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Fitness Challenge 2010

February 17, 2010

More than 80 set to ‘Shape-Up’ in fitness competition

Annual challenge gets a whole new look — and a lot more faces

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.

For two months, dozens of locals will compete to see who can slim down and shape up the most — and they’re all vying for free memberships to the gym and a prize package from local businesses.

Starting this week, challengers will compete in teams and complete two to three large-group personal training sessions at the gym, as well as three to four hours of cardiovascular work a week. They are also using Club Fitness’ state-of-the-art online nutrition system, EasyClubFit, to help teach them how to make the best nutritional choices for their bodies.

The person who loses the greatest percentage of starting body weight will walk — or sprint! — away with a year’s membership to CF24, as well as a smaller, healthier body. The team of people who lose the most will all receive six-month memberships to the gym as well.

The twist: If our participants don’t complete the required amount of exercise or use our nutritional program, they cannot compete in the contest any longer. (Cue music: Dum-dum-duuuuh!)

That’s why we need your help.

Following is a list of all the participants set to compete this year. They need accountability. That’s a huge part of making a weight-loss program successful and why Club Fitness 24’s personal trainers are so effective with their clients.

So check out who is competing and get in touch with them. Support them, encourage them, talk some trash, lift them up — whatever you can do to help them make it through eight weeks of intense training.

They’re going to need it, because the road to fitness is a long one — but one that’s completely worth it.

Check back every Tuesday for the next two months to see updates and photos on our Shape-Up participants as well as articles about the kinds of changes they are making.

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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.

    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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