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New Castle Family Fitness sponsoring weight-loss competition

Kay Vasilakis
Special to the Post Independent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Kelley Cox Post IndependentNew Castle Family Fitness owners and trainers Jennifer Harbottle, Cathy Lee and Claudia Craig
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NEW CASTLE, Colorado – Perhaps you have followed the television series “The Biggest Loser” for several seasons, sympathizing with their struggles and cheering at their successes. Here is your chance to feel the reality a little deeper, get a little closer to the stories and the people behind a local weight-loss competition.

Alpine Bank and the Glenwood Springs Post Independent are in the middle of “The Greatest Loser,” a competition sponsored by New Castle Family Fitness and the Glenwood Springs Post Independent.

The New Castle Family Fitness (NCFF) staff created the idea for the competition to give back to the community that has supported the business for nine years. They thought it would be fun for Post Independent readers to follow locals on their journey to better health.



“The underlying message we want to send is that it is never too late to begin anew,” said NCFF owner Cathy Lee. “By putting yourself at the top of your priority list makes you better at everything you do. Everyone knows that when you feel better about yourself, life just tastes better. With anything, it takes eight weeks to set a good behavior or to change a bad one.”

The competition began Jan. 19 and will run for eight weeks. A kickoff weigh-in was held Jan. 15.



“Anytime you ask someone to step on a scale, it is intimidating,” said Lee. “We provided a private environment with only the trainers seeing the results, and then each team will be provided with the team weight.”

Three participants and one alternate from the Glenwood Springs, New Castle and Rifle branches of Alpine Bank, and three participants and one alternate from the Glenwood Springs Post Independent are undergoing eight weeks of training and nutrition advice. The alternates are participating in case one of the team members drops out. Alternates were chosen according to which member weighed the least at the time of weigh-in. The competition is based on total team weight, not individual weight.

Team Alpine Bank had a beginning total weight of 672 pounds; Team Post Independent had a beginning weight of 712 pounds.

Team Alpine Bank’s members are Lucy Stewart, Laree Magnuson, Rosa Santiago, and alternate Robyn Nunn.

Team Post Independent’s members are Kendra Jones, Mathew McDonnell and Donna Dunlap; and alternate Renee Calderon.

“We had an amazing response from both businesses,” said Lee. “We could have easily added more contestants, but we chose to keep it small so each participant would get as much individual attention as possible.”

Participants are working diligently at keeping each other motivated as a team. The New Castle Family Fitness staff encourages participants’ families and coworkers to work out with them, to reinforce positive behaviors at work and at home. For more motivation, New Castle Family Fitness offers weekly boot camps and group aerobics classes.

The competition is being taken very seriously. The staff is working to prevent injury and keep each contestant motivated and achieving results. Each team will weigh-in weekly to track results and keep them fighting the good fight.

“Our members are like family to us, and it is always important to provide the best customer service and amenities as possible,” Lee said. “No matter what kind of day you are having, we strive to provide whatever you need to make it a better day.”

“Our hope is that after the eight weeks, we have flipped the switch that health and fitness should be a top priority in their life,” continued Lee.

Each team member will meet with the team of trainers from New Castle Family Fitness once per week and with Dietician Jeanne Luetke, R.D. weekly, with an on line protocol to follow for the dietary portion of their specific plan. Each participant is required to work out six days per week at NCFF, with one day of rest. They have a set workout to follow and must check in and out with the staff so workouts are tracked for accuracy. The trainers are available for questions from the competitors.

Each winning team member will be awarded with a one-year membership to NCFF; three personalized training sessions; one (1/2 hour) massage with Rhonda Williams,CMT, of Soothing Hands Massage; one complimentary assessment and chiropractic adjustment with Dr. David Vukelich, D.C.; and three Shake Shack Shakes.

Other NCFF members are excited to follow the progress of the local participants they see working toward their goals. The club is setting up a pool, similar to a football pool, for other member to guess the outcome of the competition. All money will be donated to UNICEF for Haiti relief.

New Castle Family Fitness trainers Jennifer Harbottle, Certified Personal Trainer and Claudia Craig, Certified Personal Trainer, are working with the teams in the competition.

Competitors are looking forward to the open house wrap-up party New Castle Family Fitness will host at the end of the competition.

Stay tuned to the Post Independent for competition updates and details of the competition.


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