JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - A high-energy spin class kicked off week six of the Clinton Public School District's "Arrow Meltdown" weight loss competition.
Modeled after NBC's popular "Biggest Loser" TV show, 16 competitors attend a weekly early morning boot camp and weigh-in at the Baptist Healthplex in Clinton. They have 12 weeks to lose the highest percentage of body weight.
"I've realized, the older I get, how unhealthy I am, and how I can't participate in a lot of the things they do. Like when it snowed? I wasn't out in the yard playing in the snow because I never had the energy to do that. This last time, we had a good time," said competitor Shauna Peacock.
Peacock has lost 10.5 inches and 20 pounds in the last five weeks.
And, even though there have been some disappointments, contestants say the "Arrow Meltdown" has also been very rewarding.
"What motivates me the most is how good I feel right now, and I know if I feel this good right now, how much better I'm going to feel each week I progress," said competitor Alisha Wilbanks.
Wilbanks worked out in business-casual attire at Thursday's boot camp so she could attend a mother-daughter breakfast afterward.
The contestants are competing for a $3,500 prize package, but many of them believe better health is the biggest reward.
"We have gotten very close as a group, and, yes, there is a prize and a winner, but I think we're all winners because we're getting this opportunity," said Wilbanks.
"I feel really blessed to have the opportunity to do this, so whether I win or not, just the fact that I'm getting healthy and losing weight makes me feel good, and I feel like a winner already, honestly," said Peacock.
Overall, the contestants have lost a combined total of over 250 pounds.
WLBT will continue to follow the competitor's progress each week. A winner will be announced April 24th.
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