We just wrapped up our annual HotFit contest and I think it's safe to say that all who participated learned a little something about themselves and their colleagues. We had six teams with five people each, which means that nearly half the company participated – a great turnout. The categories were:
- running (~3 miles)
- swimming (600 Meters)
- strength (sit-ups, push-ups and the plank)
- total weight loss and
- percent weight loss
Each team got to come up with its own name and team flag. There were some super creative names too - like Team Skinny Jeans. That one has to be my favorite.
Back in mid-Sept., we had an initial weigh in for the weight loss categories, a race for the swimming and running categories and a test to see who could hold the plank for the longest after doing 50 sit-ups and push-ups. Phew. Makes me tired just thinking of it. This initial benchmark set the bar, and each team member trained for the next two months to try to improve on their time or weight loss by the end of the contest.
The teams also got bonus points if members committed to doing things like abstaining from alcohol, keeping a food journal, or taking a daily multi-vitamin, etc during the two month contest period.
On Friday, Nov 18, we held the final weigh-in and races, and we all cheered each other on. We had a couple of people lose up to 30 lbs! Another guy who held the plank for more than 11 minutes! Amazing.
But more than just the individual performances, there was an outcome for the entire company as a whole. The contest was a great reminder to pay a bit more attention to health, whether in establishing or enhancing a work-out routine, eating a more healthy diet or remembering to add vitamin supplements.
Even further, it was a fantastic, two month-long team-building exercise for HotSchedules. That’s just one more cool component of the HotSchedules culture that makes this a great place to work.
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