Bruce Pitcher, ‘Extreme Weight Loss’: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

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Bruce Pitcher is a true inspiration. Read on for the incredible facts about the Extreme Weight Loss star.

1. He Has a Tortured Past

After years of abuse from his father, Bruce starts to stand up for himself. Trainer Chris Powell pushes Bruce to the edge, taunting him the way his father used to do. In the above clip from tonight’s episode, Powell tells the camera:

Today, I’m going to be the voice that’s been in Bruce’s head for the last 29 years — his father. I want Bruce to realize that he can push back.

Bruce confesses that his father’s voice is always in his head, telling him he’s not good enough, and he needs to get rid of it and move forward. Bruce’s lowest point was over a year ago when he tried to hang himself. His obesity actually saved him because the rope broke. Thankfully, Bruce is still here today.

2. Bruce Actually Works in Athletics

This Extreme Weight Loss participant actually works in sports as a high school football coach. He’s passionate for his players, but he needs to care more about himself as well. Herald Extra reports:

Orem High School football coach Bruce Pitcher is an expert motivator. He was so effective, in fact, that other high school sports teams in the area recruited him, having him deliver rousing pregame speeches to get their teams fired up. Motivating others was one thing. Motivating himself, though, wasn’t so easy.

3. It’s Revealed that Bruce’s Father Sexually Abused Him

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In an emotional episode of Extreme Weight Loss, Bruce Pitcher reveals that his father used to sexually abuse him and is now in prison. For a time, Bruce actually believed that they had the perfect father-son relationship until he realized what was going on.

Bruce breaks down on the show and says that all he wants it to be truly loved. Herald Extra reports that:

His father is an imprisoned sex offender, and Pitcher was victimized by him as a child. This trauma triggered Pitcher’s weight gain, as he increasingly used food as a coping mechanism. Chris and Heidi discovered this during the show’s filming and urged Pitcher to confront his father. At first he refused, but eventually realized he needed that closure.

4. Two Professional Football Players Come to Help Out Bruce

Since Bruce Pitcher is a football coach, it only made sense that two NFL stars come on board to give Bruce some motivation in his journey. Check out the above clip, featuring Rocket Ismail and Jerry Rice.

5. Bruce Will Actually Return to the Show Next Season

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After all the hurt, the fight, and determination, Bruce Pitcher has totally turned his life around, shedding the pounds and the emotional pain. His Twitter account features the headline:

Extremely passionate about helping people live their dreams to the fullest! Love Life & Get Pumped!

The big reveal for Bruce’s weight loss was held at Orem High School, where Pitcher coaches football. His players even made him a lei out of protein bars.

So, how did Bruce find his inspiration to complete his journey?

Once Pitcher channeled his motivational skills inward, everything changed. He became a force at the three-month boot camp, quickly emerging as a leader among the participants. Heidi Powell said Pitcher really set the morale for the group. Pitcher was so successful, in fact, that he’ll be returning to the show next season as a coach.

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  1. BRUCE!!!!

    I was your babysitter all those yrs ago! You probably remember me and my daughter Catherine. She used to come to your house (across from Joaquin school) and play with you. We lived on 900 East in Provo. I used to take you and your brother (my little man) to Seven Peaks!
    Go Bruce!!!

  2. Bruce,
    Your story is Amazing. I’m watching your show right now and can’t wait for the ending to see you!! Everyone watching your show is rooting for you. GOOOOOO BRUCE!!!!! We all love you Bruce
    Stephanie Mason

  3. Bruce,
    Your story is inspiring and motivational, nationwide. You are amazing handsome young man. I don’t know you personally, but I am proud of you. Go get ’em . ;)


  5. Bruce, I am watching the show right now, you’re about to go into surgery. I’ve laughed and cried watching your transformation both physically and emotionally. Congratulations Bruce you did it! Although you don’t know me, I am so proud of you.

  6. Watching your transformation, Amazing!! You are an inspiration to so many and show so much determination!! I wish you all the happiness in the future that you are so deserving of! I only hope that someday my future grandkids would have a couch like you! God Bless

  7. Bruce you are an inspiration to me. I can relate so much to your story. From a physical and psychological stand point. You’re a courageous man with a beautiful soul. I want you to know that you have motivated me to not only shed my ‘unwanted pounds’ but to follow my heart.

