Thanks to everyone who participated in Synergy’s 2016 SLMsmart Challenge! Enthusiastic men and women across North America set their sights on achieving healthy transformation using powerful products and nutritious foods. With money and prizes on the line, these participants experienced a 90-day journey meant to inspire life-long habits and maintainable weight management.
In the end, a panel of judges chose three winners based on before-and-after pictures and visible progress. The decision was a difficult one, as many fantastic photos were submitted by inspiring individuals. While our applause goes out to all the participants, we especially congratulate the following three Challengers for their winning achievements:
3rd Place: Trevor P.
Living not far from Synergy HQ in Utah, Trevor participated in the Challenge, hoping to find the success he hadn’t found elsewhere. Trevor had sampled more than a handful of diets throughout his lifetime, and found most to be unrealistic, discouraging, and too drastic for his lifestyle. Now, using Synergy products, and with the help of coach Tommy Bethards, Trevor achieved over 60 pounds of weight loss (20% of his starting body weight!), progress that he plans to maintain and improve upon going forward. Congratulations to Trevor on his new physique, his $250 prize, and his overall success as a SLMsmart Challenger.
2nd Place: Kevin B.
The California sun shined on Kevin over the past 90-days as he exercised, ate smart and worked toward transformation. “What a life changing experience,” said Kevin. “Great products, coaching, and work-outs.” These led Kevin to lose 34 pounds (16% of his total body weight).
Synergy Team Member and Challenge Coach Tommy Bethards remarked that “Kevin has done something which is pretty hard to do. He cut a lot of fat without losing much strength. In fact, his whole upper body looks more muscular which, to me, just shows that he was dieting the right way.
1st Place: Eric P.
With a contagious smile and a voice that sounds strikingly similar to Matthew McConaughey, Eric Poland of Kentucky has won the top prize in this year’s SLMsmart Challenge. He lost 40 pounds, 20% of his body weight and about 7 inches from his waist. What makes Eric’s story all the more interesting is that he also competed in last year’s SLMsmart Challenge and lost 20 pounds then! Unsatisfied with last year’s results, and knowing that he could do better, Eric made this second effort and gave it his all. Truly a smart decision!
Eric is a former teacher and coach, a devoted husband, a father to two beautiful, young children (one of whom has been diagnosed with special needs including cerebral palsy), and a full-time employee at the world’s only Corvette manufacturing plant. Stay tuned to our blog for more of his fantastic story and learn how he overcame obstacles to achieve greater fitness, healthier weight levels and a smarter outlook on eating and activity.