Thousands just like you have taken on the Gold’s Gym Challenge and forever changed their bodies and their lives. Here are a few stories from Gold’s Gym members around the country who have taken on the Challenge:
FEMALE OVERALL WINNER
Lost 41 lbs, 22.75 inches and 9.9% body fat
"It is hard to realize that I am the girl I see in the mirror! I have dozens of before pictures that symbolize every failed fad diet and every attempt at going to the gym. Thank you Gold’s Gym for now I have the after picture I have waited for over 20 long years."
MALE OVERALL WINNER
Lost 46 lbs, 14.75 inches and 13.2% body fat
"I wanted my own body back. After the 12-week Gold’s Gym Challenge I feel fantastic, my weight is back to where it was freshman year. I’m the strongest I’ve ever been and I learned what I’m capable of when given an opportunity to prove it!"
FIRST PLACE: Male 18-29
Lost 50 lbs and 19 inches
"To me, success is maintaining everything I have accomplished and investing in a holistic view of my life, a strategy that I hope will pay dividends for years to come."
FIRST PLACE: Female 18-29
Lost 19 lbs, 8.5 inches and 9.4% body fat
"The Gold’s Gym Challenge literally transformed me physically, emotionally, personally and professionally to push myself harder than I ever thought possible."
FIRST PLACE: Female 30-39
Lost 34 lbs, 20 inches and 13.1% body fat
"After doing every fad diet known to man, I decided it was time to do it the old fashion way, with diet and exercise."
FIRST PLACE: Male 40-49
Lost 52 lbs, 21.25 inches and 15% body fat
"The Gold’s Gym Challenge helped me get off the yoyo wagon & maintain a healthy lifestyle from here on out!"
FIRST PLACE: Male 50-59
Lost 42 lbs, 15.5 inches and 4% body fat
"I can actually say that I am probably in the best shape of my life and I plan on keeping it this way."
FIRST PLACE: Female 50-59
Lost 23 lbs, 17.3 inches and 9.1% body fat
"In the last 10 years, even though I worked out, my weight, strength and diet had deteriorated and I had put on too much extra weight. This year the Gold’s Gym Challenge gave me something new,something fun, something challenging that I never had done before – a new goal!"
FIRST PLACE: Male 60+
Lost 15 lbs, 12 inches and 14.8% body fat
"By achieving my new level of fitness, I am proud that I can serve as a role model and ‘walk the talk."
FIRST PLACE: Female 60+
Lost 15 lbs, 12 inches and 14.8% body fat
"I started the Gold’s Gym Challenge feeling fat and frumpy. Now I feel fit and fabulous!"
FIRST PLACE: Male Overall
Lost 62 lbs
Challenge Motivation "One evening we were eating dinner together as a family and my son was talking about what he wants to be when he grows up. All of a sudden, he stood up proudly and said "when I grow up, I'm going to be big and fat like you, dad!" and he proceeded to stick his stomach out. I was speechless. Was this the example I was setting for my children? My family is a blessing, a miracle and worth every sacrifice it takes to give them a long and healthy life. The first being, the sacrifice of my time to be the dad and role model they deserve. That's where The Challenge came in to play. I needed something to help me keep focused and give me a tangible deadline, 90 days to get back on track, for myself and for my family."
“After a grueling 12 weeks of intense training, overcoming mental roadblocks, personal limitations and physical injuries along the way, I have finally gotten on track. I’ve lost over 60Ibs, more than 8 inches off my waist and I have never felt or looked this great in my life! Now, when my sons imitate me they don’t rub their bellies, they do a push-up, stand and curl their arms to show me their big muscles! They are excited to go to the gym everyday and my oldest son even has his own workout he does with the local Gold’s Gym Kids Fit program! After every class, he’s so proud of himself and can’t wait to share what they did that day – burpees, squats, push-ups, sit-ups. There’s always something new and it makes me proud to see his love for health and fitness. Thank you Gold’s Gym for challenging me to become the person I am today and helping me find the path to develop my sons to the men they will be tomorrow!”
OVERALL FEMALE WINNER
Lost 41 lbs
Challenge Motivation "I was a really happy person until this year. It was the darkest time in my life. My mother, who was my best friend, passed away. It tore me apart. A few weeks later, my husband's job transferred us to another state, away from all our family and friends, just when I needed support the most. Within a few weeks of re-locating, I received a devastating medical diagnosis that will impact the rest of our lives. I felt so sad and all alone, I quit my new job and hit "rock bottom". I began eating to numb my pain and became an unrecognizable version of myself"
“My neighbor encouraged me to join Gold’s Gym, ‘The Challenge”, and went with me to the gym EVERY day. Also, Lindsey, the Trainer, helped me with my diet, and her coworkers Jeremy and Amber were always so positive to me! The Gold’s Gym Challenge completely transformed my life. I lost 41lbs and 22″ off my body. I’m a better version of myself not only physically but mentally.”
