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#MFCHALLEN6E (2022) Winners - 100-Day Transformation Challenge

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Introduction

“Pwede ba talag maging shredded without doing so much cardio?”

“Can you really lose weight with only 3 workouts per week?”

“Can you really build muscle and lose fat with only 5-7 exercises per workout?”

“Can you really have six-pack abs eating the foods you love and without meal prepping?”

“Pwede ba talaga ma-achieve yung dream body ko while still eating RICE and drinking alcohol?”

These are the questions I always get when I recommend Minimalist Fitness Program to someone na hindi familiar sa methods ko. Since sanay sila sa “work hard only” approach, it’s understandable that their first reaction would be full of doubts and skepticisms…

“No way! 5-6 days a week ako mag buhat, masipag sa cardio, and meal prepping for 7 days a week with very slow results tapos ngayon you’re asking me to do less and expect faster gains?! Sigurado ka ba?!”

After I show them a lot of results from my method nare-realize din nila na di gumagana yung ginagawa nila currently. Buti na lang, kumakalma din sila at nakikinig. And more often than not, ang last nilang tinatanong is…

“Can I really achieve the body that I want without killing myself in the gym and in the kitchen?”

The answer is a loud YES! And the #MFCHALLEN6E results will prove you that 100%. Stick til the end para malaman mo how the winners did it.

Before I reveal the results and the 5 winners, quick backstory muna tayo. Reading everything below will help you understand pano ba yung judgment ko in picking these deserving winners.

Below is the history of the #MFChallenge. I would suggest reading this first if you're new here but if you really want to skip to the winners and results, just click the arrow..

Ano ba yung #MFChallenge and how it all started…

In September 2017, I created a 3-month transformation challenge na exclusive para sa Minimalist Fitness Private Facebook Group members. We called it “#MFChallenge”, and from that, naging yearly tradition na sya that highlights the fitness journey of MF members.

The goal of this challenge is to transform yourself in the next 100 days following the Minimalist Fitness Program. You do not have to live in the gym and grind your ass off and make fitness your only focus (you can of course, but you don’t have to). All you need to do is enjoy your life, train 3x a week using the workout routines in the book, eat the foods you love while tracking them, and just focus on what matters.

Sounds fun, right?

What made this event even more exciting is that 5 winners will be selected at the end of the 100 days, and they will take home a total of 35,000 Pesos in cash! And since a lot of the contenders will be coming from the Kaizen Transformation Coaching Program (where we combine fitness + personal development), meron tayong different set of prizes which means up to 230,000 Pesos ang cash prize if Kaizen members ang manalo sa Top 5.

Eto yung prizes if a winner comes from the MF Group:

1st prize – 15,000php

2nd prize – 10,000php

3rd prize – 5,000php

4th and 5th prizes – 2,500php each

 

Eto naman yung prizes if a winner comes from Kaizen:

1st prize = P60,000 + P40,000

2nd prize = P40,000 + P30,000

3rd prize = P20,000 + P20,000

4th and 5th prizes = P10,000 + 10,000 (each)

Last year was about achieving outstanding breakthroughs in the contenders’ transformation, not just in fitness but in other important facets of their lives as well. This year, it’s all about pushing further and breaking boundaries to win their best year yet. 

To join, they only need to:

  1. Buy Minimalist Fitness program
  2. Submit a BEFORE photo entry following my instructions

So kung kasali ka sa Minimalist Fitness Facebook Group, you’re automatically included.

The instructions are simple: Read the book, apply the knowledge, and commit for the duration of the challenge. That’s it.

