Fantastic Four

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Fantastic Four
Fit4Summer Challenge
2017

And The Winners Are…

The 2017 Fantastic 4 Fit4Summer Challenge is in the books! Congratulations to all our winners, and kudos to all the fantastic teams for doing a great job. Many thanks also to our roster of outstanding Personal Trainers, without whom there would be no contest and a less-fit summer. Scroll down to view the results. To see more fun stuff (including additional photos), visit our Fit4Summer Facebook page.

First Place – Team – 10,000 Rewards Points
Team “Half Ton Of Fun”
Arora Daanish, Rajeev Malhotra, Don Hoffman, Scott Broderick
Trainers: Eileen Jacinth, Jillian Jacinth

Jacinth Winners
L-R: Jillian Jacinth, Arora Daanish, Rajeev Malhotra, Don Hoffman, Scott Broderick, Eileen Jacinth

Second Place – Team – 6,000 Rewards Points
Team “Husbands & Wives PowerTeam”
Joe Rivera, Ruby Rivera, Joe Gliamas, Stephanie Milano
Trainer: TJ Lynch


L-R: Joe Rivera, Joe Gliamas, Stephanie Milano, Ruby Rivera

Third Place – Team – 4,000 Rewards Points
Team “Girls Just Wanna Have Guns”
Kristen Lavin, Christine King, GinaMarie Borrerro and Victoria Szelwach
Trainer: TJ Lynch



L-R: Kristen Lavin, Christine King, GinaMarie Borrerro and Victoria Szelwach

Honorable Mention – Team – 400 Rewards Points
“The Green Team”
Melissa Love, Jaclyn Griffin, Maura Bailey and Suzanne Grim
Trainer: Marianela Virela-Mielke

MVM Hon Mention
L-R: Maura Bailey, Melissa Love, Marianela Virela-Mielke, Suzanne Grim, and Jaclyn Griffin

Individual Winners – Men


(L-R) First Place – 500 Rewards Points – Don Hoffman. Trainers: Eileen Jacinth and Jillian Jacinth. Second Place – 250 Rewards Points – Scott Broderick. Trainers: Eileen Jacinth and Jillian Jacinth. Third Place – 250 Rewards Points – Anthony Spadolini. Trainer: TJ Lynch.

Individual Winners – Women

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(L-R) First Place – 500 Rewards Points – Allie Frain. Trainers: Eileen Jacinth and Jillian Jacinth. Second Place – 250 Rewards Points – Suzanne Grim. Trainer: Marianela Virela-Mielke. Third Place – 250 Rewards Points – Ruby Rivera. Trainer: TJ Lynch.

Past Winners...

2016 Winners

Congratulations to Anthony Graziano, winner of the F.I. Triathlon!

Three cheers for the Fit For Summer Challenge – And Beyond Part 2 Winners! These Challengers persevered through the hot Summer months and continued to improve. Scroll down to view complete results.

Part Two Winners

Part 2 Winners

Part One Results

MIT One

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MIT Rem

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Mini Challenges

2015 Winners

The 2015 Winners
First Place Team: (L – R) Rajeev Malhotra, Pedro Calvet, Trainer Eileen Jacinth, Jose Calvet, Frank Calvet (Most Improved Individual) and their Big Check for $6000!
Congratulations to everyone that participated! In the Fit for Summer Challenge, there truly are no losers.

Note: 1st place teams and individual are highlighted in yellow took home $6000.  Second place team and individual in green ($3400), third place team and individual in blue ($2400). Honorable mention to the fittest team is orange. 

The team prizes were: 1st place: $6000. 2nd Place: $3600  3rd Place: $2400

2013 Winners

2013 Winners Are:

Most Improved Teams

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First Place
Trained by Eileen Jacinth

Robert Slayback
Allen Broderick
Tom Yacopino
Jacqui Jacinth 

(117 pts. – Prize: $5,100)

Second Place – Tie!

