AIM 'losers' get a head start on New Year's resolutions

NORWICH – Last night, in the trainer’s room off the main floor at AIM Fitness, a group of blue-shirted men and women clustered around two similarly clad men – one standing on a scale and the other manipulating the scale’s sliding weight.

“That’s another five pounds,” announced AIM Fitness owner Eric Montalvo, prompting a chorus of congratulations from those in the room.

As evidenced by their attire, they were all members of the Blue Team – also known as Blue Attitude or The Dream Team – one of three teams competing in AIM Fitness’ inaugural Biggest Loser competition.

According to Montalvo, the three-month weight loss competition combines fitness and nutrition so that not only do participants see results, but also learn how to be healthy and to work out efficiently and effectively.

“This is a big commitment,” Montalvo said, as each participant must take part in 60 workouts – 5 per week – throughout the course of the program. Two of those weekly workouts are with their trainer and team, the other three are chosen from 25 weekly group fitness classes.

There is also a financial commitment of $199 over and above their gym membership to participate.

Attendance counts, as teams are penalized if individual team members miss workouts.

This hasn’t been a problem, according to the gym owner.

“If anything, attendance has surprised me,” he said, adding that he has also been impressed by the efforts put in by members of all three teams.

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