Biggest Loser

Ousted 'Loser' Coach Mike praises Coach Anna Kournikova

Oct. 18, 2011 at 11:37 AM ET

Last week’s episode of “The Biggest Loser” saw the ever-dwindling blue team lose yet another member as Mike Danley, better known to viewers as Coach Mike, was sent packing.

During a Tuesday morning appearance on TODAY, it was clear that while the 61-year-old no longer has access to the “Loser” ranch, he hasn’t allowed that to hold him back.

“At home, I work with a personal trainer at a gym, and it’s about 2-3 hours a day, 5 days a week,” the high-school football coach explained, revealing that he’s now dropped 75 pounds from his starting weight of 309.

Danley’s time on the show has meant more than his own big success on the scale. He’s inspiring others to find their own successes.

“I’ve been an inspiration to everybody at school -- students and players and my colleagues -- because of what can be done,” he said. “Age is not a factor, and if Coach Mike can do it then, boy, anybody can do it.”

But even coaches need coaches, and Danley was quick to praise one of “Loser’s” newest trainers, former tennis star Anna Kournikova, for the help she gave him.

“Anna was wonderful,” Danley said. “She took our team, which was the older team, from a slower pace and worked us up through the ranks. The time I was there, we didn’t suffer any injuries, so it didn’t slow us down. And she’s well beyond her age and knows what to do. She’s no joke.”

See what Kournikova’s able to do for the coach’s former teammates when “The Biggest Loser” airs tonight at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.

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