“The Biggest Loser” contestants are overweight Americans joining the competition with an equally obese partner, friend or family member. Professional trainers supervise the contestants in a series of workout regimens and diets lasting for at least twelve weeks on “The Biggest Loser” ranch, followed by 120 days spent on their own at home. The individual who loses the highest weight percentage from the time they started to the finale wins a cash price.
Courtney hails from Indiana and used to weigh over 400 pounds. She joined “The Biggest Loser” season eleven after the show inspired her to lose 112 pounds on her own.
Marci is Courtney’s mother and her partner on the Teal Team of “The Biggest Loser.” Marci, a health club manager, has lost the athletic built of her younger days. She was inspired by season eight contestant Shay Sorrells to lose weight. Joining the show was her way of supporting her daughter.
Arthur wanted to save his life so he joined “The Biggest Loser” with his father Jesse. He was 646 pounds overweight and suffered from diabetes and high blood pressure. Arthur was inspired to be a contestant after watching Ron Morelli from season seven lose hundreds of pounds.
When the weighing scale read 475 pounds in February 2010, Moses knew it was to make a change and lose weight. As a Tongan, sumptuous food is a strong part of his life, resulting in obesity by the time he reached 30 years old. By joining “The Biggest Loser,” Moses wanted to inspire her daughter Kaylee to lead a healthier life.
Kaylee is the other half of the Gray Team. As a twenty-year-old weighing 233 pounds, she knows that she was in danger of following her father’s footsteps. She wanted to help save her father's life while saving hers, so in 2011 she became one of “The Biggest Loser” contestants.
Along with his cousin Koli, they were among the season nine favorites on “The Biggest Loser.” These two Samoans grew up in a culture of food and Sam’s late night schedule as a security guard made him prone to unhealthy eating habits and lack of exercise. Sam hoped that by being a part of “The Biggest Loser” he could inspire his family to live healthy and lessen the risk of gout, diabetes and hypertension.
As an overweight Tongan, Koli is the point person when it comes to moving heavy items. His background as high school football coach and head of security at night has not helped him to get in shape. Living at “The Biggest Loser” ranch for twelve weeks with the support of trainers Bob Harper and Jillian Michaels was the kind of discipline Koli badly needed to turn his life around.
O’Neal was the leading favorite on season nine of “The Biggest Loser.” Nicknamed “Big O’Neal,” his oldest brother died before turning 58 years old and served as a turning point for O’Neal to lose weight, change his life and do the same for his daughter SunShine.
SunShine grew up a very good swimmer joining competitions, but the constant family gatherings infused with fatty food along with her job as a restaurant server has not done her any favors. SunShine and her father, O’Neal, were considered as the two largest in their family and together they decided to face “The Biggest Loser” challenge.
Season nine audiences remember Ashley as having a warm and friendly personality. Joining “The Biggest Loser” was the catalyst she needed to change her life and help her career as a spa manager by losing weight. Through her training at the ranch, for the first time in her life Ashley was able to run a marathon.