Six weeks down, four to go. As we venture forward in to the seventh week of the 12th annual Tribune Chronicle / St. Elizabeth-St. Joseph Health Center Fitness Challenge, recent trends are holding true.
For the second consecutive week, Kingz of Carz find themselves in front of the pack, knocking off an impressive 12.24 percent of their initial weight.
Nipping at the leader's heals, Just Weight narrowed the advantage by netting a 12.04 percent decrease.
Ryan McNaughton of The Wellness Warriors avoids the basket of cookies just before Thursday’s weekly weigh-in at the Ralph A. Infante Wellness Center. The Warriors sit in fourth place through six weeks of the Fitness Challenge. Photo by Ashley Newman
Representing the Trumbull County YMCA, this quintet finished the week with the most amount of weight lost (1.64 percent), snapping a two week streak by the Kingz.
Also a trend that has developed, the Wellness Warriors occupy third place for the second week in a row, with 10.81 percent lost.
These veteran belt-tighteners just missed the weekly high score, losing 1.60 percent for the week.
Fatagins remains in fourth place through six weeks with 10.61 percent lost.
In the only shift in this week's top five teams, Mocha House / Warren Strong stands in the fifth spot at 9.21 percent lost.
Meanwhile, Mocha rival 4.5 Full Grown Men continued its freefall, dropping all the way to the eighth spot in the competition with 7.93 percent lost, which puts them behind Weight No More (-8.74 percent) and Fat and Fearocious (-8.45 percent).
Just two weeks ago, the Full Grown Men were sitting pretty in second place. The last two weeks they've actually put on the pounds.
Come on, guys. In my best Bela Karolyi accent, "You can do it!"
The Fitness Challenge works like this:
Teams are comprised of five individuals who select their favorite service organization for which they are participating.
After an initial weigh-in to gauge starting points, the team who loses the highest percentage of weight over the 10-week competition wins at least $1,400 for their chosen charity.
Runner-up receives $900; third, $550; fourth, $400; fifth to seventh, $325 each; eighth to 10th, $275 each; all others, $225.
Additionally, the team that loses the highest percentage of weight each week will receive a $10 bonus award. This week, that team is Mocha House / Warren Strong.
After the initial weigh-in, which occurred Jan. 16, 10 weekly weigh-ins will be held at various locations around Trumbull County.
The final weight check will be held March 27, and the contest winners announced April 6.
The Kingz of Carz, who can be found prowling the Toyota of Warren car lot, warned their competition last week that they were just getting started.
The boys lived up to that boastful proclamation in week six as they continued separating themselves from the field, with only Just Weight staying within a percentage point.
When the Kingz aren't wheeling and dealing in the showroom, they are putting in the work, getting in shape and ... lifting cars above their heads?
"Yeah, I do this every day in the garage," team member Sam Shepard said while holding a small sedan above his head.
Shepard claims the car lift was just there as a spotter. We're not so sure.
The Kingz also use Physique Fitness and Planet Fitness for their daily workout routines.
Team captain Tino Merlo is an early riser, making sure to get to the gym before heading to work in the morning.
"You can catch me at Physique at around 6:30 every morning," Merlo said. "The other guys come and go at different times during the day."
Whatever they are doing, it is apparently working. Keep it up, fellas.
Pass the salt ...
Instead of the usual smack talk section, we are going to talk this week about the tendency for teams to begin caving in six weeks into the competition as they see the leaders start to really separate from the rest of the pack.
Reviewing the board this week, several teams failed to weigh-in, while nine others added weight.
The contest can be fun and certainly helps a myriad of worthwhile charities, but it is also important to keep in mind that the Fitness Challenge is designed to help participants lead a healthier lifestyle.
"Obviously, there can only be a few teams that end up winning," Sue Shafer, Tribune Chronicle community events coordinator said. "Still, we'd love to see everyone stay with it as best they can. It's not all about the numbers, but how being healthier makes you feel."
The doctor is in
In this week's "talking to the experts" section, Dr. Kristin Astrom gives advice on the best and easiest dieting methods.
The "my plate" style of eating is one way participants can easily get on the right track and develop the right kinds of habits, according to Astrom.
"The 'my plate' style means that with each meal, you divide your plate in half - make one half vegetables and fruits," she said.
"On the other half, divide this in half again and make one quarter of your plate into a portion of lean meat, fish or chicken. The other quarter can be a starch such as potato or brown rice."
Astrom also noted that more veggies than fruit will usually help decrease calories.
By applying this diagram to each meal, healthy eaters will be able to control their eating without having to dive into often messy and complicated popular dieting schemes.
Fun with numbers
Now that the competition has passed the midway point and teams are beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel, most competitors find themselves in a distinct statistical grouping.
Of the 48 teams competing, 33 of them fall somewhere between 3 percent of the initial weight lost and 7 percent lost.
That makes up 68.7 percent of the field.
See ya after the week seven weigh-ins.