Mid-Coast communities tackle fitness challenge

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BATH — The Bath Area Family YMCA is joining forces with People Plus in Brunswick and New England Medical Fitness in Topsham to help people shed weight and get in better shape.

The 2011 Tri City Fitness Challenge will run for 12 weeks starting at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 8, at the Mid Coast Hospital cafeteria in Brunswick.

The goal of the challenge is to focus on healthy lifestyles that help people achieve their fitness goals. Participants can attend group workouts, lectures and workshops on subjects geared toward enhancing personal wellness.

Participants can attend weekly workouts and workshops, get optional private bi-weekly weigh-ins, and have access to all Tri City Fitness Challenge workouts and workshops at the YMCA, People Plus and New England Medical Fitness.

Kevin Shute, director of program services at the Bath YMCA, said some people would participate with a goal of losing weight, while others may just want to boost their level of fitness or wellness.

“I think some will come for the social part of it, to have somebody to work out with,” he said. “You can start exercising, but you have to kind of get over the hump after four or five weeks, maybe, and if you’ve got somebody else that’s going to be there, (who is) going to kind of motivate you and to go through it with you, I think it’s really helpful.”

Although the challenge begins this Saturday, people can register later, too, Shute said.

The cost through the Bath YMCA is $99 for members and $120 for non-members. The YMCA also offers a $249 option for a three-month membership and registration for the challenge. Registration through People Plus is $99 and includes a three-month membership and three months of fitness classes.

New England Medical Fitness offers two options. A $295 option includes three different body composition assessments, seven personal fitness training sessions, a three-month fitness center membership, and meal plans and exercises to follow for the duration of the challenge. For $395 people also receive two books, pH strips and Omega 3 fish oil supplements.

Call Shute at 443-4112 ext. 22 or e-mail him at kevin@bathymca.org to register or learn more information. More information on signing up through People Plus is available from Ida Messerman at 798-9319, getfitwithida@yahoo.com and getfitwithida.com. New England Medical Fitness can be reached at 373-0907 or info@newenglandmedicalfitness.com.

Alex Lear can be reached at 781-3661 or alear@theforecaster.net.

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A Maine native and Colby College graduate, Alex has been covering coastal communities since 2001, and currently handles Bath, Topsham, Cumberland, and North Yarmouth. He and his wife, Lauren, live in the Portland area, and Alex recently released his third album of original music.