My Namaste Yoga in Kensington has thrown down the gauntlet. For a $25 registration fee participants can enter to win a $1000 weight loss challenge. Whoever drops the highest percent of body fat and attends at least one class a week for the seven weeks of the challenge wins. Including the entry fee and the cost of seven $15 classes, this means that for $130 one motivated person can win $1000. Not a bad deal. Registration and weigh in is on Saturday November 6th between 4-6 PM, at My Namaste Yoga on 482 Coney Island Avenue, 2nd Floor.
Aside from getting those competitive juices going, signing up means to committing to the challenge for seven weeks – long enough to lose a few pounds in a healthy manner, especially when exercise is thrown in the mix. Who doesn’t want to look great at their holiday party in a few weeks? Of course, people will have to maintain their discipline right through Thanksgiving. Facing buttery mashed potatoes and a perfectly cooked turkey will separate the men from the figurative boys in this challenge pretty quickly.
As great as it sounds, participants need to be mindful of their health during the challenge as well. There is also the risk of competitive members crash dieting and over exercising, which can cause permanent damage without causing permanent weight loss. In the long run crash dieting will actually slow down metabolism and result in weight gain. This is a great contest for those who can commit to it healthily, but not those who may be prone to abuse the challenge. $1000 is not worth risking one’s well being over.
Anyone who participates can take any of the classes offered at Namaste Yoga to count toward their weekly requirement. Aside from the obvious also include the tougher kickboxing or the more feminine belly dancing classes, as well as many others. Good luck and may the best man or woman win!