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Your Health Your Wealth

Sunday, April 06, 2014    

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THE numbers are in! And, guess what, the competitors are only now finding out, with you our readers, who is leading the pack.

With four weeks of gruelling workouts down, the nine competitors in the Fit Farm Carnival Boot Camp Challenge have lost a combined total of more than 40 pounds.

Topping the group are Natahlee Baker and Francine Whyte, who have both shaved 8.5 pounds from their 216 and 271.4 pounds, respectively. On the male side, Ryan Munroe has shed some 7 pounds from his 294.1 pounds.

Baker told the Jamaica Observer that she feels good and knows she is making strides based on her measurement.

"I come here (Fit Farm) two times per day, so I must be encouraged," said a laughing Baker. "I am seeing progress in terms of weight loss so I am really happy."

The camaraderie that has been obvious among the competitors during and after their workouts is evidence that getting fit and keeping healthy can be fun.

One competitor, Patrice Campbell, told the Observer that winning the competition would be good, and what is really important is having seen results after committing to a goal and coming out healthier at the end of it.

With another two weeks to go before their final weigh-in the Fit Farm trainers are not relenting but are keeping the competitors on their toes.

"One would think that because they were chosen at socasise with music and all that excitement, [boot camp would be similar]," said Master Bryan, technical director at Fit Farm Boot Camp. "It's a different atmosphere at boot camp. It's actually work where you have intensity and contractions. You can feel when the muscles are working; you extend yourself in a cardiovascular way."

"You're tired, you want to stop," Master Bryan continued. "Normally, at a carnival, you feel tired you stop, but at boot camp you're given a particular workload that you have to complete before you stop."

Bryan said, however, that he is pleased with the progress the competitors have made.

"I think all of them have made great progress. It was not easy in the beginning, but we had to instil a lot of discipline," said Bryan. "We know they have lost inches and their fitness levels have increased."

A few competitors have said they are a little discouraged about the result of the weigh-in, but that it is their opportunity to work harder for the duration of the six-week camp.

Will Francine, Natahlee and Ryan maintain the lead or will another competitor blow them out of the water on the day of the final weigh-in? Whatever the result, one male and one female competitor will walk away from the competition with a carnival costume and a new body.

— Anika Richards

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