Austin Companies Take Employee Wellness to the Next Level at the Fit Company Challenge

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Teams from local companies in Austin show the impact of their wellness programs by training for and conquering a 3-course fitness challenge hosted by the Fit Company Institute. The challenge allowed companies to use fitness as a team building activity and highlight the positive impact that living fit has had on them and their companies.

My favorite part was looking across the field and seeing all 25 Q1Media challengers scattered throughout each course cheering each other on! - Lene Temperton, Q1Media VP of Sales

On September 12, 2015 over 400 participants from 30 companies took part in the Austin Fit Company Challenge, a corporate fitness event hosted by the Fit Company Institute providing area companies an opportunity to show the importance of living a fit and healthy lifestyle. Participants worked in teams of 3 to 4 towards completing a variety of fitness stations tailored to challenge the team member’s current fitness level and earn points towards their company’s overall score.

This was the 2nd year Luminex participated in the Austin Fit Company Challenge, and after finishing in 2nd place in 2014, they took the top company spot in this year’s Medium Company division. From Nancy Fairchild, Luminex Sr. Vice President, Human Resources “The Fit Company Challenge was an excellent opportunity to showcase our fiercest and fittest Luminex employees. At Luminex, our Company vision is “Breakthrough solutions to improve health and advance science”. Our products, benefits, employees and leadership foster a work environment which encourages excellent health and wellness for all. It was a great win!”

After finishing 3rd in the 2014 Austin Fit Company Challenge, Q1Media jumped two spots to first in this year’s challenge finishing at the top of the Small Company division. From Lene Temperton, VP of Sales at Q1Media, “After weeks of training and preparing for the day of the competition, we were nervous, excited and ready to give it our all. My favorite part was looking across the field and seeing all 25 Q1Media challengers scattered throughout each course cheering each other on! We’re excited to have won 1st for the Small Company division and we hope to hold that title year after year!”

On event day, with the help of over 50 volunteers assisting the contenders, participants challenged their strength, conditioning, power, agility, and ended with a test of endurance in order to show their companies and colleagues that they practice what they preach. Participants used their involvement to bring out company team members and family members to cheer them on and even run with them on the endurance course, which was the final course at the challenge.

The challenge was held at Zilker Park, just a few minutes from downtown Austin.

The following is a list of the top finishers in Austin that participated in the 2015 Fit Company Challenge:

Fit Company Fittest Awards

Fittest Companies by Division
Medium Division:
1.    Luminex
2.    LCRA
3.    OpenSymmetry
4.    DJO Surgical
5.    The Austin Diagnostic Clinic

Small Division:
1.    Q1Media
2.    CWS Apartment Homes
3.    Advanced Solutions International
4.    Personify, Inc.
5.    Alliance Abroad Group

Micro Division:
1.    The Wentwood Companies
2.    The Carlson Law Firm
3.    Red Velvet Events
4.    St. Bernard Sports
5.    HGR Industrial Surplus

Fittest Teams By Level

Course 1 – Level 2
1. Luminex - #151

  •          Joshua Callaway
  •         Judy Bravo
  •         Jose Acosta
  •         Erica Sparrow

2. Q1Media - #178

  •         Lene Temperton
  •         Laura Hood
  •         Raynor Choate
  •         Kevin Buffington

3. The Wentwood Companies - #200

  •         Jeff Morgan
  •         Charles Hunter
  •         Cody Doolin
  •         Danny Ramirez

Course 1 – Level 1
1. LCRA – #142

  •         Mike Hale
  •         Yolanda Muniz
  •         Jeff Beyer
  •         Rob Nisely

2. TabbedOut - #197

  •         Alicia Cook
  •         Donald Smolik
  •         Lindsay Eulenfeld
  •         Amanda Rice

3. LCRA - #139

  •         Jeremy Zaborowski
  •         Bill Jerram
  •         Kendall Hibdon
  •         Priscilla Chomko

Course 2 – Level 2
1. Luminex - #151

  •         Joshua Callaway
  •         Judy Bravo
  •         Jose Acosta
  •         Erica Sparrow

2. Personify, Inc. - #170

  •         Elijah Kelley
  •         Chris Rogers
  •         Mario Castaneda

3. OpenSymmetry - #163

  •         Laura Roach
  •         Barnaby Eve
  •         Sharad Kayastha
  •         Tom McNally

Course 2 – Level 1
1. Advanced Solutions International - #105

  •         Luigi Haines
  •         Laura Sayegh
  •         Lynn Richardson

2. St. Bernard Sports - #194

  •         Seth Klinger
  •         Alexsys Reynolds
  •         Kelly Halloran

3. Red Velvet Events - #187

  •         Rachel Paisley
  •         LeeAnn Lo
  •         Angela Verdina

Course 3 – Level 2
1. Q1Media - #178

  •         Lene Temperton
  •         Laura Hood
  •         Raynor Choate
  •         Kevin Buffington

2. Datafiniti- #126

  •         Ashley McKemie
  •         Jordan Sterling
  •         Moe Jangda
  •         Raul Ramirez

3. Luminex - #153

  •         Adrian Marquez
  •         Jimmy Reumuth
  •         Alex Colella
  •         Gerard Bravo

Course 3 – Level 1
1. DJO Surgical - #133

  •         Elisha Gregory
  •         Aly Razkani
  •         Ben Hough
  •         Alyssa McCue

2. HGR Industrial Surplus- #136

  •         Larry Edward
  •         Leslie Turner
  •         Mark Smith

3. Proof Advertising - #177

  •         Roberto Rodriguez
  •         Bud Hasert

Organizations that brought out testers to assist contenders on event date and sponsored the event include –

  •         Texas State University – Health and Human Performance
  •         Fortitude Fitness
  •         Pure Bikram Yoga
  •         Kor180
  •         Ignite Fitnez
  •         F.I.T. Austin
  •         Hyperwear
  •         Xyience
  •         Kind Bar

About the Fit Company Institute, LLC:
The Fit Company Institute is based in Austin, Texas and is dedicated to help companies thrive through fitness. The Fit Company Challenge helps companies be their best by creating the most productive, focused, energetic, happiest, and cohesive teams possible.

Find more at http://www.fitcompany.com and upcoming events across the nation.

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