I am a long time T-Nation member, and I am looking for a little advice regarding a physical fitness challenge at my office.
I started working at this job this spring, and apparently in the past they would always do a weight loss challenge in January (new years resolutions). Over 30 people participated last year and went as far as spitting in cups to lose weight before weigh-ins! I think the winner lost 18 pounds in a month and a half!
Now here is where my question comes into play. Everyone in my group is pretty healthy and slim as it is a young and relatively active deptartment. Last year the only criteria was pure weight loss with no specifics on what kind of weight was lost (i.e. “The Biggest Loser”). This may not be a bad idea for a morbidly obese collection of slobs, but the people I am working with are not. I have created a system which I think would be much better to work with and I wanted to get your feedback on the design and if anyone here has done anything like this in the past.
Initially, I would begin with a weigh-in and body fat % test. Over the course of 1.5 months, points are accumulated as follows:
Lean body mass will be calculated at day 1, and at day 45 based on weight and body fat %. This way if a subject loses 10 lbs of fat and gains 2 lbs. of muscle, they will not be penalized for muscle gained, this also allows the more physically fit to be involved! Lets face it, not everyone’s fitness goals revolve around weight loss!
I am thinking a points based system which will award 1 point for a lb. of fat lost, and 1 point for a lb. of muscle gained.
The main issue that I am running into is this: What is the best way to get a Relatively accurate BF% off of 20+ people that it would not really be proper to strip down and start pinching. Also hydrostatic testing is not really an option here. I think Calipers and a simple 7-point system would work, and I am okay with a ± of 2% or so. Thoughts?