Summary of FF’s July Fit & Fat Loss Challenge!

Summertime is a great time. The weather is beautiful in Manitoba and there are many things we can look forward to for great adventures and social gatherings. Along with the good times often comes an attitude of relaxation and when it comes to health and fitness … ‘checking out’, people going ‘off the deep end’ in terms of nutrition, and many people wavering in their commitment to strength training and other forms of fitness.

We put out a call through an accountability challenge with very unique guidelines regarding:

  1. Training at Fukumoto FItness: getting to your sessions
  2. Bonus Reps Post-Session: improving fitness while already at the facility
  3. Nutrition: utilizing a “Junk Score” where people determined their own level of indulgences for the week.

Weight and BF% was taken pre and post challenge, guidelines were given, a tracking scorecard required to bring to gym was given, and an accountability group was set up on Facebook.

We are very excited to share some of the results with you through an in-depth survey we took after the challenge!

PS. This was the 2nd time this challenge was offered as we did the same challenge in June!

Some Measured Statistics:
  • Measurements done pre/post 38/45 = 84%
  • Survey done post-challenge 35/45 = 78%
  • 12/38 were new to challenge  and 3 out of the the top 4 achievers were first time challengers
  • Group bodyweight changed by 41.4lbs net lost (38 people) that’s an average of 1.1lbs lost
  • 57% of people got 160-195 points for workouts +extra reps (11-13 workouts+extra reps, 13 was the max countable)
  • Junk Nutrition Score: 57% of people were more than 60% successful (met GJS 3 out of 5 weeks or better)
Top 3 reasons Participants Joined:
  • accountability
  • weight loss
  • fat loss
followed closely by being part of a group and falling off the wagon
Most challenging aspect of the challenge: 
Nutrition (86%)
Top 3 reasons Nutrition part was most challenging:
  • people around me
  • not being well planned out
  • reducing consumption of treats (junk, alcohol, etc)

Hard time of the challenge:

  • 36% recovery week
  • 25% week 4 (week after recovery week)
  • 19% whole time
80.6% of people in survey (35) said positive physical changes
Reason for results:
  • lost weight and BF
  • better mindset, kinder to self, moving in better direction
Top reason for not getting results:
  • did not execute well
% of People Who Reported They Would Try Again: 100%
Participants were most proud of:
  • progress not perfection mindset shift
  • added home workouts
What would people do differently next round?
  • holidays, vacations were more challenging than expected
  • better tracking
  • plan better (for meals and workouts)

IMPORTANT POINT: While the overall results are quite different than in June people were less emotional about the weigh in at end. Most had a different focus of maintaining rather than going for max results and feel they can maintain this better. July seemed to be more challenging than June as a time of year for indulging situations as well.

Highlighting Some Top Results:
*these prizes based on % of physical change made relative to starting points
Men’s Winner: Eric S
Women’s Winner: Nicole L
*Free entry into next challenge, Biosteel Jar of Choice, TNF Bag (North Face)
1st Place Overall: Eric S (also gets box of GORP)  
2nd Place: Melanie S Shaker Bottle, 3 Pink Drink, 3 Gorp Bars, TNF Bag.
3rd Place: Yvonne V 2 Pink Packets, 2 Gorp Bars, TNF Bag.

2 Random Draws (included everyone who did pre and post measures & survey on time): Christal S & Jenn M (1pink drink packet, 1 TNF bag, 1 TNF buff)

Thank you for your effort and for your honesty in your surveys everyone.

This challenge gave YOU the power to decide for yourselves what was reasonable and to be honest to the process. Although uncomfortable, many of you embraced this. The point is not the 30 days, the points, the Junk Score, the weight loss … it is becoming aware of your behaviour, being honest, being kinder to yourself, and deciding what you’re willing to do (if anything) to take steps forward to be better. This is a long-term play folks … if you realized this congratulation! 
Look BIG PICTURE.  Look 1 year out. Perhaps now that you have had a little bit of progress you continue on with that. Maybe you have 6 months where you execute similar behaviours (assuming you made some progress) and you have 2 months that are really dialed in and 2 months not so great. Maybe you have 1 amazing month and 1 horrible one. In a year, you still come out a different person for the better … and that’s just 1 year of decent consistency. Then take that picture 5 years out….and beyond….see what we’re doing here?
Of note, if you are not kind to yourself, have expectations not based in truth or sustainable behaviour … you may still have some physical progress but be unhappy and unsatisfied so that is perhaps the complicated root of the whole shebang. Don’t fret as we can even overcome these things..we are seeing this every day here! 1% better is all you need for now!
Thank you also for those who actively contributed to the Facebook group which was reported to be a very good source of encouragement and motivation.
We’re proud of you no matter what happened, you hung in there! And its not over …

We are a caring community of genuine people who want to meet you where you are so that we can live better together!

At Fukumoto Fitness, we strive to create a place where you experience dynamic coaching, efficient training, effective accountability, and feel safe yet challenged.

We are DIVERSE yet we are one FAMILY.

We are about RESULTS but are MORE than ‘just fitness’.

We CELEBRATE your story. We are about long-term PROGRESS, not perfection.

We are excited about your STRENGTH. We EMBRACE flaws.

It’s about what you CAN do today.

We are committed to being a HIGHLIGHT of your day.

We are committed to being a part of CHANGING YOUR LIFE.

We are better together!

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