TV shows don’t survive for 16 seasons without keeping it fresh. After shaking things up in Season 9 by installing a Dual-Propulsion Endless Pool® on the ranch, NBC’s hit reality show, The Biggest Loser, will challenge Season 17 contestants with another shake-up: the producers will have removed their reliable workout pool!
Originally installed in 2010, the 15’x14’ pool has helped dozens of contestants lose literally thousands of pounds. At the time, the show’s Sponsor Producer, David Norton, called the collaboration “a natural fit. Our trainers love using the Endless Pool as a complement to their training regimen."
In addition to swimming, the pool permitted aquatic running, jogging, and walking thanks to its two hydraulic underwater treadmills. Aquatic exercise burns just as many calories as land-based exercise; the added benefit comes from the buoyancy of water, which takes the stress off of sensitive joints and tendons. The pool’s risk reduction is particularly great for people with obesity, as their excess pounds increase the impact of weight-bearing workouts on dry land.
A San Pedro couple purchased the pool at a bargain price that included stunning redwood decking. (Fortunately for them, the fully modular Endless Pool can easily be dissembled and reassembled.) The husband is a former marathon runner who now suffers from sciatic nerve damage. The pain of this condition can be alleviated with aquatic exercises, including swimming and underwater running. Understandably, they’re awaiting installation eagerly.
The transition, however, was not without incident. A family of raccoons had set up residence under the deck and was none too happy about being displaced. Sure, they’re adorable with their little bandit masks and striped, bushy tails, but they can be vicious when crossed! Fortunately, no one was harmed (the wires they’d chewed were easily replaced). We trust the resourceful creatures have since settled into a new home in the nearby Santa Monica Mountains.
The 16th season, The Biggest Loser: Glory Days, featured all former athletes who could be seen working out in the ranch’s Endless Pool.