on -- but who can also provide the beat-down of their lives in the gym?
Allegedly, the 11 paired-off teams of desperately overweight family members and friends will have the opportunity to work out with Bob and Jillian at the ranch, or they may instead choose to relocate to a top secret location to get their butts handed to them by two mystery trainers -- without learning their identity.
Whomever opts to try out these new trainers will receive four weeks of immunity. Well, gee whiz, they're really pulling out all the stops to oh-so-subtly phase Jillian out. Who in their right mind willingly passes up a solid month of guaranteed extreme Biggest Loser weight loss -- and increased chances of either the $100,000 or $250,000 prize -- without the looming specter of the dreaded yellow line?
Though we got to hear the new trainers' voices and see them in silhouette during the finale, and we learned that the woman is a former boxing Golden Gloves champion and the man is a martial arts expert who was named "best trainer in New York," NBC remains tight-lipped about their identities. That hasn't stopped everyone from speculating about who these folks are: many Biggest Loser fan sites and reality TV blogs are pinpointing Brett Hoebel, celebrity trainer and creator of Beachbody's 90-day at-home abdominal workout, RevAbs, as the new male trainer.
The name of the female trainer, however, is a toughie. The jury's still out on her identity, but a couple of names are being tossed around on Google and Twitter. Word on the street says it could potentially be Maureen Shea, the real life "million dollar baby" -- she was Hilary Swank's main sparring partner as she trained for the movie.
Or maybe it's boxer Monica Rumler ... or Mikaela Mayer.
We're supposed to find out for sure sometime next week, but whoever these replacement trainers are, they better be pretty damn good: next season's heaviest contestant clocks in at over 500 pounds.
Who are your picks for the two new Biggest Loser trainers?
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