Trained by Michelle Santangelo
Laureen Sgueglia
Anthony Sgeuglia
Jessica Sgeuglia
Dianne Sgeuglia

Trained by Eileen Jacinth
Nancy Peterson
Ellen Mina
Lynn Downey
Virginia Cassidy

(111 pts – Prize: $2295 each)

Most Improved Individual

trained by Eileen Jacinth
Eileen Plotkin
(51 pts. $510)

Fittest Teams

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First Place
Trained by: Marianela Virella-Mielke

Bernadette Hayes
Therese Nissen
Sue Conway
Ashley Nissen
(355 pts. – Prize: $5,100)

Second Place
Trained by: Iris Greco & Joe Milazzo
Suni Pfenning
David Barr
Jeanette Hall
Carmella Milano
(316 pts. – Prize: $3060)

Third Place
Trained by: Eileen Jacinth
Christine Ippolito
Janese Guilliano
Lisa Calderaro
Tyler Jacinth
(295 pts. – Prize: $1530)

Fittest Individual

Trained by: Marianela Virella-Mielke
Bernadette Hayes
(92 pts. – Prize: $510)

2012 Winners

Most Improved Teams

First Place

1,2,Amy, Glorann, Jackie

Trained by: Amy Llinas-Lynch
Stephanie Cella
Gloriann Cozier
Cassandra Mercurio
Jackie Pappas
Prize: $4000

Second Place

Trained by: Eileen Jacinth
Jeanine Candelora
Tiffany Field
Eva Marie Kehoe
Toni Marie Silverman
Prize: $2400

Third Place – Tie!

Trained by: Eileen Jacinth
Stacey Behrens
Don Hoffman
Dennis Kelly
Megan Kelly
Prize: $800

Trained by: Eileen Jacinth
Lisa Cestaro
Frank Fiorino
Marcia Mulcahy
Laura Riportella
Prize: $800

Most Improved Individual

Trained by: Eileen Jacinth
Janine Candelora
Prize: $200


Fittest Teams

First Place

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Trained by: Eileen Jacinth
Ellen Birch
Lisa Calderaro
Christine Ippolito
Lisa Weisse
Prize: $4000

Second Place

Trained by: Eileen Jacinth
Frank Calvet
Jose Calvet
Pedro Calvet
Mike Milano
Prize: $2400

Third Place

Trained by: Patty Zebersky
Jean Coolbaugh
Gigi Kaliski
Cheryl Rooney
Kathleen Durante
Prize: $1600

Fittest Individual

Trained by: Eileen Jacinth
Christine Ippolito
Prize: $200

2011 Winners

Most Improved Teams

First Place
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Trained by: Marianela Virella-Mielke
Valerie Basile
Jodi Dee
Annemarie Pollard
Pam Vlasak

Prize: $5400

Second Place

Trained by: Amy Llinas-Lynch
Catherine Golub
TJ Golub
Gary Sullivan
Phil Terrible

Prize: $3240

Third Place

Trained by: Marianela Virella-Mielke & Mike Fariello
Laurie Fowler
Chris Pepito
Keith Rein
Gina Rizzotto

Prize: $1080

Most Improved Individual

Trained by: Marianela Virella-Mielke
Jodi Dee
Prize: $600

Fittest Teams

First Place

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Trained by: Chris Moran & Dana Mancini
Marie Neuberger
Amanda Peganoff
Samantha Popp
Kathy Smagala

Prize: $1080

Second Place
Trained by Eileen Jacinth
Ryan Gargiulo
Mary Kurtz
Stephanie Milano
Savannah Puca

Third Place
Trained by Marianela Virella-Mielke
Ilena Dempsey
Theresa Hoff
Melissa Love
Kathleen Lutz

