TV Watch The Biggest Loser
"Don't let fear take over!"
Those motivational words come courtesy of Jennifer Widerstrom, who, along with Jessie Pavelka, will replace Jillian Michaels for season 16 of The Biggest Loser.
Along with veterans Dolvett Quince and Bob Harper, the trainers will focus this season on 20 former athletes, including NFL players and Olympic gold medalists who have let the pounds pile up since their proverbial glory days.
The last season of The Biggest Loser may have ended with a controversy, but now a new crop of contestants are getting their chance to lose weight on the NBC reality show – and the season 16 cast includes some familiar faces!
"When I told my wife and kids, 'Hey, Biggest Loser wants me to come on,' my kids were like, 'Dad are you serious? You totally got to do this,' " former New York Jets offensive lineman Damien Woody, 36, tells PEOPLE. "I'd never watched The Biggest Loser before but my wife was like, 'Listen, go handle your business. I'd rather lose you for a few months than something happen down the road.' So here I am."
After 10 years motivating contestants towards their weight-loss goals on NBC's The Biggest Loser, fitness guru and star trainer Jillian Michaels has herself thrown in the towel on the reality show. But why?
When The Biggest Loser returns this fall, it'll be missing one familiar face.
Crying on cue isn't hard for a soap opera star. But for Alison Sweeney, who celebrated her last day on set of Days of Our Lives last week, not crying was the issue.
After nearly 22 years playing fan favorite Sami Brady, Sweeney officially retired from the show last week, but not before one last scene.
"All of a sudden I'm walking out on stage and there's this huge crowd of people," Sweeney, 37, tells PEOPLE of the surprise send-off members of the cast and crew put together for her. "I realized they were gathering for me. It was so amazing and so touching and special."
And it was emotional. After seeing some cast members she'd worked with back when she started the show as a teenager, "It was hard to keep it together," says Sweeney. "My kids [Benjamin, 9, and Megan, 5] were there, so I feel like that helped me avoid the ugly cry. But I totally had tears streaming down my face."
Rachel Frederickson has admitted she was "too enthusiastic" as she trained for the Biggest Loser finale, during which she shocked viewers with her 105-lb. frame.
As a contestant on The Biggest Loser, Rachel Frederickson bared her 260-lb. body in nothing but a sports bra and shorts, shared her heartache about a bad breakup and fought her way through dozens of grueling workouts.
Still, nothing could have prepared the 24-year-old voice-over actress for the tidal wave of criticism and scrutiny that has engulfed her since revealing her 155-lb. weight loss on the reality show’s Feb. 4 finale.
A week before the Biggest Loser finale, Rachel Frederickson admits she was working out upwards of six hours a day and eating 1,600 calories with no inkling of the whirlwind of controversy that would surround her dramatic weight-loss reveal.
"I got my butt in the gym because, I said, 'This is the last week. You better be working out,' " the voiceover actress, 24, tells PEOPLE in an exclusive interview three days after the Feb. 4 finale. "So I didn't take any jobs and I worked out an extra couple hours."
But now $250,000 richer, Frederickson is ready to put the critical comments about her 105-lb. figure behind her and adjust to life after the ranch.