Biggest Loser's Marathon
Friday, September 23, 2011
I just wrote a long comment on a thread about the new Biggest Loser season. I've watched only part of the first episode...so far. (I just haven't had time to finish it yet.) A lot of us are very disturbed that they announced that ALL of the contestants will participate in a marathon...in the desert...at the end of the show and the winner will get to be one of the finalists. Here's my response.
I just started watching BL last season and found it incredibly inspirational...especially as I was just starting on this journey myself! And, no, I didn't have to lose 100+ pounds. I lost 25-30 and am now a size 8. But, I was starting from 'the couch' and I cried almost every week watching the contestants overcome obstacles! The show challenged me. Even as I was running, or whatever, I thought...wow! If they can do 'x', then I'm not pushing myself enough. (Very reasonable things...like how fast they were moving on the treadmill.) And, the day several of them overcame their fear of heights spoke so much to me! I want to conquer my fears, too!
On the other hand, I was disturbed by the first episode, even though I've so far only watched about 1/3rd of it. The marathon idea appaled me...and it'll be in the DESERT!!! And, I believe last time they did a marathon it was only the 3 or 4 final contestants.
Another thing that I found very hard to watch...and very wrong...was their first workout. They were yelling at them & telling them they couldn't drink water. (I need a lot of water...more than most, I think, when I'm working out!) And, these people are obese & haven't been doing anything. One of them had to do 10 pushups...when I'm not working on mine, I can't even pull out 10 pushups! And, I just kept thinking, I'm in 'good shape' and that workout would be HARD!!!! Incline of 12%!!???!!! I've only done 6! (Then again, that is a challenge now calling my name!)
But, after watching last year's season, I know that probably half of these people will be in GREAT shape when the show is over. And, they did ask for this. And, they are being monitored.
As far as the marathon, I did my first half marathon 5.5 months after getting off the coach. I was 40 & had never ran before. I struggled with 30 seconds at first. But, I did the HM at a 2 min run/1 min walk interval. It took me almost 3 hours. And, I could have kept a steady pace and done a marathon I think. No, I couldn't have RUN an entire marathon, but I could run a little walk a little...it was really easy. In fact, 5 days later, I did 8 miles. I just felt GREAT & set out to do 4...then did 5...& 6...
I haven't decided if I'll continue to watch or not. I love watching the contestants emerge from frustrated, obese people who feel so ashamed & pitiful, to confident, in shape people who have conquered so much! It is very inspiring to me.
No, they don't use the best methods. (Do they even get rest days???) But, it is evidentally possible...because they keep doing it & keep changing lives!