PLATTSBURGH — “The Biggest Loser” program at Eclipse Fitness and Spa is the real thing.
Michelle Mosher, a Aerobics and Fitness Association of America-certified personal trainer at the club, recently earned additional certification as a Biggest Loser Professional by taking and passing a series of eight online tests. That allows the club to use “The Biggest Loser” television program logos and training materials in their program.
“I’m super excited about this. I hope a lot of people sign up,” she said.
The program is open to the first 36 men and women to enroll. All registrations need to be in by July 9, when the program starts.
Eclipse Manager Kara Meron said the winner will receive a one-year membership to the club and a one-night stay at the Comfort Inn. Second place will earn a six-month membership, and third place will earn a three-month membership.
The eight-week program includes two group fitness classes per week limited to participants and one meeting per week to discuss nutrition, exercise, achievements and a weigh-in.
The Biggest Loser program is all about lifestyle change, Mosher said. That includes teaching people how to portion their food and push themselves to limits they aren’t used to, she said.
“‘The Biggest Loser’ program is about becoming healthy and living longer. The bonus is losing weight,” Mosher said.
Contestants are eligible to use all Eclipse facilities. There will also be two semi-private personal training sessions per month, in groups of between two and four people.
Mosher said one of the most exciting parts of the program is coming up with the weekly challenges.
“When they’re in teams and going up against each other, that’s when it’s really fun,” she said.
Contestants also receive a “Biggest Loser” T-shirt, water bottle, food journal and pedometer.
Mosher said that, as a personal trainer, she likes to help people meet challenges to maintain a healthy lifestyle. She also knows how to help people lose weight.
Meron said they’ve done a lot of research and put in a lot of time and energy to create the program. She said Mosher will offer a more supportive approach than the television program, where trainers are often yelling and belittling contestants.
The program costs $250 for club members and $350 for non-members. A total $75 is due at the time of registration, and the balance is due by July 9.
“I really want to get some non-members to join,” Mosher said.
For more information or registration materials, visit Eclipse Fitness and Spa at the Comfort Inn complex or call 324-4333.
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