Many Australians dedicate several months of hard training and restrictive diets each year in a bid to achieve their weightloss goals.
But with summer just around the corner, time is ticking and men and women are hoping to sculpt their dream bodies in a fraction of the time.
Thankfully, since the launch of F45 in Australia in 2012, thousands of devoted fitness junkies have transformed their bodies in as little as eight weeks with the cult program’s famed ‘F45 Challenge’.
To prove just how well it works six of the top global transformations of the last challenge have been released – and their jaw-dropping makeovers have to be seen to believed.
Charlie from F45 La Jolla, USA and Lorna from F45 Keperra, Queensland have just been announced as the global male and female winners after competing against thousands of global entries.
Australia’s very own Lorna took out the women’s first place prize by shredding a total of 11.2kg and reporting a 10.5 per cent body fat loss.
Charlie received first place for the men’s category and lost 19kg and a staggering 13.2 percent body fat loss.
After eight weeks of hard work, self-discipline and a strict workout and nutrition regime, Lorna and Charlie have both received a $10k holiday voucher to Bora Bora as first place prize winners.
Runners up include Carlisle from F45 North Adelaide, Adele from F45 Gungahlin, Brendyn from F45 Surry Hills and Sarah from F45 Aliso Viejo.
The F45 Challenge is Australia’s largest fat loss program, having transformed the health and well-being of over 400,000 participants worldwide.
The ‘Functional 45’ challenge revolves around a simple concept – regular 45 minute high-intensity circuit training workout classes and a strict nutrition program designed to ‘reduce body fat and increase lean muscle’.
According to the experts at F45 it’s all about following three distinct meal plan phases while attending the classes up to six times per week.
The exercise classes are all slightly different and focus on ‘functional’ training – that is is exercise that mimics or recreates everyday movement.
These types of exercises typically involve the use of your full body and multiple muscle groups so things like lifting, squatting, jumping, twisting, pulling, pushing, punching, kicking, rowing and biking are all included.
The fixed, 45 minute time frame is in place to provide a ‘timing structure’ to maximise progress and the workouts are ‘never the same’ day-to-day.
Workout programs include interval circuits, intense cardio, traditional circuits, resistance training with crawling, boxing, kickboxing, plyometric sessions and military-style resistance systems.
The first nutrition phase is all about alkalising and detoxing the body by focusing on cleansing, eliminating, preparing and stimulating specific functions of the body.
During this phase the body is cleansed from a build up of toxins and there is a focus on removing fluid retention and beginning the process of eliminating sugar cravings.
In the first two weeks, they see huge results on the scale due to the removal of fluid retention.
The second phase is about defining the physique and the nutrition is based on a high protein diet to support muscle hypertrophy, assist in muscle recovery and repair and create healthy fat loss results.
The final two week phase is about entering shock mode and focuses on a high fat, low carbohydrate nutrition plan to strip the remaining body fat, enhance muscle recovery and suppress appetite.
A low intake of carbohydrates encourages fat storage to be used as the energy source instead of glucose. This is known as the ‘ultimate fat shredding phase’.
The last F45 8-Week Challenge for 2018 will begin on the 8th October.
This Challenge round will not only include F45’s very first Challenge Meal Delivery Program, but will have one of the largest prizes in store for the top male and female transformations