|Jackson Carter of "The BIggest Loser"|
I wouldn't call him a wimp, as several other contestants were kicked out of the gym by Jillian Michaels because they were unable to meet with her expectations, which seemed to be way unrealistic for severely overweight, out of shape people.
Yep, Jillian is back, and she now has two kids of her own. But motherhood has not made her a kinder, gentler trainer. Before the week was up, one of her team members left the ranch for good, and from what we saw, Jillian's belligerent badgering had a lot to do with it.
Jackson Carter's bio states that he's the first openly gay contestant on the show, and that he experienced bullying as a teen for being gay and for his weight. Bullying? You ain't seen nothing yet, with Jillian yelling and swearing and saying some pretty cruel things, until most of her team broke down in tears. It's a good thing that Jackson's primary trainer is Dolvett, who seems much more even-tempered. Later during the week, Carter was shown throwing up during workouts, but then getting back to work, under Dolvett's approving gaze. It paid off, as he lost 22 pounds during the first weigh-in.
"I'd sure hate to be one of her kids," was my first thought as I saw typical Jillian-esque moments. But then, when she was working out with the three adolescents who are on the show this season, she suddenly seemed less tough and gruff, and more gracious with them. She said she is taking a different approach with the kids. I wondered why — aren't both groups people with feelings? Don't they both respond to positive reinforcement?
A lot of people admire Jillian's toughness. And yes, this is a show so there's supposed to be a lot of drama. But the injuries of past contestants are proof that the trainer isn't always right. People have gone home with torn calf muscles, hip fractures, plantar fascitis, etc. which means a long recovery time. Isn't it better to build up strength and endurance a little more gradually so that you can keep working out over the long haul? But, then you don't get the dramatic drops of 15-20 pounds a week, and I guess that's what makes this show interesting.