Recently, on a night out with some coworkers and friends of mine, we all began talking about the “fitness challenge” that our fitness center is having for staff members during the summer (I work at a college, so we have a full gym at work). It took about 2 minutes for us all to decide that the 4 of us would form a team and crush the competition (never mind that the point of these types of things is not to crush your opponents, but instead to make yourself healthier. Oh well.) We started the competition last week, and I just want to share some of my thoughts on this particular program since I know that a lot of workplaces are now starting to have similar fitness/healthy living challenges. Are they really beneficial?
This is basically the mindset of our team. We’re awesome.
Overview of the program:
This particular program has several components: cardio, strength training, and weekly nutritional and fitness “challenges” for extra points. Points earned are based off of completing the weekly challenges, as well as percentage of body weight lost. Body fat % is measured, however I don’t believe that that weighs into the final points system for each team. Body weight will be measured and reported once per week, and body fat will be measured every other week.
In order to get points for exercise each week, each team member must strength train at least 2 times per week, as well as hit a certain number of minutes of cardio (the number increases each week, from 100 min the first week to 320 min in the 12th -final- week)
Why am I doing this?
True, I consider myself to be already in OK shape; I’m strong for my size, I follow a regular strength training program, and I have regular (tough) conditioning days. However, I would be arrogant to think that I don’t have something to improve apon, right? If you’re not getting better, you’re either stagnant or getting worse — neither of which seem like good options to me.
Beyond that, there is something about the appeal of teamwork that draws me in. It’s a great feeling to be a part of something and to know that there are at least 3 people who are supporting your goals. Also, who doesn’t want a little extra motivation? Sure, I’m not really lacking in the workout motivation department, but a little extra kick in the pants can only benefit me. Knowing that 3 other people are depending on me to do my very best will give me that extra push on days when I’m feeling less than stellar.
Let’s also not forget that I do have some body fat to lose…especially since I spent a week on vacation eating about 80% refined carbs 🙂 This could be exactly what I need to kick it up an extra notch and really make some good progress!
Challenges This Week:
In this first week of the program, our challenges are as follows:
- Nutritional challenge: Drink 6-8 glasses of water per day. Sounds easy, you say? I’ll touch on this more tomorrow.
- Fitness Challenge: Complete 100 pushups (not all at once, but 100 over the course of the week). This one is easy for me, and at this point I’ve got 50 down with 4 days to complete the other 50. No probski.