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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

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 He's been replaced by a young gun named Ryan Applegate.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.

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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They are trying to kill someone so ratings soar, bottom line.

399 days ago


He's got a "douche injected something" vibe about him. Doesn't look fit that's for sure.

399 days ago

Mr. Grimm    

Even if he isn't certified he probably knows a little something about working out and health. If he didn't why would they hire him? I also watch the show and have never heard of Sandy. He looks like such a douche in that picture but who cares as long as he helps these people lose weight. You don't need a certified trainer to eat healthy either.

399 days ago


There are two modes of exercise that need to be implemented for the successful loss of weight. One a slow ,long duration method , WALKING. This will facilitate the use of free fatty acids in the citric acid cycle (krebs cycle) via beta oxidation, which will metabolize fat, with benefits of upregulating anti oxidative pathways via translating foxo3a and mt2 genes into proteins. Then the use of eccentric resistance circuit training to metabolize muscle glycogen to clear serum glucose and to alter gene expression to output eNOS , endothelial nitric oxide synthase, hence nitric oxide at the cellular level, which will promote endothelial cell health and intervene in several pathologies, while building muscle mass and increasing resting metabolic rate. Just earned a BS in Exercise Science and the ,"Trainer", should be certified by the ACSM, American College of Sports Medicine.

399 days ago


He's not even fit, he's just thin and cut like a model...

399 days ago

What is with dude's booty shorts?

399 days ago


Wait..I thought Bob and Jillian were the trainers. I have never seen this guy in my life on the show so what's up with that?

399 days ago


Is TMZ introducing an unknown about the show?? A scoop? 7 years on the show?? I've watched every season and like the others that have watch the show I don't know who this guy is. Bob, Jillian and now Dolvett. Side note: Does anyone remember the blonde lady trainer that cried all the time on the show? And wore pigtails... lol

399 days ago

Ozzie X    

He's not packing much. Is he a transexual?

399 days ago


Very dangerous! I have been a PT for 15 years and I still 'refer' morbidly obese, those with chronic heart problems, pregnant, etc. You should not only have a RECOGNIZED certification but be certified in the SPECIAL POPULATIONS category! This is a lawsuit waiting to happen.

399 days ago


You people don't know what the hell your talking about

399 days ago


Ummmm why is he wearing daisy dukes?

399 days ago


Hmmm, weird, but he has no 'package' at all, and his body does not look like he works out much. Kind of 'soft' looking. No definition to speak of. He might not eat a lot, but I doubt that he is particularly 'fit', ie Strong and functionally trained....

399 days ago


"A test that is NOT required by law..." TMZ certainly buried that little fact in their rant against the new guy.

399 days ago

Coach kitty    

How timely, I just got fired from my club last week for blowing the whistle on a trainer who is not certified. The industry needs more oversight and regulation. That said, the fact that the biggest loser has an uncertified trainer coaching clients is but one of myriad problems I have with that show.

399 days ago
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