My gym is so great, not only do they have killer classes, cleanliness and overall greatness going for them they also run these really cool contests for members (at a fee of course!).
This spring season is the Fantastic Four - Fit 4 Summer Challenge! Basically a million groups of four compete against each other for the next 8 weeks. Each team meets with a trainer twice a week for an hour session, follows a diet plan and tries to rock it on their own for a chance to win prizes and the "title" at the end. I was skeptical to join past challenges, but was won over by all of the success stories I saw so I decided to give it a go this time around.
So far I've had 2 sessions, both were great. We are doing a strength/cardio circuit that is absolutely killer - think weights, followed by squats, followed by push ups, followed up by....you get the picture! The diet part I'm struggling with a bit - it's not foreign to me, they basically want you to cut out sugar/flour/wheat which is something I did for months, but am reluctant to follow again - I felt too restricted and by the end I was hungry for all the "bad" stuff I couldn't eat. Even though I felt good while on it, once I went off I was a mess (think 10lb gain over the course of a few months). I'm really trying to watch my food and eliminate the sugar. I've cut back, with the goal of no processed sugar by next week.
I'm really excited to see how I progress over the next 8 weeks, the motivation is not only the health/weight loss benefits, but I'm cheap and this is expensive!! :)
Training so far this week:
Mon - Half hour with trainer
Tue - Abs/arms class
Weds - Hour with trainer
Thurs - not sure - maybe spin after work
Fri - Off, heading to Burlington VT for a conference which leaves my weekend workouts looking spotty, hoping to get a run in Sat. morning.