A strong man wrestles you to the ground to show off; a stronger man boosts your self-esteem and then accidentally breaks three of your ribs with a supportive hug. Learn the tenets of both strength and community with today's Groupon: for $10, you can register for a statewide fitness challenge with Shape Up RI (a $20 value). The 12-week team challenge begins February 7, 2011. Teams can have anywhere from five to 11 members.
Recently featured in the Cranston Herald and Providence Journal, Shape Up RI is the toned brain baby of Brown Medical School student Rajiv Kumar and is based on the principle that the keys to getting fit and staying healthy are peer encouragement and teamwork. After registering, the process is broken into several steps. Simply entice friends and family with promises of goblin gold to get them to join your team. You’ll each get a start-up kit of a pedometer, logbook, and wristband, and you’ll plan your own regimen. Together you'll make healthy choices, sign up for break-dancing lessons, learn to put large men in sleeper holds, or simply take long walks together. Track your progress online and expect tips, tricks, and member profiles along the way.