Meet the Grand Prize Champions of the Beachbody Challenge 2015 – 2016!
They achieved the most inspirational health & fitness transformations of the year with Beachbody’s proven system of fitness, nutrition, and support, and your votes helped them win over $100,000 each!
Los Angeles, California (August 1, 2016) – The Grand Prize Champions for the 2015 — 2016 Beachbody Challenge were announced in Nashville on stage at the Nissan Stadium.
“The Beachbody Challenge helps inspire people to take charge of their lives with a proven system of world-class fitness programs, nutrition plans, and peer support to help them achieve their goals, and it offers rewards for meeting those goals and participating,” said Jon Congdon, co-founder and Chief Marketing Officer of Beachbody. “It’s exciting to see people who change their lives and achieve awesome transformations with Beachbody programs. Carmen’s and Justin’s amazing stories are two perfect examples of that journey!”
Carmen O’Quinn lost 161 pounds in two years. Prior to losing weight, she was morbidly obese, constantly tired, and could NOT keep up with her two small children.
Carmen dreaded airplanes and amusement park rides because she didn’t know whether or not she would fit into the seats. She read an alarming fact that children with an overweight parent were twice as likely to be overweight, and those with two overweight parents were 2.4 times as likely to be overweight.
At the time, she and her husband were both overweight.
“Enough was enough,” she said. She and her husband started a lifestyle change together, and she was surprised how quickly she saw results, losing her first 100 pounds in just 202 days.
“Winning this award means everything to me,” said Carmen. “This has been a long journey, and it has taken a lot of hard work to get here, but it has all been worth it in the end. It wouldn’t have been possible without my Beachbody Coach, who inspired me to get started in the first place and supported me every step of the way, and Tony Horton, who made a workout program (P90X) that I could do as a morbidly obese mom at home. He told me to ‘do your best, and forget the rest,’ and that’s exactly what I did.”
Justin Wells promised his newborn son that he would lose weight and get healthy. But many months later, he still had done nothing to change his lifestyle. Things changed when he survived a serious car crash and realized that, if he had died, his legacy to his son would be that broken promise.
Justin started working out and eating clean, which was difficult at 360 pounds, but he didn’t give up. He persevered no matter what, and his life has completely changed.
Two and a half years later, he lost 164 pounds. He now feels incredible about himself and what he’s accomplished.
“Winning this prize means freedom for me,” said Justin, Beachbody Challenge Grand Prize Winner. “Freedom from the lifestyle I once had. No matter where you are in your journey, you don’t have to settle for where you are. As long as you love yourself and believe in yourself, you can achieve anything that you want to achieve. Don’t sit there and look at someone and wish that you could be like them. Don’t compare yourself to someone else. Just be the best ‘you’ that you can be. Get up each and every day, work out, eat right, and good things will happen.”
The Grand Prize Champions were selected from over 66,000 submissions from satisfied customers who achieved their health and fitness goals. The decision was made, in part, based on the results of an online community vote that took place in June.
Consumers who participate in the Beachbody Challenge earn the chance to win prizes by submitting their personal success stories into the contest. To date, the Beachbody Challenge contest (formerly known as “The Million Dollar Body Game”) has awarded over $10M in prizes since its inception in 2007.
No one who enters the Beachbody Challenge walks away empty-handed. Every single qualifying contestant earns a free gift, like a T-Shirt or other promotional item as a reward for their hard work.
But the biggest and best prizes are awarded at an annual celebration event, where the top eight goal-getters of the year win some serious cash prizes live on stage. The prizes awarded in 2016 ranged from $25,000 to $100,000!
“The Beachbody Challenge was created to add an additional layer of motivation as people do this very hard thing of lifestyle change to get healthy,” said Carl Daikeler, CEO, Beachbody, LLC. “It’s just so easy to quit a fitness and nutrition program without an additional source of accountability. But the prospect of winning a free shirt and perhaps even a big cash prize has really resonated with people. And none of it is based on pure weight loss. This is about inspiration to achieve a goal. That’s what Beachbody is all about.”
You can change your life, too. Take the Beachbody Challenge for the tools you need to Decide, Commit, and Succeed! Complete any Beachbody program, and enter your results. We’ll send you a free gift*, and you’ll be entered for a chance to win cash prizes.
†Results vary depending on starting point, goals, and effort. Carmen and Justin are both independent Beachbody Coaches.
*Free gifts available while supplies last.