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Fitness Challenge 2010

February 17, 2010

No pain, no gain for Shape-Up contestants

Fitness contest gets underway with Week 1 training sessions

More than a dozen contestants circled the large-group training room on Tuesday afternoon, as the first training session of the Kokomo Tribune and Club Fitness 24 Community Shape-Up kicked off. Some lunged in the corner, others are pushed sleds up and down the track, others are whipping heavy ropes up and down, cracking them like whips.

“Yeeee-haw,” yelled Club Fitness owner Chad Coy, over the thumping bass of music coming from the stereo. “Crack those whips faster!”

The session may have looked less like traditional exercise and more like medieval torture, but every station in the room has a purpose: build muscle and burn fat — quickly.

The contestants breathed heavily as the final buzzer sounded, which signaled the end of the round. They gratefully sipped on some well-deserved water as they gathered around Coy, who had been administering the session along with personal trainer Carlos Diaz.

“You know what?” Coy bellowed from the top of a set of steep black stairs in the corner. “We’re going to do all that again.”

“You mean ... today?!” cried one contestant from the crowd.

Nervous laughter followed as the group trudged back to their starting positions, ready to begin again.

The sessions are Club Fitness 24’s special brand of anaerobic interval training — 14 stations where competitors do 30 seconds of work followed by 30 seconds of rest before moving on to the next station.

Sound simple? Believe me, it’s not.

It’s a mix of weight lifting and functional strength movements paired with moves to get the heart pounding, strengthen the muscles and burn pure fat.

One time through the circuit and you’ll be sweating, two times through and your heart is pounding out of your chest, and by the third time through, you’re counting the seconds until the end of each interval.

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