Running a successful weight loss contest.
I am thinking of putting on a 6 week "Thinner Winner" weight loss contest in Jan. I own a 900 sq ft fitness studio and have 25 group/private clients. I'm wondering if I could handle all the tasks that go along with running it. No idea how many people I could get to enter or price it out. Should it be a team comp.???? Any advice?
Have you read this article? It has some great information on planning a weight loss program.
What worked for me is keeping track of the participants' abilities and inches. The numbers are always given privately. The last day of class is when the results are given to the participants... again, privately.
Go ahead and try your idea, haha, a pun. You will gain more from the experience about what to do better next time.
I do like the IDEA article Jessica Cline provides.
I agree with Daniel Kosich in not concentrating on weight.
If someone is upset about the weight/contest idea, maybe it is the team approach that will motivate them to do something. It is their choice to attend and is only once a year, or once a lifetime, again, the client's choice. Our job is to provide options along the road of health and fitness.
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You'll also want to think of how you'll communicate improvement, where and how they'll be weighed in and measured to verify reports, how often they'll have to weigh in, what the participant requirements will be, how you'll create a team environment (private Facebook group?), as well as what the rules will be (can they use supplements, etc).
To keep participants engaged, you'll also want to create some kind of weekly communication, updating participants on where they stand in the rankings and providing them with health related facts and information that will help them reach their goal. Afterall, I have to imagine that the overall goal is that they will want to sign on with other programs you offer. Right?
Have fun with it. The first one is always a learning experience,