Fittest Individual

Trained by: Amy Llinas-Lynch
TJ Golub
(93rd percentile)
Prize: $120

An Open Letter to Fantastic Four Contestants

Advice from the Champions…

An Open Letter to prospective Fantastic Four contestants…

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The following is an Open Letter to prospective Fantastic Four Participants from the 2011 Winners –  The Coral Battalion: Annemarie Pollard, Jodi Dee, Pam Vlasak & Valerie Basile

Take a minute right now and have an honest look at yourself in the mirror. Really look deep down and realize you do not want this to continue. You want to be a better YOU! Your health and happiness are much more important than overeating and/or eating all the wrong things. Crappy food might look good, but in reality it does not taste the same after a while. You need something to get you back on track and the Fantastic Four Fit for Summer Challenge (F4) is it!

When I joined Fitness Incentive (FI) 24 years ago, I had low self-esteem and very little confidence that I could be successful at a gym. Once I joined and got involved in a fitness routine, I discovered how to make it a priority and it became my biggest stress reliever. I started looking forward to coming, made a lot of friends and eventually FI became an extended family. I am so thankful.

Joining the F4 contest last year was the next step in boosting the confidence I was building at FI and is one of the best things I did for myself. I learned how to eat better and fly right!

Yes, it’s hard work and takes a lot of dedication, but it’s only for 8 weeks. You can do anything for 8 weeks and you will reap many rewards beyond the contest. I can’t lie; F4 was like basic training in the US Army. As I continued, some people looked at me strangely and blurted outright that they would never even attempt such a painful endeavor. Don’t listen to those people – your family and real friends will be so proud of you.

One of the benefits I most enjoyed from F4 was getting rid of all my frumpy clothes. I now open up my closet and know everything in it will look terrific on me. No more bulges, no more flab. What a tremendous feeling! Knowing you worked your butt off and accomplished what you set out to do just makes you feel so sexy and alive again.

My physical transformation over the years at FI and especially with this contest has been amazing. I have come to understand how to work out intensely and intelligently and eat healthier most meals. I feel like a new person- as if I’m in my twenties again.

When we won the contest, I was sky high. I felt like superwoman! Now I know there is almost nothing I cannot do if I apply myself. My F4 Coral Battalion (CB) teammates may look so different in appearance and vary in age, height etc yet we share similar values and ideas. Most of all, our unique strengths have contributed to our winning team spirit and great friendship. I have known them for about one year but being with my CB is now like second nature and an essential part of my “most improved” lifestyle.

After you complete your 8 weeks of F4, you won’t regret looking your finest in the mirror and smiling, shimmying and enjoying Cor’s delicious and nourishing food at the F4 Awards Party. Most of all, you’ll have a blast going into your closet and throwing/giving away a heap of “falling off of me” gear and slipping back into your hot stuff!
– Pam Vlasak

So you’re thinking about doing the contest- I’m thrilled! Totally do it- even if you keep hearing that it’s a sadistic and weak form of torture. We will all attest that it was one of the greatest experiences of our lives, not only because we were the first all-female team to win it (although we won’t lie, that didn’t hurt) but because it changed all four of our lives in such tremendous ways. We got in phenomenal shape (most, some? of which we have kept…), we made life-long friendships, and we all still work out together almost a year later.

Whether you are joining the contest because you want to walk out of the Hibernian Lodge with a four-foot check, or you just want a springboard to get in better shape for summer, here are a few pointers on how to get the most out of your experience.

1) Find a team with similar goals. We cannot stress how important it is that everyone on your team is on the same page with everything from how strictly you will follow the diet to how much extra time you want to spend at the gym for those 8 weeks. These people do not need to start out as your best friends- some of us had never met before- but we were all ready to give it 110% in order to get the job done. If you are signing up individually, talk to your trainer, and be honest about what you want so they can put you on the right team.

