FIT FOR A queen
FREEGO’S #SUPERSHAPEME FITNESS CHALLENGE: SEE HOW LIFE CHANGED FOR ALEXIS PINGOL WHO WON FREEGO’S #SUPERSHAPEME FITNESS CHALLENGE AND TOOK ON A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE.
Two months ago, jeans were not a part of Alexis Pingol’s wardrobe. At 222 lbs., she had trouble finding denims that fit and flattered her heavy-set figure. But now, as the winner of FREEGO’S #Supershapeme 2015 Fitness Challenge, Pingol took home the denim brand’s entire Super Shaper Collection, as well as the grand prize—an all-expenses-paid trip for two to Coron, Palawan. Beating nine other female hopefuls by dropping 27 lbs. through a supervised diet and exercise plan, Pingol, a 26-year-old mobile and web app designer, swears that winning was not her main agenda. “I just wanted to be healthy,” she says.
THE WEIGHT GAME
The youngest of three, Pingol struggled with her weight since third grade. Like most unsuccessful dieters, she ate a lot and rarely exercised. When her older siblings put her in charge of looking after their aging parents, Pingol realized that she had to be healthy to do so. A video on Facebook caught her eye. After a successful run in 2014, FREEGO’S 2015 # Supershapeme Challenge transformed into a nationwide search. Over 1,000 hopefuls from all over the country applied for the contest, and after careful screening, Anna was chosen as one of the 10 female finalists. For the next two months, she and her fellow contestants geared up for exercise and healthy eating, care of the contest’s fitness coach, professional basketball player Chris Tiu, and food blogger and nutrition expert Erwan Heussaff. Both Tiu and Heussaff followed contestants’ progress through group workouts and the fitness and health public chat on Viber.
Sixty days can go by fast, but they can be really slow too—especially when it involves making a 180-degree change in your lifestyle. “The hardest part of the workout was keeping it consistent,” says Pingol, who managed to squeeze in exercise even after coming home from work at the crack of dawn. “But our bodies crave consistency and that really helps with weight loss.”
Loving your confidence, Alexis! Still, that was nothing compared to the challenge of eating right. Coming from a food-loving family, Pingol “…felt depressed and deprived. There was a time when I really wanted to give up,” she confesses, but she remained motivated to stay on track. Pingol has learned to eat in moderation and complement her healthy meals with running, swimming, and practicing yoga. True to what her fitness family told her, Pingol is an absolute inspiration. By forming the Viber group #inspiretobefitstronghealthy, she’s doing exactly that: reminding others who were once in her shoes—and her buttonpopping jeans—that they can achieve anything they put their minds to.
The hardest part of the workout was keeping it consistent. I am more than just a winner now. My goal is to inspire and influence people to live healthier the fun way, without feeling deprived or depressed. And I want these people to pass on what they learned from me to others.
Alexis Pingol with coaches Erwan Heussaff and Chris Tiu and FREEGO VP for Marketing Marty Tio.
This year’s #Supershapeme challengers and coaches.
Alexis lost 27 lbs. with the help of proper diet and exercise.