With swimsuit season upon them, dozens of people lined up at the West Coast Boot Camp in La Cañada Flintridge, weighing whether to participate in the center's third weight loss challenge.
"I am not an adventurous person at all," Toluca Lake resident Mindi Dyson admitted Saturday. "I am sweating just being here."
Dyson was inspired to participate after watching a friend lose weight by a similar method. "I am not looking to run marathons, but just so I can walk up a hill and not be out of breath and feel better in my clothes," Dyson said, who would like to ultimately lose 60 pounds.
Adrian Pietrariu, who founded the gym in La Cañada in 2005, said the eight-week challenge helps motivate people to achieve and sustain fitness goals.
Participants are weighed and measured, then put through push up, sit up and running tests. They also meet with a nutritionist and La Cañada chiropractor Rion Zimmerman. At then end of July the tests will be re-administered, with the top three male and female participants awarded $2,500, $1,500 and $500 in cash and prizes.