KAYSVILLE -- With iPods, iPads, video games and all-around laziness becoming a bigger part of our everyday life, Kolten Jensen feels that American's exercise attitudes need to change.
"Obesity is completely on the rise in the United States, and I think it's extremely important for anybody to get into a healthy lifestyle," said Jensen, a trainer with Elite Training. "Not just kids but adults, because everything is moving online and everything is easier to do. It's really sad, and hopefully we can stop that. That's our goal as a training company, to really revolutionize the fitness industry."
So Jensen and Elite Fitness have a plan.
Elite Training has teamed up with the SportsPlex in Kaysville for an upcoming "Smallest Winner" competition. The contest will be similar to NBC's "Biggest Loser," except none of the 20 contestants will be eliminated during the 12-week competition, which begins Feb. 14. The training will consist of five one-hour workouts per week, with two or three trainers running the sessions.
Jensen would not say whether the trainers would be friendly or more intense, as the trainers Bob Harper and Jillian Michaels often portray in the "Biggest Loser."
"I think everyone is going to try to get intense in there," Jensen said. "It will be a fun one."
Whoever loses the largest percent of their body weight wins the grand prize of $2,000, and the title of the Smallest Winner.
Those wishing to sign up for the "Smallest Winner" can do so at www.sportsplexgyms.com/smallest-winner.
Jensen said the competition will take up to 20 contestants; however, 20 participants are not needed for it to take place. The entry fee is $1,000 per contestant, but Jensen said the benefits are well worth the price.
The workouts will include a weight-loss program specifically designed by Dr. Matthew Rhea, who has done a lot of research for the National Strength and Conditioning Association and created his own training program. The program is called Rhea's Advanced Cardiovascular Exercise Prescription (R.A.C.E. Rx), and Jensen said the workout should be enticing enough to get people interested in the contest.
"For the workout, we find an exact heart rate through a 10-minute test on a heart-rate monitor, and then plug it into his formula and it kicks out a 20-minute workout that has been proven to be three times more effective than running 90 minutes at your max," said Jensen, who is also the director of training at the SportsPlex. "We'll be putting the contestants through that."
Jensen also noted it usually takes Rhea, who lives and works in Logan, time to publish his findings with the National Strength and Conditioning Association. However, the contestants will get workouts straight from Rhea's lab.
One of the contestants will have that entry fee waived.
Elite Fitness is asking for local businesses to pledge $1 per pound that will be lost by the entire group. Whichever contestant brings in the most pledges will participate for free. Businesses who join the pledge will get a three-month corporate pass, which would allow all of its employees to work out at the SportsPlex during the 12 weeks of the competition. The businesses also would have advertising space within the facility.
Proceeds from the competition will go to the Davis Education Foundation to promote fitness and wellness in Davis County Schools.
"We'd like to see some people get in to change their life, and it would be nice to raise a lot for the education foundation," Jensen said. "It would be cool to see a bunch of people come out and set examples, because the kids are going to follow the example of the older generation."