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FITTER, STRONGER, FASTER CHALLENGE

We are challenging you to challenge yourself in the new year — and start 2021 with a bang.

The Y’s 8-week Fitter, Stronger, Faster Challenge is the perfect way to ramp up your fitness, your health and your wellness goals in the new year. The YMCA of Northern Colorado Health & Fitness Department designed this challenge to enhance any training and nutrition plan that you are currently committed to and provide support, encouragement and expertise to help you stay motivated yet flexible during this uncertain time. 

Remember that everyone — at any age and any fitness level — can be fitter, stronger and faster. To help cater this challenge to you, your goals and your needs, we’ve developed three levels:

Initial Fitness Assessments and InBody Scan
Jan 22-28

Virtual Kick-Off
Learn about the website, review the tools available, get your questions answered and get tips and tricks to help you get started.
Jan 29 at 9-10am, 12-1pm or 6-7pm

Fitness Challenge
Jan 29-March 25

Mid-Point Assessments and InBody Scan
Feb 26-March 12

Final Fitness Assessments and InBody Scan
March 29-April 1

Virtual Victory Party
April 7, 6pm (must be present to win prizes)

Basic Level

It’s simple! Utilize the printable workout log, 8-week workout plan, videos and blogs on the Fitter, Stronger, Faster Challenge resources page to set and reach your individual wellness goals. Take part in weekly themes. Just follow these guidelines:

  • 3 cardio workouts per week – 30 minutes or more
  • 2 strength workouts per week – 8 to 10 exercises
  • 1 flexible training session per week – includes stretching, yoga or Pilates
  • Support your exercise efforts by eating well and drinking plenty of water. Focus on eating a variety of vegetables, lean protein and whole grains each day. Avoid processed foods and sugary beverages or snacks as much as possible. 

Basic Level Cost: Free and no registration required!

Challenger Level

Looking for a serious challenge that gets you serious results? The challenger level utilizes accountability and healthy competition to help you feel empowered and motivated during the 8-week program. You benefit from all the basic level resources — including the printable workout log, 8-week workout plan, videos and blogs on the resources page and weekly challenges and themes — as well as the following: 

  • Participation in the weekly leader board; you provide your data, and we post leaders weekly.
  • Three fitness assessments with YMCA Health & Fitness staff, helping you track your improvements. Fitness assessments include a 6-minute run/walk, push-ups and pull-ups (pull-ups and push-ups can be modified).
  • 3 Inbody Scans, a painless process that measures fat mass, muscle mass and body water levels.
  • Access to the Fitter, Stronger, Faster Challenge Facebook group, a community developed for this challenge. Participation is optional, but it’s an opportunity to find support, motivation and learning. Share your story, find inspiration in others’ stories and enjoy support from YMCA personal trainers and wellness coaches. 
  • A YMCA T-Shirt
  • Eligible for victory prizes

You’ll follow these guidelines:

  • 3 cardio workouts per week – 30 minutes or more
  • 2 strength workouts per week – 8 to 10 exercises
  • 1 flexible training session per week – includes stretching, yoga or Pilates
  • Support your exercise efforts by eating well and drinking plenty of water. Focus on eating a variety of vegetables, lean protein and whole grains each day. Avoid processed foods and sugary beverages or snacks as much as possible. 
  • Update the challenge leader board weekly.
  • Take part in the three fitness assessments and InBody Scans to track your improvement.

Challenger Level: Individual

Competes as an individual with other individuals. $50 (Value $250)

Challenger Level: Pair

Competes as a pair — adding your scores together to compete with other pairs. Must register with other participant.

$90 ($500 Value)

Challenger Plus Level

The Challenger Plus Level offers the nutrition information, motivation and tools you need to fuel your life, overcome obstacles and feel amazing. Challenger Plus participants enjoy all the fitness resources, tools and benefits of the Challenger Level including the printable workout log, 8-week workout plan, videos and blogs on the resources page and weekly challenges and themes.

You’ll also receive access to an 8-week nutrition workshop webinar series developed by Karrie Bach, RD and Integrative and Functional Medicine Dietitian. This workshop is designed to teach you what to eat, how to eat and when to eat as well as to help you overcome your biggest nutritional challenges. We will use Zoom to conduct webinars; recordings available if you are not able to attend live.

Nutrition Workshop Details 

Nutrition workshop without Challenge participation available.

Challenger Plus Includes

  • Participation in the weekly leader board; you provide your data, and we post leaders weekly.
  • Three fitness assessments with YMCA Health & Fitness staff, helping you track your improvements. Fitness assessments include a 6-minute run/walk, push-ups and pull-ups (pull-ups and push-ups can be modified).
  • Inbody Scans, a painless process that measures fat mass, muscle mass and body water levels.
  • Access to the Fitter, Stronger, Faster Challenge Facebook group, a community developed for this challenge. Participation is optional, but it’s an opportunity to find support, motivation and learning. Share your story, find inspiration in others’ stories and enjoy support from YMCA personal trainers and wellness coaches. 
  • 8-week nutrition workshop webinar series
  • A YMCA T-Shirt
  • Eligible for victory prizes

You’ll follow these guidelines:

  • 3 cardio workouts per week – 30 minutes or more
  • 2 strength workouts per week – 8 to 10 exercises
  • 1 flexible training session per week – includes stretching, yoga or Pilates
  • Support your exercise efforts by eating well and drinking plenty of water. Focus on eating a variety of vegetables, lean protein and whole grains each day. Avoid processed foods and sugary beverages or snacks as much as possible. 
  • Update the challenge leader board weekly.
  • Take part in the three fitness assessments and InBody Scans to track your improvement.

Challenger Plus: Individual

Competes as an individual with other individuals. Includes challenge and nutrition workshop for one.

$149 ($343 Value)

Challenger Plus: Pair

Competes as a pair — adding your scores together to compete with other pairs. Must register with other participant. Includes challenge and nutrition workshop for two.

$289 ($687 Value)

Victory Prizes

Challenger and Challenger Plus participants will earn points for working out, improving their fitness assessment scores and attending various events. At the end of the challenge, members will be issued a credit on their account that can be used for programs, merchandise or membership. Credits expire one year from date of issue and are non-refundable, non-transferable. For every 20 points earned, members will receive a $10 credit to their account. Must complete challenge and be at virtual victory celebration to receive prize.