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Fitness Challenge 2010

February 23, 2010

Shape-Up crew showered with support


— Tim Mitchell

Thanks for EVERYTHING the coaches/trainers do to help us meet our goals through the week and on Saturdays. It is rough work, but it feels good when you realize that you CAN do it!! I think many of us surprise ourselves each week. I just started wearing my engagement ring again! I have not been able to wear it for almost a year. That means SO much to me!  

I am very blessed to have a great supporter in my husband, Shane. He is not in the challenge, but comes with me to the gym and encourages me when the scale doesn’t quite see eye to eye with me. Also, I have great co-workers! They have all been very encouraging and ask me frequently how things are going. Working 12-hour nights can be difficult on our bodies, but my co-workers definitely make it easier. Our unit secretary even offered to remove a platter of cookies from our break area so I wouldn’t have to see them — very thoughtful!  

— Trina Phillips-Nelson

Yes, the husband has stepped up. We have both been members of Club Fitness for several years, but it is the making of time to take care of ourselves that is hard. When the Community Shape-Up started, he encouraged me in that he is willing to wake and join me on my trip to the gym. He does his own thing while the team is doing our thing.

Since I cook, I have to make the effort to use what is around me to follow the regime that is required. Going out to eat is a really hard thing to do. My family and teammates encourage me to put together dishes that work with the challenge. They are willing to try the things I make, brave souls. Italian is our main line and the latest dish I made was using egg whites to make flat noodles that are in turn used to make chicken mushroom lasagna. I also make a yummy tuna salad on romaine bottom. What is great is that they want to try it and ask when I will make it again.

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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.

    February 17, 2010

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