#MFCHALLEN6E Judging Criteria

Previously, ganito yung judging criteria natin:

  1. Progress: How well they’ve improved – this is the most important 
  2. End Result: Final look
  3. Difficulty of the Transformation: Cut, bulk, recomp, getting to <10% body fat, etc.
  4. History: This includes your best physique in the past, how much muscle mass you were carrying at your best, experience with dieting/cutting, drug usage, etc.
  5. Votes from Other judges I’ve Selected: This ranges from acquaintances, friends, bodybuilders that I follow, and to anyone whom I think is fit and qualified to give their opinions regarding the matter

But since our family has grown bigger now (13,000+ members) at padami din ng padami yung sumasali sa challenge, ni-revise ko yung criteria to make sure we’re doing our best na makapag judge with fairness and quality. After all, Kaizen is one of the biggest values na tinuturo ko to my students and members. (Kaizen means continuous improvement by the way)

Now, eto na yung bagong criteria with their corresponding percentages, so contenders for next year, take note!

  1. Progress (70%): How well they’ve improved – eto yung pinaka important. 
  2. End Result / look (10%): Their “end” look. Kung gaano kaganda yung end look nila. Example: Pwedeng nag-lose ng 100lbs ang isang contender pero madami pa din syang pwedeng i-lose (say, another 50 lbs), then di pa ganon kaganda yung “end” look nya. Now compare that to someone who only lost 20lbs pero naabot nya yung SHREDDED condition. Now that’s a much better “end” look right?
  3. Difficulty of the Transformation (5%): Cut, bulk, recomp, getting to <10% body fat, aggressive cutting throughout, etc.
  4. Fitness History (10%): This includes their best physiques in the past, how much muscle mass they were carrying at their best, experience with dieting/cutting, drug usage, etc. Like for example some here have gotten incredible results, pero ilang beses na nila nagawa yan, so basically inulit lang nila at walang pag-beat ng previous record. For example, kung last year eh naabot mo yung 11% body fat percentage, then this year dapat ma-beat mo yun and go for something like 9% or lower. This is the only for you  to score higher this time around.
  5. Votes from Other judges I’ve Selected (5%): This ranges from acquaintances, friends, bodybuilders that I follow, and to anyone whom I think is fit and qualified to give their opinions dito sa results ng MFChallenge entries.

As you can see, the #MFChallenge is not like a bodybuilding show where overall look and package yung main deciding factor. It’s a transformation challenge, so progress and/or improvement will always be the biggest factor.

With this criteria, di pwedeng sa before-and-after photos lang ako mag base. I have to dig deeper — and I have my ways of doing that, some of which are asking for a testimonial and more photos from the contenders.

#MFChallenge Rules

– Challengers/members must have the Minimalist Fitness program and they can use it however they want.

– Challengers/members must be a member of the Minimalist Fitness Private Facebook Group, where they can ask me questions whenever they want. The more persistent you are, the more you increase your chances of winning, and that’s what the winners did.

– The 1st and 2nd placers — di na sila pwedeng sumali sa succeeding #MFChallenges anymore. Syempre, we want to give chance to others din.

– Since this is a transformation challenge and not a show, Anabolic Steroids and/or SARMs are not allowed. I have very little ways to find out though so this is more of an honesty/integrity basis. Equality and respect are two of the values we practice in our community and I’m expecting everyone in the group to act in accordance with these. If you cheat at manalo ko, will you truly be happy? I’m sure you already know the answer to that.

#MFChallenge Timeline


#MFChallenge2017

The 1st challenge started September ’17 and ended December ’17. Since we only had a few members that time, around 50+ members only made it until the end. Nonetheless, our very first event as a community was a success and the winners were awesome. — Click here to view the #MFChallenge2017 results

#MFChallengeSE (2018)

It was January 2018 when we got over to
500 members. To celebrate this milestone, naisip ko magkaron ulit ng #MFChallenge since everyone is fired up for summer. I named this one — #MFChallengeSE (SE stands for Summer Edition), and instead of 3 months, ginawa ko na syang 100 days. (January 21, 2018 — May 1, 2018). This was our 2nd challenge.

The 2018 challenge really set the bar higher as the champ (Kevin), along with the 4 winners, showcased their incredible physiques along with the 4 winners, showing doubters that it’s really possible to achieve results doing things the Minimalist Fitness way (and naturally). — Click here to see the #MFChallenge2018 results

#MFChallenge3rd (2019)

With over 3,000 members in 2019, more than 300+ entries were submitted and around 200 made it ‘til the end. After 100 days of doing the Minimalist Fitness Program and following its laid-out principles, these 200+ challengers transformed themselves by getting into the best shape of their lives.

