The Greatest Losers 2011 contest is a success |

The Greatest Losers 2011 contest is a success

Steve Wells, CPT
New Castle Family Fitness
Post Independent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Contributed photoKen Steckel of Lafarge and trainer Jennifer Harbottle. Ken was the competition's overall winner of 42 pounds lost.

In case you are just tuning in, New Castle Family Fitness has sponsored the second annual Greatest Loser Contest. Two teams competed against each other in a challenge to lose the most weight and inches. NCFF Personal Trainers donated their time and expertise to help each team with fitness training and nutrition. Team Lafarge was the winning team but success could be found on both sides.

The competition was a learning experience for both the contestants and the trainers. Jennifer Harbottle, team captain for Lafarge and Personal Trainer commented, “It’s challenging to get these kinds of results in only 12 weeks. We had to blast the contestants with tough, early-morning workouts, cardio, yoga, stretching and overhaul their nutrition completely”

The contestants have shown that achieving these kinds of goals, safely and quickly, is possible. However, it may not be practical. It’s very challenging to make the necessary lifestyle changes for long-term success in only 12 weeks, especially if it’s done in a healthy, drug-free way. Statistics show that it takes 12 weeks to break a bad habit or to form a long term good habit.

Ken Steckel is the overall winner with an amazing total weight loss of 42 pounds and 29.5 inches! He has attributed his success to making positive lifestyle changes and committing to the program. Ken has put in a lot of extra time in at the club and really focused on changing his diet. Other contestants had success as well.

Debbie Rondy of Team City Market lost 19 pounds and 23.5 inches! She was able to reach her personal goals and her commitment was an inspiration to her fellow team-mates.

Just like any one who is trying to make a lifestyle change, the contestants faced many challenges. All of the contestants worked out hard in the gym. However, this is just one component of making a true lifestyle change. The environment we create for ourselves outside of the gym has just as much impact on our health as a fitness program.

Trainers encourage clients to make a “lifestyle change” because we know how important it is for success. For example, slowly changing eating habits so that you are not on a “diet” is crucial to good health. If you can make healthy eating a habit, you never have to go on a “diet.”

“It takes self discipline to succeed,” says Claudia Craig, City Market Team Captain and Personal Trainer. “Your environment is not always on your side so you have to find ways to adapt and overcome.”

It was a privilege for the entire NCFF staff to work with such a great group of people. Their hard work is appreciated. We would like to thank each of the contestants for allowing us to work with them. We hope that we have been a positive influence in their lives.

– Editor’s Note: This is the last in the series of articles about the second annual Greatest Loser contest. Thank you to our readers for following all 12 weeks.

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