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Fitness Quest trainer Lylas Leona Poulton works with Bryce Pettinger as he works on his leg exercises at the Town Centre fitness gym on Monday afternoon.
Trainers at a local gym are hosting a weight loss challenge in hopes of keeping those with new year’s resolutions motivated and on track.
Fitness Quest trainer Lylas Leona Poulton holds a poster for her gym's Weight Loss War challenge which begins in the new year. (BRUCE BUMSTEAD / BRANDON SUN)
Fitness Quest, located inside The Town Centre, is gearing up for its eight-week Weight Loss War competition. All six personal trainers at Fitness Quest will each be leading their own team of about 15 to 20 members in hopes of losing weight in a group setting. The team with the highest percentage of weight lost wins.
Contestants will receive personal training sessions, meal plans and will work out once a week with the rest of their team. Those interested are asked to register by Jan. 6. Initial weigh-ins will take place on Jan. 12 and the challenge will wrap up in March.
Lylas Leona Poulton has been a personal trainer at Fitness Quest for almost three years and said group challenges provide a great way to stay motivated — even after the new year’s hangover wears off.
"When it comes to committing yourself and reaching your goals I think it’s very important to find that accountability," Poulton said. "Hiring a trainer is a great way to have accountability ... it’s basically a workout partner that never doesn’t show up.
"It’s really hard when you go it alone."
Trainers can also help first-timers navigate their way through the gym, she said.
"Hiring a trainer is just as important as getting a membership," she said. "If you don’t know how to use the equipment, you’re not going to get anywhere."
Fitness Quest and other local gyms are also starting to gear up for a mad rush of what some refer to as "new year’s resolutioners."
"We haven’t seen that new year’s rush yet but lots of people are coming in," Fitness Quest manager Brittany Thou said. "You always anticipate the rush and know it’s going to be busy in January but then know it’s going back to normal in a couple of weeks."
Brandon Curves owner Cherise Arnason said providing incentives like membership discounts and special promotions are ways gyms can encourage people to stay on track.
Starting in March, for those who donate up to $30 worth of groceries or cash, Curves will wave their membership service fee. The groceries and money will be donated to the local soup kitchen.
Mixing up your gym routine can will also help you reach your fitness goals, she said.
"People start a new year wanting to make positive changes in their lives and take care of themselves better than they did in the previous year," she said. "We’re trying to bring in different stuff to make it more interesting because everyone gets tired of a routine no matter what gym they go to, and your body needs variety."
When deciding what gym to join, Poulton suggests finding one that’s close to home with a positive atmosphere.
"If you don’t like the environment at your gym, chances are you aren’t going to go very often."
Setting goals and setting aside time to prepare healthy meals will ensure you see results, she said.
"People tend to get discouraged and lose motivation when they don’t see results."
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition December 31, 2013