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Total Fitness to serve as weigh-in site for Scale Back Alabama

Published 7:21pm Thursday, January 16, 2014

Alabama is set to host a competitive way for residents to get fit.

Scale Back Alabama is set to kick off for the eighth year starting on Jan. 20.

Total Fitness at Russell Medical Center will be the local site for the state’s efforts to get residents in shape.

“This is Scale Back Alabama’s eighth year. The way the program is set up is that it is trying to get Alabamians to become healthier,” said Matt Parker, fitness specialist with Total Fitness at RMC. “The goal is for them to lose 10 pounds within the 10 week timeframe.”

Teams of four are needed to participate, and a team name is also needed. Teams will also need an email address to be eligible for grand prizes.

Teams will then weigh-in to start the competition on either Mon. Jan. 20, Wed. Jan. 22 or Friday Jan. 24 at 7-9 a.m., 12-1 p.m. or 4-6 p.m. each day.

Winners will be put into a drawing with a chance to win cash at the state level.

“During that time, they’ll come in for an initial weigh-in at a local site, and they’ll also weigh-out,” Parker said. “The way that Scale Back Alabama has given an initiative for people to do this is they are offering grand prizes. Teams that lose 10 pounds or more are put into a drawing for the grand prize. The first team that’s drawn wins $1,000 per person, the second team wins $500 per person, and the third team wins $50 per person.”

Parker said there will also be smaller prizes including individual awards for those that lose ten pounds and those who lose at least one pound.

Other drawings will include five individuals winning $50 per person for those who lose a pound or more.

Total Fitness will also have drawings for those who lose weight at the local level.

“We’re also offering some local prizes here at Total Fitness through the hospital. The team that loses the most weight with us is going to get a free membership for each individual,” Parker said. “The individual that loses the most weight will have a month free membership, a free personal-training session and they’ll get a free t-shirt.”

Participants can work out on their own or at local gyms, but Total Fitness is the local site for the weigh-in and out, which is free.

Total Fitness will also offer tips through its Facebook page at

For more information or to register, contact Parker at 256-329-7623 or