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The Biggest Loser Interviewby Pattye Grippo    

This is an interview with Patrick Ferrari on October 5, 2011 about the show The Biggest Loser.

Patrick Ferrari

Question:
Why do you think the Black Team seems to excel so much more than the Red Team and does the trainer make a difference?

Patrick Ferrari:
I think that was a question we asked ourselves the whole time. It's like, ???Why does this middle-aged team keep beating us???? Like it was so frustrating. I think at first there was just kind of like a, ???It has to be Bob. It has to be Bob.??? But I don't know exactly why. Because looking back at Dolvett and like thinking about the experiences and just talking to like personal trainers back here.

He did everything that he was supposed to do and then some. So I don't know. They were both bigger. All of their guys and girls on their team were bigger than us except for Joe. So they had bigger numbers to pull. But still percentage-wise we should have been pulling the same numbers. But I have no idea. Because I promise you we were working just as hard as them. I think everyone thought that the young blood would have been able to pull some decent numbers. That's right.

Question:
Can you tell me about your dream of being a cop and compare your workout at the Ranch to that police force agility test.

Patrick Ferrari:
It's funny because I remember talking to Dolvett in like Week 2. I remember like after some of the workouts I would think like, ???Man, why am I shooting to be a police officer after going through what I'm going through at the Ranch? Like I'm going to be ready to be like a ranger or a Navy Seal after this. It definitely helped me. My cardio was 100 times better. My agility, my quickness. Being at the Ranch absolutely prepared me for the physical agility test. And, yes. And then like you saw I passed it.

Question:
Last night you said, ???I didn't realize how mentally weak I was.??? Can you talk about that statement and do you feel mentally stronger now?

Patrick Ferrari:
I feel 100 times mentally stronger. I still believe, and though I have a long way to go, but I think walking into the Biggest Loser and the Ranch, I always hid my weight really well and I never had the same kind of medical conditions that some of these other people had like my boys Ramon and Vinny.

And so I thought of myself a lot more stronger mentally than I was. And I think Dolvett saw that, saw me put that kind of mask on. Like he said it, like I wore doubt like a coat. And so I just kind of put just the thought on like I was thought, like I was mentally tough and physically tough but he quickly found out that I was not and so did I.

Question:
You pleaded to have your name written down. Why did you make that gesture?

Patrick Ferrari:
I didn't feel that way right after the weigh-in. I remember we were standing there right before to go in and do the deliberation. And I just started sobbing. And I couldn't stop. I turned away from my team because I was like, I didn't know why I was crying. And I started praying. And I really felt called in that moment to lay my life down for my team. And I was just like, ???Lord please know because I'm starting to feel confident. I just lost 11 pounds.??? That was tied for the best on my team, not percentage-wise but I mean, 11 pounds, that was amazing. And so I'm starting to have this newfound confidence. And so I didn't want to go but I really felt called to do it. So I just wanted to be obedient to that.

Question:
I read in your bio that a lot of the motivation you had for going on the show was your wife. And to kind of undo the damage that your unhealthy lifestyle had done to her. Can you just talk a little bit about that? Kind of a before and after scenario like what was going on while you were home before the show and then how have things changed now in terms of your relationship with her and your lifestyle?

Patrick Ferrari:
Before the show it was my wife trying her best to get us to eat right, to exercise and to just live healthier lifestyles. And I just didn't buy into it. I was just whatever about it. I didn't care. And that really hurt her. And like it hurt her in the sense that like, ???Wow, my husband doesn't care about what's important to me,??? and also like it hurt her like she began to kind of take on some of like the negative lifestyle choices that I did.

But since being back it has been amazing. Like truly, truly for the first time in our marriage we feel like a team in everything that we do. Like we work out together. We make meal plans together for the week. We go grocery shopping. I feel like, like I said at the end of the episode, like I feel like we now dream together, too. We're talking about how we want to run like certain like races together and we want to go do the like certain events together. And we're just - it's really cool to feel like a team in all that you do with your wife for the first time in your marriage.

Question:
Why do you think you didn't care before?

