I love The Biggest Loser and try never to miss an episode. If I do, it feels like I’ve missed a family reunion. (Yes, our family reunions do involve abundant sweating, hysterical preoccupation with food, and at least one person screaming in the face of a poor defenseless person. Sometimes an in-law, but usually an employee who had the gall to remind us that the hotel ice machines were not there to cool our barkin’ dawgs.)
I’ve included the entire article, lest I be accused of going Andrew Breitbart on you. It’s awful in so many ways. Not Penny Parker’s writing — she’s fab and I love reading her column — but the facts she’s reporting are dreadful. (Hey! Does that make this blog a Penny Dreadful?? Oh, I crack myself up.)
Elway’s Cherry Creek Employees Finish Biggest Loser Contest
By Penny Parker
Seven male employees at Elway’s Cherry Creek opted to put money where their mouths were instead of ribeyes and au gratin potatoes.
The steak place’s biggest loser contest ran from April 1 to July 1, with a combined weight loss of 316 pounds. Each participant ponied up $300 for the contest.
The biggest loser was also the biggest winner. Server Ben Fraley lost 66 pounds and 25.7 percent of his weight.
For his exhausting effort (general manager Andrew Chapman said Ben took off two days last week to work out more than four hours a day and subsist on water), Fraley took home $1,800.
Second-place winner server Jason Hader earned his $300 back. The competition was supervised by server Kevin Webber, who’s also a personal trainer and sports nutrition specialist at Max Muscle Denver.
“We went out (Thursday) and put on about 5 pounds each at breakfast,” said Chapman, who shed 42 pounds. “We went to Syrup, started with beignets, then we each ordered two entrees.”
I don’t even know where to start.
Which do you think is worse:
1. Two days of 4-hour workouts while only drinking water
2. That when it was “over” they went on a food binge. Or,
3. That all of this was “supervised” by a “personal trainer and sports nutrition specialist”?