3rd Annual Long Beach Biggest Losers weighs in August 26
2009-08-18 · By Editor
This article has been updated! Registration has been extended through Sunday, August 30. Click here for the most up-to-date information about the Long Beach Losers contest.
After being listed in the 2009 “top-25 fattest cities in the u.s.” again by a major fitness magazine, Long Beach is going to lose it! Third annual community-wide 12-week team weight loss contest begins with weigh-in on Wednesday, August 26.
Long Beach has made it in to the top-25 list of “fattest cities in the U.S. in 2009” according to Men’s Fitness magazine.
In response, local beach fitness instructor and Long Beach advocate Justin Rudd and his Community Action Team are spearheading the third annual community-wide team weight loss challenge that will last for 12 weeks. The contest is called, “Long Beach Losers.”
Teams of five will weigh in each Wed. during store hours at Runners High, 5338 E. 2nd St., in Belmont Shore. The contest keeps track of each individual and each team’s overall weight loss percentages from week to week.
Although organizers won’t know how many teams are in the competition until the Wed., Aug. 26 initial weigh-in, more than 265 participants have been called “losers” in each of the first two years of the contest. Team names from years past include, “Absolutely Flab-u-Less”, “Tubby Tostadas”, “Doughboys”, and “4 Speedos and a Bikini.”
The biggest losers will be winners!
Each Long Beach Loser will pay $5 into the “pot” at each of the 13 weigh-ins (including the initial weigh-in), and the pot will be disbursed back to the overall teams and individual losers at the end of the 85-day contest. The final weigh-in will be just eight days before Thanksgiving, and a celebration and awards ceremony is planned the day after the contest ends.
Contestants also have the option to take part in contest organizer Justin Rudd’s one-hour beach body sculpt classes each Wed. from 5:30-6:30 p.m. during Sept. and Oct. The class on the concrete Granada Ave. boat launch ramp utilizes light weight training to tone the body and lose weight. All fitness levels welcome. The class fee for those in the Long Beach Loser program and the general public is just $50 for all nine classes or $10/class. Details at www.SandChallenge.com.