In January 2014, Gold’s Gym members from South Texas (McAllen, Mission, Pharr, Harlingen and Laredo) enrolled in the 12-week Gold’s Gym Challenge, giving individuals the opportunity to transform their bodies in just 12 weeks. Male and female winners were announced in five different age categories: 18-29; 30-39; 40-49; 50-59; 60+.

Throughout the three-month span of the Challenge, participants from South Texas worked with Gold’s Gym trainers and/or on their own to transform their lives and a chance to win their share of $75,000 in Local and National cash prizes. With close to 450 members participating at the South Texas level and thousands nationally, the results were astounding, with contestants shedding an estimated total of 2,088 pounds and 1,074 inches across the five South Texas Clubs! The 1st place winner from each club received a 1 Year Membership to Gold’s Gym so they could continue their journey of health and fitness. Jacob Weikel, from Gold’s Gym Pharr, was announced the Gold’s Gym South Texas winner beating out 450 contestants and was awarded the 1 Year Membership, a $3,000 cash prize, and $500 Glamour Shots certificate. He also went onto Nationals winning 2nd place in his division beating out thousands of contestants nationwide!

“We could not be more proud of our Challenge winners for their tremendous success and are thrilled to have played a role in their transformations,” said Teresa Garcia, Director of Customer Relations for Gold’s Gym Pharr. National Winners were chosen based on total body transformations including the following criteria: before and after photos, amount of weight lost/gained, muscle tone, inches lost/gained, and personal testimonials.

“It has empowered me to be stronger physically and mentally,” said Jacob Weikel. “I feel better within my body and about my body, and I’m more confident and pro-active in all areas of life.”

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