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Make a healthy change for 2012

Fitness: It’s a New Year, it’s time to find the new you

Posted: January 20, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: January 20, 2012 1:55 a.m.

Hector Quinonez, of Castaic, demonstrates the Val Slide Push Away at Results Fitness in Newhall. Quinonez was part of the winning team of the 2011 New Year New You contest. His team lost 100 pounds during the six-week contest. Quinonez lost 28 pounds of fat.

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It was January of 2011, and Hector Quinonez was 250 lbs, wearing size 44 pants (with an elastic band), and barely able to do three push-ups.

Quinonez made a promise to himself that 2011 would be the year he would make some changes and get into great shape.

He joined the New Year New You Contest as a non-member at Results Fitness, thinking it could give him the jump-start he needed.

That was the second annual New Year, New You Transformation contest in the Santa Clarita Valley. The grand prize was $5,000, to be awarded to the winning team, and Results Fitness set the goal to help the community lose more than 1,000 pounds of fat.

A kick-off seminar was held where nutrition and exercise strategies were shared to help the participants start the challenge with the knowledge and tools they needed to be successful.

The challenge included different levels of entry, starting at $50, depending on whether the participants wanted to take advantage of Results Fitness and join for the six weeks or if they wanted to do their own program elsewhere.

Anything was allowed. The only rule was that you had to have a team of five people, including two non-members, and the winners would be the team who lost the most weight.

Results Fitness offers this contest as a team event because of the company’s core value, which is to “Be We, Not Me.” Having a team supporting you and keeping you accountable guarantees better results than if you try to lose weight on your own.

Besides the team aspect, the other difference with this transformation contest was that it was truly a transformation contest based on pounds of fat lost and not based on pounds of weight lost.

The starting weigh-ins were done on a very high caliber body fat testing machine called the Inbody. Inbody tells you exactly what your body is made up of — how many pounds of fat, how many pounds of muscle and how many pounds of water.

Three weigh-ins were held throughout the contest and the only important number was how many pounds of fat was lost, not how many pounds on the scale.

If a team lost more weight but they lost muscle, they would not be rewarded.

As the contest began more than 100 of the 180 participants were not members of Results Fitness, including Quinonez.

At the end of the six weeks, Quinonez lost the most fat of any participant. He had lost 28 pounds of fat and gained 2 pounds of muscle.

“I felt great, my team felt great. We lost 100 pounds of body fat. I was hooked and became a member,” Quinonez said.

Quinonez’s team won the contest, and participating residents in the SCV lost more than 1,000 total pounds of fat.

“I drank the proverbial Kool Aid and did everything exactly as the team at Results Fitness told me to,” Quinonez said. “I did not stray from the plan at all and became a true believer in its philosophies. It’s such a great system, and the staff is incredibly cool and knowledgeable.”

A $5,000 check was presented to the winning team of five, including Quinonez, Amy Grant, Jessica Johnson, Sem Martinez and Anders Lindborg.

The amazing part of this contest wasn’t the winning team getting a $5,000 check, but the number of people who got motivated to make changes in their lives.

These people started exercising consistently, started eating healthy and began to take care of themselves.

This was not just a New Year’s crash weight loss plan but was the start of a lifestyle. Quinonez continued with his new lifestyle and at this point one year later has lost 45 pounds of fat and can do 40 push-ups. He described it as “creating a new normal.”

Quinonez has limited time in his schedule to dedicate to exercise, but makes it a priority.

He only works out four days a week for 45 minutes at a time, which is a schedule he can keep up and continue to see results.

“My routine is challenging, never boring,” he said. “Results Fitness is the place that gave me the tools so that I can keep a promise to myself.”

Rachel Cosgrove is the author of “The Female Body Breakthrough” and co-owner of Results Fitness in Newhall. The views and opinions expressed are those of Cosgrove and do not necessarily represent the views of The Signal.

lifestyles@the-signal.com

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