Patrick Ferrari:
My physical appearance was never important to me. I never cared and I was really selfish, I mean, to be honest. I mean, that's what it comes down to is selfishness. When the most important person in your life tells you that like, ???Hey this is important to me,??? and it really doesn't require that much of a sacrifice to you and it's really kind of a big deal to them, and then you choose to not do, like, do that with the fitness stuff. I think it's just selfishness and I was able to kind to revise that on the show.

Question:
Yell me a little bit about your workout regime at home and how you're keeping up with the weight loss?

Patrick Ferrari:
I'm not giving an ounce of room for error. Starting up with my wife have sat down and created a schedule, like literally a 40 hour a week schedule for what my week looks like. I'm working out 3-1/2 to 4 hours a day, five days a week. Obviously doing lots of running, training for the marathon. And when it just comes to nutrition sticking to the kind of caloric intake that the show and Dr. Huizenga had set for me. And just all the things like surrounding that.

I think for me being successful at home right now is not making up excuses. Like, ???Oh, we're going to a wedding this week so I'll just have some snacks there.??? No. It's eating beforehand or making snacks and then pulling them out of my wife's purse or something. You know what I mean? So I rethink not making up excuses is part of the success right now. I don't know if I answered your question right.

Question:
What's been the hardest part about maintaining that regimen?

Patrick Ferrari:
It's easy to make up excuses just like before. You literally can make up an excuse for anything. I mean, ???Oh it's my birthday this weekend,??? or ???There's this big sporting event so I'll just have a couple, like one little plate of nachos or whatever it is.??? Like you can make up; an excuse for anything to not work out or to not eat right. And there's been a couple time that I've made up excuses but for the most part I've kind of been in the no excuse, no room for error kind of attitude right now.

Question:
Tell me what the best part about the NFL week was for you. You basically had several football-themed experiences and got to work with several NFL stars. What did you enjoy most about it and what did you get out of it?

Patrick Ferrari:
I'm a huge Green Bay Packer fan. Like fanatic. So getting to meet Clay Matthews was amazing. And to be able to brag to my little brother and everyone and to say that I met like the middle linebacker for the Green Bay Packers, that's just amazing. So I think between that and getting to meet and work out with Tim Tebow. Tim Tebow was by far the most genuine, down to earth person that I have probably ever met. He came in, we got to do our Last Chance Workout with him.

And you could tell the whole time that he wanted you to succeed. You could see it in his eyes. And like it was really encouraging. And like he really actually encouraged us to work harder during our workouts. And he stayed after the workout like for 45 minutes and like talked to us and talked to us about life and life at the Ranch and just it was very personal and it was awesome.

Question:
I want to know more about working with Dolvett. You guys are kind of guinea pigs to working with Dolvett on the show and I had chance to talk to him just a couple days ago and like him even more now than I did before. So I'm curious what your experience was like with him?

Patrick Ferrari:
I think anyone that meets people that is kind of encouraged to be a little bit of a better person. Dolvett does a good job of inspiring people. I think he does a good job of reading people, their strengths and weaknesses, and encouraging them to be better in their strengths and pushing them in their weaknesses as well. And he doesn't give up on you. I mean, as you saw with me he doesn't just say, ???Okay, I'm just going to be okay with you giving a half-assed effort.??? Like, ???No I'm going to kick you out of the gym and we're going to go have a one-on-one session outside of the gym because I don't feel like you're giving me your all." So it's really cool.

Question:
What is your actual diet and fitness regime that you do with your wife now at home?

Patrick Ferrari:
I didn't talk about this a lot on the show but my wife actually had to have back surgery. She had a ruptured disk in her back. So the things that she's been able to do has been very, very limited. So we love going hiking together. We live in the Northwest and it's beautiful up here in Oregon. So we love hiking. We do a lot of like long like brisk like kind of high intensity walks together, which has been really cool just because those are times where we just get to talk and live and dream together. And so doing those for maybe like one or two hours really long walks. And we're starting to possibly get a little more into the strength training too. I'm kind of excited because she wants to do some strength training with me so that should be really fun.

Question:
Who do you think could win and why?

Patrick Ferrari:
I don't think you can count out anyone on our team. Every single person on that team is amazing. Vinny, that guy is not a quitter. Ramon hates losing. And those girls are tough. From week one those girls are just tough chicas. I know that's not the answer you want to hear. It's very PC but I think honestly I think anyone on that Red Team has a shot to destroy the show.

