PISCATAWAY, NJ – High winds and a steady rain from a passing nor’easter couldn’t keep a group of fitness and weight loss enthusiasts from working out on Saturday, as The MAX Challenge of Piscataway celebrated its grand re-opening in town.

The “Challengers”, along with some close friends and family members, and Councilman Frank Uhrin joined new owners, Corinne and Craig Sydor as they cut the ceremonial ribbon to officially announce that the fitness center is ready to serve the Piscataway community again.

Located at 1621 Stelton Road, The MAX Challenge features a 10-week body transformation system that combines nutritional counseling and fitness classes with motivation and support.

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“It has been a life-long dream to help people which is something I am passionate about,” said Corinne explaining how they decided to purchase the franchise after experiencing the program’s weight loss benefits first-hand.

“The MAX Challenge helped change the shape of my body,” she said, revealing she has lost 85 pounds since starting with the program last year. “They are wonderful with sending motivational emails, challenging me and keeping me on track.”

Craig said he lost 30 pounds using the 10-week program and showed before-and-after photos of himself. “I haven’t seen my abs since I was in my 20s,” he said with excitement.

Corinne and Craig decided that helping people reach their weight loss goals was the passion they wanted to pursue.

Each 45-minute class at The MAX Challenge is centered around a core group of exercises including cardio, kickboxing and strength training targeting both the upper and lower body.

But unlike traditional fitness centers, there aren’t any treadmills or weight machines to use. Just dumb bells, medicine balls, punching bags and high energy group workouts.

“This is not a basic box gym,” said Corinne. “We push people past their limits.”

And part of that push is showing “Challengers” where to make changes in their diet.

“We design nutrition plans that match people’s goals,” using foods found in local grocery stores, said Corinne.

The MAX Challenge’s trainers also try to keep the “Challengers” motivated with inspirational stories and positive affirmations.

As he led of series of squat exercises, one instructor told the class how working out helped relieve the arthritis in his knees and built up his strength and overall fitness.  

“Something that is established can be new again,” said Gina, another trainer as she thanked the now pumped-up group of men and women for supporting the grand re-opening. “That’s what we are doing for you.”

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