While most people are watching the Super Bowl and reaching for another slice of pizza, the members of Square One gym will be torching calories instead.

The Omaha gym, located at 132nd Street and Industrial Road, is hosting the Big Game Calorie Crunch on Sunday for clients who want to work out and watch the game without the hot wings. The average person consumes 1,200 calories and 50 grams of fat while snacking during the Super Bowl, according to the Calorie Control Council.

“We wanted to give people an alternative to that to stay on track,” said Michelle Jud, the social coordinator for Square One.

The event is only open to Square One members, who are “people of size,” or those with at least 40 pounds to lose.

Seventeen people are signed up to watch the game at the club while exercising, but she expects 20 to participate. They hope to burn 40,000 calories over three hours using ellipticals, treadmills, stationery bikes, exercise balls, weights and step-up platforms, among other things. Jud said there will be as many exercise stations as there are people.

There will also be healthy food options, including fresh veggies, homemade protein bars, nuts and almonds.

“You have to stay fueled if you’re working out for three hours,” she said. Participants are encouraged to work out at their own pace and take a break when they need one.

Jud said 11 people burned 23,000 calories at the first event last year. The club plans to host the Big Game Calorie Crunch next year, too.

“It is still fun, it’s still a chance to watch the game and feel like you’re having a party without all the bad food,” Jud said.

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