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"Life doesn't need to have big drama to be worthy of note, it already is full enough of little but poignant personal ones. Everyone's story is drama in itself: from the moment you take a deep breath, fight the crowd of voices in your head that scream 'i can't do that', 'it's not possible' 'I must be crazy' and decide to change your life, to the moment you actually get that heart rate up and start moving. Your story is important, it will help inspire others and give hope to all."The over all winner wins Php 50,000.00 cash prize and 1 year membership from Fitness First. Category winners received Php 10,000.00 cash prize and 3 months membership from Fitness First. Over Php 300,000.00 worth of gift certificates and gift packs had been won.
Staying true to Fitness First’s vision of making a difference to the individuals and communities they live among, the company annually holds the New You Achievement Awards (NYAA). This much-anticipated event is a celebration of the members’ outstanding achievements throughout the year.
Now on its 7th year, the awards recognize significant fitness milestones that are classified into six categories. The Health category acknowledges members who were able to improve their well-being and used training to help overcome an illness or injury. Finalists who have successfully achieved their goal of building muscle mass are classified under the Strength category while the Shape category is for those who achieved their goal of weight reduction. The Sports category is for members who found a passion for a sport or trained for a specific sporting event. This year, an Open category was added for members who achieved their transformation without necessarily undergoing regular training with a personal trainer. The Staff category recognizes employees who have used their employment at Fitness First to improve their health and fitness.
After grueling eliminations, 6 finalists rose above the rest. Though all the stories are remarkable, these 6 were the most compelling in terms of depth and social impact of their achievement.
Have you improved your life and used training to help overcome illness, an injury, an operation or reduce your cholesterol or blood pressure?
WINNER FOR HEALTH CATEGORY
At 260 lbs, Prince was diagnosed with severe obesity and gout due to high levels of uric acid 2 years ago. Training with Fitness First for close to 2 years, e is now at 160 lbs and no longer has gout. Prince has become more confident, sociable, and much happier.
Have you achieved your foal of fat loss and made a difference on your physical appearance, confidence and well-being as a result of training at Fitness First? This includes weight loss and general toning.
WINNER FOR SHAPE CATEGORY
Gretchen used to have very low self-esteem because of her overweight. It didn't help that her Mom is very gorgeous and fit, always being compared to her. When she graduated from college, nobody wanted to hire her because of her physical appearance. In 2014, she finally decided to make a change for the better.
She now goes to the gym 7 days a week, and trains with her personal instructor for 3 times. Now, 60 lbs lighter, and 100% more confident, Gretchen admits that taking a rest day is a lot more taxing than working out. In fact, working out is not working anymore, and her next step is to be a group instructor at Fitness First.
PAULO LORENZO TAN
Have you achieved your goal of building muscle mass and made a difference in your physical appearance, confidence and well-being as a result of training at Fitness FIrst? This includes muscle gain and definition.
ERVIN NIL TEMPORAL
WINNER FOR STRENGTH CATEGORY
Ervin Temporal's story of strength goes beyond muscles. Before joining Fitness First, he was a long-haired estrogen-using cross-dresser who had high cholesterol and sugar levels and was diagnosed to be clinically depressed. He had a mishap in the salon one day which caused him to lose his hair and from then he then decided to change his persona. He started committing to be fit and worked out regularly at the club. From 110 lbs, he's now at 142, and from 22% body fat, he is now 16%.
JUAN PAOLO PONTIVEROS (PONTI)
LEO ADONIS POSADAS
Have you found a passion for, or excelled in, a new sport or team activity or found support at your club to help prepare for a specific sporting event such as charity run or a marathon?
WINNER FOR SPORTS CATEGORY
Demo has been training for 2 years now. His journey started with a broken heart, which, as he said, is the same case for every surfer. He went on a sabbatical leave to go to La Union and try to find himself again. When he started surfing, he didn't have the stamina for this physically demanding sport. He soon realized that he needed to gain strength and improve his balance. Demo's personal trainer customized sessions for him and now he is an award-winning surfer.
JOAHNA APRIL HERMANO
WINNER FOR OPEN CATEGORY
Manu's is a story of second chances. By profession, he is a pastor and health trainer who used prohibited substances to enhance his appearance. This year is a year of enlightenment as he decided to clean up his act and train without the aid of substances. It was a long and arduous journey to self discipline that naturally paid off.
ANN LORAINNE PARAGAS
ROLLIE DE LA CRUZ
WINNER FOR STAFF CATEGORY
Biondi has been employed at Fitness First Metro East for 4 years. Being overweight runs in the family, with everyone either obese or overweight. It was a real struggle to go against his natural predisposition. He believes that lifestyle habits are the only thing hereditary and became committed to a total lifestyle change. He also encouraged the rest of his family members to take step towards a fitter and healthier life.
RICHAL PAUL MALING
Those are the inspirational stories of the 6 finalists and winners. All have worked tirelessly to transform and become better versions of themselves. In the end, one emerges to become the overall winner.
and the OVERALL WINNER is
And so that's a wrap for a very inspirational Fitness First Gala night together with my co-bloggers!
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