Annual Biggest Loser Competition Kicks Off

Sherri Biringer, Bryant Fitness Center fitness specialist supervisor, engages contestants as they weigh-in to start off their entry into the 2016 Luke Biggest Loser competition, Jan. 4, 2015 at Luke Air Force Base. The Luke Biggest Loser competition is a weight-loss competition stressing healthy sustainable weight-loss and exercise habits which rewards successful contestants with prizes and the chance to be featured as the face of Bryant Fitness Center’s Facebook page. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ridge Shan)

Sherri Biringer, Bryant Fitness Center fitness specialist supervisor, engages contestants as they weigh-in to start off their entry into the 2016 Luke Biggest Loser competition, Jan. 4, 2016 at Luke Air Force Base. The Luke Biggest Loser competition is a weight-loss competition stressing healthy sustainable weight-loss and exercise habits which rewards successful contestants with prizes and the chance to be featured as the face of Bryant Fitness Center’s Facebook page. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ridge Shan)

Sherri Biringer, Bryant Fitness Center fitness specialist supervisor, records a contestant’s initial weight to start off their entry into the 2016 Luke Biggest Loser competition, Jan. 4, 2015 at Luke Air Force Base. Luke’s Biggest Loser weight-loss competition will put contestants through a 90-day fitness training program with daily classes, weekly work-out lists, fitness tips, and personalized recommendations from the fitness center’s personal trainers. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ridge Shan)

Sherri Biringer, Bryant Fitness Center fitness specialist supervisor, records a contestant’s initial weight to start off their entry into the 2016 Luke Biggest Loser competition, Jan. 4, 2016 at Luke Air Force Base. Luke’s Biggest Loser weight-loss competition will put contestants through a 90-day fitness training program with daily classes, weekly work-out lists, fitness tips, and personalized recommendations from the fitness center’s personal trainers. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ridge Shan)

Sherri Biringer, Bryant Fitness Center fitness specialist supervisor, briefs the first group of contestants of the 2016 Luke Biggest Loser weight-loss competition, Jan. 4, 2015 at Luke Air Force Base. Anyone who wants to join the competition can do so for free at the front desk of the fitness center until Jan. 18th. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ridge Shan)

Sherri Biringer, Bryant Fitness Center fitness specialist supervisor, briefs the first group of contestants of the 2016 Luke Biggest Loser weight-loss competition, Jan. 4, 2016 at Luke Air Force Base. Anyone who wants to join the competition can do so for free at the front desk of the fitness center until Jan. 18th. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ridge Shan)

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. -- The Biggest Loser weight loss competition and fitness program run by the personal trainers of the Bryant Fitness Center began Jan. 4, 2016, at Luke Air Force Base.

The 6th annual competition lasts from January until April and offers both a kick start to a healthier lifestyle and prizes for competitors who lose the highest percentage of body fat by the end of the program.

"We're helping people get started on their New Years' resolutions correctly and helping them get off on the right foot," said Sherri Biringer, Bryant Fitness Center fitness specialist supervisor.

Starting on day one, contestants check-in with fitness center staff to weigh-in and track their weight-loss progress every two weeks. Each day, a fitness class specifically for contestants will be offered at the fitness center in both the morning and evening. On their Facebook page, the personal trainers will provide weekly plans, workout tips, and open discussions with the contestants. The contestants are free to utilize the personal trainers on a face-to-face basis at the fitness center whenever needed.

"Some people stick it out and some people don't," Biringer said. "Some people are really serious about this and have a goal. I've heard some of the competitors talk about how they were going to run a marathon or accomplish other things that they're looking forward to. Those are the people who are going to continue when motivation starts to wane."

The personal trainers stress healthy weight loss. If they notice drastic weight reductions in any of the competitors above the expected threshold of the weight that should be lost, those competitors may face disqualification.

"We expect a healthy weight loss of one to two pounds per week," Biringer said. "We've had some contestants naturally lose 20 to 25 pounds total and seen some people lose more than a couple of pounds a week, depending on the types of activities they do."

The workout programs consist of a wide variety of exercise types, including cardio, weight-lifting, and high-intensity interval training.

"We'll be posting workouts on a daily basis, Monday through Friday," said Simeon Maxwell, Bryant Fitness Center personal trainer and group exercise instructor. "This year we'll have a greater focus on HIT workouts, which will help people get to where they need to be."

The trainers hope the combination of a group atmosphere, competitive setting, and knowledgeable training will motivate contestants to strive for consistent participation and completion of the program.

"Helping to improve other peoples' lives is part of who we are and what we're about," Maxwell said. "Even after it ends, the people who participate in this program can continue to use this initiative in their future endeavors to keep the weight off. I always look forward to this time of year to help folks who come in and want to make an impact on their health. That's what I'm here for: to support them."

For those who still want to be a part of the program but have missed the initial sign-up, don't worry. The initial weigh-in for contestants has been extended until Jan. 18th. Individuals who want to be a part of Luke's 2016 Biggest Loser competition can still sign up at the front desk of the Bryant Fitness Center.