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Resolution: Get in shape in 2005

JENNIFER HUFFMANsummit daily news
Summit Daily/Brad Odekirk Having suffered a triple by-pass surgery and shoulder replacement, Mesa Cortina resident Bud Rowley made a resolution that exercise would become a part of his daily routine. He was working out with his wife, Lois, Friday morning at the Silverthorne recreation center and walks at least one mile every day.

SUMMIT COUNTY – The Christmas tree has been taken down, “Auld Lang Syne” has been sung, and all of the holiday sweets and leftovers have been eaten. Many are re-evaluating their lives and their waistlines, resolving to work out this year, lose weight, gain weight or tone muscles. According to numbers from the past two years, the Breckenridge Recreation Center experiences a 10 to 15 percent increase in sales of passes between December and January. “January through Easter continue to be our busiest months here,” said Dean Radueg, operations manager for the recreation center.Summit County’s recreation centers offer a variety of options for those with New Year’s resolutions to get in shape in 2005 – and encouragement to keep resolutions from being broken by Jan. 2.The Silverthorne Recreation Center is challenging residents to lose body fat, increase muscle mass and become more fit by taking part in the “I will survive … Fitness Challenge 2005!”

“We start the program in January in conjunction with New Year’s resolutions,” said Renee Rogers, fitness coordinator at the recreation center. “Participants are competing with themselves and others to lose or gain weight, get in shape and improve overall health.”The Fitness Challenge lasts for 12 weeks, beginning Jan. 10 and running through March 30. Participants go through initial testing before the challenge begins, including weight, body composition, measurements and before pictures. The program has optional weekly weigh-ins, exercise demonstrations and helpful hints for participants on Mondays at 7 p.m. The cost is $55 for Silverthorne Recreation Center passholders and $60 for nonpassholders, which includes the program testing and lectures. Final testing is done at the end of the challenge to measure improvement.Rogers said people in the program are encouraged to establish realistic fitness goals for themselves, such as skiing without their legs getting sore or being able to fit in pants one size smaller. Prizes go to the top three winners, including a 1-year membership for first place, a six-month membership for second place and a one-month for third.According to Rogers, 46 people signed up for last year’s challenge, and the approximately 30 that completed the program lost a total of 241.5 pounds, 143 inches and 106 percent body fat.

“(The challenge) is about educating people to do fitness on their own and make healthy choices year round,” Rogers said. “If anyone is intimidated by the program, that’s all the more reason for them to come.”Rogers said the program’s next challenge is to encourage other towns to get involved.”It would be great if the Breckenridge Recreation Center could get involved,” Rogers said. “Then it could be a challenge between the towns as well. I think it would be a fun way to get even more people motivated to become more fit.”Last year’s New Year’s resolution for Summit Cove resident John Keefe was to drop some junk food pounds.”I’ve always been pretty active, but I was spending a lot of time eating pizza and drinking beer,” Keefe said. “I got to the point where I realized I was getting chubby and needed to get in shape again.”

Keefe opted to sign up for the Silverthorne Recreation Center’s 2004 Fitness Challenge to motivate himself.”I thought it was a pretty positive experience,” Keefe said. “It’s not just totally geared toward weight loss.” Keefe lost 19 pounds during the challenge and a total of 32 pounds during the remainder of the year. Both the Silverthorne and Breckenridge Recreation Centers offer personal training with one session starting at $46 at Silverthorne and $50 at Breckenridge. Price breaks are given for signing up for multiple sessions.Jennifer Huffman can be contacted at (970) 668-3998, ext. 248, or at

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