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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 He's been replaced by a young gun named Ryan Applegate.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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31.

msmoeliss    

"Who wears short shorts? I WEAR SHORT SHORTS!" (Joe swanson) ;-)

398 days ago
32.

kitten roulaine    

What on earth is he wearing!? Those shorts alone, toppled with not being certified is enough to say he's not qualified.

398 days ago
33.

fargone    

Trainer? He's no stinkin trainer. He's a Barbie "Ken" doll hired to boost ratings. As for Sandy, here's his Bio from the shows website:

Sandy Krum spent 25 years treating world-class athletes - which may explain why, when the oldest contestant to ever appear on "The Biggest Loser" fainted in the first episode of Season 7, it was Krum who was there to catch him before he even hit the ground. In fact, before joining "The Biggest Loser," Krum made quite a career out of preventing and caring for injuries. He worked his way up the ranks through the world of professional sports, spending two decades working with clubs like the Cincinnati Reds, the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Chicago Cubs. Along the way, he earned two Athletic Trainer of the Year awards and became a behind-the-scenes fixture in clubhouses across the globe.

Krum later expanded on his skills as an athletic trainer at the U.S. Men's Open Tennis Tournament and while traveling on the USTA men's tour. His reputation as a first-class trainer also extends beyond the world of athletics. In 1988, President Ronald Reagan and the American Red Cross presented Krum with the Presidential Certificate of Merit for performing CPR and saving the life of a 14-year-old kid

398 days ago
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_][ Character_Assassin ][_    

lol... if this guy can't pass the certification test you can bet you ass he's not qualified.

398 days ago
35.

FresnoBullpup    

This is a poorly written article. It doesn't say that he's not qualified or certified (somewhere), it says he's not certified in California. Maybe he is certified in 5 other states or organizations? I'm not saying he is, I'd just like to know why the show says he's qualified. TMZ is focusing on one piece of information and leaving everything else out. So what do they say actually are his qualifications?

398 days ago
36.

timmons    

Dude has camel toe.

398 days ago
37.

Stupid-Hurtz    

It's all about looks in hollywood. if your face looks like a car accident you put in the junkyard

398 days ago
38.

PureRadiance    

Passive /aggressive ways can hurt the contestants. Their should be much more astringent rules on certification then.

398 days ago
39.

sua may tinh    

very beautiful

398 days ago
40.

Hobie    

He just looks skinny-fit. No real definition. And pec-heavy.

398 days ago
41.

RealTalk    

A person with absolutely no muscle is the last person I'd want "training" me.

398 days ago
42.

Passion Of The Taint    

Now that is one weird looking, skinny dude!
Silly legs!

398 days ago
43.

Shantastic    

The male contestants will be like "he's not gonna make us fit into those short skinny jeans is he?" lol

398 days ago
44.

Nicole    

Those shorts are gayer than two glitter covered unicorns having anal sex.

398 days ago
45.

Miara    

Legs not defined, nor in shape, lipo in the chest and around the waist maybe? Whatever is going on - they must have a certified trainer to avoid major lawsuits. yawn

398 days ago
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