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November 27, 2013

YMCA 'Losers' recognized for fitness accomplishments

GREENSBURG — On Sept. 9, a group of like-minded participants met at the Decatur County YMCA with two goals: To lose weight and improve overall health.

YMCA Fitness Coordinator Deena Hamer welcomed this group of 18 for the fourth annual “Losing to Win” Challenge, opening the event with an official health assessment.

According to a press release provided to the Daily News by Hamer, participants in the 10-week program hoped to “shed some unwanted pounds” and subtract “inches off their waists.”

The health-assessment session, Hamer explained, included blood-pressure and body-fat measurements, a weigh-in, and circumference measurements of each participant’s neck, right upper arm, waist, hip, and right upper thigh.

We then conducted an individual personal-training session with each participant, Hamer explained, “designing an appropriate workout for their current fitness level and need.”

Hamer also asked participants to weigh themselves each week throughout the 10-week Challenge and to attend nutrition classes conducted by Decatur County Memorial Hospital (DCMH) Dietician Holly Pray.

Of course, no fitness “Challenge” would be complete without challenges, so Losing to Win participants were allowed to sample a range of YMCA classes and activities, Hamer said, adding, “They were also challenged to exercise most days of the week, keeping them moving for better health.”

The women earned “points” for each challenge and personal-exercise session completed. The point system, Hamer said, “makes exercise fun – like a game.”

“Participants watched as their point totals added up,” the fitness coordinator added, “but what they couldn’t see is if their body-fat percentage had changed or how many centimeters they’d lost within the 10-week period. Final weigh-in yielded some impressive results.”

First-place finisher Amy Neimeyer lost 18 pounds, translating into a 3.9-percent body-fat loss, and 11.5 centimeters from her waist. Collectively, Hamer added, Neimeyer lost 21.5 centimeters from her neck, right upper arm, waist, hip and right upper thigh. She also accrued a total of 1,048.50 points, securing the win.

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