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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

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For eight weeks, Shape-Up Competitors will be completing at least two of these sessions per week — plus an optional hour-long cardio/weight boot camp on Saturdays — in addition to three to four hours of cardiovascular exercise on their own.

The 89 competitors are split into training teams that are looking to lose the most body fat in hopes of walking away with free memberships to Club Fitness and a huge prize package from local businesses.

All competitors have the ability to stay in the contest — and we hope they do. They can, however, eliminate themselves if they do not maintain a passing grade on the online nutrition program, EasyClubFit, or do not log enough exercise hours in the gym each week.

“The Community Shape-Up group is a sample of where we are as a country in regards to how we have not taken care of our health,” said CF24 owner Kim Coy. “We are so pleased to be able to help each of these people individually become healthier so that they can help their friends and family become healthier. We hope to see a very positive impact in the community with this group. They are the hardest working people I have ever met, and I am very impressed with all of them.”

Some of this year’s competitors know about how tough contests like this can be. Cynthia Yazdani and Heather Mehring have both competed in the Kokomo Tribune and Club Fitness 24’s Fitness Challenge before, so they know what they are up against over the next eight weeks.

Several mother-daughter and husband-wife teams make up this year’s lengthy competitor list, and the early morning teams even have eight competitors from the same employer working out side by side.

The first week was a challenge for some and the biggest problem seemed to be muscle soreness. And I’ve been there. The first few weeks of a new workout routine are hard, and as the contestants ambled into the training room on Thursday — two days after their first workouts — they seemed a little stiff.

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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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