Chris Haston/NBC
September 08, 2014 06:00 PM

“Don’t let fear take over!”

Those motivational words come courtesy of Jennifer Widerstrom, who, along with Jessie Pavelka, will replace Jillian Michaels for season 16 of The Biggest Loser.

Along with veterans Dolvett Quince and Bob Harper, the trainers will focus this season on 20 former athletes, including NFL players and Olympic gold medalists who have let the pounds pile up since their proverbial glory days.

This season will also offer a twist: each eliminated contestant will go to a secret location called “Comeback Canyon” where Harper will train them to compete for the chance to return to the game and win the $250,000.

Here’s a sneak peek of the new season:

The Biggest Loser premieres Thursday at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.

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