As people attend holiday parties, cook up dozens of tasty Christmas cookies, and enjoy all of the delicacies of the season, slowly and quietly all the little calories from those goodies are finding a new home on someone’s waist and thighs.
While it might be an inconvenient thought in the middle of the holiday season, the New Year is right around the corner and the old resolutions to lose weight and to get fit will soon be on the top of many minds.
Impact Sports and Fitness will again start the year with a Weight Loss Challenge. This year, the staff is adding a nutrition component to the exercise class.
“If you are going to work out with us really hard for an hour and then go out and not know how to nourish you body correctly, you are going to ruin that whole hour you spent with us,” said Laurol Overlease, certified personal trainer, group fitness instructor and certified nutrition specialist. “You can’t exercise your way out of a bad diet.”
The nutrition information she will give is not a diet, she said. Rather, it is about how to make healthier choices and how to make adjustments to one’s daily food intake.
“I am not putting them on a six-week diet,” she said. “This is something they can take with them and hopefully continue to use after the program.”
The classes will meet once a week for six weeks beginning Jan. 9. Certified Personal Trainer Anita Larson said the classes are for anyone who is overweight, wants to meet people and have a consistent regimen to help them get on track to a healthy lifestyle. Joining a class like this gives people a sense of commitment, she said.
“If you know you have to meet somebody, and you have paid for it, it makes you more accountable,” Larson said.
Dan Mysenburg, two-time attendee to the challenge, said the program is perfect for people who are overweight and want to do something about it, like he was two years ago.
Mysenburg won’t be attending this year because, after losing and maintaining a loss of 50 pounds, he is now a healthy weight and participates in other exercise classes. He encourages others to sign up, but understands the fear and nervousness or embarrassment they might have. He understands because he was there.
However, the way Impact operates the class makes it easier for people who are self-conscious, he said.
“They are doing it just the way they should. You have all the overweight people in the class; you don’t want somebody in that class that is in great shape,” he said. “The best part is the classes are fun,” he said.
Overlease and Larson also said while they understand the emotional impact, everyone is starting out at the same place and once someone walks into the door they become part of the Impact family.
“I don’t think anyone in this facility has ever judged others,” Larson said. “I think people can be fearful of trying new things, but these instructors are wonderful in here.”
For many of the participants, the weight-loss challenge was the first time they ever set foot in a gym.
Participants will have the choice if they want to participate in the class and the challenge or just the class. Challenge participants will have their weekly percentage loss posted.
Each class will start with a weigh-in, but the only person privy to participants’ actual weights will be the instructor.
“It’s about percent loss, not the pounds,” Larson said. “Then they can choose to have their name posted with the percentage, but they don’t have to be part of the competition.”
The hour-long class has a warm-up and cool-down period. In-between, the exercises can be modified to an individual’s level.
“We don’t tax their bodies to where they can’t function the next day. We’re not that mean,” Larson said. “But you are working; you are here to work out for an hour.”
Deadline to sign up: Jan. 4
Dates: Once a week, Jan. 9 through Feb. 17
Time: When you sign up you will choose a preferred time, several times will be set based on responses received.
Prizes: 1st — $500; 2nd — $250; 3rd — $100
For more information, call RaeLyn or Anita at 263-3888.