2) Listen to your Trainer. No, you are not going to like the diet they give you to follow (yes, it will seem like you are eating dirt and rocks). No, you are not going to think you can do what they are asking you to do (yes, you are going to hurt in places you didn’t even know had muscles) but as Fitness Incentive’s fearless leader Corinne Brown would say… “GET OVER IT!”

3) Balance your workout schedule. You want to make sure you get a mix of strength training, high and low cardio, yoga and Pilates throughout the contest. It’s not enough to hit yoga up for the last two weeks and expect your flexibility to go through the roof.

4) Give it your best shot (alone and with your team). At the end of your 8 week journey, you want to feel like you gave it all you could- not agonize at the F4 party over whether your one weekend of springtime barbecues cost you the prize. The only difference between try and triumph is that little UMPH.
– Valerie Basile

When I signed up for F4 last year, I never realized how much it would alter my life. I lost weight that I wanted to take off for over five years, made lifetime friends and my family has continued to benefit from our healthier living. These are things you would expect from an eight-week intensive diet and exercise program. Something surprising happened though, a passion that was lost for a very long time resurfaced, and it completely took over my life. My family might say I became a bit obsessed, and I was, but it was awesome.

Following Marianela’s (MVM) program was very cut and dry- you just suck it up, do it and stop whining. It taught me so much about me, that I can do something for myself, that I can put myself first. I was soaring with confidence and seeing the results only made me stronger.

Now that it has almost been a year since the end of the contest, I have taken the lessons I learned during those eight weeks and applied them to my new, everyday life. The challenge has prepared me to make the right decisions when eating out or shopping in the grocery store. I have been through tremendous amounts of stress and grief in the last four months and I can tell you with absolute certainty that the contest taught me that I CAN do anything. So, I pick myself up and I still go to the gym frequently because it makes me feel so much better.

I still train with my Coral Battalion friends and with MVM. I’m continuing to build on my success from the contest thanks to what I learned about what I have inside me – resilience.
– Jodi Dee

During the later stages of the contest, our Coral Battalion decided we wanted to stick together and continue to group train with Marianela (MVM) after F4. None of us wanted to give up the fabulous friendships and comradery we had been so lucky to discover. Also, the support and sneering looks a teammate gives you for missing a workout helps us plow forward and be the best Coral Battalion we can be.

MVM gave us a very brief amount of time to ride the wave of joy as the first all female team to win the Most Improved in the Fantastic Four contest. During our first post win MVM workout, we were put right back into our places, feet solidly slammed into the ground and felt as if we had never worked out before in our lives. Man, that lady is tough!

While we train together, we have quite a few laughs, weep silent and sometimes not so silent tears while participating in the physical challenges laid out for us during the session and always, always encourage one another.

The financial commitment to the contest and training afterwards may seem like a lot at first. We recommend that you buddy up with someone else or a group to keep the cost of training down as well as trying the numerous classes the Personal Trainers at FI offer. Along with 1x a week small group training with our plate wielding commander, we attend her free 3D Fit class on Saturdays at 7:25 a.m. in the yoga studio (a 30 minute weightlifting, core-shaking and wind-sucking express train) and are currently doing S^3 small group training (TRX Suspension, Bosu Stability + Kettle Bell Strength) with MVM as well. They are workouts like no other!

If you’re on the fence about the Fantastic Four contest, just GO FOR IT. You won’t be sorry. We aren’t!
– Annemarie Pollard

PS: If you would like any additional pointers, The Coral Battalion can be found in the cafe on Mondays and Wednesdays around 11 am finally being able to enjoy a little creamer in their coffee. (But shhhhh, don’t tell Marianela!)

For 2017, the contest, like the contestants, is getting lean and mean!

We’ve reduced the cost, increased the training sessions, shortened the duration, and streamlined the assessment process. Our goal: To Make the Challenge Great Again!

