Anna Kournikova Can't Fill Jillian Michael's 'Biggest Loser' Shoes


anna kournikova women's health coverLast season, Biggest Loser had to say goodbye to Jillian Michaels, and this year, they've said hello to her "replacement," former tennis star Anna Kournikova. Kournikova could never be considered a direct "replacement" to Jillian, who is a certified personal trainer, but she definitely has the star/cover girl part down. In fact, she's on the cover of the November issue of Women's Health, and inside, she talks about where she is in her life right now. Interesting, being that most of us are wondering, how does one go from being an internationally recognized tennis pro to training Biggest Loser contestants?

In Kournikova's words: "I've worked with the best nutritionists, psychologists, and coaches in the world. All that stuff is stored right here [tapping her forehead] and is, like, bursting out."


So, because she's had the resources and time to be counseled by pros ... she thinks she IS a pro. That's pretty much what she said, right? Cuz I'm not so convinced.

I get that she's an athlete and she has worked with some of the top people, but to me, that's just not enough. If I were a contestant on BL, I would want expect to be trained by someone who was actually one of the best trainers out there. Not just someone who has taken notes from one.

Sure, her career has made her a role model in some ways, but I'm not sure that's enough to qualify her as a BL trainer. It's actually kind of suspicious why she's doing this now. I guess her tennis career was basically over, and Serena Williams, Caroline Wozniacki, Maria Sharapova, etc. are all famous for their tennis wins as of late. Anna didn't lose her competitive streak, so maybe a straight-up modeling career is out of the question, so reality TV was the next step up?

Whatever her real reason, I'm not feelin' it. Maybe it's Anna in particular. Or maybe it's simply the fact that anyone who attempted to sub in for Jillian would have had their work cut out for them when attempting to win BL contestants' respect and BL fans' hearts.

Do you think Anna Kournikova is cut out to be a trainer?


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Melis... Melissa042807

When they did the big reveal of Anna as being the new trainer at last year's finale, I rolled my eyes and predicted it was going to be a massive flop. She is a great athlete, yes, but she is not a trainer. She has never helped anyone lose weight. Why did they choose her? For the ratings. Pure and simple. Which to me is totally hypocritical of the show. If they're supposed to be helping the contestants why did they hire someone who IS NOT A TRAINER???

That being said, I'm disappointed in Dolvett too. His team should be dropping bigger numbers. I expected more from him. 

ChellS77 ChellS77

Yeah, I can't take her seriously. Just because she played pro tennis doesn't mean she's qualified to train people (especially older folks who have specific medical issues that need special attention at times) She may know nutrition and how to burn calories, but how is she qualified to know how far she can push someone with a heart condition? I give her this one season before she's gone. I actually like Dolvett (who? EXACTLY!) better than her. That's saying something.

SicTr... SicTransitGlori

I totally agree with the previous posts. I can't take her seriously at all.

green... greenday903

Its time for anna kournikova to hang up her shoes and say goodbye to the biggest loser show, she has not qualified at all and is bring the show down!

nonmember avatar Jenna

I adore Anna. She has the toughest group to train for sure.

nonmember avatar wynona

I like Anna K., but I think that last year's guest trainer, Kara, was a closer replacement for Jillian. No one will ever replace Jillian, of course, but they were more alike in their attitudes and the way they approached the contestants. Why didn't they keep Brett and Kara????

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