This past week marked the finale of our 20th Biggest Winner Weight Loss challenge.
It’s Langley’s longest running weight loss challenge where everyone is in pursuit of 10 percent of their initial bodyweight in 12 weeks.
And with the guidance, structure and accountability from the BEFIT team, it’s about applying good nutrition and training principles consistently for 12 weeks amongst life’s ever-changing priorities and challenges.
It’s not being in a closed environment where you only focus on weight loss like some tv shows. It’s losing weight while living life.
- It’s taking care of your kids when they’re sick and still showing up for a workout.
- It’s staying late at work and still eating healthy.
- It’s being aware of your actions through long weekends, birthdays, and everything else in your life, balancing social outings on the weekend and earning your carbs when you need them.
This being our 20th instalment of the weight loss challenge, we’ve learned a few things…
Like keeping it simple with the nutrition.
Focusing on consistency and not sweating the small things.
(We save the sweating for the gym)!
And working smarter. Not harder.
It’s about hard work done smart.
It’s about mindset.
Because mindset comes before everything and governs all your decisions in and out of the gym and kitchen.
Because with a hardened mindset, anything is possible.
Like breaking records…
In this challenge, our pursuit of 10% saw a few records being broken.
- We saw the most individuals with 10% in any challenge with 32% of all participants losing over 10%!
- We saw the biggest percentage lost in 12 weeks ever – 19.9%!
- We saw the highest average weight loss total by a group as a whole – 12.5lbs lost per person!
Quite simply, we saw results, with few excuses…
Results like our Biggest Winners Erin and Dario!
Erin broke The Biggest Winner record by losing 19.9% of her bodyweight in 12 weeks!
(The previous record was 19.2% by Cathleena in Season 8 of The Biggest Winner)
She completed 64 workouts in 12 weeks, averaging 5.3 workouts/week comprised of (3.6 STRENGTH/WEEK and 1.7 SWEAT/WEEK).
Here’s a few words from Erin:
“This challenge really came at the perfect time for me. I was ready for a change, ready to get back in shape and be stronger than ever. I’m not gonna say it was easy, but rarely things worth doing are. However, I made a commitment to myself that I would follow through with workouts and adjust my nutrition. Supported by the amazing trainers at BeFit, I was able to far exceed my goals and expectations for this challenge. In terms of fitness, I made sure to hit the gym 5 to 6 times a week, mainly focussing on strength. I made sure during my workout that I lifted heavy for everything with low numbers of reps, slowed down my reps and actually counted all the ‘3 seconds down’ (man, it’s harder than it sounds!). It was important to me to seek the advice of all the knowledgeable trainers, and ask for their guidance on both nutrition and fitness. I also followed the advice of those who had done precious challenges, as well as the trainers, and made sure to get in 15-20,000 steps per day. Being a busy, working mom of three young kids, some days were easier than others! With my nutrition, I, as well as everyone else, faced many challenges! I made a commitment to focussing on the foods put forth by Josh, and not compromising for at least the first few weeks. After the 29 day reset, I allowed myself a cheat day on the weekends, but was sure to jump right back into clean eating. I leaned heavily on the protein and tried to eat at least 1g of protein per pound of lean body weight per day (definitely tough to do, but worth it!), tons of fresh veggies and oh so much water. Completing this challenge was incredibly rewarding for so many of us and has given us a solid base from which to keep reaching new goals. The hard work doesn’t stop yet! But would you really want it to?!”
Dario completed 45 workouts in 12 weeks, averaging 3.8 workouts/week comprised of 2.2 SWEAT/WEEK and 1.6 STRENGTH/WEEK.
Heather put up an extremely impressive 16.6% lost in 12 weeks, putting her in 2nd for biggest percentage of weight lost in 12 weeks.
She completed 45 workouts in 12 weeks, averaging 3.8 workouts/week comprised entirely of STRENGTH.
