Lions Club of Batavia New York

Biggest Loser

Batavia Lions Sponsers Biggest Loser Challenge - See Batavia Daily News

 With such a tremendous response from the community, the Biggest Loser Weight Loss Challenge will be extended.

“We’re going to let people register right at weigh-ins, up to the weigh-in date,” said Lions Club President Tony Scalia. “We’re also allowing people to continue securing their sponsors until the middle of June.”

Weigh-ins are Friday, Saturday and Sunday next week at Next Level Gym at 85 Main St. in Batavia. Gym hours are 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Fridays; 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays; and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sundays.

The Lions Club is approaching 80 sign-ups so far, and Scalia said he knows of another 20 to 25 people coming in to register.

“I mean I went to lunch, came home, came back and there are three registrations on my desk,” he said. “People are just dropping them off, putting them in the mail. They’re really excited. We’re expecting it to be quite an event.”

Scalia says they want to develop relationships with everyone.

“Everybody’s got a common bond,” he said. “It’s really cool that everybody (has) everyone’s back. It’s going to be a good experience for the community.”

The idea for a weight loss challenge came about when Scalia and another guy in the club decided to go on a diet, and each put up a couple hundred dollars with the winner taking home the money.

“We got to talking about it, and from there we formulated this whole challenge thing,” he said. “There is no template — it has never been done before. This is so unique, and I think that is part of the appeal.”

Scalia said a lot of people who want to take part. Mothers and daughters want to do it together,

Scalia said one woman wanted to lose 20 pounds for her upcoming wedding while another wanted to prove to her children she could do it.

“All of them are saying, ‘This gives me the motivation, and I know I can do it,’” he said. “So we’ve had a lot of that — where people are just looking for that reason to know to do it. “We think with all the support we’re going to offer and the encouragement, it will keep them on track.”

People are already planning how they will lose weight for the competition. Scalia said one girl enlisted a trainer and a dietician, while others are getting diet plans in place from the hospital or their doctors.

“Some are thinking, ‘Should I get weighed in the beginning, or later in the evening when I may weigh more, and weigh out at the end early in the morning when I weigh less?’” he said. “So they’re all thinking that — ‘How can I get rid of an extra pound or two?’”

Registration forms can be found around Batavia and on the group’s Facebook page, Batavia’s Biggest Losers.

Registration is $40 to go toward a prize pool which will give $1,000 to the biggest loser by proportion of starting body weight. Competitors must also secure weight loss sponsorship fees from family, friends or coworkers totaling a minimum of $2.50 per pound of weight loss.

A weekend stay and spa package for two at Mirbeau Spa in Skaneateles will be given to the largest fund raising individual or two-person team.

All tax deductible dollars raised will go to the Batavia’s Lion Club, which will be used on programs the club supports.

To Register See Below!!!!
Event Summary

Batavia Lion's Club 2nd Annual Biggest Loser Weight Loss Challenge 2017


April 15 - July 1, 2017 (75-day challenge)

Registration opens Feb. 1, ends April 17th


Official Weigh Ins (Next Level Fitness Center, 85 Main St., downtown Batavia, NY)

April 15th - all day

April 16 & 17 - By appt

Final weigh must not exceed 75 days from start of the event.


Cash prizes for 1st, 2nd & 3rd prize for most weight lost (highest percentage of weight lost)

A spa package is given for the person with the most sponsorship money raised!



Register Here: or call (585) 455-7514