This year’s Strictly Fitness Challenge winner said he has his wife to thank for the win.
“It was her idea. She talked me into it,” said Nathan Avers of Muskogee.
Avers earned a $1,000 check and plans to buy a bike with the prize money.
A separate teen category was added in the competition this year. The teen challenge winner, Lillian Pinner, 13, plans on using her $500 prize money to open a savings account.
The winners are determined by amount of body fat lost. During the challenge, Avers lost 10.5 percent, and Pinner lost 12.4 percent.
The challenge started Jan. 4 and lasted 12 weeks. There were 269 participants.
Requirements for the challenge included three weigh-ins and 48 gym workouts. Participants were required to pay a one-time fee of $35 for non-gym members and $20 for members.
Lifting weights was not the only option for the 48 workouts. Zumba, CrossFit, fitness boot camp, and boxing classes were available to the participants as well.
Participants attended informative health meetings featuring doctors and health experts.
Teen participant, Kate Williams, 13, said the meetings were very helpful.
“I thought they were very helpful for a lot of people who didn’t know how to stay with it and stay motivated,” Williams said.
The teen challenge winner said she entered the challenge with family support. Her mother, Shawnna Pinner, and grandmother Cindy Roberts also entered the challenge. Prior to the announcement of winners, the family discussed if splitting the money would be an option, if one of them were to win.
The answer was a unanimous no.
“We worked too hard independently to split the money,” Lillian Pinner said.
Results from the challenge could be seen in the room, said Strictly Fitness owner Brian Ousley.
“This year in inches lost, we lost 1,284,” Ousley said.
Many participants commented on the changes they noticed in their health and daily activities since entering the challenge.
Avers said he could run farther and faster.
Williams said she has a lot more confidence, and she feels stronger.
Ousley said the money earned by the winners wasn’t the only reward.
“For so many people, it’s not about the money,” he said. “A lot of people have made a lot of changes in their life.”
Reach E.I. Hillin at (918) 684-2926 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Winners and prizes
1. Lillian Pinner, $500.
2. Zachery Bush, $200.
3. Nichole Adair, $100.
4. Emily Shackleford, one-year gym membership.
5. Jaxon Faulconer, one-year gym membership.
6. Kayla Russell, one-year gym membership.
1. Nathan Avers, $1,000.
2. Candy Young, $250.
3. Barry Watson, $100.
4. Jimmy Lone, one-year gym membership.
5. Nancy Hubbard, one-year gym membership.
6. Eric Coffman, one-year gym membership.