After 8 weeks of sweating and dieting, Andrea Babb wins fitness challenge

Challenge champ Andrea Babb (centre) poses with her awards, along with gym principals Sophia Forte (left) and Kirk Bryan.
Challenge champ Andrea Babb (centre) poses with her awards, along with gym principals Sophia Forte (left) and Kirk Bryan.

At the end of the Want It Live It, Ultimate Fitness 8-week Challenge, with participants already looking forward to the next one, Andrea Babb has emerged as the “ultimate winner”.

In addition to being declared overall winner, for which she was presented with a challenge award, a spa bag and treatment from Chakra Spa, Babb also won the Clean and Press Deadlift Challenge. For that she won a lunch for two from Crystal Cove Hotel.

The Knee Raise Challenge winner was Rashad Babb and the Leg Press Challenge was won by Jolene Anderson, while the award for Consistency in Leg Press Weight went to Sherryann Turton who did 15 reps at 560lbs.

Noreen Richards won a special award for the Consistency in the Pedometer Challenge; Sonia Shepherd, an award for Most Weight Lost in the challenge, the most consistent in all aspects was De-Jane Gibbons; while Joel Headley and Dennis Corbin won for Most Inspiring and Most Improved participants respectively.

Consistency, Dedication and Assistance throughout the Challenge went to Isha Forte and Victor Haynes.

Rachelle Holder (left) and Erica Leacock (right) with leg press weight champ Sherryann Turton.
Rachelle Holder (left) and Erica Leacock (right) with leg press weight champ Sherryann Turton.

Body by Kirk and Lifestyle Body Solutions principal, Sophia Forte was especially grateful to the participating companies which donated prizes including Chakra Spa, Crystal Cove, Hilton Barbados, Radisson Hotel, Shannon’s Salon and Suga Bowl, as well as Caleb Cook of Apple Fruit Salads catering.

She said that 30 clients participated in the June 3 to July 26 challenge which pushed participants to get as fit as they could in eight weeks by creating positive pressure to help achieve more fitness than before.

“Kirk and I believe that we were able to motivate and encourage our members to reach and surpass their goals during the Challenge,” she explained, referring to fellow gym principal Kirk Bryan. “However, some clients started quickly and in the fourth and fifth week respectively, some persons had stated that they were exhausted and needed to take a break.

“Overall, clients benefited from increased weight loss, increased muscle, improved fitness and healthier eating habits. The challenge also saw greater camaraderie and the birth of the walk group which Erica [Leacock], Bonwin [Medford] and Sherry [Turton] formed and that was extended to persons who were not even in the challenge.”

With clients asking when the next challenge will begin, Forte said, “Although it is something we would like to do, we would make it shorter, maybe six weeks, and would also seek sponsors who would support our clients’ achievements and success. Chakra Spa and Crystal Cove were exceptional in this regard.” (LB)

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