Hooah Fitness Challenge kicks off on Casey
Competitors participating in the Warrior Country Hooah Fitness Challenge exercise on stationary bikes during the kick off for the Challenge in Carey Fitness Center on USAG-Casey Jan.23.

USAG CASEY, South Korea - The Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation directorate held a Hooah Fitness Challenge Jan. 23 in the Carey Fitness Center here with more than 200 Soldiers, civilians and Family members participating.

The challenge is a spin-off of the popular television show Biggest Loser and mirrors the program except for one difference: it awards points for muscle gain, not just for weight loss, said Christie Lee, USAG Red Cloud FMWR fitness director.

"The Hooah Fitness Challenge is actually our extreme boot camp," Lee said. "People get points for losing weight, points for gaining muscle, and we give cash prizes in the end."

The event features a myriad of fitness classes for competitors to choose from: cross-fit, turbo kick, circuit training, and more.

"We wanted to offer a lot of different classes for people to do so they would become excited about fitness and get active," Lee said. "We wanted to make sure they would sweat a lot and burn a lot of calories."

Lee said there were more than a hundred people competing as individuals and more competing in teams.

The Hooah Fitness Challenge is 12 weeks long, January through March, and competitors work out wherever they want. In mid-February, there will be a midpoint weigh in when competitors will return to the gym and be weighed. The weigh-in will include body fat numbers, with weigh-ins being held at the Carey Fitness Center, Red Cloud Fitness Center and Stanley Fitness Center.

"I will have a chin-up contest where competitors can earn extra points for their score," Lee said. "It won't harm their score if they do not participate in the chin-up contest; it is only a way to enhance their scores."

"There are lots of reasons to hold this kind of event," Lee said. "The best reason is to get people in the gyms this winter instead of sitting at home playing video games. This will help people reach their fitness goals and get them excited about their health and fitness."

Many will find new classes and new ways to get fit and keep fit, Lee explained. "People have responded well to this event. They come to me and ask a lot of questions about how to use the new machines, and they want more information about how to stay fit," Lee said.

"The whole point of the program is to get people interested and exercising if they were not doing so before," she added. "There will be $1,300 given for cash prizes; if that is not motivation, nothing is."

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