Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Meet the Fit Nation 'six-pack'

Editor's note: Matt Sloane is a producer with the CNN Medical Unit and will be working with the iReporters as they train for their Fit Nation challenge.


After receiving more than 75 fantastic entries, I'm pleased to announce that we've picked the "six-pack" of iReporters who will compete alongside Dr. Sanjay Gupta in the 2011 Nautica NYC Triathlon.


The six people we picked range in age from 23 to 58, come from all different social and ethnic backgrounds, and like many of you who applied, are starting their fitness journeys from scratch.


Dr. Scott Zahn, a 46-year-old pediatrician from Green Bay, Wisconsin never considered himself a fit guy, but since he began training for the triathlon challenge in early January, has lost 25 pounds by making healthy food choices and exercising.


Cheeseburgers are a big weakness for Kendrick Henley, 25, from Chicago, Illinois. As soon as he landed back in Chicago from our kick-off training weekend, Kendrick went to the supermarket and purchased loads of fruits, vegetables and healthy food options.


Joaquin Brignoni, a 36-year-old father of three girls says he got so caught up in being a dad that he stopped taking time out for himself, and let his own nutrition slide. When his 6-year-old daughter told him to stop drinking so much soda, he took stock of his health and decided now was the time to get moving!


Information technology researcher Nina Lovel, 58, has more energy than most 28-year-olds. She's determined to prove that people only get better with age, and show other baby boomers that it's not too late to get moving.


Kas Seerla, a 34-year-old mother of two, says she was never encouraged to exercise growing up in India -- academic performance took priority of physical fitness. Now, she's very active, and wants to show the other moms her age that they can push outside their comfort zones and accomplish amazing things.


Anastasia Cirricione, 23, says she grew up on cheap, processed foods and soda pop.  When she looked in the mirror at 22, she wasn't happy with the image staring back at her, and decided it was time to clean up her nutrition. She's since lost weight, and wants to prove to herself that she can be a fit person, and show others that they can make up for lost time.


If you're not one of these six people, don't worry -- you too can train with us for the Nautica New York City Triathlon, or any other race! Keep checking our blog, The Chart for weekly workout schedules and nutrition plans; and to follow the progress of our new "six pack."


Thanks to everyone who participated.

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February 17, 2011
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congratulations guys!

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