Mike just narrowly missed matching Dario’s 13.5% with 13.1% and 31.6lbs lost while leaving a few pounds of muscle leftover in his arms!
He completed 50 workouts in 12 weeks, averaging 4.2 workouts/week comprised of 2.9 STRENGTH/week and 1.3 SWEAT/week.
Derek lost 12.6% of his initial bodyweight in 12 weeks while also showing off the guns!
He completed 69 workouts in 12 weeks, averaging 5.8 workouts/week comprised of 5.1 STRENGTH/week and .7 SWEAT/week.
Tanya completed 46 workouts in 12 weeks averaging 3.8 workouts/week comprised entirely of SWEAT.
Pam completed 50 workouts in 12 weeks averaging 4.2 workouts/week comprised entirely of LVFIT.
Meghan completed 65 workouts in 12 weeks averaging 5.4 workouts/week comprised of 4.7 SWEAT/week and .7 STRENGTH/week.
Tyler completed 52 workouts in 12 weeks averaging 4.3 workouts/week comprised almost entirely of SWEAT.
Stef completed 45 workouts in 12 weeks averaging 3.8 workouts/week comprised entirely of LVFIT.
Marie-Lynne completed 50 workouts in 12 weeks averaging 4.2 workouts/week comprised of 2.5 STRENGTH/week and 1.7 SWEAT/week.
Laura completed 65 workouts in 12 weeks averaging 5.4 workouts/week comprised of 3.3 STRENGTH/week and 2.1 LVFIT/week.
Monica completed 44 workouts in 12 weeks averaging 3.7 workouts/week comprised entirely of STRENGTH.
Laura completed 63 workouts in 12 weeks averaging 5.3 workouts/week comprised entirely of SWEAT.
Linda completed 62 workouts in 12 weeks averaging 5.2 workouts/week comprised entirely of SWEAT.
Lisa completed 70 workouts in 12 weeks averaging 5.8 workouts/week comprised of 3.2 LVFIT/week and 2.6 SWEAT/week.
Svitlana completed 54 workouts in 12 weeks averaging 4.5 workouts/week comprised entirely of SWEAT.
The following individuals didn’t hit 10%, but they deserve to be recognized as well for their weight loss efforts.
Chaelene lost 9.7% of her initial bodyweight in 12 weeks.
Emily lost 8.9% of her initial bodyweight in 12 weeks.
Janis lost 8.9% of her initial bodyweight in 12 weeks.
Kaitlin lost 8.4% of her initial bodyweight in 12 weeks.
Jodine lost 7% of her initial bodyweight in 12 weeks.
Mark lost 6.5% of his initial bodyweight in 12 weeks.
Here are Group Stats for the 12 week challenge:
Total participants at beginning: 65
Total participants at end: 53 (12 had to discontinue for various reasons)
Total weight lost: 661lbs
Average weight lost per participant: 12.5lbs
Number of participants who lost 10% in 12 weeks – 17
Percentage of participants who lost 10% in 12 weeks – 32%
Average attendance of the individuals who lost 10% – 4.3 (not one individual was less than 3.7 workouts/week)
With 3 workouts in our facility to choose from (SWEAT / STRENGTH / LVFIT), the data shows that you can get amazing results with whatever style of training you choose.
It’s so important for consistency and longevity that you enjoy your training.
If you like strength training do STRENGTH and eat for fat loss.
If you like a mix of strength and conditioning do SWEAT and eat for fat loss.
If you like boxing with strength training do LVFIT and eat for fat loss.
If you want to work upper body more, train upper body 3x/week, lower body 1x/week and eat for fat loss.
If you want to work lower body more, train lower body 3x/week, upper body 1x/week and eat for fat loss.
However you are training, if you are consistent and eating mindful, you will move the needle on your weight loss efforts.
It’s hard work.
And we look forward to your continued success,
Josh, Karen, Joe, Chantal, Emily, Rachel, and Grace
The BEFIT | LVFIT team
We’ll see you in the gym!