REC the Scale returns to RLC Jan. 3

INA, Ill. (Dec. 19, 2019) — If losing a few pounds is your New Year’s resolution, Rend Lake College has the challenge for you. If losing a lot of pounds is your goal — even better.

The annual REC the Scale Challenge at the REC and Aquatics Center returns to Rend Lake College starting January 3. The competition lasts 13 weeks and runs through April 3 when a winner will be announced based on the percentage of body weight lost during the challenge. The contests costs $30 to enter, which will allow participants use of both the REC and Aquatics Center during the length of the competition. And this contest is not just open to RLC students. Anyone from the community is welcome to participate as the overall objective is to help local community members reach their fitness goals.

A cash prize will be awarded to the person who loses the highest percentage of body weight. The total prize increases depending on how many people enter the competition. In the event of a tie, a one-week extension will be given to the tied contestants.

REC the Scale promo

Weigh-ins: Weigh-ins are mandatory for the contest and need to occur every other week. Each participant will have the opportunity to weigh-in a total of seven times. They will be held every other Friday at the REC.  If a scheduling conflict arises for a weigh-in, participants are asked to notify the REC staff immediately to schedule another weigh-in time. The weigh-in dates are as follows: Jan. 3, Jan. 17, Jan. 31, Feb. 14, Feb. 28, March 20, and April 3.

Hours: The REC is open 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday through Friday for workouts. The Aquatics Center is open 6:30-9 a.m. and noon-2:30 p.m. on Monday through Thursday, 6:30 a.m.-1 p.m. on Fridays, and 9 a.m.-noon on Saturdays. Participants are also encouraged to check out health classes provided by Rend Lake College Community and Corporate Education. The course schedule is available at  Or, for those who may not be certain how to get stared with exercise, check out the workout of the day, which will be posted on the mirror above the kettlebells in the fitness center.

Do it right: Contest organizers encourage participants to observe healthy weight loss practices during competition. That means proper food and water consumption throughout the contest. Rend Lake College staff members have the right to disqualify any participant for not following the rules of the REC the Scale Challenge. Participants are asked to abstain from dietary and hormone supplements, legal or illegal drugs (unless prescribed by a physician), over-the-counter diuretics, laxatives for weight loss, cleanses or detox plans, starvation or very low-calorie diets (less than 800 calories per day), all forms of purging, weight loss surgery, and devices such as sweat suits and saunas.

For more information about the competition, contact REC Center director Tyler O’Daniel at , REC Center Lab Assistant Larry Williams at 618-231-4899 or , or Aquatic Center Coordinator Laura Johnston at Ext. 1207 or . There is also a REC the Scale Facebook group at for added motivation. Registration for the REC the Scale Challenge must be done in person at the Rec or Aquatic Center.

↓↓↓ Sign up for one or more of these RLC classes to help you REC the Scale! ↓↓↓

PiYo - January 7 - $25

Pound - January 9 - $50

Body Toning - January 27 - $69

Cardio Blast - February 20 - $25

Rumble - February 25 - $50

Director of Recreational Center & Baseball Coach
Phone Extension: 1279
Building: Recreational Center
Office: 102
B.S., University of Indianapolis | A.A. & A.S., Rend Lake College
Aquatics Center Coordinator
Phone Extension: 1207
Building: Aquatics Center
B.S., Southern Illinois University Carbondale
Community and Corporate Education Specialist
Phone Extension: 1714
Building: Student Center
Office: 204
B.A., Southern Illinois University Carbondale | A.A.S., John A. Logan College

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