They have run, cycled, punched, danced and squatted their way to losing an incredible 144 stone and 7 pounds in the last eight weeks and Saturday night saw the grand finale of the Glen Rovers Armoy Biggest Loser competition.
It was definitely a case of pounds gained and lost as the club raised some money whilst particpiants shed weight and became fitter and as organiser Helen Lynagh explained there were also friendships formed which will last a long time.
“There was a lot of work involved but it was worth it.
“Everyone enjoyed it and many people made new friends and training partners and I know a lot of the people intend to keep their training going which is great to see,” added Helen.
Jemma McLaughlin from Causeway Route to Fitness, Ballymoney, was one of the coaches who put the ten teams through their paces and she was more than impressed with the commitment.
“They were brilliant and it was amazing to see people’s confidence grow as they lost weight and became fitter.
“We had folk of all ages and abilities and it was great to see them progress.
“We are starting to see more community groups working together like this and it’s an excellent idea because you have a strong support network there throughout the eight week programme.”
Helen Lynagh added: “We set out to do something within the club and community to help people get fit after Christmas and we really didn’t expect the respose we had.
“The first night there were 140 folk, and the ladies outnumbered the men by quite a bit. However, we sorted it out to make sure all the teams were evenly balanced as it was percentage weight lost for each team that counted, not pounds.
“It was great to see the competition and cameraderie amongst them all from the start to the finish.ho worked with all the teams and they made sure everyone had support in their training and healthy eating.”