Sunday, December 6, 2015

Fitness First New You Achievement Awards 2015

The Challenge of the NYAA 2015

November 26, 2015 at Chaos, City of Dreams Manila

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.These categories are Health, Strength, Shape, Sports, Open and Staff.

Heart-pumping performance to begin the program.

Host of the night was Paolo Abrera.
The nominees. 
Mark Ellis, Jaymie Pizarro, Sheree Bautista and ..hmmm..sorry forgot the name of the man.

All the winners of six categories.

Health Category acknowledges members who were able to improve their well-being and used training to help overcome an illness or injury. 

Winner - Prince Chong. 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, he is now at 160 lbs and no longer has gout. Prince has become more confident, sociable, and much happier.

Strength Category -  finalists who have successfully achieved their goal of building muscle mass.

Winner - Erwin Temporal. His 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 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, his is now 16%. 

Shape Category - those who have achieved their goal of weight reduction. 

Winner - Gretchen Sarsaba. Gretchen used to have very low self-esteem because of her being 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.

Sports Category - for members who found a passion for a sport or trained for a specific sporting event.

Winner - Demo Valmores. 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 persona; trainer customized sessions for him and now he is an award-winning surfer.

Open Category - an added category for members who achieve their transformation without necessarily undergoing regular training with a personal trainer. 

Winner -  Manu Reyes. 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.

Staff Category  - recognizes employees who have used their employment at Fitness First to improve their health and fitness.

Winner - Biondi Santi. Biondi has been employed at Fitness First Metro East for 4 years. Being overweight runs in the family, with everyone either obese pr overweight. It was a real life 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 a step towards a filter and healthier life. 

These are the inspirational stories of the 6 finalists. All have worked tirelessly to transform and become better versions of themselves. In the end, one emerges to become the overall winner. 

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