This year, the challenge runs for 8 weeks. It concludes the weekend before Memorial Day. Perfect! There is NO PRIZE POOL, so there’s no prize pool contribution. So you get to keep you $100 prize pool fee. You’re already ahead of the game. What’s more, we’re awarding you 25 Reward Points just for joining the challenge! So you’re doubly ahead. There are no cash prizes this year, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t big prizes. The top 3 teams and the top 3 individuals will receive hefty FI App Rewards. How hefty? We’ll let you know as soon as we know how many people are participating. The more in the contest, the bigger the rewards!

Enrollment: March 1st to March 20th

Initial Assessments: March 24th – 26th by appointment.
(You will schedule your assessments when you sign up.)

Team Training: March 27th – May 19th 

Ending Assessments:  May 19th- May 21st (also by appointment.)

Awards Party: TBA

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Prizes:

Before you get started, download Fitness Incentive Mobile App! You can get it right here:
For Apple Devices          For Android Devices

That’s because the prizes in this year’s contest will be awarded as “Reward Points” in the App. The total amount of prizes depends on the number of participants in the contest. The prizes are awarded to the top 3 teams and the top 3 individuals. Additional surprise challenges and prizes may also be awarded.

Contest Assessments

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This year we are using the Styku 3D Body Scanner to perform the assessments. The Styku does a complete 3D scan of your body in under 30 seconds with unmatched accuracy. It records hundreds of data points, including your girth measurements (waist, hips, thighs, neck, etc.) as well as compute your body fat (along with other things, such as your health risks). In this contest, we will be scoring contestants on two measurements:

• Percentage of Total Inches Lost
• Percentage of Body Fat Lost

We will test you twice, once at the beginning of the contest to establish your initial measurements, and then at the end of the contest to determine your improvement. We will then add total the percentage of inches lost and the percentage of body fat lost for each team, and the teams with the highest totals of both categories combined will be the winners.

Example:

Most Improved: An individual totals 6% total inches lost, and 10% total body fat lost. They have contributed 16 points to their team score. The improvement score for each team member is totaled to determine the overall team improvement. The team with the highest cumulative improvement wins. 

Note: Weight loss does not directly impact the score. However, total inches lost as well as body fat lost both take your weight into consideration. We use these scoring methods in this contest instead of weight loss because not all weight loss is equal. We are seeking to encourage the loss of body fat while emphasizing the retention of lean mass (muscle).

Cost:

More Training, Less Cost than 2016!

$700 for members, $850 for non-members
(non-member price includes a two-month membership)

The cost can be paid in full or 2 installments (Members: $386.88 when you sign up and $313.12 a month later Non-Members: $461.88 when you sign up and $388.12 a month later)

The contest fee includes all personal training sessions (16), assessments (2), contest t-shirt and the post-contest awards party.

Rules:

There are a few simple rules:

  • No Fitness Incentive fitness professionals (instructors or trainers) can participate in the contest.
  • No relatives of trainers can participate in the contest. No exceptions. Any relative that is discovered to have entered will be disqualified.
  • Participants will be required to show a proof of identification (such as a drivers license) that shows your date of birth and height.
  • All contestants must be assessed wearing form fitting clothing. No exceptions. The assessments are conducted in a private room. When you sign up you will be given a sheet that shows the acceptable clothing for assessment days.

Next Steps:

If you’re interested in joining the 2017 Fit for Summer Challenge, here’s what you should do:

1. If it’s your first contest, or if you have questions about this one, watch the video!
Links to the videos will also be on our Facebook page, and on our You Tube channel. If you have questions after watching the videos, stop by the front desk. They’re ready to help.  

2. Stop by the Desk to Register! You’ll need to make your initial down payment. If you prefer to pay in two installments, the second installment will be billed to your account. Registration starts 3/1 and ends 3/23, but teams often fill up quickly, so don’t hesitate if you’re interested.

3. Pick a trainer and join a team! If you know who you’d like to train with, just let us know when you sign up. If you’re unsure – and many are – let us know your schedule, availability and training goal and we’ll find a team and trainer for you.