AFAA and The Biggest Loser

Below is a letter from the President of AFAA.  Let all of us keep in mind that the TV show is all about the ratings and I truly think what AFAA is trying to accomplish is going to be a benefit to help with the obesity problem. I know that I have written plenty about the show because I do not believe in the tactics they use. The bottom line is we are both trying to help overcome the obesity problem from very different directions.

I joined AFAA originally because I liked their philosophy, methods of teaching and safety for the client. As it was explained to me they are using the name The Biggest Loser for their course but it will be taught with safety in mind. Not what the viewers see on TV.

I want to thank Linda Pfeffer the President of AFAA for calling me personally.


Dear Ellen,

Thank you for the opportunity to speak with you about your recent blog posting. All of us at AFAA appreciate your interest and your willingness to communicate with us regarding our new program, BIGGEST LOSER® LIVE TRAINING.

Because our program hasn’t debuted yet, it is hard for anyone to comment on what BIGGEST LOSER® LIVE TRAINING will cover. In fact, “BIGGEST LOSER® LIVE TRAINING” is nothing like you imagined. The real “stars” will actually be AFAA Certified fitness professionals and the clients they teach. Safe and effective exercise and sound nutritional information will be emphasized both online and offline.

Thanks to the extraordinary success of The Biggest Loser® TV show, we believe that unprecedented numbers of men and women will be motivated to work on their weight problem by consulting AFAA Certified professionals who have earned the title Biggest Loser® Pros. A directory will be maintained for the public to locate registered Biggest Loser® Pros. Biggest Loser® Pros work with clients online and offline and will assist clients to practice safe and effective exercise, to make good food choices and to stay motivated. Thanks to AFAA’s affiliation with The Biggest Loser®, we will all benefit from the momentum that has already been created.

Ellen, we invite you and your fellow AFAA fitness certified professionals to take a closer look at the BIGGEST LOSER® LIVE TRAINING program and we hope you will decide to join us in our mission of “Losing Weight … Face-to-Face.”

Thank you once again,

Linda D. Pfeffer,


Aerobics and Fitness Association of America

4 thoughts on “AFAA and The Biggest Loser

  1. This was a very informative post. I was trying to find out more about this program through AFAA and had many questions and similar concerns and interest in knowing more about how this program would be.
    Thanks for posting AFAA President Linda Pfeffer’s letter and thanks to her personally taking the time to clarify the program’s mission.

    Best of health to you!
    Angela Ponzio
    AFAA Fitness Professional


    • Thank you for your response. I was totally taken back when I first saw what AFAA was trying to do. I get very frustrated with The Biggest Loser show and what they are doing to individuals. I was very glad that Linda did respond. It did put my mind at ease and I hope that it did for you also.


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