FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) After last years winner lost 84 pounds, Fort Wayne’s Smallest Winner is take on its next round of contestants. Applications for season 9 are now being accepted.
Co-founder of Smallest Winner, Rick and Tina Walters, and Andreas Lohmar, owner of Summit Physical Therapy, joined NewsChannel 15’s Gina Glaros on First News Sunday to discuss last season and preview next season.
“We can’t believe it’s 9 seasons already. It just went so fast,” Tina said.
Season 8 saw 26 participants who worked to live a healthier lifestyle, changing nutrition and exercise. Russ “Ike” Isaacs was named the big winner of the “smallest winner” last year.
Applicants can expect to spend 15 weeks in the gym with trainers, all while learning about nutrition. The program is completely free to contestants. Applicants need to be at least 50 pounds overweight.
“Don’t not apply because you’re afraid this is going to be too rough or you’re not ready for it,” Lohmar said. He works with contestants to help modify the workouts to meet them where they are at physically. “We can come up with a workout without stressing their joints and gradually progress them.”
If you want to apply, the deadline is February 19. Click here to download and fill-out an application and physician release form and turn them in at Spiece Fieldhouse.
The season 9 selection process will happen March 5. Then 30-35 “potential” applicants will be selected and have an evaluation Saturday March 12 at Lutheran Health Network. The first official training day is Tuesday, March 29. The finale will be Saturday, July 9.
To learn more about the program watch the video above.