After a successful team weight loss challenge that saw nine teams shed a combined 254 pounds and 165.75 inches, the Liberty Parks & Recreation Department is issuing another challenge to area residents – be the fittest you can be and possibly the Fittest in Liberty!
The Commit to Get Fit: Fittest in Liberty Challenge is part of the department’s efforts to create a healthier Liberty and to help people step up their activity and fitness levels. The new 10-week challenge will get underway in June. Participants will take pre- and post-tests to measure their fitness levels. Each test will include:• 3-minute step test (measures cardio recovery)• Sit-and- reach test (measures core flexibility)• 1-minute timed sit ups (measures muscle endurance)• Bench press (measures muscle strength)• Body fat percentage • Blood pressure• Body weight
Youth 13 and 14 years of age can participate with a parent or adult guardian. Otherwise, program participants must be at least 15 years of age as of June 1, 2013.
Individuals will be scheduled for private pre-test appointments after they register. The post-test will be scheduled for August 10 or 11. Prizes will be awarded to individuals with the greatest fitness gains at the conclusion of the challenge. All participants will receive a program t-shirt and will be registered automatically in an end-of-program Boot Camp 5K to be held August 17 at Stocksdale Park. Challenge participants also are invited to attend a FREE nutrition seminar on Saturday, July 13 from 6-7 p.m., at the Liberty Hy-Vee.
Enrollment in the Fittest in Liberty Challenge is as little as $25 for those that want to work through the challenge on their own or use their existing workout regimen. These participants will log their exercise daily online on www.myfitnesspal.com.For those who want a little more assistance or accountability, trainer-supported group and individual programs are offered for an additional fee by personal trainers at the Liberty Community Center throughout the Commit to Get Fit weight loss challenge.
The end-of-challenge Boot Camp 5K will be test for participants’ fitness and endurance. In addition to covering 3.1 miles of a challenging, all-terrain course at Stocksdale Park, runners will face five “boot camp” stations — including push-ups, sit ups, body-weight squats, squat thrusts and jumping jacks — every .62 miles along the course.
To learn more about the Commit to Get Fit: Fittest in Liberty Challenge, visit www.ci.liberty.mo.us/CommitToGetFit. Registration for the challenge is available online at www.ci.liberty.mo.us/ParksOnline or at the Liberty Community Center, 1600 S. Withers Rd.