Gold’s Gym Challenge 2020 - What’s the scoop?
For the 17th annual Gold’s Gym Challenge, Gold's Gym Newburgh and Gold's Gym Middletown will award $15,000 in cash and prizes to members, equating to its biggest local prize pot ever. The awards are based on who is determined to have the most positive overall 12-week physical transformation starting in January 2020. 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners will be chosen in 5 different male and female age categories (18-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60+). All 10 FIRST PLACE winners will ALSO have their results submitted to Gold’s Gym corporate national judging where $100,000 will be awarded.
Is the Gold's Gym Challenge considered a weight loss contest?
No. An independent panel of judges will view all before/after photos (faces are covered) to choose the winners in every male/female age category based on positive overall physical transformation. While weight loss often accompanies transformation, it is not always the case. In fact, some people can lose little to no weight, yet significantly "tranform" through changes in body composition (e.g. lose body fat, gain lean muscle). For this reason, the Challenge is NOT a weight loss contest. Winners are chosen based on the most inspiring positive overall physical transformation as seen in the before/after photos. Once the field of participants is narrowed down in every category through viewing of he before/after photos, the judges may choose to look at the changes in weight, body measurements, and/or body fat as shown in the GOLD’S 3D scans to determine the order of the top finishers. When that's not enough information to decide, it often becomes necessary to read the essays. In other words, it's often it's too tough for judges to make final decisions based on photos and measurements alone. As such, all participants are strongly encouraged to provide their heartfelt thoughts and feelings about how the Challenge impacts their life, as it can make a big difference in who is chosen to be among the winners!
How much does it cost to sign up for the Gold's Gym Challenge?
$90. HOWEVER, a $10 holiday coupon will be applied equating to $80 through 12/31/19). A portion of every sign-up fee goes to the prize pot for Gold’s Gym Newburgh/Middletown members.
What’s included in the Challenge sign-up fee?
All of the resources listed below are INCLUDED with your sign-up fee. Whether or not you choose to use them is up to you. You may choose to do the Challenge on your own OR take advantage of any/all of these valuable items:
1. One personal training session 2. Challenge handbook and nutrition manual 3. One week of Alloy Training/Gold’s Studio 4. Before/after photos and GOLD’S 3D scans – done in comfortable private setting (necessary if you want to be considered a Challenge FINISHER and eligible for prize money). 5. Discounted training packages 6. FREE private training & nutrition workshops at both Gold's Gym Newburgh & Gold's Gym Middletown 7. Gold’s Gym Challenge T-Shirt 8. Private Challenge Facebook support group 9. Awards ceremony and reception – open to Challenge FINISHERS only
What does it mean to be a Challenge FINISHER?
A Challenge FINISHER is any Challenge participant who does their BEFORE and AFTER photos and GOLD’S 3D scans at the gym on their designated start/finish dates AND submits their Challenge essay within 2 days of their AFTER photos/scan.
What is the Challenge essay?
The Challenge essay is a short essay (one page or less) that participants submit at the end of the Gold’s Gym Challenge, sharing their thoughts and feelings and what they’ve experienced in terms of change as a result of the Challenge. Participant essays are important to the Challenge judging process when it’s hard to pick the final winners based on before/after photos and measurements only. Essays help break any apparent ties in the judging process.
Do I have to follow a specific strategy when doing the Challenge?
No. What you choose to do during your 12 week Challenge journey is up to you. The goal is for you to achieve your best possible physical transformation over the course of 12 weeks. You can do the Challenge on your own or embrace any/all of the resources that are INLCUDED with your Challenge sign-up. We don’t monitor your activities in any way, but do provide plenty of support and motivation as outlined above.
When are the Challenge start/finish dates?
Gold's Gym Newburgh/Middletown members can sign up for ANY flight in either location (doesn’t have to be your home club). You must then FINISH within the same flight on the same corresponding date/location as shown below. The START and FINISH dates are only for your BEFORE and AFTER photos/measurements. You can work out and trainer whereever or however you want during the 12 weeks in between your START and FINISH dates.
FLIGHT A – Photos/Measurements at Gold's Gym Middletown START Mon, Jan 6th - FINISH Mon, Mar 30th START Tues, Jan 7th - FINISH Tues, Mar 31st START Wed, Jan 8th - FINISH Wed, Apr 1st
FLIGHT B – Photos/Measurements at Gold's Gym Newburgh START Thurs, Jan 9th - FINISH Thurs, Apr 2nd START Fri, Jan 10th - FINISH Fri, Apr 3rd START Sat, Jan 11th - FINISH Sat, Apr 4th
FLIGHT C – Photos/Measurements at Gold's Gym Newburgh START Thurs, Jan 23rd - FINISH Thurs, Apr 16th START Fri, Jan 24th - FINISH Fri, Apr 17th START Sat, Jan 25th - FINISH Sat, Apr 18th
FLIGHT D – Photos/Measurements at Gold's Gym Middletown START Mon, Jan 27th - FINISH Mon, Apr 20th START Tues, Jan 28th – FINISH Tues, Apr 21st
FLIGHT E – Photos/Measurements at Gold's Gym Newburgh START Tues, Feb 4th – FINISH Tues, Apr 28th START Wed, Feb 5th – FINISH Wed, Apr 29th
What time will my photos and GOLD’S 3D scans be taken?
After you sign up for the Challenge, you must reserve your 7 minute START time appointment at the service desk of Gold's Gym Newburgh or Middletown. Your photos and measurements will be taken at a specific time that you choose within your selected flight. Time slots are limited and posted at each gym (Gold's Gym Newburgh & Gold's Gym Middletown), so it’s best to sign up and reserve your spot as soon as possible.
If I previously won money in the Gold's Gym Challenge, can I win again?
Although you can participate in the Challenge again, you are not eligible to win prize money in if your BEFORE weight on your start date is 10% (or more) heavier than the AFTER weight of your previous Challenge results within the past 2 years. For example, if your Challenge AFTER weight was 210 pounds in 2018 or 2019, you would not be eligible for prize money if you weighed 231 pounds (or more) for your BEFORE weight in 2020. This policy exists to discourage participants from losing and gaining significant amounts of weight every year to compete in the Challenge. If you've previously won money in the Challenge nationally, you are not eligible to win again on the national level regardless of your starting weight.
How do I sign up and pay for the Challenge?
You may sign up and pay at the front service desk OR sign up through this website. The absolute latest sign-up and start date is Feb 5th, 2020.
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