Temple Challenge aims to get MOV residents into shape

Published in the Parkersburg News & Sentinel

PARKERSBURG — Temple Challenge 9 will kick off Tuesday with a slate of new classes and a proclamation from Parkersburg Mayor Tom Joyce.

The kickoff event will be held at 5 p.m. Tuesday at the Elite Sports Center, 2000 First Ave. in Parkersburg.

Temple Challenge is described as a unique fitness program which doesn’t require any upfront equipment costs and which features a workout that can accommodate those just starting out as well as those looking for advanced strength training.

Many people will make New Year’s resolutions to get in shape, but only a small percentage of people actually achieve their goals, said Temple Challenge founder Stacy Houser. Temple Challenge 8 just wrapped up with more than 1,100 participants.

“Many of these people have never imagined actually reaching their goals but we’re seeing more and more get there because of this unique program that combines strength and cardio exercises in every 60 minute workout,” she said.

Now entering its fifth year in the Mid-Ohio Valley and with nine locations and growing, Temple Challenge began as an effort to get Houser’s parents healthier. However, it quickly caught on and began to fill the need many had for an exercise program.

Joyce, who has participated in the program, will read a proclamation to start the fifth year of Temple Challenge in the Mid-Ohio Valley.

“Temple Challenge has inspired and empowered men, women, and children from all sectors of our community and region to get stronger, leaner, and healthier,” he said. “As one who has battled obesity my entire adult life, I recognize the need to take control of your body and your mind with regards to fitness, exercise, and improving your diet.

“I encourage all citizens to find an outlet that is appropriate for your goals, skills, and physical abilities and make 2018 a year that sees our community become healthier, one temple at a time,” said Joyce.

Temple Challenge is poised to franchise throughout West Virginia as talks are underway to expand into Morgantown, Huntington, and beyond. Currently, there are nine locations and more than 40 classes offered per week.

At a drop-in rate of $5 per class and an average of $2-$3 class when purchased as a package, it’s described as accessible to just about anyone.

Local doctors have recommended the program for those suffering from high blood pressure, joint pain, and those who have struggled with weight loss in the past.

“Temple Challenge has given me the opportunity to train in a supportive, fun environment. The cardio and strength benefits are tremendous. I believe participating regularly in Temple can improve a person’s health and help them prevent or better control illnesses such as diabetes and heart disease,” said Dr. Kim Stooke. “No other fitness program offers the variety of activities and exercises like Temple Challenge. And, the atmosphere is very supportive and keeps you wanting to come back week after week.”

In November, Temple Challenge announced the addition of a Fit3D body scanner, a powerful 3D body scanner and reporting engine. The Fit3D scanner records hundreds of measurements about the body in just a few minutes and delivers a tracking system that can be viewed anywhere with Internet access and downloaded to share with a person’s doctor.

“People get discouraged with only seeing one number on the scale,” said Houser, “and often quit before they see real results. With the Fit3D scanner, I’ll work with them directly on tracking lots of other measurements and be able to show them the progress they are making. It will change how we track and measure results.”

The Fit3D Scanner is available for anyone to use, whether or not they are a part of the Temple Challenge programs. Individuals scans or packages can be purchased on the Temple Challenge website.

Other upcoming events for Temple Challenge include a free New Year’s Eve party/workout at 11 p.m. Dec. 31 at the Elite Sports Center. Admission is free with a donation of a food item for a local food pantry.

Temple Challenge will also feature a Year of Giving Back program, which is a year-long campaign to encourage participants to give back to their communities through specific monthly focus areas and goals.

Houser hopes that the format of the class, a 60-minute workout that targets both cardio and strength-training, will keep people interested and coming back over and over again. With the growth of the program over the past four years, new instructors are in place to lead the classes and ensure that everyone understands how to get the most out of the workout, she said.

“Stacy’s vision for Temple Challenge has started a movement,” said instructor Beth Jones. “She designs workouts that literally anyone can do whether they are exercising for the first time, training for a marathon, or somewhere in between.”

To locate a class near you, visit www.thetemplechallenge.com and find Temple Challenge on Facebook at www.facebook.com/thetemplechallenge.