Participants wanted for Nelson Get Fit Challenge

Power By You trainer Ali Popoff (left) and Cody Abbey will help a Get Fit Challenge participant reach their fitness goals. - Sam Van Schie photo
Power By You trainer Ali Popoff (left) and Cody Abbey will help a Get Fit Challenge participant reach their fitness goals.
— image credit: Sam Van Schie photo

Did your New Year’s resolution involve losing weight or increasing your fitness level?

The Nelson Star’s new Get Fit Challenge can help you meet your goals. The Star has partnered with five Nelson gyms that will each offer six weeks of free training at their facility for one of the Get Fit participants.

Participating gyms include Power By You, Renew Fitness, Kutenai Pilates, Transcendent Fitness Centre and The Circuit.

“Selected participants will work towards their fitness goals with the trainers at each facility,” explained Star operations manager Karen Bennett. “The participant who comes the closest to, or attains, their fitness goal will receive a six month pass to the facility they trained in.”

It will be up to the participants to set a goal they think they can achieve in six weeks, and Star staff will be checking in regularly with them and reporting their progress in the newspaper.

Ali Popoff at Power by You said a lot can be achieved in six weeks if you’re committed to your goal.

“It all depends on the person,” she said. “In six weeks, someone could expect to see six to 10 pounds of weight loss, about two pounds per week, or six to 10 inches loss spread over the whole body.”

Popoff also suggested a goal could involve increased energy throughout the day, a more regular sleep pattern and increased stamina, though those things are harder to measure.

Participants are also encouraged to adopt new habits outside the gym, such as eating healthier food or walking to work, to help support their goals.

Anyone interested in participating in the Get Fit Challenge should send an email to and tell us your name, age, fitness goals for the challenge and why you want to get fit. The deadline for entries is Wednesday, January 16 at 5 p.m.

Bennett said participants will be paired with the gym that best suits the goal they want to achieve.

“We hope people will really challenge themselves with the goals they set,” Bennett said. “This is a great time of year to start new habits that will help you stay in shape all year round.”

The Get Fit Challenge is also supported by Nelson Sears, Mallards, Nature’s Health, Devitos, Kootenay Co-op, Mountain Waters Spa  and Gerick Cycle and Ski.

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