Locals shed pounds with World Gym's 'I Lost It At the Club'
World Gym’s three locations in Fayette County have offered “I Lost It At the Club” (ILIAC) three times now and the results have been inspiring and impressive. The latest incarnation of the eight-week program recently ended, culminating in a closing ceremony where it was announced that the 150 participants spread out among 17 teams lost a combined 1,605 pounds.
“There was a lot less of you walking through the door tonight,” Kim Hershey, the general manager of the Fayette World Gym locations joked. “I hope your clothes are a little looser and that you met some great people and got great advice, but this is a start. It is not time to stop.”
Eight weeks ago, the participants joined up with a trainer who offered a weekly class for that team. The team was then asked to follow the nutritional guidelines that the trainer set, keeping a food log with the hopes that it would keep them honest, and to work out either in groups or individually in the time between the next class. The top three teams with the highest percentage of body weight lost would earn trophies and the individual who had the highest percentage of body weight lost would win a one year free membership to the gym.
Teams gathered in one of the classrooms at the World Gym located on Commerce Drive in Peachtree City for the results. They were clad in their team t-shirts with names like Aqua Babes, Bootie Busters and Weigh Waaay Less emblazoned on the back.
Arion’a Athletic Angels took third place, losing 8.63 percent of the group’s total body weight, which translated to 136 pounds. Brown’s Bootie Busters lost 8.82 percent, 180 pounds total and MC’s Motivated Movers won the whole thing, losing 10.01 percent of their total body weight, 106 pounds total.
Mary Catherine Domaleski, the trainer and MC of MC’s Motivated Movers, pulled out some notes after winning awards.
“This is like The Oscars, except without the commercial jokes,” she cracked. Domaleski praised the support she got not just from her team but from the rest of the staff at the gym. “Success takes a great team. I gave them a plan and they did it. I couldn’t be more proud.”
Domaleski and the other winning trainers also discussed where everyone who participated in the program should go from here.
“It’s time to set some new goals,” Domaleski said. “Whether that’s running a 5K or losing 20 pounds. There is nothing out there you can’t achieve.”
Jamie Arion agreed. “This is a life changing moment. Get a plan, work the plan and keep moving forward.”
Susan Brown from Janet’s Generals, a team based out of the Fayetteville location, was the individual winner. She lost 16.87 percent of her total body weight in eight weeks, 27 pounds total. Janet Caldwell, the trainer of Janet’s Generals, was extremely proud of the progress Brown made.
“She did everything right,” Caldwell said, praising Brown in a short speech. “You’re the one who got up for workouts at 5 a.m., you’re the one who improved your 5K time to 28 minutes from over 30 minutes and you’re the one who deserves this award.”
The ILIAC program has been very popular and once once session ends, people start asking when the next one will begin. Hershey urged everyone to continue their exercise by participating in one of the 163 group fitness classes offered between the three locations each week.
For more information on World Gym’s Fayette County locations, visit www.worldgymfayette.com.
Editor’s note: Reporter Michael Boylan participated in ILIAC with Sheila’s Weigh Waaay Less program. You can read his blogs about his progress throughout the program at www.thecitizensports.com