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  • Michelle Amsden tells John Bohanek what to do and he does it. The strategy seems to be working for them. In eight weeks Bohanek has lost more than 50 pounds.

    Trainers laud competitors’ determination, workApr 14, 2014 12:00 AM
    With just a month or so to go, the personal trainers at Push Fitness in Schaumburg are amping up their programs, devising new ways to motivate their Fittest Loser contestants and setting the stage for an all-out competition down to the wire. But most admit that their jobs are pretty simple, as their Fittest Loser challengers have success in their view; passion in their bones; and they are not about to give up, or give out.

  • In the weight loss tug-of-war, Joshua Steckler is winning Lisa Townsel over to the healthy side.

    Fittest Loser Challenge: Making positive changesApr 14, 2014 12:00 AM
    Tired of making cyclical mistakes, freelance writer and substitute teacher Lisa Jones Townsel continues to make the big and small changes needed to see the results she wants.

  • Jill Micklow, Wellness Specialist at Assurance, demonstrates an at-work yoga pose that works your mind and your arms.

    Fittest Loser Tip of the Week: Arm candyApr 14, 2014 12:00 AM
    Each week, Assurance will be suggesting a few, simple at-work exercises that you can do anytime and anywhere. The Tip this Week: Arm candy.

  • Mount Prospect Park District’s MPPDeterminators’ team members, from left, Marni, Stephanie and Christina, say their endurance has improved to the point where they’re able to run further and exercise longer than ever before.

    Community groups see highs and lowsApr 14, 2014 12:00 AM
    There are 23 corporate and 13 park district teams competing in the Fittest Loser Community Challenge, and they are working feverishly to meet their goals. With just four weeks to go, these energetic groups continue to experience some incredible highs and a few disappointing lows. Nevertheless, they press on.

  • Members of Itasca Park District’s iFit Squad attended a nutrition workshop at Whole Foods Market in Schaumburg.

    Community team members enjoy a positive weekApr 7, 2014 12:00 AM
    If last week (week 6) represented a bit of a lull for some of our corporate and community partners in the Fittest Loser Community Challenge, this week made up for it. There was more optimism in the air this time around. Team members are seeing results and feeling like there is more to gain than a number on the scale.

  • A picture saves a thousand calories.

    Temptations don’t manage to take her off trackApr 7, 2014 12:00 AM
    Our Fittest Loser finds that taking photos of tempting food, instead of eating them, helps keep her on track with her healthy eating.

  • When it comes to advice, the Fittest Losers, including contestant Cheryl Seibert, say less is more helpful.

    The trials and tribulations of losing weight in the spotlightApr 7, 2014 12:00 AM
    While the Fittest Loser contestants couldn't possibly get through this arduous 12-week challenge without the enormous support of family and friends, they run into a few naysayers from time to time. No, not the types who have wished them harm or totally squelched their stamina. It's just the little snide remarks that are said that they have had to push aside, or the people who remind them routinely of what they can't have along the way. It's Week 7, and the contestants are digging deep to stay strong and taking friendly encouragements and temptations in stride.

  • Jill Micklow, wellness specialist at Assurance, captures the fitness spirit with split squat jumps — in high heels no less.

    Fittest Loser Tip of the Week: Jump aroundApr 7, 2014 12:00 AM
    Each week, Assurance will be suggesting a few, simple at-work exercises that you can do anytime and anywhere. The Tip this Week: Jump around

  • Trainer Steve Amsden makes sure Fittest Loser Tim Lange works hard in the gym.

    Fittest Loser halfway point: re-evaluating and recommittingMar 31, 2014 12:00 AM
    It's the halfway mark of the Fittest Loser Challenge, the numbers on the scale were disappointing and the contestants know they have to dig deep to find what it takes to hang in there. But, on the plus side, the results of the past six weeks have far exceeded their expectations.

  • Eileen Bergan, client services coordinator, works her triceps with a few dips in Assurance’s Penthouse.

    Fittest Loser Tip of the Week: Don’t sit. Just DipMar 31, 2014 12:00 AM
    Each week, Assurance will be suggesting a few, simple at-work exercises that you can do anytime and anywhere. The Tip this Week: Don’t sit. Just Dip.

  • Members of JourneyCare Team Mojo took part in the recent St. Paddy’s Day run/walk.

    Community teams reach pivotal point in their journeyMar 31, 2014 12:00 AM
    Week 6 marks a pivotal point for many of the corporate and community partners participating in the Fittest Loser Community Challenge. While they are all determined to see this contest through to the end, some have faced a few challenges mingled with their successes at this halfway mark.

