Biggest losers win big in fitness center challenge


Photo by Karl WeiselWiesbaden’s Biggest Loser program participants gather for a photo with their coaches after a recognition ceremony at the Fitness Center, Aug. 15. (Top Row) Essie Smith, Khrysta Kluttz; (Middle Row) Kassandra Gonzalez, Bee Jae Young, Denise L. Price; (Bottom Row) Miranda Wright, Team Rachael Participant, Tiffany Negron, Maria Escalera, Eva Finnegan, Sandra Murillo; (Kneeling) Rachael Pecoraro, and Rey Drummond.

Photo by Karl Weisel
Wiesbaden’s Biggest Loser program participants gather for a photo with their coaches after a recognition ceremony at the Fitness Center, Aug. 15. (Top Row) Essie Smith, Khrysta Kluttz; (Middle Row) Kassandra Gonzalez, Bee Jae Young, Denise L. Price; (Bottom Row) Miranda Wright, Team Rachael Participant, Tiffany Negron, Maria Escalera, Eva Finnegan, Sandra Murillo; (Kneeling) Rachael Pecoraro, and Rey Drummond.

A milestone for a motivated group of Wiesbaden community members was reached as participants and winners of the Family and MWR “Biggest Loser” program were recognized during a ceremony at the Fitness Center Aug. 15.

Ten-weeks ago, 16 contestants divided into two teams took on the “Biggest Loser” weight loss challenge to transform their lives through physical fitness, health and education with the top ‘losers’ from each team earning a trip for two to the French Riviera and Cinque Terre.

Unlike the reality television show, no one got kicked off this ranch.


“This isn’t just a 10-week commitment; it is a lifetime commitment and we applaud all those who participated,” said Maria Diaz, Family and MWR’s Sports and Fitness coordinator. “Participants who made that day-by-day commitment to the program are the ones who saw the biggest changes.”

In the end, Khyrsta Kluttz of Team One, coached by Rey Drummond, dropped a total of 34 pounds, and Essie Smith of Team Two, coached by Rachael Pecoraro, shed 22 pounds.
Kluttz, a mother of two, was motivated from the beginning and “ready for a change” when she signed up with a friend, Kassandra Gonzales, whom she met at the Wiesbaden Lodge during their PCS into the community.

Kluttz said the program changed her family dynamics as a new routine was incorporated into their lives.

“We’ve had to change how we eat — and that’s the whole family. I can’t eat a salad while the kids eat McDonalds. The kids had to go through sugar detox with me…learning how to like whatever green vegetables I put on the table,” Kluttz said.

Various trainers, including Drummond and Pecoraro, assigned to Family and MWR’s Sports and Fitness provided weekly training sessions that tested the mental and physical limitations of the participants resulting in a total group weight loss for the program of 159.26 pounds and 75.4 total inches.

Gonzales said Kluttz motivated her along with the coaches. “Rachael and Rey have just been huge influences in my family,” said the mother of three children, age 10-months, two and five years.
As the competition heated up, Kluttz and Gonzales found themselves going head-to-head for the grand prize trip, but decided together no matter who won, they would take one another on the trip.
Denise Price saw numbers drop both on the scale and her blood pressure meter. Price initially sought out a personal trainer for mobility issues, and discovered through the “Biggest Loser” she was capable of so much more.

“I want to be able to tie my shoes, cross my legs and go up and down steps,” Price said to Drummond, who encouraged her to sign up. By the end of the program Price discovered she likes free weights and can now pull a 103 pound weight sled.

Building strength assisted with weight loss but “building resilience is key,” said Drummond, a certified personal trainer and fitness specialist.
“There are a lot of things going on in this world that pull families apart. Fitness brings things into perspective, because you have to be physically and mentality fit in life,” he said, and programs like the “Biggest Loser” offer that opportunity.

Although the award ceremony signals an end to the group competition, it is just the beginning of the journey for others as the next iteration of the program “Beyond the 10 Weeks” begins at the Fitness Center Sept. 12.

Nine of the competitors have signed up to continue transforming their lives through exercise and healthy lifestyle changes. Diaz says the “Biggest Loser” competition will return in January, but anyone can get started now by signing up for the “Beyond 10 Weeks” program.


TEAM ONE – Drummond
Total weight loss 85.8 lbs
1st
Khyrsta Kluttz
2nd
Kassandra Gonzalez
3rd
Denise L. Price
Maria Escalera
Uwe Johannsen
Marilyn Ortiz
Gia Rosales
Natalia Robinson
Mariaelena Yingst

TEAM TWO – Pecoraro
Total weight loss 73.46 lbs
1st
Essie Smith
2nd
Bee Jae Young
3rd
Eva Finnegan
Jason Hall
Miranda Wright
Tiffany Negron
Sandra Murillo