Brett Hoebel: 5 Things I Learned From Training on “The Biggest Loser”

Brett Hoebel

As the former “secret” trainer for season 11 of NBC’s “The Biggest Loser“, Brett Hoebel coached the “Red Team” to weight loss success by pushing them to become accountable for their lifestyles and diets. With a background in Mixed Martial Arts and holistic health, Hoebel became famous for his “no excuses” approach to fitness and even earned himself the nickname the “Dues Collector.” During his teenage years Hoebel struggled with obesity, an experience which afforded him a unique perspective when it came to coaching contestants on the Biggest Loser. In reflecting on his experiences on the show, Hoebel was insistent that success originates in a solid, constructive perspective and willingness to push yourself past limitations.

5 We Are All Capable of Becoming Extraordinary – You Just Have to Believe

“I’ve seen people experience the most incredible life-changing transformations, but I’ve also seen people come up short. The difference? Those who BELIEVED in their ability, in hope, in freedom – they made it to the other side. It’s not easy when you’re down for the count, but you either get busy living or get busy dying. The choice is yours.”

4 It’s Not a Question of CAN You Do It – It’s Just a Question of WILL You Do It

“The dumbbell and diet don’t change you – your accountability and walking your talk do. I know you CAN do whatever you set your mind to, it’s just a question of whether you WILL make the sacrifice to do it.”

3 Shortcuts and Excuses Cannot Change Your Life – Hard Work and Dedication Do

“It’s not about doing it the ‘cool’ way or the ‘easy’ way. It’s about doing it the ‘right’ way; the ‘hard’ way. Excuses are a bunch of talk and talk is cheap. Hard work and dedication pay the bills baby! You don’t pay your dues to rent your life – you pay your dues to OWN your life.”

2 The Numbers on the Scale Do Not Define You – Your Actions Do

“Sometimes the scale reflects your efforts and sometimes it doesn’t. Don’t let the numbers define you. Let paying your dues and commitment define you. Actions speak louder than numbers.”

1 Know Your WHY

“It’s easy to know WHAT you are doing, but not always easy to know WHY. Get emotionally connected to why you are on your journey and the less you will stray off course from the destination you seek.” 

As one of the trainers on NBC’s The Biggest Loser season 11 and health expert on Food Network’s Fat Chef, Brett is one of the most sought-after weight loss, nutrition, and lifestyle coaches in the country. He is also the creator of RevAbs, the ab-defining inhome workout DVD program from Beachbody; creators of P90-X. A 15-year veteran in the health and wellness industry, Brett has helped some of Hollywood’s finest shape up, from Victoria Secret supermodels and A-list actors to fashion designers and music icons. Brett was also the co host of Fit Family, a reality-fitness show on Discovery Channel and has appeared on Dr. Oz, The Talk, The Revolution, The View, Good Morning America, and The Today Show. He is a contributing fitness expert in many publications, including Vogue, The New York Times, InStyle, Elle, Ask Men, Shape, Self and Fitness. He has been recognized in the top 25 of the “100 Most Influential People in Health and Fitness” and touted as “Best of New York” by New York Magazine and Allure.

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