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.