IT WAS a grand entry. Steve Willis— aka The Commando — appeared, seemingly from nowhere, in the first episode of this year’s The Biggest Loser, barking the words ‘‘Where do you think you’re going?’’ to the mystified contestants who would become known as the Black Team.
While it was sent overseas to train with American trainers Bob and Jillian, the Black Team is now back under his control.
The former SAS soldier’s tough techniques are certainly different to those employed by the other trainers seen on the show. And that’s partly because of his military training.
‘‘If you’re expected or told to do something and you don’t do it, there will be consequences,’’ Willis says.
But he maintains his methods get results.
‘‘They (Black Team) have increased their level of fitness and they’ve been exposed to exercise they may not have experienced at all in their lives,’’ Willis says.
Of course, it’s not about driving the contestants into the ground.
Willis says a trainer has ‘‘got to be a chameleon’’.
‘‘You have to know what buttons to push,’’ he says.
‘‘It’s making them believe and having confidence in themselves. A lot of people just discount themselves and lack the faith to undertake the task, whether that’s exercise or anything else in life.’’
One point Willis is eager to make is that while The Biggest Loser is ultimately a reality show with prizemoney at stake, this doesn’t mean a lot if people haven’t changed inside.
‘‘Who cares who wins the money at the end of the day. If they have changed their outlook on life then we’ve done our job,’’ he says.
former SAS soldier Steve Willis.