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Fitness Challenge 2010

April 1, 2010

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.

On Saturday, the competitors, who shed a whopping 1,144 pounds during the challenge and toughed it out through countless lunges, squats, sprints on the track and encounters with the Prowler, proved me very wrong as they ended this year’s contest.

“This was the best one yet,” said CF24 owner Chad Coy. “I never in a million years thought it would be this awesome.”

In the end, Rick Johnson blew all the men out of the water, shedding an astounding 54 pounds – or 20.64 percent of his starting body weight — and walked away the male winner of this year’s Community Shape-Up. Rachael Szymchack bested the rest of the ladies, with 29.2 pounds, or 13.21 percent of her starting body weight.

“Rick? That dude is a machine,” Coy said, wide-eyed, after Johnson weighed in for the final time.

But the closest race was our team division, which saw our 1 p.m. green team narrowly defeated by our 5:30 a.m. gray team by a margin of .01 percent. The race came down to a single pound, but the gray team — which lost 9.5 percent of its total starting body weight – squeaked by the green team, which lost 9.49 percent.

Coy said for him, the best part was seeing how many people have been affected by the contest. He said entire families of Shape-Up contestants are making healthier choices. Shape-Up participants’ kids are learning about what one serving of animal crackers looks like, he said.

“Not only do these people get it, but the people around them see that it can be done,” he said.

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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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