  • Lisa Townsel battles an emotional attachment to food and a discouraging week on the scale.

    Emotional eating affects the scaleMar 31, 2014 12:00 AM
    Week 6 was a deafening wake-up call for Our Fittest Loser. In her words: This has been a week of resisting temptation, especially because it was my sons' spring break. It’s a battle I thought I was winning until the scale tipped two pounds higher than last week. Good grief.

  • Lutheran Life Communities’ Wellness Warriors member Amanda Seilheimer does circuits with a trainer twice a week, cardio and group fitness classes in her quest to get into better shape.

    Teams move out of their comfort zonesMar 24, 2014 12:00 AM
    The 23 corporate and 13 park district teams vying in the Fittest Loser Community Challenge banded together in no uncertain terms to propel their individual teams to greater success as they devised realistic, workable plans to drop pounds and gain more energy.

  • Sarah Bump, marketing events coordinator, and other Assurance employees enjoy a few, fun bursts of aerobic exertion outside of their cubicles in Schaumburg.

    Fittest Loser Tip of the Week: 60 seconds of fitnessMar 24, 2014 12:00 AM
    Each week, Assurance will be suggesting a few, simple at-work exercises that you can do anytime and anywhere. The Tip this Week: 60-second fitness moves.

  • Cheryl Seibert says it's her legs that hurt the most, along with lots of other parts.

    Feeling the burn: Contestants' sore muscles are a badge of honorMar 24, 2014 12:00 AM
    Two words, no three, describe a common bond between the contestants of the Fittest Loser Challenge during week 5: sore, sore muscles. While their bodies have become more accustomed to the stress related to pulling dead weights, pushing slightly lighter ones, running past their comfort zone and using their body weight to challenge themselves further, the results have been more than a few aches and pains. “Some pain during strength training, that's normal,” says Dr. Anthony M. Auriemma, medical director of Alexian Brothers Weight Loss Solutions with offices in Schaumburg and Bartlett.

  • Jillian Michaels brings her motivational live tour, “Maximize Your Life,” to the Rialto Square Theatre in Joliet on Wednesday, April 9.

    ‘Biggest Loser’ guru seeks to inspireMar 24, 2014 12:00 AM
    Few fitness personalities have skyrocketed to such celebrity status as Jillian Michaels, the female trainer extraordinaire known for her rock-hard abs and in-your-face rants on NBC’s reality weight loss show “The Biggest Loser.” Last year, Michaels added to her brand and launched a multicity motivational live tour to the mix, called “Maximize Your Life.” When she arrives at the Rialto Square Theatre in Joliet on Wednesday, April 9, she will be close to completing her monthlong tour schedule.

  • Lisa Townsel is sore, but she’s pushing through the pain.

    Pressing on, despite aches and painsMar 24, 2014 12:00 AM
    Boy, did I have a lot of rickety parts when I started the Fittest Loser Challenge. Now, five weeks into the Challenge, things are slowly improving. I am a bit stronger, I’m not as rickety and I have come to live with a multiplicity of surprise sore spots.

  • Every boot camp at Push Fitness in Schaumburg ends with the weekly weigh-in. Trainer Brad Parotto checks the numbers as John Bohanek weighs in — after four weeks he is down 29 pounds.

    Fittest Loser: By the numbersMar 17, 2014 12:00 AM
    Fittest Loser contestants weigh in for the week.

  • A stylish new headband keeps the sweat at bay as Lisa Townsel lifts a 35-pound barbell.

    Boot camp blues: Surviving brutal workoutsMar 17, 2014 12:00 AM
    Last Friday night I had a dream that each day leading up to Saturday boot camp I had eaten a square of chocolate toffee, and it was going to show as a gain on the scale during weigh-in. Well, I ate no chocolate, toffee or candy at all, and I did scoot out of the 190s, right into the 180s, without much fanfare. I also got through tough workouts and the dreaded Saturday morning boot camp.

  • The Fittest Loser contestants meet at Push Fitness in Schaumburg every Saturday morning with boot camp instructor Brad Parotto. This week a variety of exercises were on the agenda including squat jumps.

    Pushing it: Contestants take on boot camp challenge togetherMar 17, 2014 12:00 AM
    With a third of the Fittest Loser Challenge now behind them, the five contestants assess what has to be one of the most challenging components of the 12-week fitness and nutrition competition: weekly boot camp. While each member works with a personal trainer three times a week one-on-one and also on their own, it is only on Saturdays that they are all together for boot camp. As the name implies, boot camp is a tough all-body workout that requires supersized tenacity and an even bigger dose of teamwork.

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