  8. WE ARE WATCHING YOUR STORY RIGHT NOW ON Extreme Weight Loss and my husband and myself have cried through the entire show. WE’ve never seen a more courageous and uplifting story. We know how being overweight affects your life. Ten years ago I weighed 305 lbs. At age 50 and at 5’3″. Life was miserable. I had been in a very abusive marriage, which in no way compares to the abuse you endured. I had gastric bypass surgery and now weigh 142 lbs. What an amazing feeling. Even though bypass surgery was difficult it was in no way as hard as what you went through. You are amazing and you have such a great spirit. People can,t help but love and respect you . We think parents that abuse their own children should be executed! They don’t have any idea what they have done to that little person. You are so incredible. God bless you for all the days of your life!!!

  9. I want to say that your story and transformation was the absolute greatest I’ve ever witnessed. Keep up the good work. Thanks for inspiring me Bruce.

  10. Bruce, you are a great inspiration! Your enthusiasm is contagious and I am so amped after watching this! What a great inspiration you are! It doesn’t get any better! I consider myself fortunate to have seen your story. bruce….Bruce…BRuce…BRUCe…BRUCE! BRUCE!!! BRUCE!!!!!BRUCE!!!!!!!!!BRUCE!!!!!!! YYYEEEAAAAAHHHHH!!!!!!!

  11. Bruce,
    I just looked up awesome in the dictionary and guess what- no words, just your picture.
    Be well and keep on inspiring others.
    the doctor

  12. Beautiful and brave at the beginning of the show..and the end! @brucepitcher I am so happy for you! Continue to be blessed and an inspiration! :)

  13. Bruce you are an inspiration! Your motivation and great attitude is amazing! I’m so proud of you! Keep living the dream you deserve everything great. Don’t ever quit.

  14. Thus episode brought me to tears. This young man is an amazing human being! Some one out there will see this and will be inspired and maybe save someone’s life. Thank you Chris for this show. You are an angel! ♡

  15. Bruce
    How truly impressed I am at your determination. I watched the show tonight and you had me in tears. I too was a child of sexual abuse. First when I was very young and then again as a teen also a family member. I like you had my weight as a barrier and protection. Sometimes it hard to get past the past and move forward but I gotta say I have tried hard to do that. I decided 5 years ago that weight would no longer control me. I have lost 110 lbs and still have about 30 to go. I will never to be a skinny mini but am happy with where I am. Last year I set some goals to run a 5k. Let’s just say I have never been a runner or ever will be but I am proud to say I not only ran a 5k but I ran 3-5k’s and 1-10k. I work hard at saying I am worth the weight loss. I need a tummy tuck and facelift but can’t complain. Yah, for no longer being a chunky monkey! Thanks for being an inspiration!

  16. I’ve never been compelled to comment on a “reality” show before, but had to find my way here to try to find a way to get a message to Bruce: You are an amazing man. You are an inspiration to all and to say that you should be proud of yourself is an understatement. And I don’t just mean about the weight loss… your determination is awsome, but you also have what few strive for: lust for life. Forgiveness (for YOUR sake, not his) will make your life whole. God Bless You!

  17. I just saw Bruce Pitcher’s awe inspiring journey and transformation, in more than just the physical! Good for you, Bruce, you kicked your past’s butt! Keep up the good work, you’re a great motivator, and will really inspire all your kids to be all they can be, and succeed in life!

  18. Bruce you are a true inspiration. Amazing!!! You did a great6job. Keep it up. You truely are going to touch many lives

  19. I am sorry for what you had to go through the hurt and pain of having the man that is supposed to protect and love you take away so much from you. You have so much going for you a great excitement for life that no one can take away from you. You need to be a inspirational coach to help others that have been in your shoes. Let me just say that you seemed like a great guy before this gift you were given, but now you seem amazing. Congrads!!! Now that we have talked about the inside let me just say you also look Awesome!!! Take care of yourself and your family. May God Bless You!!!

