Yes, the challenge has begun! With a total 27 challengers and prizes up to $600 the competition is fierce. The main goal of the Gym Rats challenge is to help you reach your full potential… and a little friendly competition is always fun. And for a little extra motivation our featured image above is of one of our members who has completed multiple challenges and has made huge progress over her time here at Gym Rats so stay focused and you will see results.
And just to make this challenge extra special, we (your Gym Rats trainers), will be joining in on the fun too with our first employee challenge. Say what?! That’s right guys, your trainers and owners will be doing a little challenge of their own so please help keep us in check during these next 6 weeks. We all know how competitive your trainers are so this is going to get interesting, ha ha! Good luck to all and as always, Get Fit, Don’t Quit!!!
If your looking for that little extra push then our Gym Rats challenge is right for you. Not only does it help you to reach your goals, you can also win a whole lotta cash!!! We’ve been doing these challenges now for over 3 years and every challenge is unique and different than the one before mainly due to the contenders. So wether this is your tenth challenge or your doing it for the first time, its fair game for all. So check out our challenge details below and challenge yourself.
Details: This is a Body Fat loss challenge, not a weight loss challenge. Winning is by losing the greatest percent of your body fat. For example, if you are starting at 20% body fat and lose 10% body fat, you have lost 50% of your body fat and score 50 (that’s really good) Winner has highest score. The beauty of this contest is the weight doesn’t matter as it is not a true reflection of our overall fitness progress as muscle weighs much more than fat.
•Must be a Gym Rats Fit client
•Weigh in Monday August 14th/Tuesday August 15th and again at the end of the challenge Monday February 25th/Tuesday February 26th.
•Must like us on Facebook and Instagram
•Must check in on Facebook/Instagram minimum 3 times a week when you attend class or you will be disqualified.
• Use these hashtags #6weekchallenge #gymratsfit #getfitdontquit and tag @gymratsfit
•$60 buy-in includes discounted body composition; $40 towards pot, $20 for body comp.
•Separate men & women’s challenge
•Pictures will be taken of each challenger before and after for progress. We recommend wearing the same outfit, more tight fitting then lose.
•Prizes will be decided on the amount of contestants entries.
•Sign-up sheet is in the office. Payment is due at time of sign-up.
In my opinion, strength training is a must. It has amazing benefits that enhance your physical strength, mental health, physical appearance and overall well-being. Over the years of training I’ve increased my strength significantly by incorporating different methods of strength training such as bodybuilding, strongman, and hypertrophy style boot camp. These methods of training keep me from getting bored and help me to relieve stress all while continuing to build muscle. My physical appearance has changed due to an increase in muscle, which in turn keeps my body fat relatively low. Overall I feel great and can definitely say it’s due to Strength Training.
Here are some of the key benefits of strength training…
Strength training helps keep the weight off for good.
Not only does strength training aid in shedding pounds, it helps maintain weight loss, too. A recent study revealed that women who followed a weight-training routine 3 times a week increased the amount of calories burned in normal daily activity (in addition to those burned during exercise), helping them to maintain their current weight.
2. Strength training protects bone health and muscle mass.
After puberty, whether you are a man or a woman, you begin to lose about 1 percent of your bone and muscle strength every year. “One of the best ways to stop, prevent, and even reverse bone and muscle loss is to add strength training to your workouts,” advises Troy Tuttle, MS, an exercise physiologist at the University of Texas Medical School in Houston.”
Strength training makes you stronger and fitter.
Strength training is also called resistance training because it involves strengthening and toning your muscles by contracting them against a resisting force. There are two types of resistance training:
Isometric resistance involves contracting your muscles against a non-moving object, such as against the floor in a push-up
Isotonic strength training involves contracting your muscles through a range of motion as in weight lifting.
Both make you stronger and can get you into better shape. Remember that with strength training your muscles need time to recover, so it should only be done on alternate days. Always take some time to warm up and cool down after strength training.
Strength training helps you develop better body mechanics.
Strength training has benefits that go well beyond the appearance of nicely toned muscles. Your balance and coordination will improve, as will your posture. More importantly, if you have poor flexibility and balance, strength training can reduce your risk of falling by as much as 40 percent, a crucial benefit, especially as you get older.
Strength training plays a role in disease prevention.
Studies have documented the many wellness benefits of strength training. If you have arthritis, strength training can be as effective as medication in decreasing arthritis pain. Strength training can help post-menopausal women increase their bone density and reduce the risk of bone fractures. And for the 14 million Americans with type 2 diabetes, strength training along with other healthy lifestyle changes can help improve glucose control.
Strength training boosts energy levels and improves your mood.
Strength training will elevate your level of endorphins (natural opiates produced by the brain), which will make you feel great. As if that isn’t enough to convince you, strength training has also been shown to be a great antidepressant, to help you sleep better, and to improve your overall quality of life.
Strength training translates to more calories burned.
You burn calories during strength training, and your body continues to burn calories after strength training, a process called “physiologic homework.” More calories are used to make and maintain muscle than fat, and in fact strength training can boost your metabolism by 15 percent — that can really jumpstart a weight loss.