The Biggest Loser | 2020 | Review

The Biggest Loser is back on television.

I was working out at the gym when I saw a commercial advertising it. I immediately went home (after I finished my workout, of course) and DVR’d the show.


The Biggest Loser Facts To Know

Host: Bob Harper

Trainers: Erica Lugo & Steve Cook

Airs: USA Network on Tuesdays 9/8C


I knew absolutely nothing about the structure of the revised show, except for what I saw on the commercial. Ok, that plus everything I knew from having watched practically all the seasons on NBC.

Bob Harper seems to be the big play for 2020. He’s the host.

Another twist, the show is being produced on the USA Network.

Now that I’ve watched the first episode of the first season of The Biggest Loser with Bob Harper as a host, here are some of my thoughts.

The formula is very similar to the original version of The Biggest Loser. In 2020 you have two teams, the red team and the blue team.

There are two new trainers, so if you were hoping to see Jillian or Dolvett, you’ll be disappointed. There is one male trainer, Steve Cook and one female trainer, Erica Lugo.

My favorite part about being able to pre-record the episodes is fast-forwarding through the last portion of the show. What am I talking about? The weigh in.

It. Takes. So. Freaking. Long. It’s almost like watching your high school graduation…every week. One by one people walk up to the podium, say a few words to Bob, wait to learn how much they’ve gained or lost in the past week, possibly get an opportunity to say a few more words, then the trainer from the contestant’s team or Bob get an opportunity to say a few words (again), and then the cycle repeats with the next contestant.

I’m not ashamed to say that I skipped over all of that – even though it was the first episode.

I’m interested to learn how the show is going to incorporate the “mind” aspect of improving the health and well-being of the contestants. The focus previously was in teaching participants on the show how to make smarter food choices and committing to consistently working out. I, and numerous people in my circle of health professionals, feel this therapeutic factor is one that has been missing from The Biggest Loser for far too long. So kudos to the show producers for making that happen.

Again, I’m curious to see how it’s executed. Personal trainers know that the importance of finding a client’s “why” for wanting to get healthier is key. Taking it one step further, by unpacking and understanding how you got where you are, is a valuable step to making lasting and positive behavioral changes.

Are you watching the show? Tell me your thoughts over here.