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It's rough, says Carnival Challenge competitor

Your Health Your Wealth

BY ANIKA RICHARDS Observer staff reporter richardsai@jamaicaobserver.com

Tuesday, March 25, 2014    

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TWO weeks in and the nine people competing to be the biggest loser in Fit Farm's Boot Camp Carnival Challenge have been put through the wringer, but are adamant that they will not back down.

One would imagine that the sweat-drenching, heart-pumping outdoor routines in cardio, strength training, balance, and flexibility which work every muscle in their bodies would push them over the edge, but all nine competitors are keeping pace with the trainers and enjoying every moment of it.

So from working their fast twitch muscles to improving their endurance levels, the competitors are in it for the long haul.

With just a few days to go until their first "weigh-in", the Jamaica Observer decided to find out what has been the most challenging part of the programme so far.

At least one competitor has told the Observer that the boot camp has been extremely hard.

"If mi tell yuh anything easy, I would be telling a lie," shared 25-year-old Tashika Campbell. "The bench exercise that works your lower abs, trust mi it rough, rough, rough.

"It's just (being able to) finish the exercise, holding out, sticking to the meal plan, it's rough," said Campbell. "Especially with my work schedule, but I still try to eat healthy, avoiding carbohydrates, especially after 12 noon."

Most of the competitors agreed that sticking to the outlined meal plan of six meals per day has been a challenge.

"One of the most challenging things about the programme is sticking to my diet, especially since I am a junk food eater," said Marsha Simpson.

While Simpson may have an issue with making healthier choices as outlined by her meal plan, Devaughnte Spence told the Observer that his problem with the meal plan is cutting his portions.

"I am used to eating a lot, so like now, I still want to continue eating as much as I used to," the 15-year-old shared.

Getting used to the tough routines was also ranked among the things competitors have found most challenging since the boot camp started two weeks ago, but despite the rigour they all think they are doing well so far.

At least one competitor has said it is all a matter of having the right mindset.

"Honestly, I haven't found anything challenging because it's a mindset and once you follow the diet plan it works fabulously," said 38-year-old Natahlee Baker. "You also have to have people around you that support you and motivate you, the exercises may be a bit challenging if you are not used to it, but once you are committed it's okay."

So what of that "weigh-in" on Saturday? The competitors are ready and waiting!

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