By Bobbie Poynter
It’s the only game where the more you lose, the more you win. And now is the perfect time for everyone who’s made a New Year’s Resolution to lose weight to get up, get moving, and get all the support you need to keep your promise to yourself.
Once again, the Stivers Aquatic Center is hosting the Biggest Loser contest. Last year, 59 contestants lost a total of 626 pounds by the end of the two-month challenge.
And there will be plenty of support as individual participants will each be assigned to a team, and the Stivers Center is opening it’s doors and its fitness classes free to everyone participating in the Biggest Loser competition.
“Presently, we have three different types of fitness classes open to the competitors,” said Dee Dole, Stivers Aquatic Center Director. “We’re hoping to have some more in place by the time the competition starts in January. The more variety we can offer the competitors, the better chances they’ll have to complete the program.
The initial weigh-in will be at 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 14, with the final weigh-in at 6 p.m. Monday, March 9. Weekly weigh-ins will begin at 5 p.m. on Mondays.
You’d better be prepared to commit and stay in the battle for the long haul because the competition itself is not free. A $50 registration fee will be required during the first weigh-in, along with a $1 fee at weigh-ins each week of the competition.
But, be prepared to pay if you’re not serious about the program. You will be required to pay $1 for every pound you gain during the competition.
However, if you work hard, both as an individual and as a team player, the rewards could be extensive. The overall winner will be the person who loses the largest percentage of body weight. That person will get one third of the initial pot. The winning team will get another third of the pot, while the Stivers Center will retain the final third.
And the winnings don’t stop there.
The winning team coach will receive one third of the weigh-in pot, the second place team coach will get another third of the weigh-in pot, and the Center will once again get the final third.
Along with the pool, weight and aerobics room, any fitness classes at the Stivers Center will be available to the competitors free of charge, including water aerobics, Kettle Bell classes, as well as a 15-minute extreme workout.
Anyone wishing to learn more about the Biggest Loser competition can contact the Stivers Aquatic Center at 546-0005.