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:
- Training at Fukumoto FItness: getting to your sessions
- Bonus Reps Post-Session: improving fitness while already at the facility
- 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!
Total FF Members who signed up for challenge: 65
# of Members who did pre and post measures = 59/65 (91%) *this is an important # to us as we really emphasized that no matter if it went well or not-so-well, we felt it important for people to honour their word and finish the challenge in this way. We’re proud of how many of you did!
# of Members who did measures & filled our post-challenge survey report = 50/59 (85%) *another important # to us as we gained a lot of great information on how people went through the challenge from a physical, mental, emotional standpoint.
The Top Reasons people said they joined was a combination of either: Accountability, Weight/Fat Loss
Out of 3 elements of challenge, the toughest was reported to be: NUTRITION
Top 3 Nutrition Challenges: portion sizes, being well prepared, emotional eating
Other Challenges: figuring out ‘junk score’, comparing to others, emotions during measures
Toughest Times in Challenge: Week 2 (the first full week), and Week 5 (finishing up)
People really struggled with expectations on what SHOULD be happening based on … well, when it comes down to it personal thoughts and emotions. Living in the land of ‘shoulds’ is not a fun place!
Another challenge was ‘all or nothing’ thinking and ‘writing off’ days, weeks, the whole challenge or placing responsibility on ‘others’, ‘social events’, and verbiage of ‘having no choice’.
Not one person reported the nutrition portion as being ‘not challenging’.
70% of participants got between 180-210 points for training sessions/extra reps *this translates to 12-14 (out of possible 14) sessions & extra reps!
Out of 59 measured, we had a net loss of 186.2lbs (avg of 3.12lbs/person and included in this # are those who gained weight as well). The range was anywhere between -13lbs to +5lbs and from -5.3% BF to +1.8% BF. (These are phenomenal results. And what’s even better as they are realistic and reasonable based on better habits and behaviour, not the pursuit of perfection).
90% of members reported positive physical changes (50/59 people) as seen via weight loss, fat loss, how clothes fit differently.
3 other top benefits reported: felt encouraged by others, felt more on the right track now, proud of themselves
Common “proud of myself” theme: Continuing, finishing, picking up after a bad instance/day/week, not quitting.
98% (49/50) reported they would be interested in trying this again (and many did start a second round for July!
2nd Place: Mike M (men) & Debbie B (women) *Shaker, 3 pink drink packets, 3 GORP bars
3rd Place: Jeff S (men) & Felicity E (women) *2 pink drink packets, 2 GORP bars, North Face bag
2 Random Draws for all participants who did pre/post measures as well as survey: Melodie Schellenberg and Aimee Amante (1 pink drink, 1 North Face Buff, North Face bag)
Thank you for your effort and for your honesty in your surveys everyone.