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Fitness Challenge 2010

February 23, 2010

Shape-Up crew showered with support

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— Amber Barney



I have had an amazing crew of people support me.

My husband and kids are eating healthy with me, and cheering me on every time I am at the gym. My husband even came with me once to help. My Facebook friends have been so amazing, encouraging me every day. There are days I wanted to not work out, but then I would see my FB page and there was someone telling me, “You can do it!”

I am very blessed that God has given me strength and my family and friends to help encourage me! Plus Chad has been amazing by passing on his wealth of knowledge to us. You rock, Chad!

— Peggy Bliss



I've been getting an enormous amount of support from many different people in my life. My family first and foremost have been constantly calling and e-mailing me with words of encouragement and curiosity about the tasks and challenges I've had thus far. They know how important this is to me. My girlfriend is constantly thinking about how to make dining out healthier when we want to go out on dates, and she has even encouraged her family to make healthier options when we eat together with them.

My co-workers at Western Primary School and Red Lobster have been complimenting me on my shrinking physique and baggy clothes. At a recent baby shower at school, my co-workers just bypassed me for cake and punch, as not to give me an opportunity to make an unwise choice. Many of them came up to me later and said how proud they are of me and what I am trying to do for myself. At the restaurant, servers and other staff watch WHAT and HOW I order food. They even get after me if I'm spending a little too long around those biscuits. I'm amazed at how a simple sniff of something good can help curb that craving without me taking one single bite.

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Fitness Challenge 2010
  • shape-up Shape-Up teams sprint to a close finish

    Eight weeks ago, I walked into the first Community Shape-Up training session and I saw a group that could barely make it through 30 seconds of jumping jacks without looking a little queasy. I was nervous for the 89 participants who signed up for the Kokomo Tribune and Club Fitness 24’s annual weight-loss contest, to say the least.

    April 1, 2010 1 Photo

  • Final fitness challenge pounds, percentage lost

    Final fitness challenge pounds, percentage lost:

    April 1, 2010

  • images_sizedimage_075000449 Participants sprint toward finish line When most of the Community Shape-Up participants walked into Club Fitness 24, they could barely make it through one round of their large-group training sessions. Many of them had never run a city block before.

    March 16, 2010 6 Photos

  • Trina Phillips-Nelson, in her own words: “Many of us braved the weather for Saturday’s 5K race. We ALL finished. I cannot begin to tell you how humbled I am by the actions of my fellow ‘challenge-mates.’

    March 16, 2010

  • Community Shape-Up: Week 4 progress Community Shape-Up: Week 4 progress

    March 2, 2010

  • images_sizedimage_060232626 Contestants shed 600 pounds in first month Halfway through the Kokomo Tribune and Club Fitness 24’s Community Shape-Up and faces are looking thinner, clothes are becoming baggy and the bodies are becoming leaner.

    March 1, 2010 1 Photo

  • Shape-Up crew showered with support Community Shape-Up contestants share examples of support and encouragement they have received in the first three weeks of the contest.

    February 23, 2010

  • 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

  • Meet the contestants in this year’s challenge:

    February 17, 2010

  • More than 80 set to ‘Shape-Up’ in fitness competition Last month, we sent out a call to the com-munity and chal-lenged the entire city of Kokomo to get a little healthier — and we’re pleased to say that the Tribune and Club Fitness 24 have the opportunity to work with more than 80 community members who accepted the call to be in our first-ever Community Shape-Up.

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