01/30/12 Ace Fitness in Plymouth has stepped up to contribute to the United Way Annual Campaign. Owner Cindy Danielson said they have been holding weight loss contests for members for several years. She said, “This year, I decided to use part of the $25 fee from participants for a United Way donation.” Participants pay $25 and $15 of the fee is put into a pot for the “Biggest Loser” and $10 for United Way. So far, they have accumulated $250 for the United Way.

The amount of weight lose is measured in percentages, according to Danielson.

Each week new winners are announced. Marsha Duncan and Stephanie Metsker were already named weekly winners. This week, Liz Truitt, Carlos Bastardo and Matthew Young were recognized for their achievements.

Danielson said the 27 participants have lost a total of 88.5 lbs. so far.

Young said his wife encouraged him to begin working out and he knew he needed a new life style. He said he is proud of his new “Biggest: Loser” tee shirt hat he won for his weight loss. Young now makes it a priority to work out at Ace Fitness every day. His perseverance has resulted in a 35 lb. weight loss so far.

United Way Drive Chair Chad Dreibelbis and Division Chair Vickie Talcott said they were thrilled with the new idea for gathering donations. Talcott said, “This is very creative.”

This year’s United Way goal is $475,000.  Jayne Gibson, United Way, said they have raised about 72 percent of the goal already and there are still campaigns going on at businesses and industrial sites.

Danielson started in the fitness profession when she was only 19 year-old. She first started right out of high school in the old Holm Clinic building. In 1986, she moved to the former Club Fitness in the downtown area. While she was waiting for renovations to the building she now occupies on Jefferson Street, she had a small spa at the former Plymouth Tennis Complex. Ace Fitness has been at the present location for six years.

Danielson said she never gets tired of helping others with their fitness goals. She said, “I train 8-12 clients every day now and teach at least one class.”

There are a variety of membership packages available at Ace Fitness with discounts for seniors, students, military personnel as well as corporate packages.

Carol Anders Correspondent