Thursday, December 1, 2011

BIGGEST LOSER: Ramon and Jessica Hired As Trainers at Biggest Loser Resort

The Biggest Loser Resort has hired Season 12 contestants Ramon Medeiros and Jessica Limpert as trainers. Does that offer any clues as to whether or not  either of them will end up winning "The Biggest Loser" title at the season finale?  

Ramon and Jessica were teammates on the weight-loss reality series, and struck up a friendship that led to romantic picnics and strolls. Although both were eventually voted off the show, they still had a chance at the title and the $250,000 prize. All the contestants in Season 12 will compete in a marathon, with the winner earning a spot in the "Final Four" at the finale. 
A Facebook post from The Biggest Loser Resort announced that Ramon and Jessica will start work the second week in January. They will first undergo training at the Fitness Ridge location in Ivins, Utah.  I toured the Ivins  resort in 2010, and it's a dream facility for people who want to lose weight. As co-owner Michelle Kelsch told me, "It gives people an experience similar to the show without the cameras and drama and, of course, without the $250,000 prize."

Unlike TV contestants who compete at the Biggest Loser "ranch " for free, guests at Fitness Ridge pay around $1,500 to $2,200 per week, depending on their accommodations and length of stay. While it sounds steep, the price tag is relative compared with the $7,000 or so weekly fee for ritzy destination spas such as The Golden Door and Canyon Ranch. 

The resort's Facebook post adds, "Ramon and Jessica will join forces with former 'Biggest Loser' contestants turned Biggest Loser Resort trainers Sam Poueu and Sione Fa."  
However, many fans are aware that Sam Poueu is curently undergoing rehabilitation therapy. Last September Sam fell from a four-story building and was critically injured. Facebook posts from his friends and family indicate that his recovery has been miraculous, although he still has a long way to go. The comment from the resort implies that the company still considers him an employee — a positive sign. 
Ramon, age 27, started out of the show at 355 pounds. Jessica, 26, weighed in at 254 pounds. 

The blog post adds, "As you can gather from their bios and their hard work, dedication and transformations on "The Biggest Loser," they will be a great asset to our team. We are very excited to have them!"

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