Sleekgeek 8-Week Challenge #36 Winners – Winter 2023

📢 We are thrilled to release the winners of the Winter 2023 Sleekgeek 8-Week Challenge!

This was our 36th Sleekgeek 8-Week Challenge since 2011 (we do 3 per year).

Once again, each of our challengers worked incredibly hard to achieve impressive results throughout their 8-week challenge period and our judges really had their work cut out for them to come up with our top winners.

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Here are some quick 📊 stats:

  • We had a total of 357 Sleekgeek Challengers submit their final results, losing a total of 1,371.15kgs.
  • They lost an average of 3.84kgs or 4.14% of their body weight per person.
  • The top 50 Sleekgeek Challengers lost a total of 532.95kgs.
  • The top 50 Sleekgeek Challengers lost an average of 10.66kgs or 11.28% of their body weight per person.

These stats include those who deliberately put on weight/muscle to improve their physique and health.

Great job Sleeks! You guys and girls knocked it out of the park!

All of those who submitted final results are that much closer to their goals – isn’t it time that you gave it a go?

Quick Links:


📊 Survey Stats:

We asked our challengers to rate themselves on a scale of 1-10 where:

  • 0 = poor
  • 5 = average
  • 10 = excellent

Here were the results.

How would you rank your current level of health and fitness right now?

BEFOREAFTERCHANGE
4.76.619%⬆️

How would you rate how you feel about your body right now?

BEFOREAFTERCHANGE
3.86.022%⬆️

How would you rate how consistently you eat healthily right now?

BEFOREAFTERCHANGE
4.56.823%⬆️

How would you rate how consistently active you are right now?

BEFOREAFTERCHANGE
4.46.824%⬆️

How would you rate your general energy levels right now?

BEFOREAFTERCHANGE
4.76.720%⬆️

AVERAGE IMPROVEMENT

22%⬆️

😍 Prizes:

A huge round of applause to our top 20 challengers who walk away with awesome prizes (pictured below) as well as bragging rights in our latest challenge!

And, of course, a massive thanks to our awesome prize sponsors!

Winter 2023 Sleekgeek 8-Week Challenge Sponsors.

Sleekgeek gives away over R100,000 worth of prizes each challenge, with the 4 individual category winners winning R10,000 each!

Main Challenge Prizes:

There are 4 categories with 5 winners in each (50 in total):

  • Female Transformation
  • Male Transformation
  • Female % Weight Loss
  • Male % Weight Loss
Winter 2023 Sleekgeek 8-Week Challenge Prizes.

Thank you to our sponsors adidas, Vitaforce, CSB Body Fusion, Nutribullet, Food Lover’s Market, Ergonomicsdirect, JBL, The Health Food Emporium, and Natural Herbs and Spices!

Buddy Challenge, Couple Challenge, and Team Challenge Prizes:

Winter 2023 Sleekgeek 8-Week Challenge Team Prizes.

Thank you to our sponsors: Vitaforce and adidas!

Read more about the bonus Couple Challenge, Buddy Challenge, and Team Challenge here.

Consistency Challenge:

Winter 2023 Sleekgeek 8-Week Challenge Consistency Prize.

Read more about the bonus Consistency Challenge here.


⚖️ Judging process:

A quick reminder that we have 4 categories to ensure fair competition: 1) Men’s transformation, 2) women’s transformation, 3) men’s % weight loss, and 4) women’s % weight loss.

Transformation is judged by our independent panel of judges via an audited voting process.  The Transformation category is determined by who the judges believed had to do the most work to get from ‘Before’ to ‘After.’

% Weight loss is judged purely by percentage of weight lost, based on before and after measurements submitted. We publish modest clothed photos, but weight loss is confirmed by our judges using the challenger’s more revealing before and after photos as well as photos of their weight while standing on the scale.

  • NEW: The Summer 2022 challenge was the first challenge we introduced a new rule of “Top 5 % Weight Loss Winners cannot place as a winner if they have gained back more than 50% of the weight they lost in their most recent challenge unless it’s been more than 12 months. (e.g. if someone loses 20kgs, they can’t place as a winner if they have gained back more than 10kgs subsequently)”. This is to help minimise repeat winners and unhealthy weight re-gain between challenges.

Sleekgeek and its staff are not involved in the final decision-making and we accept the judges’ decisions as final.

Some past winners:

A few of our past Sleekgeek 8-Week Challenge winners.

