Charlottesville will soon have its own Biggest Losers; a city wide weight loss challenge kicks off in eleven days. It is the brain child of former University of Virginia football player, Jon Copper and he wants this contest to do more than help people shed a few pounds.
Jon Copper has a soft spot in his heart for Charlottesville. He wanted to do something to help the entire community so he paired fitness with a Charlottesville non-profit. The next time you lift weights or run on the treadmill, you could be helping more than your heart. Biggest Loser Charlottesville is also a fundraiser for the Hope Community Center.
"They do a lot of work with the homeless and after school programs," Copper explained.
Copper has been planning the 10 week challenge for weeks. Right now he is using gyms in town, like Gold's Gym and ACAC to help recruit people.
"I have a lot of folks that actually have been showing interest and joining the gym just because of the fact the Biggest Loser, wanting to be that next Biggest Loser," said Gold's Gym Personal Trainer Mike Vest.
There is a $25 entry fee if you register ahead of time, $35 if you register the day of the event, which is May 22 with weigh in between 7 a.m. and 12 p.m. at Scott Stadium's East Lot.
From there, contestants have a few options. They can team up with some of the gyms involved, who are offering discounted short term memberships, or you can go at it on your own.
"Anybody that pretty much needs a trainer, has any questions, or needs any help getting started, I'm going to get them set up with a program," stated ACAC's Justin Tooley.
Participants are not required to weigh in every week. But to be eligible for the $1000 cash prize, you have to weigh in on the first day and last day. Two people will walk away with $1000 a piece; the one who loses the most weight and the one who loses the most percent weight.
Copper says he hopes to have 300 people signed up by next week. To help participants along the way, Copper is going to write a series of articles about health and fitness, as well as healthy eating suggestions.
You can find out more information about the contest by clicking here.