Interest in Live Fit’s upcoming Fit to Win weight loss competition has far exceeded expectations, prompting the coalition to extend registration and to host an additional orientation meeting this week.
The competition already has 95 registered contestants, said Malaena Toohey, chairwoman for the Live Fit Tooele County coalition.
Residents who enter the contest will have 12 weeks to shed as much body fat as possible before a final “weigh-in” and award ceremony at Tooele City’s annual Fourth of July celebration.
“We’ve had such energy and enthusiasm throughout the community,” Toohey said, that the coalition decided it was necessary to host an additional orientation meeting to accommodate everyone who wanted to participate.
All participants who have not yet attended an orientation meeting are asked to attend the final meeting, which will be held at the Tooele County Health Department this Wednesday at 7 p.m. Any others who have registered for the contest may also attend.
Because this contest is the first of its kind for Live Fit, the coalition has partnered with Marianne Heder’s Wellness Boot Camp 4 You, which will provide online meal and workout plans, printable gym workouts, and monthly in-person fitness classes for the contestants. To help cover the cost of the boot camp program, registration includes a $50 entry fee.
The contest is open to all Tooele County residents who are 18 years old or older. Although the contest itself is geared toward weight loss, Toohey pointed out that anyone — even those who haven’t made weight loss a goal — is welcome to register and use the program to build their own personal fitness.
The Fit to Win program has already attracted a variety of participants, including the health department’s own director, Myron Bateman.
Bateman said he signed up not only because he wanted to set an example for his staff, but also because he hopes to lose some extra weight that has impacted his recovery from back surgery.
Though the contest does feature cash prizes for the participants who loses the most body fat, he said he entered more in hope of accountability and camaraderie.
“It’s easier to do things as a team,” he said.