Ferris State University graduate and former women’s basketball player Katie Loosvelt continues to make her mark in the sports world and athletics as evidenced by her recent national television appearance.
A four-year letter winner for the Bulldogs from 2004-08, Loosvelt appeared on Wednesday (Dec. 29) evening’s premiere episode of MTV's "I Used To Be Fat" television series.
During the 60-minute reality show, Loosvelt served as a personal trainer for Gabriella, an 18-year old high school graduate who learned to eat and exercise her way to a healthier weight before she heads off to college.
Loosvelt is featured prominently throughout the debut episode along with Gabriella and her family. The show followed Gabriella’s four-month weight loss program, which resulted in a loss of nearly 90 pounds over the 111-day stretch.
Gabriella’s efforts to lose the weight were due in large part to Loosvelt based on an interview she did with Seventeen Magazine (www.seventeen.com).
“I lost weight the only way to really lose weight, by eating right and exercising,” Gabriella said. “I had a great support system. I had my family and friends, but most importantly, I had my amazing trainer, Katie. I owe her my life. She really is amazing and I’m so blessed to have her in my life. She continues to this day to support me.”
A native of Trenton, Mich., Loosvelt attended Carlson High School and presently works as a personal trainer for Tilton Fitness in New Jersey and specializes in a number of different areas including weight loss and toning, core development, aerobics, circuit training, strength training and senior fitness. A member of the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America, Loosvelt also is active in the American Council on Exercise and is certified in both CPR and Automated External Defibrillators. She earned a bachelor’s degree from FSU in Marketing with a minor in Recreational Management.
During her collegiate playing career at Ferris, Loosvelt appeared in 115 games and made 29 starts for the Bulldogs. A 5-foot-3 point guard, Loosvelt totaled 322 points, 291 assists, 172 rebounds and 95 steals during her four-year career for head coach Tracey Dorow.
"I Used to be Fat" is from MTV News & Documentaries, which continues to produce inspiring and in-depth
programming that is relevant to young people today. The show is created by 3 Ball
Productions, with JD Roth, Todd A. Nelson and Adam Greener serving as Executive Producers.
Wednesday’s premiere episode was the first of 10 scheduled shows to run in the series' first season with a new show airing each Wednesday evening in the 10 p.m. (ET) time slot.
The documentary series will follow teens during the summer after high school as they sweat it out to lose weight and transform themselves completely before entering college. The show comes from the producers of The Biggest Loser, and is part of the network's effort to reconnect with a “millennial” audience.
Additionally, MTV.com will check in with each student after their show airs, to catch up with them via video diary. They will also provide users with exercise and eating tips from the trainers featured in the series, to help guide healthy living habits.
MTV is the world's premier youth entertainment brand. With a global reach of more than a half-billion households, MTV is the cultural home of the millennial generation, music fans and artists, and a pioneer in creating innovative programming for young people.
MTV is available on most major cable systems across the United States and can also be found on either DirecTV (Channel 331) or Dish Network (Channel 160). The "I Used To Be Fat" series will also be distributed throughout the world via MTV later this spring.