As celebrity trainer Dolvett Quince challenges and prods
obese, unfit contestants to slim down and shape up on the weight-loss TV show
"The Biggest Loser" he also uses survivor skills acquired during his
childhood to boost their self esteem.
The Los Angeles-based trainer said getting fit is a mental
as well as a physical challenge. He can identify with the struggles of his
outsized team because as an adopted child he was mentally and physically abused
and has experienced his share of self doubt.
"I walked into an environment where education was low and discipline was
high," said Quince, 40, who was born in Stamford, Connecticut, in the USA.
"I understand what it's like to feel defeated and because I faced my own
demons I can empower others."
Quince said fitness for people who are 45kg
or more overweight, involves a lot more than push-ups.
"Health is a four-point component: emotional, physical spiritual and
mental," said Quince, whose best-selling book, "The 3-1-2-1 Diet: Eat
and Cheat Your Way to Weight Loss - Up to 4.5kg in 21 Days," was published in November 2013.
The fitness coach, who began his career at the YMCA where his clients included
the elderly, mothers, teenagers and children, tries to chip away at people's
personal doubts and past disappointments.
"People become extremely
vulnerable as their bodies fatigue and they're going through
It's in that vulnerability that the concrete cracks and some light pushes
in," he said.
Importance of fitness
Karate, yoga, hiking and basketball are included in his fitness regime. At the
gym he suggests combining cardio training, usually running on a treadmill, with strength training to
systematically target different muscle groups."Doing intervals keeps your
body guessing," he explained.
Read: the complete guide to interval training
Wellness coach Lauve Metcalfe believes shows like "The
Biggest Loser" can raise public awareness about the importance of fitness.
But she has concerns about the rapid weight loss, often 4.5kg a week or more,
expected of contestants."A kg and a half per week is a healthier
goal," said Metcalfe, who is based in Tucson, Arizona. "And the
aspect of every week getting on that scale, and the shame if you haven't met
(the goal), is a negative.
"Quince attributes his success in helping people get in shape to his
refusal to take no for an answer."I think people don't necessarily truly
love working out," he said. "I think it's more like, 'Man, must we
work out? Can't we just have a drink?
"His job, he added, is to instil
belief as well as to motivate people to move.
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