Jessie Pavelka

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Jessie Pavelka
Born (1982-09-26) September 26, 1982 (age 31)
Corpus Christi, Texas, U.S.
Occupation Fitness expert, television host
Website
jessiepavelka.com

Jessie Pavelka (born September 26, 1982) is an American fitness expert and television host, specialising in extreme weight loss. In the United Kingdom, he was the presenter of Obese: A Year to Save My Life on Sky1 and Fat: The Fight of My Life on Sky Living HD.

Personal life[edit]

Pavelka was educated at Calallen High School in northwest Corpus Christi, Texas (1997–2001)[1] and the University of North Texas (2001–2003).[1][2] At UNT, he studied business and was certified as a trainer.[3]

Pavelka had been involved in athletics from an early age; his mother took him to the track from 4th grade[4] and he played football in both his senior year and at college,[5] although he later gave this up after sixteen years devoted to the sport.[3] This choice allowed him to put more effort into health and fitness.[3]

Pavelka states that Ed Conners gave him his first break in the industry,[4] encouraging him to enter his first bodybuilding competition at the age of 20, where he came in fourth.[5]

He frequently flew to Los Angeles from this point on,[3] to continue bodybuilding/shoots and started a personal training business.[5] Having become disenchanted with a bodybuilding lifestyle, Pavelka gave it up and worked for a commercial construction company in Texas for about a year.[4][5]

On July 7, 2007, Pavelka decided to move to California, citing a "spiritual experience"—spurred on to write a five and ten year career plan. He eventually moved to Long Beach, California[4] on September 2, 2007, where he has since emphasized promoting a holistic healthy lifestyle.[5]

Since then, he has appeared in numerous fitness magazines, and, by October 2008, had appeared as a cover model on three titles in the space of only six months.[5]

Pavelka has several tattoos: a Japanese character on his left shoulder,[4] a cross on his right arm, an inscription for 'Tomb Digger' in Chinese characters on his stomach, the words 'For My Brother' on his side, the Greek letters alpha and omega on his wrist, a cross ring on his left ring finger, and flame patterns on his back by his shoulders.[4]

Pavelka is married to Canadian film and television actress Sitara Hewitt. They have a son, Rowan, who was born in 2010. Pavelka's parents are divorced; his mother lives in Corpus Christi and his father in Denton. He is cousin of television personality and former The Bachelor participant Jake Pavelka.

Film and television[edit]

Pavelka has recently increased his media profile via his work as a trainer on the Lifetime reality series DietTribe. He originally did not want to do a reality show, but realized DietTribe's concept could have a significant impact on its audience.[4] His agent, Gar Lester, suggested he audition - which also involved him putting together a diet and exercise program.[3] The first series was shown on Lifetime from January 5, 2009 10/9c[6] and a second series has been airing since October 2, 2009.[7]

In October 2008, Pavelka announced he would appear in a comedy web series The Rise and Fall of Tuck Johnson,[5] playing the character Peter Porker.

On 19 January 2009,[8] Pavelka appeared as himself in an episode of the Lifetime sitcom Rita Rocks, titled "It's My Party".[9]

Pavelka appeared as a lead motivator in the British TV series Obese: A Year to Save My Life in 2012. The series focuses on super morbidly obese individuals who transform their lives over a one year period involving diet and exercise.

In July 2013, he hosted the Sky Living docu-series Fat: The Fight of My Life, in which he once again motivates and supports ten morbidly obese people as they lose weight, get healthier and improve their quality of life.

In January 2014, he co-hosted a number of segments called "Motivation Nation" for the ITV Breakfast programme Daybreak in the United Kingdom.

On June 30, 2014, Pavelka was announced as one of two new trainers on the 16th series of The Biggest Loser, which will air in the United States this fall.[10]

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2006 Friday Night Lights Team captain Uncredited; episode: "Pilot"
2009 DietTribe Himself 13 episodes
2009 Rita Rocks Jessie Episode: "It's My Party"
2009 Rise and Fall of Tuck Johnson, TheThe Rise and Fall of Tuck Johnson Peter Porker Web series; 5 episodes
2009 12 Men of Christmas Henry Television film
2012 Obese: A Year to Save My Life Himself Host; 9 episodes
2012 Charon Incident, TheThe Charon Incident Clay Davidson Short film
2013 Fat: The Fight of My Life Himself Host; 10 episodes
2014 The Biggest Loser Himself Trainer, Season 16

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b [1], Jessie Pavelka MySpace page
  2. ^ [2], Learn all about DietTribe presenter Jessie Pavelka.
  3. ^ a b c d e [3], Jessie Pavelka UNT Profile
  4. ^ a b c d e f g [4], Crystal Matthews interview at bodybuilder.com
  5. ^ a b c d e f g [5], LA Muscle's Rob Riches interviews Jessie Pavelka
  6. ^ [6], New Lifetime Reality Series
  7. ^ [7], Get Pumped for the return of DietTribe Season 2
  8. ^ [8], Rita Rocks, Season 1 Ep 15 "It's My Party" imdb.com
  9. ^ [9], Jessie Pavelka on imdb.com
  10. ^ [10]

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