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14 years ago the Yakima Athletic Club started a 12-week challenge to get people active, and since then trainers have seen one success story after another. 14 years ago the Yakima Athletic Club started a 12-week challenge to get people active, and since then trainers have seen one success story after another.

YAKIMA, WA - The Yakima Athletic Club is ready to get you in shape.

"It's always positive this time of year, people are a lot more energetic coming into the gym and a lot more motivated.  It's an encouraging time for us to see that because it makes us look forward to going to work," said YAC trainer Josh Merz

14 years ago the Yakima Athletic Club started a 12-week challenge to get people active, and since then trainers have seen one success story after another.

"We've seen so many changes in people's lives and so every year it's just not an option, it's our job.  Our job is to get people to be healthier, live healthier, address our nation's obesity epidemic here in Yakima," said YAC General Manager, Carrie Sattler.

During the 12 weeks, the gym holds health seminars and tests participants to make sure they're on track.

"It's a 12 week platform that brings them in.  At the beginning we take their measurements, their weight and body composition, those kinds of things," Sattler said.

And it's not just about getting on a bike, or getting on a treadmill, it is also about motivation, and with big commitment comes a pretty big reward.

"The biggest incentive is the cash prize, so for our team category the winners will get a $2,000.00 cash prize.  The individual will get a $1,000.00 cash prize," Sattler said.

"When we have that big party at the end and we hand out the prizes and announce everybody's changes, I think that's really what makes this contest," Merz said

Trainers said the challenge doesn't end once the prizes are handed out, it gives people the tools to continue on a path to a healthier lifestyle.

"You have to have a goal.  If you have that goal it's a lot easier to accomplish what you want to get done.  People say like "yeah, I did this, I accomplished this," and then everybody around them accomplished those things too," Merz said.

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