"The participants here, siyempre naman, they're not as exposed to all the different types of training that the other The Biggest Loser countries have experienced. But the one thing I know about the Filipino contestants is that they're very willing to train, to be trained, and very willing to learn," says professional fitness trainer Chinggay Andrada (left) about the participants of the local adaptation of American reality show Biggest Loser. Joining her as a trainer is Jim Saret (right), sports medicine specialist and trainer of Philippine National Basketball Team Smart Gilas. Photo: Nerisa Almo

PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) and other members of the media were invited to visit the set of The Biggest Loser Pinoy Edition at Eagle Ridge Golf and Country Club in General Trias, Cavite, yesterday, May 18.

While the contestants were out for a challenge, the staff of the show toured us around the club house which would serve as the residence  of the 12 Biggest Loser participants for 17 weeks.

After that, the group had separate sessions with professional fitness trainer Chinggay Andrada and sports medicine specialist Jim Saret to let us experience the type of workouts they give to the participants.

Former radio jock Chinggay admitted that almost 90 percent of the contestants were having a hard time with the physical activities.

However, she said, this was never a hindrance for them to go on with the challenges.

She related, "Siyempre naman, lahat mahirap sa kanila kasi for a lot of them, it's been years. Sa lahat bago.

"But that's been the best part: their willingness and their drive. Nandoon talaga 'yong drive, as in very committed."

Because of this attitude, the trainers themselves were inspired to help the 12 "Bigating Pinoy" reach their main goal: to lose weight.

Chinggay, who monitors the progress of the Red team, said, "As a trainer, how can I not be committed and motivated to train them even harder? Kasi, kung ano ang ibibigay ko sa kanila, it is to always keep in mind that we train safe.

"Sometimes we train hard but other times we don't train as hard. But the motivation talaga for them is to keep in mind that training, proper way of eating, and making sure that you're well-rested.

"It's something that they will take out if this camp. That's the most important thing, that they're able to sustain this sa labas."

BEING ATTACHED TO THE CONTESTANTS. Meanwhile, each of the 12 "Bigating Pinoy" contestants has his or her own reasons to lose weight. And this was what influenced Chinggay and Jim to take the offer as their trainers. (CLICK HERE to read related article) 

On his first day, Jim thought his job would be easier than training elite athletes. He's currently training the members of Philippine National Basketball Team called Smart Gilas.

Jim recalled, "When I first got here parang pa-easy-easy lang ako, e. Honestly, madali sa akin ang magpapayat kasi I've been training Philippine Basketball team, may weight category 'yan, e, so dapat mag-stay ka sa ganitong point. Kung sinabi nila na, 'O, you need to lose two pounds.' Kaya kong pagawin sa mga athletes yan. Kayang-kaya 'yan."