The time has come for the Fourth Annual Holiday Bootie Buster Challenge!! Last year we had over 500 people sign up to participate and gave away over $1,000 in prizes.
I love this challenge because it provides added incentive to find time for workouts, find room for veggies and feel good through the holiday season. We’ve all seen the reports that the average American gains and maintains 5lbs every holiday season…that is not the gift that I want to receive or give! Amazingly a lot of people find that with this challenge they end up being MORE active than before because what you measure you change…and suddenly measuring your activity really gets you going!
A few changes are in play this year. As the group has grown it has become very noticeable that some folks simply could never win with their weight lifting, yoga workouts against a competitive triathlete based on the point system. Instead of changing the points, you will see on the sign up form levels…so there will be multiple prize categories based upon the LEVEL you select.
Builders: Maybe you just started training for your first 5k, you are just getting in to the habit of working out..OR you are building your body the majority of the time through yoga and weights. These activities are wonderful but it is hard to earn the same number of points as someone with a 20 mile run.
Doers: You have a training plan that you have been committed to for awhile. Maybe you are trying for your first half marathon, first sprint tri, or just overall increasing your weekly workouts to keep off the holiday fudge.
Advanced: If you are training for a half ironman, ironman, your umpteenth marathon, practice yoga twice daily and run and kick box… let’s be honest you know who you are. If you are active nearly every day in some way shape or form you fall in to the Advanced group…you Type A people should be pleased.
There is always some discussion about the points, but I believe the system is correct. I would say I’m happy to debate it with you…but I’m not.
1 Point per mile (run/walk)
1 Point per 3 miles biked
1 Point per 20 minutes of weight lifting, Pilates, yoga, stretching or abs
1 Point per 15 minutes of low impact cardio (i.e. low impact aerobics, easy biking, skiing, skating, water aerobics, snow shoeing)
1 Point per 10 minutes of high impact cardio (i.e.spinning, kickboxing, lap swimming)
1 Per day where you reach a minimum of 7 servings of fruits and veggies (here are details on what is a serving)
Challenge will run from Nov 19 to Jan 6…this helps to cover you for the major holidays!
Additional points: Because I am all about taking care of your entire mind, body, soul connection there will be additional posts/questions where you can earn points throughout the challenge. Examples have included points for cleaning house for visitors, meditating, reading a book just for you, getting the family active instead of on the couch.
Each week there will questions posted on Facebook and those who participate will earn extra points. The goal is to help us all get to know and support each other with great ideas.
Examples of counting points:
1 hour cross training class of weights and cardio: 2 points weights and 2 points cardio.
1 hour cross country skiing: 4
Why is it weighted towards running? The majority of readers are runners looking for added holiday motivation…and that’s simply how it was when I started it…seems to get us all out the door a little more.
I don’t have a blog can I participate: Yes, but as noted in tracking points there must be some method for us to see what you’re doing. DailyMile, Facebook or another ongoing tool to provide proof.
Why are people counting in decimals? If you do say .2 miles you want those points or you do 10 minutes of yoga, you certainly want those points. So decimals are just fine.
I don't see my activity listed what are the points? If you did Zumba, the elliptical, etc please honestly gauge your intensity level to determine if it was high or low impact. Many classes are a combo of both so you might have high for 30 minutes and low for 30 minutes.
Keep track of your points through whatever means you'd like...just be honest. I will provide a Google Doc for everyone to enter their points weekly and see how others are doing. The upside is it can inspire you and the downside is some folks get tempted to cheat. Based on an issue we had in year one, I will probably need to ask for proof of some sort if the winner blows us all out of the water.
A lot of bloggers like Marlene posted her points in a weekly workout log and it was fun to see everyone commenting or realizing they needed to get their butts in gear. It’s also great to Tweet with #HBBC to follow each other and offer support.
As you know I don’t show you everything up front because I don’t want you to cheat to get all the goodies or even know how you can get all the goodies. I like to do mini giveaway throughout to encourage your ongoing participation.
Here is a small sampling….
Oakley workout pants and top
Iron Sport Works medal hanger
Be Present Tank Top
CEP Compression shorts
Lululemon water bottle
McDavid USA Compression gear
Stonehouse Farms 27 all-natural sauces
Lundenburg Farms grain bowls
Once Again Nut Butters
Whole Life Insurance (great way to add security to your life)
Access the late sign up form here
Once you have signed up you can earn additional points by helping to spread the word:
+1 Tweet with a link to this post and #HBBC something like "I'm ready to take the
#HBBC to stay active this winter...and be rewarded with prizes! http://ow.ly/6VMuv "
+1 Link it up on Facebook (mention @RunToTheFinish so I can see it)
+2 post the HBBC Badge on your blog (right click image and save as, post to your side bar with a link to this page)
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