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Brothers take on Super Fitness Weight Loss Challenge and each other

The Tucker family has three brothers competing in this year's event, challenging and encouraging each other along the way.

TOLEDO, Ohio — It is always helpful to have a workout partner to keep you motivated when you are trying to lose a few pounds. One local family has thrown some good clean sibling rivalry into this year's Super Fitness Weight Loss Challenge

“I’m Matt, and I challenged my brothers, Andy and Bruce to join me,” Matthew Tucker said

The Tucker brothers all say they are excited to be part of the Super Fitness Challenge this season. 

 “I could see they were having a lot of fun competing in the challenge,” host Kelly Heidbreder said. “So I thought I would create a little side bar challenge for them just for fun.” 

The challenge is a perfect opportunity for their family, the brothers said. 

“We all love sports,” Andy Tucker said. “And this is the perfect way for us to have some fun and all get in shape together.”

Andy and Matt entered the contest in October at the kick-off party. But their oldest brother, Bruce, had to be coaxed into joining. 

“Matt and I kept bugging Bruce to join too, and we knew we could wear him down,” Andy said.

At January's Super Fitness Weight Loss Challenge event, Heidbreder set up a special side competition for the brothers at the University of Toledo's Fetterman Training Center.

"I thought this would be the perfect spot to get this sibling rivalry stoked up,” she said. “They will see who can run the fastest, throw the farthest, and of course, who can do the most pushups."

Andy finished first in the football throw, with a 40-foot long ball, and he also finished first in the 30 yard dash. 

“Well, I think he cheated,” Matt said, as all brothers had a chuckle. 

Matt finished first in the push up challenge. 

“He beat me by just one push up, as always,” Bruce said.

The brothers have been working out together and encouraging each other through this year's Super Fitness Weight Loss Challenge.

“We meet every Saturday at one of the Metroparks just to get together and have a little fun in the fresh air,” Matt said. “It keeps us close and we love to have some fun picking on each other.”

Heidbreder said the family competition is a great way to keep all three brothers on track.

“Having someone in your corner to make you accountable really helps," she said. "These brothers are truly inspiring to the rest of our group. We really love watching them compete. They are very supportive of each other and all the other challengers. I wouldn’t be surprised if I see them fighting for the championship trophy at the finale.”

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