It was a tough to select the winners for this challenge and at the end, si Champ Russell Tee yung nag title along with 4 other winners. They did this without fad diets and crazy workout routines. Best part? They did this while still enjoying life to the fullest! – Click here to see the #MFChallenge3rd results

#MFCh4llenge and #MFCh4llengeRR (2020)

With more than 5,000 members, 2020 welcomed 800+ contenders. Kahit pandemic season at madaming gym ang nagsara, push pa din yung challengers natin, showing some of the BEST results we’ve seen.

Two trends were born as the competition became intense in 2020. Those who pushed extra beyond their limits in the first 100 days of the challenge called themselves #TeamNoExcuses. Nothing can stop them from achieving their goals. Ultimately, si Enver ang nanalo and he proved that he has what it takes to be the 2020 Champion. Click here to see the #MFCh4llenge results

And since the crisis brought about unforeseen barriers in last year’s challenge, a limited extension was given to all contenders who wanted to keep competing beyond the 100-days deadline. Eto yung naging “Rebound Round” where many MF contenders were able to push further and achieve their best year yet. Si Erik naman ang nag-champ for #TeamRebound and was recognized with the 2020 winners who gave it their best to inspire, aspire, and win.  -Click here to see the #MFCh4llengeRR results

#MFChallengeV (2021)

With almost 10,000 members, 2021 proved to be one of our biggest years yet, with champ Thirdy rising to the top.  The competition was more intense, at sobrang lulupet ng results considering na home workouts pa yung ibang entries. This just proves na pwede ka magkaron ng results with or without a gym, basta sinusunod mo yung tamang fitness principles like the ones I teach inside Minimalist Fitness.  – Click here to see the #MFChallengeV results

 

#MFCHALLEN6E (We’re here!)

 

Finally, we have reached the 6th year of the challenge and this has presented itself as the biggest #MFChallenge year with hundreds of contenders! As usual, sumakit na naman yung ulo ko in judging because this year’s transformations just keeps getting even more amazing.

We’ve been seeing some of the most fantastic results in MF history as the 100-day mark came closer; that’s why I can’t wait to share with you their stories of success. Make sure you read through everything here.

Here’s a teaser:

They lost weight, gained muscles, boosted their strength, and inspired the people around them. They did all these in spite of the limitations imposed by external factors.

Each winner you see here simply decided to make a change, applied all the principles they learned in the book, and stayed relentlessly consistent throughout the challenge. And take note: some (if not most) of them are also my members in the Kaizen Transformation Coaching Program where I teach them not only about fitness, but personal development as well.

Now after evaluating all entries and asking my trusted colleagues for help, I finally came up with this year’s 5 winners, and I’m going to introduce them one by one in just a moment.

 

So you’ve just read how how the #MFChallenge grew from an annual competition to a yearly tradition. This is a perfect way to motivate people and teach them the proven Minimalist Fitness principles, and it also lets me give back to everyone who invested their time, money, and effort in applying everything that I teach. Now, yung part na pinakahihintay mo…

The #MFCHALLEN6E Results

Before I officially introduce to you the Top 5 finishers of #MFCHALLEN6E, let me first applaud the 33 contenders who made it to the roster of the most epic results of the year. These folks really gave it their all so they deserve to be recognized.

(Just click the image to see their before-after transformations)

You now have your top 5 picks? Take a moment to view each of them and make your choice.

Hirap ba? I know.

My Judging Notes:

– Judging these entries was far more difficult now than it was last time considering the number of participants. Apart from that, madami talagang magaganda yung results. If I could just make all them placers, I would.

– I asked all the challengers for testimonials right after the challenge and long before these results came out, so what you’ll be seeing below are their legit reviews of their overall MF journey.

– I included their overall progress as many of them were sending me progress photos and videos from time to time.

