Participants sought for 6-week 'Heart & Soul' fitness challenge

Published on Thursday, 29 November 2018 08:23
Written by Erica Drzewiecki


NEWINGTON - Seeking 20 motivated individuals to embark on a six-week personal transformation competition.

Horizon Personal Training at 64 Market Square is launching its first annual Heart & Soul Challenge.

Staff are collecting essays and “before photos” from interested participants through Dec. 31, after which they will announce the group of 20 contestants.

The challenge begins Jan. 2 and ends Feb. 13, the day before Valentine’s Day.

Each participant will receive a free fitness consultation, free Functional Movement Screening and will train twice a week with a personal trainer at a rate of 20 percent off regular pricing. They will also receive a ten-day group training pass to use at any point during the challenge. This allows access to group classes for ten consecutive days, including restorative yoga, strength training, boot camp and others.

Individual body fat percentage, weight and measurements will be recorded weekly. A winner will be chosen based on these changes, along with follow-up essays competitors write describing their journeys.

“Why do they feel they should win?” explained Heather G., personal trainer and business development coordinator. “Did their blood pressure stabilize? Did it make a difference in their family life? What has changed with them emotionally, mentally and physically?”

The winning contestant will receive spa treatments for two at Del Soul Spa, 49 E. Cedar St.; a hairstyle treatment at Salon 91, 91 Market Square; a gift certificate for a new outfit at Karma’s Closet, 3153 Berlin Turnpike; and a Valentine’s Day dinner for two at a local eatery.

“The idea was really to create something that would be fun as people go into the holiday season,” Heather pointed out. “There’s a lot of parties and gift-buying; a lot of times we put ourselves to the wayside. Why wait until the new year to do something for you?”

Karma’s Closet Consignment Boutique owner Deanna Reney loves getting involved with charitable events in the local community. She’s excited to be a part of Horizon’s first annual Heart & Soul Challenge.

“I think it’s a great motivation and keeping healthy is the most important thing we can do to take care of ourselves,” Reney said this week. “Anything I can do to help motivate everybody I’m with it.”

Ideal challenge candidates are men and women between the ages of 26 and 55, who are ready to commit to six weeks of hard work.

“Someone who feels like they really don’t want to wait for the new year to say this is what I need, who is willing to get going as the clock strikes midnight,” Heather said.

Over the summer Newington’s Horizon hosted a similar fitness competition with its Cheshire location. Staff and clients competed on teams over eight weeks. This time, it’s individuals vs. themselves and each other.

Horizon personal trainers pride themselves on providing constant support to their clients. After all, each staff member holds close their own personal story of body transformation.

“Sometimes it’s hard to get the support you need at home from your kids or your spouse, but everyone here shares similar stories,” Heather said. “People really appreciate that we treat everyone as extended family. We have such passion and excitement for the new people coming in. We say, ‘What is it you need from us and how can we help you?’”

The summer’s competitors tended to be encouraging of each other, rather than bloodthirsty to win.

“Everyone wants to see each other succeed,” Heather pointed out. “There’s an abundance of positivity on all ends.”

Interested participants are asked to email a photo and essay to

Erica Drzewiecki can be reached at 860-801-5097 or

Posted in Newington Town Crier, Newington News on Thursday, 29 November 2018 08:23. Updated: Thursday, 29 November 2018 08:26.