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January 28, 2014

Prizes for pounds

Six-week program promotes mindset, energy and motivation to help shed unwanted pounds

eresa Belesky is changing her life — one pound at a time.

In February, she plans to heighten her already successful weight loss regimen by exchanging her pounds for prizes.

Belesky, 51, of Anderson has lost 100 pounds, but she is signing up for a six-week program to lose even more weight.

“I’m excited about it — I want to win,” Belesky said.

The “biggest loser” of the program wins an iPad, personal training packages, gift certificates and gift cards.

The program, the Next Biggest Loser, is hosted by the White River Club, 1545 S. Scatterfield Road, and kicks off next month. Participants will learn how to reduce body fat, tone muscles, improve core strength, receive heath education and improve overall fitness.

Dan Young, director of fitness for the White River Club, said the program is not a “boring walk on a treadmill and a circuit of machines” — it will be fun.

“And it will help with those new year resolutions,” he said.

Teams will be formed and contestants will compete against each other to lose weight and body fat. The program consists of personal training, special workshops and more than 40 group exercise classes per week.

“Being accountable is huge,” Belesky said.

This is the first time Belesky has competed in the Next Biggest Loser, but said Micah Merritt, the personal trainer at White River Club who helped her lose weight, knows how to get her motivated.

“He gave me my life back,” she said as she struggled with her tears. “I would try just about any fad diet that would come along and all the weight loss pills. I even tried the program at the doctor’s office — they just weren’t intense enough when it came to exercise.”

This is the second year for the six-week program and Young said several people achieved an average body loss of 13 to 14 percent last year, between 50 and 60 pounds. He said with the right mindset, energy and motivation, results can be achieved regardless of individual genetics.

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