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Biggest Loser 2011

Oliver Biggest Loser Challenge

Oliver Chronicle
January 10, 2011
by Lyonel Doherty


Are you Oliver’s “Biggest Loser?” Come on, admit it; there’s nothing to be ashamed of. In fact, it’s something to celebrate!
Oliver Parks & Recreation is pleased to announce an exciting fitness challenge that starts today, January 12. The “Biggest Loser” challenge is the hottest program in 2011. In fact, the challenge has literally taken the community by storm.
Based on the hit TV show, 50 locals looking for change will have the opportunity to be a part of a group challenge that encompasses increasing fitness, losing weight, better nutrition, and the social aspect of meeting new people during classes and at the gym.
Hazel Brandt from Oliver signed up on the second day, saying she’s using the challenge as a motivator.
“You know, when you’re 80, you have to get your priorities right,” she laughed.
Carol Sheridan, recreation program manager, said they initially planned for 25 spots, but an overwhelming response resulted in a total of 50 people being registered. The program is now full.
Today (Wednesday), all 50 participants will come to the Oliver Community Centre to do their baseline fitness testing and measurements, and meet their Fitness Trainer, Jorg Mardian. Each participant will then set personal goals in what he/she would like to achieve by the end of the 12-week program.
Group sessions including tours of the fitness/weight room and a nutrition workshop are also part of the program, as well as a suggested workout routine and meal plan provided by Mardian, who is also a Registered Holistic Nutritionist.
To ensure that everyone has the means to kick-start his/her own fitness journey, each Biggest Loser participant will also receive a 10-ticket flex pass to the Community Centre Fitness Room, and a 10-class flex pass to be used at regular fitness classes such as Body Rock, Gentle Fit, Cross Fit and Zumba. Participants will be asked to keep in touch over the 12 weeks to track their progress, and then on April 13, everyone will come back together again for final measurements and fitness testing. This will be a chance to celebrate individual successes and see how far each participant has come with health and fitness goals.