For those whom I haven’t been in contact with that much throughout the challenge, to be fair to them, I also asked them to submit some of their progress photos or videos, if they have one. That way, I can clearly see each and everyone’s whole development. I included those in my overall judgment.

With that said, I will be showing not only their before-after entries, but their other progress photos as well so you could see the basis of my decision.

Meet The Top 5

Now that you’ve seen the top 33 challengers, let’s move over to our 5 winners

But before that, grab ko muna yung opportunity na ‘to and say congrats to all the contestants/challengers who mustered their courage to join and show their vulnerable side (their before photos) to me and to other people. As someone who was very insecure about his own body, I know that taking topless pictures when you’re not confident with how you look isn’t a pleasant feeling, let alone show it to others. 

Also, I want to congratulate everyone for giving it their best — for reading MF kahit di ka mahilig magbasa; for going to the gym 3x a week even when you’re not feeling it; for resisting a lot of urges and temptations to quit and binge eat like most of us used to; and for living up to the challenge of being in this amazing community of winners, always looking for ways to overcome circumstances whenever a new obstacle makes the journey even more difficult.

 

Kahit hindi madali, you still endured and stayed committed to the challenge.

 

For this, I salute all of you!

 

Sobrang proud ako sa milestones and progress nyo, and I’m honored to have been given even the slightest credit for your results.

 

As someone who’s passionate to teach fitness to other people, it’s great to be part of another person’s successful fitness journey.

 

So now, eto na yung Big 5 winners of #MFCHALLEN6E. I hope their stories will inspire you to make your own transformation happen starting NOW.

Note: Take inspiration from the stories and successful results of these people and remember to write your own fitness journey. Your results will vary based on different factors, but what’s most important is they are yours.

5th Place

Bogs Chan

Starting weight: 96.3kg or 212.14 lbs

End weight: 76.3kg or 168.40 lbs

Total lost: 19.9kg or 44.0 lbs

 

Meet Bogs, our Top 5 contender dito sa #MFCHALLEN6E.

 

You may not know it pero bukod sa 6-footer sya, kabisado nya na din ang MF. 

Yun nga lang, di pa din nya na-achieve yung pangarap nyang ripped physique kasi kulang pa sya sa execution.

So when January came, nag-decide syang sumali sa MFChallenge. 

 

And to improve his chances of following through, nag join din sya sa Kaizen – my 100-day Transformation Coaching Program where I teach clients not only fitness but also personal development.

 

 

 

And after 100 days? Sobrang thankful sya for achieving his best physique in all his years of existence.

 

Even better is his realization that EVERYTHING IS INTERCONNECTED – and that with the right knowledge na nakuha nya from Minimalist Fitness PLUS better execution, nothing is impossible.

 

 

 

Today, he encourages other people to go all-in sa fitness goals nila, and to make adjustments as necessary para tuloy tuloy ang progress. 

 

Lastly, eto yung favorite quote ni Bogs which really served him well during the MFChallenge: “If you want to be GREAT, if you want to be THE VERY BEST at what you do… OBSESSION is a NECESSITY!”

Congratulations, Bogs!

4th Place

Michael Severino

Starting weight: 67.0kg or 147.71 lbs

End weight: 58.0kg or 127.86 lbs

Total lost: 9.0kg or 19.85 lbs

 

Michael (Mic for short) bought MF last 2018 with a simple fitness goal, which was to understand how to lose weight.

 

 

And this year, nag join ulit sya sa MFChallenge to prove to himself na kaya nya pa din ‘makipagsabayan’ kahit na 40 years old na sya – age is just a number anyway 🙂

 

 

But this year was more challenging para sa kanya because his father got seriously sick. 

 

“To be honest, I have all the reason to stop what I’m doing.” (the MFChallenge)

 

 

 

Thankfully, sumali din sya sa Kaizen like Bogs kanina. 

 

 

“Kung hindi dahil sa Kaizen coaching program, siguro ay nag give up na ako.”

 

In his 100-day journey, na realize ni Mic that more knowledge is never the key. Instead, we should focus more on our goals, consistency, and constant adjustment as needed.