  20. I watched the show tonight with Bruce and even at his heaviest weight he was so inspiring but I knew he had some work ahead of him. I am so proud of what he has accomplished and what he has done will help so many people like myself. We all have family issues and he has encouraged me to face mine. I don’t even know this guy and I can truely say, “I love him” for finally being “YOU”. Keep up the good work and don’t let yourself down because you deserve it. And to the “Extreme Weight Lost” staff and all those involved I appreciate all of you for all the lives you are changing.

  21. We went from seeing this sweet-natured, broken young boy with a heart of gold transform his life and mature into a strong-willed, courageous man with so much to give to the world in a smaller frame. Bruce, you are an amazing young man and I pray for nothing short of the BEST life for you today and every day going forward. Continue to be the best you can be!

  22. Bruce you are amazing !!! What a beautiful soul and beautiful person you are !!! I watched the show twice it was so inspiring. I just want ed to be around your spirit again!!! Soooo effing proud of you!!! Love you as a human being the world is a better place with a person like you in it!!!

  23. BEST SHOW EVER. A true life reality show. GO BRUCE. Keep up the good work. I was 417# and had gastric stapling. Went down to 220. Now I am 67. 389#. Stopped working out and busted staples years ago. You have done it the best way. TEARS ARE FOR YOU. KEEP EXERCISING!!!!

  24. Bruce, you are an INSPIRATION to me, and I am sure, to your football team. You are such a beautiful person from inside and out. I hope you have someone in your life who inspires you the way you inspired me and others. The best, best of luck to you and am very proud of you for your success!

  25. Bruce – I typically don’t comment on message boards but I just had to on this one. Extreme Weightloss has been one of my favorite shoes for a long time but this episode with you in it – was the best one yet! I knew you were a winner from the moment I saw you. I am so proud of you and all that you’ve accomplished. You were put on this earth to be an inspiration to others and to tell your story to those who have been through what you have. I see really great things for you and your future. You look awesome too! HOT!!

  26. I have watched every episode and watched lots of people inspire others. But I have never seen anyone more inspiring than you Bruce. You are a wonderful person and deserve all the happiness in the world. Keep up the great work. I too was once a victim. You have helped more than just overweight people. Bless you.

  27. Bruce really inspired me. He truely is an angel from above, he has so much strength and love in him. He is such an awesome man!

  28. I thank God for Bruce! What a wonderful, positive person Bruce is. Several years ago we did a weightloss competition at work. Over a 6-month timespan I was able to lose over 60-pounds…but it took a very focused effort. Since then, I have struggled to keep those pounds off…they seem to follow me around. I pray that Bruce will forever evade those 201 pounds he lost during the show. I know he inspired me, as well as thousands of others. Perhaps I can again be motivated to lose those pounds I had lost before. Thank you Bruce for the example you are. Thank you Chris and Heidi Powell! Thank you producers of Extreme Weight Loss edition, to ABC, and to the show sponsors. I have tears in my eyes…from positive, overwhelming emotions. I Love, Love, Love this show.

  29. Great job Bruce!
    You have TRULY inspired me and millions of people around America, to pursue emotional and physical excellence.

    Thank you for being SO honest and transparent!


    God Bless You,
    John 3:16

  30. Congratulations , Bruce. I am so glad you got the help you needed. You did so well. I hope you will continue to get help if you need it. You will be an inspiration to many victims.

  31. all i have to say is wow. this story was so intense, so powerful, so uplifting im speechless. my tears of joy and pride answered rather than words. bruce my man you are truly special awe inspiring being! im from a tiny island in the Caribbean called Trinidad and tobago just so you know that your rays of light can shine on anywhere and anyone on this earth. i cried over and over again everytime they would hit a note. chris an heidi im truly amazed and you demonstrated humanity and tremendous heart by what you guys do. i was really moved everytime i saw chris well up or voice break i did the same . go bruce, chris and heidi true ambassadors of what the human race needs to be ! best episode everrrrrre

  32. Hi Bruce I’m actually in the UK and watched you on extreme weight loss , blubbering like a child only because I was so happy for you , I don’t normally leave any comments but you were special the determination in you was wild and I’m so so happy for you good luck for the future young man , its all well earned 👍