Emmett's eighth and latest contest incarnation will begin Jan. 28 at 7 p.m. in the conference room at the Brentwood Technology Center, where Emmett will greet contestants and explain the program in detail. "Our contest is based on the Challenge spelled out in Bill Phillips' popular book, 'Body for Life,'" said Emmett. "Like Phillips' competition, our challenge lasts for 12 weeks and consists of a properly balanced diet and exercise. Our approach results in body sculpting and weight loss using sensible natural methods."
One contestant in Emmett's 2005 Challenge, Jerry Dillon, lost 35.5 pounds, 28 inches and 10-percent body fat to win that year's competition. The Discovery Bay resident said he has improved his golf game as well as his overall physical health.
To reach his goal, Dillon underwent cardiovascular and weight-training sessions three times a week and stuck to Emmett's easy-to-follow nutritional program that includes one day off every week to enjoy all the fattening food and drink one might miss due to the program's nutritional restraints.
A more recent winner is Ron Hitch, who finished the program last October with a weight loss of 43.5 pounds, or 22 percent of his body weight. Hitch won $600 for his achievement. He said he is "obsessed" by the program and has not strayed from its health regimen. "I absolutely recommend the program," Hitch said, who is now studying to become a personal trainer for children. Each contest features separate women's and men's groups. The last women's winner was Keala Kraft, who won $1,400.
Emmett documents each contestant's accomplishments using before-and-after photos. Contestants are also asked to complete a short essay recording their experiences with the program and the inner health and nutrition transformation that often results. Emmett stays in contact with her contestants weekly by phone and e-mail. Her messages encourage members to stay the course.
Emmett has been in the fitness industry since 1977 and said her most satisfying activity is one-on-one personal fitness training. Before moving to Discovery Bay, she was fitness director at the Silver Creek Valley Country Club in San Jose. Now, in addition to running Body Under Construction by Sue, she teaches at the Discovery Bay Athletic Club and Club One in Brentwood.
"I love making a positive difference in people's lives one body at a time," she said. Emmett's Web site is www.bodyunderconstruction.com, where visitors will find a link to Juice PLUS+, a supplement program designed to provide fruit and vegetable nutrition products.
Over 20 contestants have already signed up for The Biggest Loser competition, and Emmett expects to see the event comprise 50 or more participants. The entry fee is $150 and reservations may be obtained by calling 240-5123.