 

 

Now? Mic feels and looks healthier and in his own words, “I’m much more stronger”.

Ang masaya pa is kasya na ulit sa kanya yung mga damit na almost 4 years nang hindi nasusuot.

He even got a promotion at work which was a nice bonus! 

 For him, the MFChallenge and joining Kaizen was very life-changing. Because even though he’s already 40, na prove nya to himself that he can still be confident and be the better version of himself.

 

Congratulations, Michael!

3rd Place

Ivanford Go

Starting weight: 91.1kg or 200.84 lbs

End weight: 76.0kg or 167.55 lbs

Total lost: 15.1kg or 33.29 lbs

 

Meet Ivanford, our 3rd Placer for this year. Trivia: sya yung Fifth placer LAST year!

 

Very happy na sya nun but he didn’t want to stop so he planned to join again in this year’s MFChallenge.

 

But there’s more to Ivanford’s story. 

After the 2021 challenge kasi, aminado sya na napabayaan nya yung fitness. He was drinking and eating a lot almost every other night, since eto yung way nya to reward himself.

Unfortunately, he got into a motorcycle accident and injured his shoulder. His doctor said na need nya mag undergo ng surgery for his shoulder to go back to normal, at baka hindi na sya pwedeng magbuhat ulit ng mabigat. 

Difficult situation ‘to para kay Ivanford since his job requires lifting heavy weights at baka hindi na sya ma hire ulit dahil sa injury.

 

It was so bad that he spent 2 months in bed. Na depress din sya which led to him eating a lot. “Tumaba ulet ako – 80 kilos that time.”

 

Long story short, nag join pa din sya sa #MFCHALLEN6E kahit madami syang doubts.  What motivated him? Yung pagbabasa nya ulit ng MF book.

 

This time around, his goal was to prove that if there’s a will, then there’s a way. 

He started slow in lifting weights and worked his way up. That’s when he realized na “kaya naman pala”.

Now? Bumalik na yung lakas ng katawan nya, and he even regained his abs back. Best part? He’s back on the ship and able to work and make a living again.

Ivan is forever grateful to the MF book and to the MFChallenge for literally saving his life this time around.

Congratulations, Ivanford!

2nd Place

Alvin Emberga Millena

Starting weight: 52.0kg or 114.64 lbs

End weight: 45.0kg or 99.21 lbs

Total lost: 7.0kg or 15.43 lbs

Like many newbies sa fitness, Alvin also dreamed of being more confident with his body and with himself.

Kaya nung una, nangangapa talaga sya, like sa fitness terms for example. Joining the MFChallenge, it wasn’t easy for him either.

Naiilang kasi sya pag madaming tao sa gym, and among the big and muscular guys na kasabay nya, feeling nya sya yung pinakamaliit.

 

Many times he thought of giving up, but somehow he still showed up everyday.

 

So how did Alvin overcome this?

 

Every morning, nirerecite nya yung affirmations and gratitude nya (one of the things he learned from Kaizen). 

 

Aside from that, he also makes sure to track his progress consistently, and even set a wallpaper of himself in his phone as a reminder to keep moving forward and NOT be one of the ‘intro boys’.

(Yung mga tao na magsisimula lang, pero hindi tatapusin ang sinimulan)

After 100 days, Alvin couldn’t believe his transformation.

 

Akala nya aabutin pa sya ng isang taon, yun pala kaya na in 100 days.

In addition, he shares that we should hit our goals every day and every week para makita natin kung saan dapat mag adjust to get better results.

Now, mas confident na sya not only with his fitness progress but also in overcoming any challenges he may face in the future whether it’s money, career, business, or relationships.

Congratulations, Alvin!

1st Place

MFCHALLEN6E Champ - Arjhay

Arjhay Aquino

Starting weight: 70.0kg or 154.32 lbs

End weight: 60.0kg or 132.27 lbs

Total lost: 10.0kg or 22.05 lbs

To say that Arjhay had a very rough time during his highschool and college days is an understatement.

