Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

March 1, 2010

Contestants shed 600 pounds in first month

By Erin Shultz

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.

And they should be.

The Shape-Up contestants banded together and lost just shy of 600 pounds in the first four weeks alone. The early morning gray team is still in the lead with the 1 p.m. green team nipping at its heels.

And with this kind of momentum, there’s no stopping this crew.

On Saturday, more than 45 of the contestants made it through the most grueling workout yet: a warm-up followed by 20 minutes of anaerobic interval training, 20 minutes of sprinting on the track and 20 minutes of Juan — a cardio and lower-body workout that had the challengers’ legs feeling like Jell-O and their hearts beating out of their chests. And that was all before they met trainer Carlos Diaz on the track for some military-inspired core conditioning work.

It’s safe to say there’s no way the group could have made it through that workout a month ago.

Up next for the Shape-Up crew will be to share their newfound love of fitness with their friends, family and community.

Club Fitness 24 co-owner Kim Coy told the contestants that they would each be bringing a friend to the session as a way to keep the effects of this contest rippling through the community. We didn’t call it Community Shape-Up for nothing, she said.

“Not only is it important for you to exercise and learn how to eat right, but it is important that you pay it forward,” she told the contestants. “We want to become a healthier community, one person at a time and, that starts with you.”

Check back next week to see more about this week’s challenge and see how the guests liked the workouts.

• Erin Shultz is the Kokomo Tribune Life & Style editor. She may be reached at 765-454-8587 or erin.shultz@kokomotribune.com.