Horrible name aside, NBC’s “The Biggest Loser” is actually not that bad of a weight-loss reality TV show. But this upcoming season has something different: An Olympian.
Holley Mangold is a super heavyweight division weight lifter, clocking in at 346 pounds in the 2012 Olympics… 60 pounds heavier than anyone else in her weight class. When asked about why she decided to join the show, she responded, “I always had this thought that if I lost weight, I wouldn’t be as good of a weightlifter anymore” but now it’s a “limiting factor…I needed to be smaller so I could train harder” (NBC).
An Olympian appearing on “The Biggest Loser” is interesting for a few really great reasons:
1) Holley Mangold is dispelling the common belief that “fat” people are lazy and un-athletic. She’s an Olympic Weightlifter! “Fat” and “lazy” people do not make it to the Olympics.
2) As a female athlete, Mangold is also showing women that strength comes in many shapes and sizes. There is no cookie-cutter “look” to strength.
3) Mangold is on the show to improve her weightlifting performance, not because she wants to look like a bikini model. For her, losing weight is about function, not aesthetics.
Go Holley! What an inspiration. We’re excited to see how joining the show will help improve Mangold’s weightlifting. We’re also excited to see Mangold demolish The Biggest Loser’s workouts & weight room. Stay tuned!