Lagi syang na bubully and was considered a skinny guy turned fat loser.

 

Being a frontliner, Arjhay admits na napabayaan nya yung health nya, aside from not hitting his fitness goals for the last three years.

 

Nonetheless, he still wanted to give the MFChallenge a third try, and this time around, sumali din sya sa Kaizen combining it with his MF knowledge and experience.

 

After giving his best in this year’s #MFCHALLEN6E, Arjay realized how important it is to have an accountability group.

He credits the majority of his success to his very supportive #TeamAdam, the name of their team in the Kaizen Transformation Coaching Program.

WE WIN AS ONE, as they would always say.

 

Although he didn’t know if he had a winning shot at being this year’s champ, the important thing for Arjhay was that he gave his absolute 101% best.

 

Now, Arjhay enjoys the fruit of his labors – a yummy and solid physique in all its realness, together with a sense of belongingness with his new family, his accountability buddies.

 

 

Truly, the MFChallenge + Kaizen experience allowed him to regain his confidence and most importantly – his true self back. 

And finally, Arjhay shares that Failure and Failing are two different things.

Failure is an outcome while failing is a process – thus failing is not an end itself but leads us to an avenue for us to learn and grow.

The KEY is how we respond to failing.

Now that is the true mark of a champion!

Arjhay – #MFCHALLEN6E Champ

Congratulations, Arjhay!

YouAlvin, Ivanford, Michael, Bogs and all the successful #MFCHALLEN6E contestants proved that both Minimalist Fitness and Kaizen Transformation Coaching Program is legit and effective. More than this, you have proven that when the possibilities are endless when you go all in to achieve your dreams.

Your journey serves as living proof that the MF program and the MF community are great means to achieve one’s physical development.

As you said in your stories, along with thousands of testimonials from our members, Minimalist Fitness delivers has become essential in our positive holistic transformation.

So congratulations again to all contestants of the #MFCHALLEN6E. Your progress, no matter how big or small, deserves recognition!

And speaking of recognition, let’s all take a moment to congratulate the other 15 contenders who made it to the Top 20 for this year’s challenge. I know you gave it your best so keep pushing to achieve greater milestones in your fitness journey. 

Arthuz – Top 10

From MF program, to Basic Bulk program, 

to Kaizen Transformation Coaching Program

Gio – Top 10

From MF program, to Basic Cut/Bulk program, 

to Kaizen Transformation Coaching Program

Joebert – Top 10

From MF program 

to Kaizen Transformation Coaching Program

Junell – Top 10 | MF program

Chris – Top 10

From MF program, to Basic Cut program, 

to Kaizen Transformation Coaching Program

Jefferson – Top 20

From MF program to Basic Cut program

Stephen – Top 20

From MF program, to Basic Cut/Bulk program, 

to Kaizen Transformation Coaching Program

Michael – Top 20 | MF program

Carlo Jay – Top 20

From MF program 

to Kaizen Transformation Coaching Program

Jr – Top 20 | MF program

Gerdz – Top 20 | MF program

Aldrin – Top 20

From MF program, to Basic Cut program, 

to Kaizen Transformation Coaching Program

Raymer – Top 20

From MF program to Basic Cut/Bulk program

Chris – Top 20

From MF program to Basic Cut program

Vincent – Top 20

From MF program, to Basic Cut/Bulk program, 

to Kaizen Transformation Coaching Program

Start Your Transformation Today!

Ending this article, I just want to congratulate all the #MFCHALLEN6E contestants for a job well done — you all did great! Lahat kayo ay winners dito for the experience and knowledge you’ve acquired.

 

You all deserve to be celebrated, which is why I can’t wait to hear and read more about your success stories and share it with the rest of the world.

 

If  you’re interested to have your 100-day transformation, check the program all these winners are using by clicking the link below:

Want to join the next #MFChallenge and transform your body too? Then join the Minimalist Fitness family by clicking the link below:

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If you have questions, comment them below or shoot me a message on my social media accounts:

Thank you so much!

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