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Fitness Challenge 2010

February 23, 2010

Shape-Up contestants learn about accountability

At the end of Saturday’s Community Shape-Up workout, more than 45 participants lined Club Fitness 24’s speed track in plank position — hovering their bodies several inches above the ground, balancing on their forearms and toes.

Their mission — hold the position as long as possible. Last one standing wins bragging rights as well as a stronger midsection.

One by one, their abdominal muscles gave out and challengers sank to the ground, but as Amy Clifford and a handful of competitors fought to be the last one hovering, a curious thing happened.

Her eliminated teammates got back up in the hover position and finished with her, encouraging her and cheering her on to a victory — a tie with Jack Reed.

CF24 owner Chad Coy says that kind of teamwork and encouragement are exactly what will get the challengers through the remaining five weeks of Community Shape-Up — but also will keep them focused and accountable in the weeks after the contest.

“You’ve got to surround yourself with people who are going to support you and make you successful,” Coy said. The nearly 90 contestants were broken into teams primarily so they can encourage and motivate each other.

And we’ve heard many stories of support so far in this contest.

Kristin Candelaria and Amber Barney’s father sends the two daily e-mails encouraging them and giving them ideas on how to burn a few extra calories. (“If someone is walking into the gym, offer to carry their gym bag for them. It will add to your workout, and they won’t even know you’re doing you a favor instead of them. Sneaky!”)

Rachael Szymchak’s husband, Paul, has pitched in around the house, running interference with the kids when Rachael is too tired or sore, or making dinner for her. She says he even measures and weighs things out. She says she’s pretty sure he likes the changes he’s seeing in her, too. (“I catch him checking me out far more frequently now,” she wrote in an e-mail Monday. “I love it!”)

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  • community shape up 1 0223 Shape-Up contestants learn about accountability At the end of Saturday’s Community Shape-Up workout, more than 45 participants lined Club Fitness 24’s speed track in plank position — hovering their bodies several inches above the ground, balancing on their forearms and toes.

    Their mission — hold the position as long as possible. Last one standing wins bragging rights as well as a stronger midsection.

    February 23, 2010 2 Photos

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