September 13, 2011 09:37 AM by Lisa Princ
The new season of The Biggest Loser on NBC is set to premiere next week, and as we must do without Jillian Michaels this season, we will get both Anna Kournikova and Dolvett Quince alongside Bob Harper. In a press interview, these two shared some thoughts on the new season. Keep reading to find out what they had to say about the show!
This season fans will watch tennis pro, Anna Kournikova and trainer, Dolvett Quince join Bon Harper in attempt to help 15 new contestants reach their health and weight goals. With the premiere only a week away, the new trainers took some time to chat with the press about the new season and share their thoughts on being a part of the show. Here is what they wanted to share with fans:
Question: How do you incorporate healthy eating habits?
Anna Kournikova: I follow all the information and charts that Dr. H has created. He creates one for each contestant, and then I also use my own personal knowledge from working with the best nutritionists.
Dolvett Quince: I use the same approach like I did with my clients, I check their BMI, and then make a decision from there. I think about where they can be from a nutritional standpoint. I use their old habits and try to create new habits.
Question: Anna, how has The Biggest Loser pushed you?
Anna Kournikova: It’s definitely a different experience. I was always the one being told what to do, and this was the total role reversal. I am now telling others what to do based on what I have learned. It has brought me back to being as organized as I used to be when I was an athlete. I spend so much time with these people trying to change their thinking and mentally.
Question: It would appear that both of you have walked into a tough situation with the loss of Jillian Michaels this season. Do you feel any added pressure because of that?
Anna Kournikova: Well for me, it was not. I was the one that went after this opportunity. I saw the opportunity to train with these people and help them become healthier, and I took it. I’ve worked with best nutritionists, trainers, and coaches. For me, it was literally instead of listening to information, I voiced it and repeated it. I didn’t feel like I was replacing anyone, or filling any shoes. For me it was that I have all this knowledge to share. I live and breathe nutrition and health, so it was a natural role for me. I’ve never trained clients, but being an athlete, I repeat everything I learned to the people I am training now.
Dolvett Quince: I don’t feel it because I have been doing this for so long, and I am very confident being able to assist people and change their lives. I didn’t come into this with the mindset to be anything but what I am. I love what I do, and I walked into it confident of being able to help these people. I also have the amazing support of all the people around me, which helps.
Question: Anna, what are your thoughts on the fact that many people have said you have only gotten the job because you are beautiful?
Anna Kournikova: People always ask me “how can you relate? They are obese.” I am like “Listen, I get criticized and judged all the time, for being too pretty, or not that good of an athlete.” But to be a top 10 athlete is not so bad, I must have been doing something right. I achieved everything from pure hard work and dedication, that is how I can relate and help people, because I know what its like to be judged. People have preconcieved notions, and the only thing I can do and control is to work hard and be the best human being and that’s it.
Question: What have you both learned from being on The Biggest Loser?
Anna Kournikova: The only reason is that I was ready now, to help these people. You’re their best friend, trainer, and the person trying to listen to the things they are going through. I couldn’t have handled this 5 years or even 3 years ago, I don’t think I was mature enough. For me it was pretty comfortable falling back into a routine. It’s not that I didn’t learn anything about myself, it’s that I understand again how committed and dedicated I can be in something I believe in so much.
Dolvett Quince: It’s funny because when you help someone out you learn a lot about yourself at the same time. When you are that obese and dealing with issues, there is a lot of emotional attachment to that. For me personally, hearing the stories forced me to look at my own stories, and I actually had more in common with some of the contestants this season than I admitted. I relate to them in more ways than I have admitted.
Question: Anna, since you have no experience training, and having these obese clients, what can you bring to the table?
Anna Kournikova: Well, there is the fact that I treated my body as a tool my whole life to be a professional athlete. Again, I have worked with best nutritionists, the best trainers, the best coaches, and for me it was using that information that has been drilled into my brain for the last 25 years. I also work with boys and girls clubs, where I am spreading the message of healthy well being and lifestyles. I know I didn’t have much experience, but that’s why we have amazing support system.
Question: What are some of the highlights on the show for you?
Anna Kournikova: For me it’s very interesting, where do I begin? Everything – the great moments, the tough moments. It’s a roller coaster ride and an emotional journey.
Dolvett Quince: Some of my favorite highlights are to watch the transformations of people. The challenges were never easy, and they are still competitive. To see the edge, see what people do to ensure they are at the front, and watching some of them bond. I work with an amazing crew everyday, I love going to work everyday. There is a great warmth in the house this season, where everyone gets along great. I was very fortunate to come
into that environment.
Question: Why do you think The Biggest Loser is such a successful show?
Anna Kournikova: Because there are so many different stories and people can relate to some of them.
Dolvett Quince: I agree, if it’s not you yourself, it’s a family member or another person you have seen. What is more motivating that working out? It is so relatable. It’s not easy, but with accomplishments it is the perfect hero story.
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