If you’re planning your Halloween costume and going as “The Biggest Loser’s”
Dolvett Quince, you should most definitely wear his signature red. “It’s still the power color. I bleed red,” Quince tells Zap2it
. “It’s not going anywhere. Keep wearing the pride color.”
As this season’s senior “big trainer on campus” (which would be the “BTOC”) Quince is doing what he can to help out new “Biggest Loser” trainers Jessie Pavelka and Jennifer Widerstrom
. “I am the wise owl on the set now, no question, and it feels good. Five seasons in, and they feel good,” he says. “These new trainers, their energy, it reminds me of when I first did the show. They’re very curious — how does everything work, am I standing in the right place? They’re both sorting out how it works, and I’m there for them.
“I’m there for them in a way that will not only make them successful, I hope, and also continue to do what’s best for the show, transforming lives. The senior has to help out the freshmen on campus.”
The “Glory Days” season of “The Biggest Loser” has admittedly been a bit of surprise for Quince so far. “You know what’s ironic? We’ve had people who’ve not been as athletic as these contestants,” he says. “And athletes are known to be competitive. But it’s been almost the exact opposite, compared to previous seasons. These athletes are competing against themselves and they’re helping each other out.
“Coming into this season, I thought for sure dealing with these different variations of athletic background that these guys were really going to get at each other. It’s been the complete opposite,” he continues. “They’ve really been figuring out themselves and it goes to show that when you’re accustomed to team sports you really know how to behave on a team, and push yourself at the same time.”
Did he change anything about his training style since he’s working with former athletes? If anything, Quince has turned up the intensity in comparison to previous seasons.
“Everything I’m doing with these contestants is the same I’ve done before,” he says. In previous seasons, I’ve had to limit how hard I push them because of lack of mobility and body awareness. But these guys? They get it. Almost overnight. So my style hasn’t switched up, but my intensity has.”
And he says the contestants’ bodies are changing much faster than usual: “The results are ridiculous. It’s unbelievable. They’re dropping weight. They’re building muscle. They’re leaning down. They’re faster; they’re quicker.”
Importantly, for Quince, working with former athletes isn’t just about the competition and the results — it’s about helping them get their pride back, and also inspiring future contestants who may be thinking about what they need to do to change their lives.
“You put anyone under a microscope and there’s some fear there. Judgment. Some of these guys, like Scott Mitchell
, is already well known,” says Quince. “Lori Mack, Damien Woody … these guys have already been critiqued.”
He continues, “Scott told me personally that he was hesitant to do this show not because he didn’t need the help, but because he’d already been criticized and judged. But Scott, and the others, they’ve realized that they need the help that we provide. They’ve put their pride aside. That first step was the first step to a thousand steps in a beautiful journey, and a beautiful destination.
“And I love working with people like that, who says ‘pride aside, I can picture it, and I’m going to do something about it.'”
“The Biggest Loser” airs Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on NBC.