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Personal trainer offers essay contest

November 6, 2008

Anticipating the New Year’s resolutions of people who hope to get into shape, Eudora personal trainer Angie Nyp plans to give three people a late Christmas present in the form of free weightlifting and nutritional counseling sessions.

In order to win, Eudorans are being asked to write an essay about why they want to get into shape and why they’re committed to it.

“I wanted to try to find someone who is really, truly motivated but just needs some help,” said Nyp, who has been a personal trainer for about seven years and has a bachelor’s degree in exercise science from Kansas University.

The program will feature both weightlifting and nutritional counseling, which Nyp said would get people living a healthy lifestyle.

“You cannot do weights alone unless your diet doesn’t change, which is impossible for most people because once you start exercising you become more hungry,” she said. “But there have also been studies done that say people who lose weight without exercising usually gain it back because exercise keeps the weight off.”

The grand-prize winner will receive three months of personal training and nutrition counseling plus a three-month membership to the Eudora Community Fitness Center. First prize is an eight-week boot camp, which means eight weeks of personal training and nutritional counseling plus a two-month membership to the fitness center. Second prize is a four-week fitness and nutrition makeover, which includes four weeks of personal training and nutritional counseling plus a one-month membership to the fitness center.

Essays are due Dec. 15 and the training will start Jan. 2.

Regardless of whether you win or lose the essay contest, Nyp said, one shouldn’t have a last hurrah with unhealthy foods in anticipation of a post-holiday diet. Instead, she suggested that people should eat sensibly.

“Don’t keep yourself from something you truly love, but don’t go overboard either,” Nyp said.

While some people are motivated to lose weight by everything from vanity to health concerns, Nyp said she especially enjoys instances when a client sees their quality of life improve. However, being a mother of three, she also understands why a woman would want to get back her pre-baby body.

“I’m more passionate about the healthy part of it because when you have someone who’s worked out for three months and they’re off of their high blood pressure medication, they’re off of their cholesterol medication — that is incredible. But I think it’s all about becoming healthier, so I understand both sides.”

She said she also wants to do a team weight-loss competition next fall.

Those interested in the competition are asked to write an essay entitled, “My 2009 Healthy Lifestyle Resolution.” Entrants are asked to explain what their resolution is and why they are committed to it now. Also include contact information.

If you want to enter:

Entrants must be at least 18 years old. Winners will be notified on Dec. 22 or Dec. 23, 2008.

Send essays by Dec. 15, 2008 to:

My Fitness Adaptation: 2009 Resolution Essay Contest

1306 Chestnut Lane

Eudora, KS 66025

Send an email to or mail a request for a copy of the official rules to the address above.


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