We just finished Biggest Loser "21" on Monday night, and we also started a new one, too. As expected, Mark Clark was the overall Biggest Loser, after a tremendous run up to the finish.
The winner of many of the early weeks, Mark came on strong in the last three weeks, losing about 20 pounds. He finished first in Week Twelve, losing another 6.4 lbs and 2.3% of his body weight.
Krista Krabel finished second for Week Twelve, losing 1.6 lbs and about 1.0%. Completing the 12 weeks was especially satisfying for her. She had tried a couple years ago but had to drop out due to pressing health issues. It was nice seeing her successes every week.
Our Biggest Loser over the 12 weeks, Mark Clark lost a total of 54.2 lbs, and 20.0% of his body weight. This was even more impressive because he did it in just 11 weeks, having joined us after we'd already completed Week One. This breaks down to a weekly average of 4.9 lbs, almost 5.0 lbs a week!
Mark says that sticking with it is key. He also says he had a lot of help from his faith. It gave him a purpose for all that hard work, as well as strength when he needed it. He still has quite a way to go before he gets to his ideal weight, but now he knows he can do it.
We also started the new Biggest Loser "22" last Monday night. For the first time ever, we've shortened it to seven weeks. If people are going to drop out, it usually happens by then. Those that are left usually have the tools and motivation they need to succeed, so they're ok. They just keep doing what they're doing, like Mark did.
What I'm looking for, is to try to give the others more success. Hopefully, more people will feel like they can stick it out for at least seven weeks, and they'll have more incentive and motivation to do so.
We're going to make a couple of other changes too. Normally, I start off easy and ramp it up over the 12 weeks. With the shorter seven week structure, we've got to hit the ground running, so each workout will be a little tougher. This time, the workouts will be similar to the well known "T-25" and "P90x3" workouts, made popular by Beach Bodies, like you see on TV.
For the first time ever, we're also giving them free access to our regular boot camp and kickboxing classes. I wanted to give them lots of chances to succeed. They'll need to modify a few things in those classes early on, but it won't take long before they get up to speed. I'll keep you posted!
If you'd like to participate in this new, shorter 7-Week Biggest Loser, we still have lots of room, and you can still join in. There are several members from the Rec Center taking the class, alongside members from the gym. Everyone's welcome.
See me as soon as possible so we can get your initial weigh-in, and I can take you through the fitness assessment they did last Monday night. The first official workout is next Monday night at 7pm, so I hope to see you then!