Robert Ugofsky, 42, held his head a little higher when he walked into Heritage Park Fitness for the weekly Saturday group challenge.

During the Biggest Loser’s midway point weigh-in, Ugofsky had lost 18 pounds.

“My son is really proud of me,” he said. “My son keeps me on track and when someone brought donuts over to the house, he hid them so I couldn’t sneak one.”

Ugofsky remains committed and hits the gym weekly doing weight lifting, rowing and a cardio challenge every Friday.

“My trainer modifies workouts for me, and the gym really accommodates my needs,” he said.

Kristen Dunlap, the gym’s wellness coordinator, said that so far the participants have lost more than 300 pounds.

The contest lasts eight weeks and kicked off on Jan. 13. On the first day, participants had their “before” photos taken, body fat measured and weight recorded, and met their partners and team trainers for their “first chance” workout.

Heritage Park Fitness holds the contest twice a year — in the fall and after the holiday season.

With the contest now in its sixth year, gym owner Mike Sheppard decided to change the format and add the team component as well as weekly Saturday challenges.

In honor of the start of the Sochi Olympic games Feb. 6, Heritage Park Fitness got in the spirit of the 22nd winter games by having an Olympic-themed workout Saturday morning.

About 40 Biggest Loser participants braved the cold weather for the challenge.

The morning kicked off with a 1-mile run to Wampum, led by personal trainer Kim Bates-Wallace, who led the warm-up carrying the American flag.

Upon returning to the gym, each team of two cycled through five challenge stations where they earned points and proved their strength.

Stations consisted of push-ups, 45-pound farmer carries, prowler sled pushes, box jumps and alternating 25-pound kettle bell swings and pull-ups. All were time-based.

Participants will go through the circuit again Feb. 22 to improve their scores and vie for either a gold, silver or bronze medal.

The final weigh-in is March 8. The Biggest Loser, determined by body fat percentage lost, will be announced March 10.

Contact Vanessa Lynch at or 254-501-7567.

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