Whole Life Challenge Champions!
Well a week has passed since the demise of the Whole Life challenge and no doubt some alcohol has been shot, sipped or shaken, sugar warmly welcomed and possibly even some grains gone wild on your plate. Congratulations! If you were amongst the top 20 finishers you likely deserve the stomach aches! Then again I didn't finish in the top 20 and my tastebuds have dabbled with all of the above (in moderation of course
and in the form of a glass of wine, oatmeal and dark chocolate) so perhaps consider that food is not a reward, cheat days do not denote blowing your load and that you all learned an incredible amount about yourselves, your bodies, and your minds and for that you are all champions.
I know I don't speak as a lone soldier on this when I say that one of the coolest things about these challenges is the inspiration, spirit and proven results from so many of the participants. We have seen it before: pounds shed, medications lowered, and some l-b's added to your lifts but one of the best take aways is seeing people blossom as their confidence increases and they get a bit more pep in their step. No doubt I learned this in some rom-com movie staring Jennifer Lopez or Hugh Grant but when I go to a wedding while everyone is watching the bride walk down the aisle I glance back at the groom because in that moment he has a look of pure happiness. Last weekend in timing the baseline workouts and taking measurements I saw that same face on every whole life challenger .Take Jordan Siperstein, for example, if he gets to class early he hangs out quietly by the foam rollers but then lat Saturday I kid you not I am pretty sure I saw both his hands in the air as he threw down a little happy dance post the baseline workout. Or Becca Clason who has been with us for a few months, clocks in consistently 3x a week, ad post WLC has decided to give some "All Levels" classes a go! We are so fortunate at DogTown to have some of the top athletes in the world call our gym home and wow are they incredible, but do yourself a favor next week and take a look at the person to your right as I have a hunch they too are up to big things.
So on that note of passion for what we are ALL up to, without further adieu I bring you our 2012 Whole Life Champions!
Most Improved workout with a 22% increase in speed, Nikola Kantar!!!!
Most Improved (*) body measurements with an 11% decrease in inches, Omid Kahalil!!!!
Drum role please…..
Top Female with a 18% increase in speed, 12% decrease in measurement and perfect "check-in" score, Claudia Padula!!!!
Top Male with a 10% increase in speed, 5% decrease in measurement and perfect "check-in" score, Christopher Ambrosini!!!!
(*Note Omid was second in lost inches and Claudia first but in fairness we wanted to spread out the reward love. It is also probably worth noting that Omid and Claudia are tying the knot next month so they are obvi a solid team but also proof that there is power in doing things with others!)
Huge thanks to Dogtwon, Brian's Bowls, WOD Gear, Hylete, SFH and Ventura meat in your generosity for our winners circle! Winners please see Liz or Josh for your prizes!
As for the rest of you players, great job don't lose now and in the words of Nas "play on playas"
Incredibly inspired but all of you. Your teammate,