Challenge Motivation "My starting weight was 250.4lbs – the most I have ever weighed. I quickly decided that I was not at all happy with my weight and that I had to do something to change. My baby daughter provided me the focus and determination to do this and the Challenge provided me the opportunity to go after it with a very strict time line."
“I learned a lot through this journey about what it takes and means to achieve one’s goals. The first is having a purpose that will keep you focused. For me, it was having a daughter on the way. The second is that having a coach or mentor to honestly assess and guide you is invaluable. I needed that objective person to tell me I was on target and to help hold me accountable. The third and final thing was a gift that I received once I completed this journey and began to share my transformation with family and friends: you become an inspiration to those around you to go after their own goals.”
Challenge Motivation "In the fall of 2011 I tipped the scales at 208 pounds, the heaviest weight I had ever been in my life. Within a few months of that day, I was diagnosed with Hoshimoto's Disease and learned that both my mother and my grandfather were recently diagnosed with diabetes. Beyond them, several member of my family have either suffered or died from heart problems, and I was on track to follow in their footsteps. Most of their issues were either worsened or caused by weight. I had always known that healthy living can improve quality of life, and made the decision that I was going to pursue that life. If not for me, then to ensure my kids wouldn't be impacted by this family legacy."
“I signed up for the Challenge with a little encouragement from my trainer. By the time the Challenge started, I had already lost 45 pounds. My trainer and I discussed our “plan of attack” and set a goal for the 12 weeks. We pushed my physical limits in weight, endurance, resistance, flexibility, agility and balance. Every week there was something new that we overcame. Looking back, it’s incredible to think about all the things I’ve accomplished in three short months! I’m now a strong, healthy woman setting a great example for my family and friends. In the Challenge alone, I dropped 33 pounds, going from a size 18 to an 8! Thank you Gold’s Gym for challenging me to rise to my best!”
Challenge Motivation "One morning as I was looking in the mirror, I came to a realization that my reflection was that of a man I did not know. The lean, trim body of yesteryears somehow had become a distant memory, and before me stood a man with a keg instead of a six pack. Reality hit me! I had to do something to improve my body and my health!"
“With the support system from the trainers and their boot camps, I molded a 63 year old body to a new level of strength and endurance. Today, I not only look good but feel better. After 12 weeks I can say 60 is the new 40 at Gold’s Gym!”
Challenge Motivation "I have oh so many personal conflicts to deal with. My biggest obstacle however, was that I am the caregiver to a disabled mother and two handicapped siblings. In order for me to continue to take care of everyone else, I knew I had to start finally taking care of myself. I knew that in order for me to transform my body, I had to not only diet, but make time out of my day for the gym. This seemed like an unthinkable task."
“I had my ‘after’ picture yesterday and my journey ended in tears again. This time it wasn’t tears of sadness. These were tears of joy. I had refused to weight myself throughout this competition so when Brianna told me I had lost 21 pounds, I screamed so loud I think Newburgh heard me. I did not enter this Challenge to win it. I entered it for motivation that I needed. If I can do this, anyone can. I got my life and my body back and I know this is not the end. It’s only the beginning. I owe everyone around me a special ‘thank you’ for pushing me out of my dark place and into the sunshine with this new hot body. One last thing… FORGET YOU FIFTY!!!! “
Challenge Motivation "I have always struggled with my weight; from when I was the band kid getting beat up in middle school and even after I graduated from US Marine Boot Camp, I struggled. Food has always been a focal point in my life, from family gatherings to experimenting and trying new things. In my family, diabetes and heart disease are common so I am at risk just by genetics. I have 3 beautiful loving children that mean the world to me so I did not want to put them through that anytime soon. The motivation that kept me going to hit my goal was thinking of my children and my wife. They look up to me and they depend on daddy to be around for a long time."
“My trainer, Mark who I now call Yoda of the Gym, was key in helping find the right cardio, resistance and nutrition plan for me. To all my challengers of 2012, good luck with your future and whatever life throws at you. If you can finish the Challenge, you can finish anything. That is what I have learned. I will push myself to the limits and I will be successful. I feel great.”