After weeks of secrecy, the two newest trainers on The Biggest Loser
were finally revealed last week: Brett Hoebel and Cara Castronuova. The duo took some time to chat with us this week about their non-traditional training backgrounds, what they really think of the yellow team and how to kick-start your own weight loss at home.
A big part of The Biggest Loser is not only losing weight but breaking down mental barriers. We've grown accustomed to watching Bob and Jillian do this. How much do you plan on focusing on the psychological aspect of weight loss? Brett:
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It's the number one thing for me personally. The training aspect, I've been doing it for over 15 years, it's not really the issue. Getting the emotional breakthroughs, that's the toughest part. I always say physical weight is easy to drop, emotional weight is the hard part. Looking at it from a psychological aspect and gaining their [the contestants] trust and respect, that's the number one priority for me. Cara:
For me, it's to push them as hard as they can possibly be pushed, because if you say you can't do something and then you do it, you're going to earn that self-respect, you're going to have a breakthrough. We know how to push them. Everyone's pushed a certain way. Some people respond to things; some people don't -- so you've got to put that extra work in to know them like the back of your hand. You two seemed to be really focused on boxing and martial arts training for weight loss, is it simply because that's where your strengths lie, or do you feel those types of workouts give the best results? Cara:
From my personal experience boxing is the best workout the body can get, and it's a workout for the mind. The whole fighter mentality is something that I embrace 100 percent. Just showing these people that their lives are worth fighting for and showing them that through boxing.
What's your take on the yellow team and their micromanagement of the others?Brett:
(laughs) The yellow team are definitely natural leaders for the team. You have Rulon, who's an Olympic medalist, and you have Justin, who, in my opinion, is a natural leader of himself just because he walks his talk and he doesn't have to talk a lot. They're natural leaders, and I think you're going to see a lot of people following them. But in the upcoming episodes you're going to see some twists and turns you wouldn't expect.Cara:
We love them. Who would you pick as the contestant to watch this season?
All of them, they're all amazing. Each and every one of them has a story to tell and needs to tell, and each and every one of them -- they're awe inspiring.
Absolutely. Each person has such a different dynamic on the team. You're going to see some very obvious leaders and you're going to see some people who struggled and they're going to go on to become leaders. And that is such an amazing thing. It's gratifying for us and it's going to be so special for America. What would you say is the biggest challenge you've faced coming in as brand new trainers this season? Cara:
It's a lot of pressure. Bob and Jillian set a high bar, but that just makes us want to fight harder, makes us want to come in even stronger, so in the end I think it's a blessing.Brett:
I think it's gaining that respect right away because we were obviously chosen for immunity. They didn't even know who we were! So it was getting that trust and respect, really walking our talk and leading by example every single day. For everyone watching at home thinking, "How do I even begin this sort of journey?" what advice would you give?
Every long journey starts with one small step. Just get up and know that your life is worth fighting for, keep that in the back of your head. You can do something. Right now.Brett:
The number one tip I give isn't an exercise; it's believe in yourself. You do that and the rest will follow. The other thing is just set a small goal. Pick something that you really like to do. Find an activity that you enjoy doing, and you'll keep doing it.(Image courtesy of NBC)