The Biggest Loser Episode Guides
Two new trainers and a compelling new twist deliver a game-changing season like nothing viewers have seen before when season 11 premieres with twenty-two contestants -- eleven family and friend teams of two. After the first challenge, contestants are given the unprecedented opportunity to choose whether to work out with trainers Bob Harper and Jillian Michaels at the ranch or work out at a secret location with two unknown trainers and get four weeks of immunity. What ensues is a riveting ride of intense emotions, surprising turns and "can't miss" moments as the two groups fight their weight loss battles separately with two sets of trainers equally committed to giving these players a new lease on a healthier life. The contestants include an Olympic gold medalist, identical twin policemen, a pastor who wants to spare his overweight son from the challenges he faced because of obesity, and a woman who has lost pregnancies because of her weight and wants more than anything to be a mother.
This week kicks off with Alison Sweeney issuing a challenge to the ranch-based contestants: if they have a higher percentage of weight loss than the "unknowns" - the contestants working out with the two new mystery trainers -- they'll all have immunity this week. The "unknowns" fuel the competitive spirit by delivering messages and surprises to the contestants at the ranch reminding them just how tough their competition really is. Then Dr. Huizenga gives sobering news to contestants about their health risks and their real ages vs. their chronological ages, but this time, loved ones from home are involved to really help drive the message home. Later, the ranch contestants' ability to work together as a team is tested when they try to beat the time of the unknowns in a wild bridge-building challenge using rafts. Then a tense weigh-in reveals whether the ranch contestants are safe from elimination, or whether they'll be sending another player home.
The "unknown trainers" are finally revealed, and both will share their personal stories that led them to "The Biggest Loser." Their contestants, "the unknowns," confront one player they feel isn't working hard enough, and later, "the unknowns" and the ranch contestants square off for a pop challenge. The winning player from each group will get a delicious healthy dinner prepared by Chef Curtis Stone, and compete for a coveted 2 lb. advantage at this week's weigh-in. Later, Dr. Huizenga gives "the unknowns" startling news about their health, and one player is surprised to learn they have the highest percentage of body fat in the group. Meanwhile, trainers Bob Harper and Jillian Michaels single out a few of their contestants to find out what really led to their weight gain, and then the ranch contestants meet host Alison Sweeney for a water-carrying challenge that will give the winner the sole vote at this week's elimination. Later, a surprising weigh-in -- which results in shocking numbers for one team -- disappoints the trainers in a big way; leading to the elimination of one player they feel isn't ready to go home.
The contestants are faced with the "ultimate temptation" this week when each team enters a room filled with each player's favorite foods. Whoever eats the most calories gets to choose which team will go train with the "unknowns" and the new trainers. Later, the stakes are high with a calorie-counting challenge that will give the winners what they want most - letters from loved ones back home. The trainers confront a contestant they think threw the last weigh-in, and later, trainer Jillian Michaels puts trainer Bob Harper through an intense yoga workout to show the players what they'll ultimately be able to do once they lose weight. Then one player takes matters into their own hands to try and send a contestant home.
After four long weeks, the "unknowns" move to the ranch and are reunited with the other contestants, who get to meet the new trainers for the first time. Alison Sweeney explains that the ranch contestants will be safe this week, if they collectively lose more than 48 pounds, but for the "unknowns," they will be facing their first elimination all season. Both teams get to see their trainers once this week. The "unknowns" experience some surprises while settling into their new home, and a secret is revealed about how one contestant has lost so much weight. A challenge involving weights shows which team stacks up to be the best, and later, everyone weighs in and finds out whether one or two players will be going home.
It's Valentine's Day on the ranch, and host Alison Sweeney ushers the contestants into a room full of chocolate candies for a holiday-themed temptation. Whoever eats the most chocolate will have the option to trade two players on their team for two players on the other or to keep the teams the same, and the winner will be a secret. But as teams are divided into red vs. black, the winner's choice causes upset in the house. Later, a five-part relay race challenge tests the players' endurance, speed, agility, strength and knowledge. Trainer Jillian Michaels takes one contestant horseback riding, and one team gets to enjoy heartwarming videos from home before weigh-in results in a Biggest Loser record being broken and another player heading home.
