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Weight loss challenge helps people avoid holiday weight gain

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WILMINGTON,NC (WECT)- Contestants in a local weight loss challenge are losing weight while they gain knowledge on how to live healthy.

Every few months, the Wilmington Athletic Club invites people to participate in their weight loss challenge.

The current challenge, "Don't Gain the Holiday 8," is for those who do not want to gain extra weight between now and the New Year. This is the time when many put on some extra weight because there is much more food around than usual, and people tend to workout less because of family obligations or extra workloads.

Every person that participates in the challenge is placed on a team. Each team is led by a trainer, who gives contestants different workouts each week to beat boredom and to tone every muscle group.

New to the challenge this go round is a leader board. The board is in the lobby of the gym, and each contestant must place stickers by their name to prove they've completed a workout.

Trainer Jen Butler explains how it works.

"So on the board we have their team workouts, we have their homework, and we have different challenges that they have to do throughout the eight weeks. Then they have to mark what they've done, so it keeps them very accountable and they want to put their stickers up there so people see they are working hard," said Butler.

Working out with a group only adds to the success of each contestant, said Butler.

"It helps to be accountable to somebody else that knows you are going to be there in the morning, it also helps when we make it fun and exciting, so they are not doing the same workout every time, and they have something to look forward to, they have something new."

The next challenge runs from January 16 through March 9. Both members and non members of the Wilmington Athletic Club are invited to sign up.

To get started, visit http://www.wilmingtonathleticclub.com/.

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