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'Biggest Loser'

Old Trainer Gets the Boot

Replaced By Uncertified Coach

8/18/2013 9:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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The morbidly obese contestants on "The Biggest Loser" -- some of whom are close to death -- will be pushed to the limit by a new trainer who is NOT certified in California ... TMZ has learned.

We've learned Sandy Krum -- who's been on the show since 2007 -- got the boot before Season 15 began taping this summer. He's been replaced by a young gun named Ryan Applegate.

Sources connected with the "Biggest Loser" tell us past contestants and several staff members on the show are extremely upset that Applegate hasn't passed the stringent certification test -- a test that is not required by law but one that many trainers take because it cements their qualifications.

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Quick reminder, these aren't your average Joes who are just a tad out of shape ... they're morbidly overweight people -- some of whom tip the scales at more than 500 lbs --  many of whom have extremely high blood pressure and suffer from diabetes.

A rep for the show's production company tells us, "The health and safety of our contestants is our #1 priority and the show is confident that the team of professionals they have hired to work with the contestants are qualified to do so."

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Stiletto    

The "Biggest Loser" is anyone whose life is so pathetic that they actually watch this garbage.

346 days ago
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4 real    

I wouldn't hire him just for those jean shorts he wore

346 days ago
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Tasha    

He looks douchey.

346 days ago
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Lydia    

I've watched Biggest Loser for years and haven't a clue who Sandy is.

346 days ago
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Rob Zombie is King    

Nice shorts...lol

346 days ago
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Truth    

SO WHY WAS THE ORIGINAL TRAINER FIRED??? CRAPTASTIC REPORTING AND FOLLOW-UP, TMZ... #TRUTH!!

346 days ago
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taxpayer    

I don't know,..is it me or does it appear that this Ryan dude has no dick? Look at those shorts and tell me what you see....NOTHING.

346 days ago
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christy    

Umm I think a pair of girl shorts got misplaced in the boys dept. Your friends are playing a prank on you or else you don't have friends. Good lord!! lmao cutie

346 days ago
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Mee    

"Personal Trainer" is it now considered a Profession, career, trade ? Under what discipline ? Does any reputable school offer this program ? A certification without formal schooling is now required by househelpers and nannies, also, more money for the State.
Maybe the program will have a doctor or nurse practitioner on site supervising. If not, the MORBIDLY OBESE (medical term) could be in REAL DANGER !!

346 days ago
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Charlotte90    

Why post the picture of Ryan in 2012? What does it have to do with the story? And who is Sandy? It must be a very slow news week for TMZ.

346 days ago
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Kev the Realist    

Just another example of a TV Network putting the almighty dollar ahead of everything else. This smacks of either nepotism or someone in the show wanting to save money by hiring an uncertified trainer. This should not happen, either he gets trained and certified or he should be fired.

346 days ago
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Celeb Gossip Addict    

Why are they trying to make the new guy's life difficult before he even starts? I hope that whoever leaked this mean story gets fired.

346 days ago
13.

BIEBER GO HOME!!! ▬(~_-)▬►    

Looks Like Justin Bieber.

346 days ago
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Sally    

The show definitely does not care about their contestants otherwise they would have selected a certified trainer. Hopefully, they can be fined if it is the law that trainers are certified.

346 days ago
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CaliWriter    

HaHa I had a "trainer" at a gym once that was certified and the guy almost made me have a heart attack. He pushed the level on the treadmill so high that it caused me to start having chest pain to try to keep up and I'm a runner. He told me just to push through the pain.....really, it doesn't matter if they are certified or not, they are gonna push you until you drop then tell you what a waste you are because you don't look like them.

346 days ago
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