Barry Westerkamp, co-owner at Pella's Anytime Fitness (ATF), has a passion for changing lives. His passion is so strong he, along with his business partners Dave and Lori Melhus, has developed a 'challenge' for those in Pella.
"It's called Ultimate Fitness Challenge (UFC) Pella," he said. "It is an eight-week body transformation challenge."
Westerkamp knew what people wanted and decided to develop something new to fit those needs.
"A lot of people aren't looking to do something long-term initially," he said. "They are looking for something more short-term, with a start and a finish."
That's what this challenge provides Westerkamp explains. The group, which began on January 20, will be challenged for eight weeks.
"We will go hard for eight weeks," Westerkamp said. "This is similar to other concepts but it's our programing. We need five days a week, which includes three days of resistance training and two days of cardio conditioning. We will do kick boxing and other athletic based drills. It's a good combination and will also include a nutrition component within the challenge. People will see the most change with that (component)."
Westerkamp stresses that this is not a quick fix diet and will not include any sort of supplements.
"We want to teach them good habits to eat and a proper way to work out," he said. "A lot of people think cardio is the way to go with treadmills and elliptical machines. That's not where they should start, if they want to lose fat. We want to get people in the right frame of mind for a body transformation and doing the right kind of workout programs."
UFC Pella offers a group setting and allows for camaraderie during the workouts.
"Since we started last week, I am most excited to see the improvement just from day one to now (Friday)," Westerkamp said. "A total of 21 people are participating in the challenge, which is being held at two different times, 5 a.m. (13 people) and 6 p.m. (8 people)."