Biggest Loser Contestant Goes CrossFit

By Courtney Rainville and Jason Spreck

In CrossFit, HD Videos

July 10, 2012

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When 25-year-old Courtney Rainville first heard of CrossFit through her sister and brother-in-law, she wasn’t interested. At 270 lb., she had one goal: getting on The Biggest Loser.

“I remember sitting in the room with other contestants … and thinking, ‘OK, this is the first day of the rest of my life. I’m no longer going to be that obese girl who’s ashamed to look at herself in the mirror or just ashamed to be, basically, alive.”

But after five weeks on the show, she was cut. At that point, she went back to see Jason Speck, owner of CrossFit Forever Strong in Chandler, Ariz.

The transition wasn’t easy.

“When I came to CrossFit, it was completely changing my mind of how I thought of things,” she explains. “I had to basically swallow my pride and listen.”

Today, Rainville is one of CrossFit Forever Strong’s top women and frequently finishes at the top of the leaderboard.

“It was when I came to CrossFit I realized how strong I could be as an individual,” she says, “and how I didn’t need a TV show to make me a better person.”

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Additional reading: Coaching Fitness From Scratch by Stephanie Vincent, published Oct. 7, 2011.

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7 Comments on “Biggest Loser Contestant Goes CrossFit”


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You need to promo this on youtube, best endorsement for Crossfit.

"I lost more weight doing paleo and crossfit than on the biggest loser" affiliates get ready for a tenfold increase in members.


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Great video. She is an example of true fitness!


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Calories in vs calories out is the biggest fraud perpetuated by ill informed 'nutritionists' and gym instructors.
It has been proven time and again that rapid weight loss through calorie centric diet and aerobic exercise leads to an actual increase in weight over time as it is too mentally taxing and the 'athlete' reverts back to their old poor eating habits.

Well done to Courtney and Jason for being mentally strong enough to achieve what they have.
A definite contender for 'Coach of the year' cos its not all about training for the Games!!


replied to comment from Stephen Byrne

I agree. Great promo for Crossfit! You are definitely an inspiration Courtney. Keep up the great work!

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