The two teams of contestants are all tied up this week literally in a rope challenge in which teamwork will determine which group of players will get to use the gym this week, and which team will have to be creative and find other places at the ranch to work out. One trainer moves into the house to try and get a contestant to open up, and later, one team wins the chance to block someone's weight on the scale at a wild physical and mental challenge that finds them pushing a train 800 feet while answering food fact questions along the way. Then one player reaches a milestone at the weigh-in before another contestant is eliminated and sent home.
A ball challenge that turns out to be much harder than it looks gives the winning team a big advantage at this week's weigh-in, which is especially valuable given that both a red line and a yellow line will result in two players going home. Trainers Bob Harper and Jillian Michaels try to teach their contestants to push beyond the limits they've set for themselves, while trainers Cara Castronuova and Brett Hoebel take their team for an intense workout at a Mixed Martial Arts gym owned by contestant Rulon Gardner's former trainer, retired UFC heavyweight champion Bas Rutten. Then a weigh-in filled with surprises is followed by two contestants leaving the ranch.
The contestants are excited to hear from Alison Sweeney that they will all be going home for two weeks. Each player returns home to emotional reunions with friends and family, after which they navigate the challenges of being back in their real lives, facing the same temptations that brought them to the ranch and realizing all of the things they are capable of doing now that they couldn't do before. When they come back to the ranch, they'll compete in a 5K challenge on a treadmill just as they did in the first episode of the season, but this time, they're going to run the 5K all by themselves. Just as before, each will pick who they want to train them - Bob Harper and Jillian Michaels or Cara Castronuova and Brett Hoebel - in the order in which they finish the challenge. Then a few contestants reach milestones at the weigh-in, after which another player is sent packing.
Each team has to pick a team captain, who will have many responsibilities during the week, and only two players from each team can work out with a trainer. The teams first square off in a pop challenge involving 13 tiered cakes and later, the contestants meet host Alison Sweeney at a mud pit where they have to make their way across the pit while balancing on a step - without touching the mud. Several contestants have heart-to-heart talks with their trainers, opening up more about the individual personal struggles they had before coming to the ranch and later, another player sent home following a weigh-in with some surprising weight loss numbers.
The remaining 12 contestants are combined into the blue team and have immunity if they beat their previous week's weight loss. Competitions include cooking a healthy meal in less than 30 minutes and a physical / trivia challenge in a rock quarry.
A previously eliminated participant comes back to the show, and the remaining players are divided into four teams.
The contestants take part in a gigantic Easter egg hunt, with a golden egg that promises a huge prize. They are then later shown a preview of the feature film "HOP."
The teams compete in trying to mark out a mile through estimation, with the winning team getting a night out in Hollywood.
The contestants go to New Zealand, touring the sites and having adventures that include sky-jumping, helicopter flights, and sailing an America's Cup racing boat.
The couples are divided into single competitors and are taken to Queenstown, New Zealand for some high adventure, including rock climbing, zip-lining, and bungee jumping.
In "Favorites Week," past winners of the show return to encourage the current contestants. A challenge involves pulling race cars on a track.
It is makeover week, and Tim Gunn arrives to supervise the transformations. After they are made over, the contestants are reunited with loved ones. Later, Tim surprises the contestants by announcing that no one has to go home this week.
Contestants are quizzed by the trainers on their knowledge of fitness, and then they compete with one another in the Biggest Loser Xbox game.
The final four contestants take part in a healthy cooking competition as well as a race across a golf course hosted by Season 10 Biggest Loser Patrick House. The final weigh-in narrows down the finalists for America to vote on for the coming finale.
In the live finale, all the contestants return for a reunion and a final weigh-in. After a national vote narrows the finalists to three, a final weighing determines that Olivia is this season's biggest loser.
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