Question:
Looking back at when you first arrived on the Ranch, do you remember what was going through your mind and was it what you expected?

Patrick Ferrari:
I don't remember exactly what was going though my mind, but I do remember that thinking that, ???Wow, this is not at all what I expected.??? Like I remember we would do all of our interviews after our workouts or after whatever we did there. And I just remember saying, like saying like I think every single workout for the first, I mean interview for the first two weeks I said, ???America, you do not understand how difficult it is.??? Because I used to be one of those people that would sit there on the on couch and say, ???Are you kidding me? Come on fatty. Get moving. Like I could do that so easy.??? And you just sit there and critique them.

But like the show, there's so much footage that they film. They're like you only see like a miniscule amount of the intense workouts that we do. So I think for me it was a shocker at how truly difficult, not only physically but like we talked about a little bit earlier, like emotionally how difficult it was. Because they don't just fix you physically because you have to fix your mind and fix yourself emotionally. Otherwise you're going to end up right back where you were before.

Question:
Can you talk a little bit about your relationship with your team members and what that's meant to you in this journey?

Patrick Ferrari:
Yes, like I said last night too on TV I think, I think it's really hard for anyone, my wife, my family, friends, America, like I think it's really hard for anyone to truly understand how close you become to these people. I mean, you're all coming here to the Ranch and you're coming here at, to be honest, some of the most broken places in your life.

Like some of you are told that you have the worst cases of sleep apnea ever. Some of you are just not at yet diabetes. And you come to the Ranch broken and you come to the Ranch in these like, this awful place in your life, to be honest. And you get to change your life with these people. You get to sweat on this gym together. You get to hug each other while you're bawling. You get to pray with one another. You get to bleed with one another. It's just amazing.

Question:
What was your first reaction when you found out the trainer you chose. If you would have had a choice would you have picked Bob, and what was your initial reaction?

Patrick Ferrari:
Yes, if we would have had a choice I think we would have picked Bob. I think every single contestant there would have picked Bob. Maybe besides Ramone he wanted Anna. But looking back I feel like I wouldn't' have got the full experience that I would never have changed picking Dolvett. Like even if it would have meant that I would have been there the whole season if I would have picked Bob, I really truly look back and like feel blessed to have got to work out with Dolvett. And the experiences that we had off camera where we're sitting down just talking man-to-man, team-to-team, like he's just a really, really cool dude and you can tell that he cares about people a lot. And so I think I'm, glad that we picked him.

Question:
Do you think that you're going to win the at-home prize?

Patrick Ferrari:
I know I'm going to win the outside. I'm going to win this marathon so don't count that out. I'll come back number one seed.

Question:
You've been talking about all like the lovey dovey touchy feely stuff with the Red Team but last night we saw you guys having a bunch of fun. Can you just tell me what some of maybe one or two of your favorite fond memories with that group was on the Ranch?

Patrick Ferrari:
To be honest, that scene right there in the ice bath last night was probably one of the funniest like best memories at the Ranch. Like that was just us. That showed exactly who the Red Team was. Like Courtney said on the episode, we could go and we could get the crap kicked out of us for two hours in the gym by Dolvett and be physically like drained and then like have a blast while being in pain in an ice bath.

And I think between that and I think one of our favorite things at the Ranch to do was, was to kind of make fun of Dolvett behind his back. I think in our interviews and like when we would be working out alone we would talk about how intense he was and like we'd be yelling at each other like, ???Get your hands off my treadmill.???

And like my team loved Josh and me and they would pretend to kick me out of the gym and I think my favorite nickname for Dolvett was Dol Vader. And sometimes even like when he would walk into the gym sometimes I actually on my iPod I played ???The Imperial March for Darth Vader??? when he would come into the gym.

Question:
It looked like Ramone wrote dog pound in the corner of his little card when he eliminated you?

Patrick Ferrari:
Yes.

Question:
What's that all about?

Patrick Ferrari:
That was just our nickname of each other. Me, Ramone and Vinny, we were the Dog Pound. Like they didn't show it very much on the show - they didn't show it at all, actually, on the show but wherever we saw each other or sometimes during workouts when we'd get intense we'd be like, ???Dog Pound,??? and would all start barking and stuff. And even Dolvett would get into it. So it was really awesome.

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