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Fitness camp begins Monday at Holistic Health & Fitness

— New Year's resolution to get in shape? A Spring Break Bod Boot Camp begins Thursday.

Holistic Health Health & Fitness, 420 Breeze St., begins its annual fitness boot camp Monday.

The 10-week course is designed for people of all fitness levels and offers a wide variety of organized classes.

"You can take it at your own pace," Holistic co-owner Karrie Booth said. "You get to actually pick the classes you want to take. You have to do at least three a week, but in that 10-week period, there's 180 classes to choose from."

From cardio and kickboxing to core training and yoga, there is something for everyone in this year's Spring Break Bod Boot Camp.

"We have a huge mix of classes in there to keep it interesting," Booth said. "We have one we're calling the 'hell-istic class.' It's all power stuff."

Interested persons can attend a boot camp orientation meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday at Holistic.

The camp is open to everyone - Holistic members and nonmembers - and Booth said there is no obligation to join the fitness club at the camp's conclusion.

"I'm sure there are a lot of people out there that made a New Year's resolution to get in shape," Booth said. "This is a great opportunity for them to do that."

For more information, call 824-4700.

Elk hunted in Utah confirmed as record

MISSOULA, Mont. - Perhaps the largest elk produced in the wild, a Utah bull taken in 2008 by a hunter on public land, has been confirmed as a new world record. The official declaration was made Friday by the Boone and Crockett Club.

A special judges panel determined a final score of 478 5/8 B&C non-typical points, 93-plus inches above the Boone and Crockett minimum score of 385 for non-typical American elk and more than 13 inches larger than the previous world record.

It is the only elk on record with a gross score approaching the 500-inch mark, at 499 3/8. Official data dates back to 1830.

The giant bull has nine points on the left antler and 14 points on the right. The larger antler has a base circumference topping nine inches.

The Boone and Crockett scoring system, long used to measure the success of wildlife conservation and management programs across North America, rewards antler size and symmetry but also recognizes nature's imperfections with non-typical categories for most antlered game. The bull's final score of 478 5/8 inches includes 140 inches of abnormal points.

Denny Austad, of Ammon, Idaho, bagged the bull in the Monroe Mountain District in south-central Utah.

Hunting with a self-designed rifle, Austad killed the bull on Sept. 30, 2008. He hunted for 13 days before connecting with the trophy, dubbed "spider bull" for its unique antler configuration.

The previous world record for non-typical American elk was 465 2/8.

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