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HotFit 2.0 Don’tcha Know?

Health in the soil grows health in the plant. Ray Brons recently posted on the HotSchedules blog, and I paraphrase, that employee retention is again moving to the forefront of the collective business mind. Begin by hiring the right individuals. Then retain them by showing you value them. Offer them ways to improve themselves, and […]

Health in the soil grows health in the plant.

Ray Brons recently posted on the HotSchedules blog, and I paraphrase, that employee retention is again moving to the forefront of the collective business mind. Begin by hiring the right individuals. Then retain them by showing you value them. Offer them ways to improve themselves, and their production will flourish. Provide reasonable flexibility around their daily lives and they respect your respect of them. Do all of this and then offer them a chance to achieve, to compete and to have fun, and you foster an ideal symbiotic employer/employee relationship.

Enter HotFit: a competition that HotSchedules created for its employees to boost self esteem and team confidence, build relationships between employees, and enlighten us to the fact that we work for a company that rocks(as if we didn’t already know). The first HotFit was so successful that we recently kicked off HotFit 2.0. Ultimately, this is our company giving to us and inspiring us to give back to aid in our mutual accomplishments. We both benefit, therefore we both succeed.

For those who participate, it starts with a healthy fitness competition for a prize.

HotFit consists of four competitive categories:

-Strength: 50 push ups, 50 sit ups and holding the “plank” position the longest

-Fitness: 20 push ups, 30 sit ups and a two mile run

-Percentage weight loss

-Overall weight loss

Teams are announced, with team leaders chosen from winners of HotFit 1.0. Each team devotes one member to each segment of the competition.

The HotFit contest was announced early in February. We’d all had a solid month to recuperate from the hullaballoo that is the end of the year. Perfect timing: a fitness contest right after Holiday indulgence to get back in shape; the chance to win a Wii after realizing only too late that it was what I really wanted for Christmas…whatwhatwhat??!!

Admittedly, the prize sparked my interest. I had not seriously exercised in years. Years. No joke. “I have to run how many miles? What the hay, it’s a Wii. It’s worth a shot, eh?” I had a picture in my head of setting my goal and reaching it, running across the finish line in slow-mo with angels singing the heralds of my achievement.

…but this was no three-legged race.

HotFit is about challenging us to push our limits. Healthy competition among colleagues certainly aids in our motivation. For myself, who found it normal to wheeze after one flight of stairs and often pulled muscles from merely standing up out of my chair, this suddenly became my passion. I decided I had no chance of winning a fitness competition against these younger, much-more-fit-and-accustomed-to-exercising colleagues of mine. I was just going to get off my tail and run two whole miles for the first time in, well, probably ever.

In the weeks of training every other day I had never actually run the entire distance. I trained on a treadmill while envisioning finishing the race. Every day, I would attempt five more sit ups or push ups than the day before. Every time I ran, I was running further before tiring. I came in dead last in the first round, and that was awesome in itself. We need that to be humble. I never walked, though. I ran the entire way. This was no longer about a video game.

I am gearing up in the last week before the second and final round of the competition. I am more fit than I’ve ever been, and my personal physical accomplishments floor me! I’ve never been an extremely active person, and I honor the strength this fitness/personal commitment opportunity has brought me. What say I use my newly discovered confidence to better support my company? Now if that’s not symbiotic, then I’m an otter’s whiskers! I assure you, I am not an otter’s whiskers. I very much dislike shrimp.

The personal achievements of others with whom I work every day has also inspired me to no end. One team, Team Crying Knees, lost a key player days after the competition began, ultimately providing them their catchy Team Name. Captain Clinkenbeard stepped in to cover for Buckley Crying-Knee in the first competition. Will Mr. Crying Knee be able to step in for the second round finish? We shall see…

Or what about the head-to-head match-ups in the Strength competition. The “Plank of Death,” otherwise known as world of wiggles, showed us why our support team lead is just that. Those are some strong muscles, Warrior Fiona, aka Diamond Fissss, aka Kristin!

Or how about Jaime, our support manager, who has been inspiring in his devotion to his daily 3 mile running and diet practices? Lost over 30 pounds in 2 months. We should have taken before and after shots! What did the weight-loss winner gain? “There’s no substitute for hard work and dedication. That’s how I lost (all that) weight,” says Jaime. True that!

Then there’s the running up and down stairs barefoot for half an hour to lose the last bit of water weight before weigh-in. And these give me chills- the ones who did not fare so well in the first round, who came back for more and wailed on their first round score. That’s determination. Any of you out there can feel free to comment with additional stories and details after reading this!

Leaders emerge in times of impetus, and others are inspired toward future emergence when the time is right. That is when we gain unity, trust and forward motion as one unit.

We should all be proud of ourselves for this undertaking. Whatever its results, what can YOU learn from it? About yourself, your teammates and your employer? A company values employees who value themselves. A good company presents opportunities for self improvement of individuals as well as the whole. Even knowing yourself and feeling confident in that will bring to light that you can do a task and be proud in it. I might have had a donut, because they are yummy, but that’s not going to stop me from keeping up my daily exercise routine now that it’s started. I’m focused on the goal and taking steps to reach it, enjoying what each and every step brings.

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