Winning by losing: Mark Wright has shed 180 pounds this year, and completing road races is one sign of his fitness transformation.

It’s that time of year when many of us–me included–are prone to adding a few pounds. Holiday parties, extra layers of clothing to combat the cold, and still more holiday parties conspire to tempt us to add more calories than we need.

New Year’s resolutions, such as getting in shape and shedding excess weight, can’t be far off.

For Five Seasons Family Sports Clubs in Burr Ridge and Northbrook, both longtime Inside Edge PR clients, the timing is perfect to launch “Be A Loser.”

Building on the success of this year’s winner at a sister club in Ohio who has lost nearly 180 pounds, the clubs are interviewing candidates along the same lines as the immensely popular “Biggest Loser” reality television series that debuted 10 years ago.

As such, being a “loser” actually means being a winner.

The clubs will each choose one individual to receive a club membership, personal training, nutrition and goal-setting classes and fitness gear, among other prizes. In all, it’s a package worth more than $12,000.

The ideal candidate would be someone who needs to lose more than 100 pounds and, due to their weight, is being held back in their enjoyment of life.

One individual will be chosen for each club on or around Christmas, and the training will begin in earnest on New Year’s Day 2015. Five Seasons Burr Ridge, at 6901 S. Madison, and Five Seasons Northbrook, at 1300 Techny Road, are among six Five Seasons clubs throughout the Midwest—the others are in Indianapolis, Indiana; Dayton, Ohio; Cincinnati, Ohio; and Crestview Hills, Kentucky. Each of the other clubs is also holding the ‘Be A Loser’ Contest.

All participants will have a stellar role model: over the past year, Mark Wright, a 27-year-old member of the Cincinnati club, has dropped about 180 pounds from his 467-pound frame. Along the way, he has accomplished physical feats that he never imagined possible, including his recent completion of the Cincinnati Half Marathon.

Mark Wright (left) and friend/mentor Joseph Pinnell, VIce President of Club Performance for Corporex, which operates Five Seasons Family Sports Clubs.

So he isn’t exaggerating when he says “Five Seasons has changed my life.”

In the coming weeks and months, you can expect to see periodic updates from Inside Edge PR on the progress of both individuals chosen by Five Seasons’ two Chicago-area clubs.

In order to participate, candidates need to receive medical clearance from their physicians. To learn more and to fill out the application by the December 15th deadline, visit

To read about Mark Wright’s fitness journey, which he has been chronicling, visit

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