On your mark! Get set! Lose! ... Weight, that is.
The Central Queens YM&YWHA is in the midst of hosting what could end up being an annual competition, inspired by a weight-loss television show.
"The Biggest Loser," an NBC-network television show, centers around ordinary people trying to accomplish massive weightloss over the course of a few months.
At the CQY, the competition is designed to help local residents with more modest weight-loss goals, but it's still a competition. In the end, the winner gets to cash in on three free months of CQY membership.
The agency, located at 67-09 108th St., is looking for highly motivated individuals for "The CQY Biggest Loser Challenge," a competition to see who can lose the highest percentage of body weight over 10 weeks.
The competition began on Sunday, with aspiring losers will having access to coached cardio sessions, group fitness classes, a nutritionist-led supermarket workshop and support from a social worker. They're also free to use the Y's pool and fitness centers to help them in their weight-loss mission.
Dale Stark, CQY's director of health and fitness, also plans to set up a blog, so participants can write about their experiences online.
Based lightly on the NBC television program "The Biggest Loser," Stark explained that she will hold weekly weigh-ins and give all the advice and encouragement she can. With a reasonable regime of proper eating and exercise, an individual can healthily lose about two pounds a week, said Stark, who calculated that the winner will probably lose around 20 pounds.
"There will be fierce competition," Stark said. "It's going to be a lot of fun."