‘Biggest Loser' trainer says fitness a mental and physical process

Mon Dec 23, 2013 4:04am EST
 
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By Dorene Internicola

NEW YORK (Reuters) - 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. "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 100 pounds (45kg) or more overweight, involves a lot more than pushups.

"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 10 Pounds in 21 Days," was published last month.

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 transformations. It's in that vulnerability that the concrete cracks and some light pushes in," he said in a phone interview.

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.   Continued...

 
Trainers Jillian Michaels (L) and Dolvett Quince (R) take part in a panel discussion of NBC Universal's show "The Biggest Loser" during the 2013 Winter Press Tour for the Television Critics Association in Pasadena, California January 6, 2013. REUTERS/Gus Ruelas