After the successful debut of the Get Fit Challenge last year, round two of the fitness competition is set to begin.
The Nelson Star is looking for individuals wanting to achieve the goal of greater health through fitness as it partners with five Nelson gyms. These centres will offer six weeks of free training at their gym for each selected candidate as part of an overall effort.
“We had such overwhelming interest last year as we debuted this fitness challenge that we wanted to offer more people a chance to participate,” said Star publisher Karen Bennett.
Last year’s challenge saw five participants selected from 50 applications and winner Keith Page lost an impressive 21 lbs with the help of Ali Popoff at Power By You.
Popoff said a lot can be achieved in six weeks if someone is committed to his or her 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 and Cody Abbey’s Power By You along with Kirsty Holt at Kootenai Pilates are returning as host gyms. Also on board this year are Kootenay Christian Martial Arts, Wild Woods Yoga & Wellness, and Bambu Hot Yoga.
Participants are asked to set their own personal goals and they can extend beyond weight loss. Simply increasing strength or finding more energy for their day was something last year’s challengers set as objectives.
While working out at the gym takes centre stage with a commitment of three to five days a week, participants are also encouraged to adopt new habits on their own, such as eating healthier food or walking to work, to help support their goals.
“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 Star will follow participants’ progress and let readers know how the Get Fit Challenge is impacting their lives.
The winner will be chosen based on largest per cent body fat loss and will receive a pass to the facility in which they trained.
Anyone interested in participating in the Get Fit Challenge can enter at the nelsonstar.com under the contest tab in the top right hand corner.
Tell us your name, age, fitness goals for the challenge and why you want to get fit. The deadline for entries is Monday, January 13.