Rock Your Jeans Into the New Year
Every year I look forward to the holidays. I love the crispness in the air, all the parties, the food and I love the winter break from school for the kids.
What I don’t love; however, is the almost inevitable holiday weight gain. It’s not hard to see how it happens; there’s the office parties, the holidays themselves, the baked goods you make at home to share with friends and work and family that you nibble on too, and then there’s New Year’s Eve. It is any wonder that New Year’s Resolutions are so often about losing weight? You can easily gain 10 pounds in December alone.
That’s why Columbia Association’s (CA) “Rock Your Jeans” fitness program piqued my interest. It’s an eight-week fitness program running from Oct. 15-Dec. 15. The purpose of the program is to drop two jeans sizes during those eight weeks of improved fitness and nutrition. Let me tell you why I love this concept: It’s concentrating on improving fitness, not numbers on the scale. That rocks, as improving fitness is what’s really important!
So, here’s how it works: At the start of the program, each participant will bring a pair of jeans that are two sizes too small, or an old pair of jeans that no longer fit but they hope to be able to wear after the program. A personal trainer will keep those jeans for the duration of the program. Halfway through the program, participants will try on the jeans to assess their progress and will try them on again at the end to see if their goal has been met. Hopefully, at the closing event it will mean retiring a now too big pair of jeans!
Participants work in teams of two for support, encouragement and fun for the duration of the eight-week “Rock Your Jeans” program. You can sign up with a partner or you can be paired up by the personal trainers. A plan will be made for each team that will include fitness classes and nutritional help, and weekly personal training sessions.
Registration has already begun and will continue through Oct. 8, and can be completed at any of the three CA fitness facilities. “Rock Your Jeans” is $299 for Package Plan Plus (PPP) members, $319 for Package Plan (PP) members, $379 for CA Resident Non-Members and $399 for Non-Members. This fee will cover all PPP classes, personal training sessions, and nutritional help.
Still not quite sure if this is for you and want to find out more? CA will be hosting a launch party with a free “Rock Your Jeans” expo on Saturday, Sept. 29, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Supreme Sports Club Arena. This event is partnered with Macy’s and will include a fashion show, a business and organization fair, fitness class demos and giveaways.
The expo will begin at 9:30 a.m. with a sampler class of things you can expect to see during the eight-week program, so be sure to bring your workout clothes! The demo class will include Mat Pilates, Zumba® Circuit, hip-hop line dancing and belly dancing. At 10:30 a.m. there will be a Tae Bo® session. The fashion show will begin at 11:30 a.m. and at 12:15 p.m. the expo will end with a Zumba® class.
I’m seriously considering participating in this event. Last year I chose to take the month of December off from my weightloss journey; giving into the temptations instead of fighting them. That was a big mistake, as it took three months to take off the 14 pounds of holiday snacking damage. I could change that this year. If I were recently svelte, more fit and in a smaller jeans size than I have ever been in my adult years, I think I would be less tempted by sugar cookies and eggnog! What sounds better? That cookie or those smaller jeans?