🏆 WOMEN’S TRANSFORMATION WINNERS

Angie Lazaro, 🥇 1st Place Women’s Transformation:

Lungile Khambule, 🥈 2nd Place Women’s Transformation:

Allison Jansen, 🥉 3rd Place Women’s Transformation:

Adele Mundey, 4th Place Women’s Transformation:

Erlin Stephen, 5th Place Women’s Transformation:

Honourable Mentions:

👏 Jenny de Pontes / 👏 Desire’ van den Hoogen (tied for 6th)
👏 Liezl Ninios (7th)
👏 Christine Olivier (8th)
👏 Sarah Van Aardt (9th)
👏 Bronwyn Adendorff (placed in % weight loss category instead)


🏆 MEN’S TRANSFORMATION WINNERS

Willem Lubbe, 🥇 1st Place Men’s Transformation:

Shaun Joubert, 🥈 2nd Place Men’s Transformation:

Stanley Chamberlain, 🥉 3rd Place Men’s Transformation:

Sean Armstrong, 4th Place Men’s Transformation:

Gert Maré, 5th Place Men’s Transformation:

Honourable Mentions:

👏 Martin Ferreira (6th)
👏 Nicholas Hatherell (7th)
👏 Les Clark (8th)
👏 Wynand Hattingh (9th)
👏 Brendon Meyer (10th)


🏆 WOMEN’S % WEIGHT LOSS WINNERS

Weight loss is judged purely by percentage of body weight lost, based on before and after measurements submitted and confirmed by before and after photos both fully and minimally clothed (which include a photo of their measurement on the scale).

  • NEW: The Summer 2022 challenge was the first challenge we introduced a new rule of “Top 5 % Weight Loss Winners cannot place as a winner if they have gained back more than 50% of the weight they lost in their most recent challenge unless it’s been more than 12 months. (e.g. if someone loses 20kgs, they can’t place as a winner if they have gained back more than 10kgs subsequently)”. This is to help minimise repeat winners and unhealthy weight re-gain between challenges.

Zena Vorster, 🥇 1st Place Women’s Weight Loss (lost 17.72%):

Brownwyn Adendorff, 🥈 2nd Place Women’s Weight Loss (lost 15.02%):

Nicoleen Thompson, 3rd Place Women’s Weight Loss (lost 14.94%):

Jesica Barnardo Reddy, 4th Place Women’s Weight Loss (lost 14.70%):

Elzabe Schilling, 5th Place Women’s Weight Loss (lost 14.55%):

Honourable Mentions:
👏 Catherine Steyn (6th)
👏 Cindy Kruger (7th)
👏 Thulani Nyezi (8th)
👏 Shirlene Meyer (9th)
👏Anthea Combrinck (10th)


🏆 MEN’S % WEIGHT LOSS WINNERS

Weight loss is judged purely by percentage of body weight lost, based on before and after measurements submitted and confirmed by before and after photos both fully and minimally clothed (which include a photo of their measurement on the scale).

  • NEW: The Summer 2022 challenge was the first challenge we introduced a new rule of “Top 5 % Weight Loss Winners cannot place as a winner if they have gained back more than 50% of the weight they lost in their most recent challenge unless it’s been more than 12 months. (e.g. if someone loses 20kgs, they can’t place as a winner if they have gained back more than 10kgs subsequently)”. This is to help minimise repeat winners and unhealthy weight re-gain between challenges.

Robert Hart, 🥇 1st Place Men’s Weight Loss (lost 23.73%):

Angelo De Sousa, 🥈 2nd Place Men’s Weight Loss (lost 14.41%):

Jacques Verwey, 🥉 3rd Place Men’s Weight Loss (lost 12.50%):

Marco Charles, 4th Place Men’s Weight Loss (lost 11.50%):

Mario Bissolati, 5th Place Men’s Weight Loss (lost 10.37%):

Honourable Mentions:

👏 Stuart Myers (6th)
👏 Raphael Williams (7th)
👏 Johann de Bod (8th)
👏 Gert Maré (9th)
👏 Taswell Franciscus (10th)


[BONUS] BUDDY CHALLENGE WINNERS

Shaun Joubert and Mario Bissolati win our Buddy Challenge for achieving the highest combined ranking by coming 2nd in Men’s Transformation and 5th in Men’s % Weight Loss respectively.

They win a R10,000 adidas shopping voucher to share!

