Brett Hoebel, also called "El Capitan" is a fitness expert and was a trainer on the U.S. television show the Biggest Loser season 11. He coached the majority of the contestants on the Red Team that season and was touted as one of the "Unknown Trainers" with a Mixed Martial Arts background. After his role on Biggest Loser, he was subsequently chosen to be one of the health experts on the Food Network TV show Fat Chef, which follows overweight chefs in their struggles to lose weight over a four-month period. Hoebel has worked with models Karolina Kurkova and Veronica Webb, and actresses Emmy Rossum and America Ferrera.
As the founder of Hoebel Fitness and an international fitness expert, Brett Hoebel is one of the most sought-after weight-loss, nutrition and lifestyle coaches in New York. His integrative philosophy and body-mind approach come from his diverse experience in Eastern and Western disciplines, including his martial arts training in Afro-Brazilian capoeira and Muay Thai kickboxing, as well as his educational background in functional strength training, nutrition, yoga and holistic health. He was a pre-med student at Claremont McKenna College, and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree with a dual major in psychology and biology. He later furthered his education taking graduate courses in biomedical science at Rutgers University.
Hoebel was born in Plainfield, New Jersey, and was adopted and raised by his father, who was a professor, and his mother, who was a professional musician, in Princeton, New Jersey with two older sisters. From the age of 11 through age 15, he was as much as 50 lbs. overweight, describing himself as “the fat kid who didn’t know he was fat.” In his freshman year in high school, he weighed 170 lbs., but after playing football, wrestling and lacrosse that year and attending summer camps for those sports, he was 50 lbs. lighter as a sophomore. That transformation was very profound, not just physically but also mentally and emotionally. “These struggles have shaped who I am and are why I ended up in this career...they also have helped me better relate to people with weight issues because they know I went through it and came out on top on the other side.”
A 15-year veteran in the health and wellness industry, Hoebel has helped shape-up some of Hollywood’s finest, including Victoria Secret supermodels, A-list actors, fashion designers and music icons. He was also the co-star of a reality fitness show on cable called “Fit Family,” and has appeared on numerous shows like “The View,” the “Today” show, and “Good Morning America.” He has been a contributing fitness expert for many publications, including Vogue, The New York Times, Elle, InStyle, Shape and Self, and has been touted “Best of New York” by New York Magazine and Allure.
Hoebel is also an award-winning group fitness instructor and nationally recognized personal trainer who has been certified in Corrective Holistic Exercise Kinesiology, Kettle Bell instruction, Olympic Lifting, Nutrition and Lifestyle Coaching, Hatha Yoga instruction and prenatal and postpartum conditioning.
His passion, knowledge and creativity can be seen in the lifestyle-fitness programs he’s created including RevAbs™, a revolutionary in-home DVD workout program and reVamp®, his signature personal training system. When not in Los Angeles, he travels to New York City and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to teach his programs, work with clients, study capoeira and meet with different health and fitness professionals that share his same integrative approach.
- "Brett Hoebel: New "Biggest Loser" Trainer". CBS News. Retrieved 2011-01-20.