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Lean Machine competition to get underway

The Darien YMCA's second annual Lean Machine Fitness Competition will take place for eight weeks starting Jan. 5 and continuing through March 1.

Registration has begun in the Y's Wellness Center and is open to both members and nonmembers of the Darien Y.

The competition is a customized system for losing weight and getting fit. The competition is focused on percentage of body fat lost, instead of judging winners based on number of pounds lost. This provides competitors a level playing field and an equal chance to win the competition.

Suzanne Ponticello, director of Health and Fitness at the Y, said Lean Machine is "really applicable to anybody, regardless of age, gender, or fitness capacity."

Upon signing up, participants will receive two group training sessions a week with a YMCA trainer, along with a weekly nutrition class, a weekly food and exercise plan, optional weekly weigh-ins and before and after pictures, a 10 percent discount at Embody Fitness Gourmet throughout the duration of the competition, 10 percent off all personal training packages purchased from Jan. 5 to 11, a T-shirt and a chance to win one of three prizes.

Last year's first-place winner was Peter Sikora, who lost 14.2 percent of his body fat, 18.9 pounds, and 17.6 inches.

Sikora describes how he and his wife were both affected by Lean Machine: "Before we started Lean Machine. we had separate but equally dysfunctional routines. I played soccer, jogged, lifted weights and swam, which should have been sufficient, but my diet habits were totally wrecking my results and it really showed up in my body fat analysis. With Lean Machine we've both learned the shortcomings of our old routines and habits and we're getting much better results with a lot less work."

The cost is $400 for members and $500 for nonmembers. For information, email wellnesscenter@darien-ymca.org.

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