Winter 2012 Paleo Challenge

Get rid of that holiday “cheer” and back into the swing of things with our Winter 2012 Paleo Challenge!

The Details

  • Duration: Monday, January 2nd – Saturday, January 28th (a mere 4 weeks!)
  • Entry Fee: $20 to fund the prize pool.
  • Prizes: Top man and top woman will split the prize pool (last time we ran a challenge the pool was over $1000!). Top 3 men and top 3 women receive a free month of unlimited BBC membership.

How To Enter


On Monday, January 2nd, you’ll have the opportunity to join the challenge during any of our regularly scheduled classes — we’ll be talking a little bit about nutrition and doing the buy-in benchmark workout in every class. (Of course, you can still come to class even if you don’t want to participate in the challenge!)
Come ready to:

  • Fork over $20 for the prize pool
  • Pose for ‘before’ pictures (details below.)
  • Complete performance benchmarks (details below.)
  • Weigh in (this will be kept confidential — you may opt not to weigh in, but it may negatively impact the benchmark portion of your score, as we are taking into account change in performance relative to change in bodyweight.)

After the event you must also:

On Saturday, January 28th during regularly scheduled classes, we’ll be having the end-of-challenge weigh-out / benchmark / after-picture all participants.

What To Eat

We advocate eating real, unprocessed, whole foods.  We suggest that you eliminate refined carbohydrates, most importantly sugar and grains.  Base your diet on garden vegetables, especially greens, lean meats, nuts and seeds, little starch, and no sugar.  You may have heard us talk about something called “paleo” — you’ll become a lot more familiar with this during the nutrition seminar!
Everyone’s starting from somewhere different with this, so each of you will choose a commitment that seems reasonable and achievable for you. We’re offering you:

  • Beginner: eliminate sugar and grains; 1 cheat day a week.
  • Intermediate: eliminate sugar and grains; no cheat days.
  • Advanced: eliminate sugar, grains and dairy; no cheat days.
  • Expert: eliminate sugar, grains, dairy, legumes and alcohol; no cheat days.

Online Resources:

Before and After Pictures

  • Participants must have 3 ‘before’ pictures taken by Sam or Keith at the BBC: front view, side view and back view. Men are in shorts; women are in shorts and sports bra/bikini top.
  • To be eligible to win, participants must have 3 ‘after’ pictures taken by Sam or Keith at the BBC. Same views / attire as ‘before’ pics.
  • Pictures will remain private for the duration of the contest except for print-outs of 3 male and 3 female finalists that will be kept at the BBC and used to vote for winners.
  • Once the contest is over, we would very much like to use before / after photos of participants to help persuade future clients to clean up their diet! We will ask about your preferences on this at the beginning and again at the end of the contest — we hope you’ll help us out!

Performance Benchmark

  • Participants must complete the following benchmark at the beginning of the challenge — “Cindy”: Complete as many rounds as possible in 20 minutes of – 5 pull-ups, 10 push-ups, 15 squats.
  • To be eligible to win, participants must repeat the benchmark at the end of the challenge.
  • Benchmarks must be witnessed by either Sam or Keith or someone they have directly deputized!

9 Comments

  1. Buxy December 20, 2011 at 11:22 pm - Reply

    So excited for this.

  2. stacy December 21, 2011 at 11:03 am - Reply

    with the mere mention of this, I craved pie…

  3. ClaireD. December 21, 2011 at 3:23 pm - Reply

    i’ve been feeling so run down since thanksgiving….totally need this!

  4. Lucas Rooney December 23, 2011 at 1:48 pm - Reply

    I am in!!!

  5. Ariana December 26, 2011 at 3:50 pm - Reply

    I’m shaking in my boots. I already basically eat paleo, but haven’t been doing crossfit lately. I need this challenge so badly. But I’m scared. Will you have a support board up?

  6. tylerdurden January 2, 2012 at 7:04 am - Reply

    BTW, We will be using Fit ID to track our progress. Fit ID is a wonderful online social media site geared towards fitness. It was developed by our very own Dana Z. a/k/a Aeon.
    Please go on and get registered and find the other peeps from the gym.
    http://fitid.com

  7. George January 2, 2012 at 12:01 pm - Reply

    i def need this after these past couple of months. And I had no idea that Dana developed fitID, thats awesome!

  8. Dana (aka Aeon) January 3, 2012 at 1:04 am - Reply

    Thanks Coach Panda for all the support!
    Looking forward to seeing you guys on there sharing your meals, workouts & progress , getting meal ideas from each other & being amongst a community of like minded people! You can find me there too! Dana Zilber
    See you guys on Friday! I will be needing to get on paleo stat!!!!! Download the free app (android coming out in a week) and you will see why lol…

  9. Luke Stiles January 4, 2012 at 4:04 pm - Reply

    Some kitchen tips for all you challengers
    http://helpfulkitchendanzig.tumblr.com/

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