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Philippine fitness competition: awards $568 for each 15% reduction of the body weight

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Updated: 00:00 GMT, Jan 1, 1970 | Published: 05:13 GMT, May 1, 2015 |
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Participants compete in a six-week fitness challenge where they have to lose at least 15 % of their body weight to receive a prize. A fitness competition inspired by Manny Pacquiao from South Philippine, who draws crowds looking to trim down and do boxing.

Those who managed to slim down 15 % will have a guaranteed $568 in their pockets, while the person who goes the extra mile and has the biggest weight loss will be awarded with $10,000. This has become a tradition at the Pacman Wild Card Gym in General Santos City every time the Filipino boxer and national hero starts training for a fight.

There are no restrictions as to how they can lose weight except that they cannot take slimming pills nor drugs. Participants can use the equipment inside Pacquiao’s gym or train with boxing instructors for their weight loss programme. Besides the monetary prize, many of the participants saw the weight loss as a reward on its own. Prior to the competition, participants are given a brief lecture on proper dieting and exercise. Part of the challenge that participants will undertake is a “temptation night” a few weeks before the final weigh in where they will be required to attend a big banquet to test their willpower. This also serves as a means of culling the competition down for easier judging.

This month’s challenge was particularly popular as the number of contestants nearly doubled from the average of 250 entrees they usually receive at the gym. Many hope to see Pacquiao when he comes back from his fight against Floyd Mayweather in Las Vegas to award prizes to the winners. Pacquiao is expected to be back to award the winners their prize on May 15. The Philippines widely regard Pacquiao as a national idol, with thousands of fans packing gymnasiums and public parks to watch his fight on large LED screens throughout Manila and various provinces.

The fight on May 2 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas between Mayweather and Pacquiao is expected to become the highest-grossing bout in history.