804 Loser: Finding right formula for health and fitness



A new eight-week program will be starting soon to help people reach their fitness goals.

Called Loser 804, Door 804 Fitness and Tanning is offering the program for men and women of all ages and all physical conditions. 

It also is open to members and non-members alike.

No one will be too old or too out of shape for the program. Every activity will be altered to each individual’s abilities. 

“Everybody is different and every workout is different,” said program organizer Jason Miller.

Miller ran a successful loser program at a YMCA in Pennsylvania before joining Door 804 in October. He is a personal trainer and group fitness trainer.

Miller said he had seen “some amazing changes” in that program. His favorite story was a woman who weighed 300 pounds at the start, was a food addict and was the manager of an all-you-can-eat buffet. She lost 130 pounds. 

Another favorite of his is a 63-year-old woman who had trouble getting up an incline and was ready to quit. Miller worked with her, and today she is running 5K races and lost more than 50 pounds.

Miller met his wife through the fitness program in Pennsylvania. She lost 76 pounds and now is Door 804’s Zumba instructor.

Center owner Awna Irish said this is the first year of the program, and it will have two trainers, Miller and Nikki Stevens. 

The focus is “not necessarily the loss of pounds or inches, but the loss of the fear that you can’t overcome to meet your personal fitness goals - and feeling comfortable being in a gym,” Irish said.

Loser 804 is not only about losing weight, but also about making positive, life-long changes. It helps defeat obstacles people often face when trying to get in shape: lack of support, depression and false expectations. At the same time, it provides fellowship through exercise, nutrition and healthy competition.

There will be an orientation at 8:45 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 18 at the fitness center at 804 Main St.

People will sign up and be placed into teams, depending on the times they are available for classes. The teams will consist of 10-12 people and will meet for two one-hour classes a week, plus an optional third class on Friday.

Everyone has a card that allows him or her to come in for additional workouts any time of the day or night.

The program will have detailed workouts, with diversity playing a big factor.

“It will be a different program every time we meet,” Irish said.

Participants will use the exercise machines, core stabilization, free weights, Zumba, cardio, walking/running, basketball, volleyball, etc. 

Miller said five things will change every time: exercises, sets, repetitions, intensity and diet.

By working different muscles each time, it allows the other muscles to repair themselves after a workout.

“We set everything up for you. You just have to show up,” Miller said.

He said competition tends to scare people away, but this program is designed to bring out the best in them. 

“We make it inviting and fun,” he said.

“This is a social thing, too. People hang out in a positive health environment,” Miller said.

Irish said the emphasis for the teams is the camaraderie and accountability that the team atmosphere provides. The competition will be fun and not intense. 

Each person’s progress will be tracked.

There will be one-on-one consultations with a dietitian and training with a professional.

Participants will learn motivational techniques and will get spiritual and physical benefits.

During the eight-week program there will be two fun challenges for the teams, plus a third one at the end of the program.

The whole program costs $75 for members and $145 for non-members.

The Door 804 center and the 804 Loser program both have Facebook pages and can be reached at 234-5700.