But that stiffness quickly passed as the groups got into the second training session, where the trainers and I were pleased to see that their form, control and speed had improved already. In fact, I’m fairly sure some of them were even smiling and having fun by the end of the session.
Mehring, who came in fifth in last year’s contest, said the large group workouts this year are just as powerful as smaller sessions and said she’s enjoying the team spirit from all the competitors — especially at the massive sessions on Saturdays, which are open to every member of the contest.
“It’s just as intense, but it’s different because there are so many people,” she said. “[On Saturday] everyone was cheering each other on. It was just a heck of a good time.”
Check back next week to see if Mehring and the other Shape-Up Competitors are still smiling as the contest kicks up into high gear for Week 2.