Imagine your boss offering you a $2,500 prize for losing weight. Wait, that’s not all. Now pretend he told you he would even allow you to hit the gym on company time as long as your work gets done. Sound crazy? Well, that’s exactly what Chris and Preston Schell offered their employees Jan. 16, at their weekly company meeting. The contest was slated to last 12 weeks and was to be determined by the total percentage of weight lost. The reason was to help employees gain better health, peace of mind and a better. more comfortable body. First prize was $2,500; second prize $1,000, and third prize $500.
I was asked to come in and help launch the event by giving participants the information they needed to train correctly to give them a better chance of success. Employees responded with several questions while looking for an edge to help them win the contest.
Shortly after my speech, I was approached by Jeff Anemone, who works for Chris Schell at Echelon Custom Homes. He asked me if I would help him win the contest by enrolling him in my 12-week Body Transformation Program. I told him I’d be glad to help and made an appointment to meet him at Gold’s Gym. The next day, Jeff and I got started. I set up his program and off he went. For the next 10 weeks, Jeff received a crash course on how to live a healthy lifestyle.
To his credit, he attacked his training like a schoolboy fighting for a starting position on the varsity football team. During this time, a funny thing happened: Jeff’s cholesterol levels returned to normal, and he was able to stop taking his medication. His doctor was baffled, but she told him to keep up whatever he was doing. Jeff had entered the contest two weeks late, but his results were well ahead of schedule.
In the early morning hours of Sunday, April 12, contestants from the Schell Brothers Companies staggered in to register their final weights. There were many impressive transformations, since a lot of employees took the contest very seriously. By the end of the day, it became clear Jeff Anemone had stolen the show. He had lost a total of 38 pounds and 19.66 percent of his body weight. He had dropped from 193 pounds to 155 pounds in just 10 weeks.
When asked about winning the Schell Brothers Biggest Loser Contest, Jeff responded by telling me he hasn’t been in this good shape for 20 years. He also said he’s far from finished. After a day or two of rest, he and I will resume his training. Stay posted for further results.
Chris Antonio is a personal trainer at Gold’s Gym in Rehoboth Beach. He is also a former world-class weightlifter. He has been lifting for more than 20 years and has trained a wide variety of clients ranging from All-American athletes to the average person trying to get into shape. To send a question to the Ask the Trainer column, email Chris at Askthetrainer@antoniostraining.com or check out AntoniosTraining.com for training tips, news and inspirational stories.