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Fitness Challenge 2010

February 17, 2010

Nutrition is the key to Shape-Up success

Gray team leads as Week 2 closes

The Kokomo Tribune and Club Fitness 24’s Community Shape-Up participants have lost more than 260 pounds in the first two weeks of the contest, and Club Fitness 24 owner Chad Coy says the reasons are simple — hard work, a lot of sweat and most of all, nutrition.

“The people who are getting results are following the [nutrition] program,” he said. “The people who are not getting results are not following the program. That’s about as simple as I can make it.”

As the fitness contest heads into Week 3 — when we’ll do our first round of eliminations — Coy says nutrition will play a big part in who gets to stay in the competition. 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 six exercise hours in the gym each week.

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.

The online nutrition program allows participants to log their food choices and activity as well as search for recipes, find motivation and create personalized workouts.

The site, run by fitness guru Dave Greenwalt, does not tell challengers what to eat and what to avoid. Instead, it teaches participants how many calories to consume per day and what should compose their daily nutrition.

“His system is to teach you how to manage portion control and the proper macronutrient breakdown of carbohydrates, proteins and fats, and then understanding how calories come in,” said Coy. He says EasyClubFit doesn’t do all the work for you. It doesn’t give you a fish, he says. It gives you a fishing pole and teaches you to fish.

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  • 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.

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  • Final fitness challenge pounds, percentage lost

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  • 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.

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  • 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.’

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  • Community Shape-Up: Week 4 progress Community Shape-Up: Week 4 progress

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  • 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:

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  • 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.

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