Honourable Mentions:

👏 Jacques Verwey and Martin Ferreira
👏 Angie Lazaro and Shirlene Meyer
👏 Marco Charles and Martin Ferreira
👏 Sean Armstrong and Sarah Van Aardt


[BONUS] COUPLE CHALLENGE WINNERS

Shirlene Meyer and Brendon Meyer win our Couple Challenge for both achieving the highest combined ranking by coming 8th in Women’s % Weight Loss and 10th in Men’s Transformation respectively.

They win a R10,000 adidas shopping voucher to share!

Honourable Mentions:

No runners up.


📊 TOP 50 RANKED BY PERCENTAGE OF WEIGHT LOSS

Well done to our top 50 people in the percentage of body weight lost category!

We had a total of 357 Sleekgeek Challengers submit their final results, losing a total of 1,371.15kgs with an average of 3.84kgs or 4.14% of their body weight lost per person!

  • Our men lost an average of 4.65% of their body weight per person.
  • Our women lost an average of 4.10% of their body weight per person.

Our top 50 Sleekgeek Challengers lost a total of 532.95kgs with an average of 10.66kgs or 11.28% of their body weight lost per person!

  • Our top 50 men lost an average of 4.86% of their body weight per person.
  • Our top 50 women lost an average of 10.59% of their body weight per person.

[BONUS] CONSISTENCY AWARD WINNER

For each Challenge we have a group of challengers who impress us with their consistency over the 8 weeks meeting all the requirements.

When we have more than one candidate meeting the prescribed requirements it comes down to a random draw.

The Consistency Winner is Ebeth Wilson!

They win a R2,000 cash prize!

Honourable mentions (A-Z) to: Andrea Jones, Anthea Bossert, Belinda Chaplin, Carmen Bugler, Catherine Steyn, Danielle Roelofse, Dave Rademan, Elaine Briedenhann, Hubre De Klerk, Jolene Barnard, Kirstie Atkins, Lauren Jones, Lauren Mathieson, Leani Johnson, Mariska Stapelberg, Michael Mitchell, Rochelle Mbatha, Rosalind Bronkhorst, Sarah Knight, Veronica vd Heever, and Wendy Hendrikse.


[BONUS] TEAM CHALLENGE WINNER

As a fun extra, we encourage challengers to form teams with friends, family, and even other Sleekgeeks who they have never met before. Teams range from a minimum of 10 to a maximum of 20 members.

How is the winning team judged?

We use a formula that takes into account the following:

  • Average weight loss of team members.
  • Percentage of team members who finish the challenge
  • Bonus points for team members who make it into the “top 10” of the Transformation category.

We had 26 teams submit their final results to be considered. 

CONGRATULATIONS to the winning team, DreamTeam Dynamites lead by Mandisa Sidwaba!

Mandisa wins R3,000 for leading her team to victory and each team member gets a R500 Sleekgeek Online Store voucher.

👏 Overall Team Placings

  1. DreamTeam Dynamites – Mandisa Sidwaba wins R3,000 for leading her team to victory and each team member gets a R500 Sleekgeek Online Store voucher.
  2. Thinit to Winit Shakers – Veronica van den Heever wins R2,000 cash for the 2nd place finish and each team member gets a R200 Sleekgeek online store voucher. 
  3. Goal Diggers: Dig Deeper – Michael Mitchell wins R1,000 cash for the 3rd place finish and each team member gets a R150 Sleekgeek online store voucher.
  4. DreamTeam Supreme – Irene Du Preez
  5. DreamTeam Unstoppable – Martin Ferreira
  6. DreamTeam Achievers – Dee Coetzee
  7. Ctrl Alt Elite – Taryn Coetzee
  8. The Assassins – Bronwyn Adendorff
  9. Metamorphosis – Cornelia Fechter
  10. Brave Hearts – Rosalind Bronkhorst
  11. WaistAway 3 – Michelle Whitaker
  12. Lean Queens – Zayyan Fortune
  13. House of Athena – Lauren Mathieson
  14. WaistAway 6 – Debbie Delport
  15. WaistAway 1 – Kat Darvall
  16. DreamTeam Smash It – Helen Douwrie-Smit
  17. WaistAway 2 – Dave Rademan
  18. Capital Squad – Jenni Murray-Williams
  19. WaistAway 5 – Edward Darvall

Finished but did not score points:

  • BEE123 Cast a Weigh, BEE123 Health Nuts, BEE123 Losers = Winners, Belly Bailouts, Goal Diggers: Breaking Ground, Goal Getters, Thinit to Winit: Movers.

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