Reliv Champions Challenge Winners Announced – 1st Quarter 2021

By Director of Product Development & Fit3 Trainer Tina Van Horn

Join us in congratulating the winners of the most recent Reliv Fit3 Champions Challenge! They worked hard at making positive lifestyle choices to complete all of the challenge criteria. With the support of Reliv’s optimal nutrition and the Fit3 Facebook community, each of the winners celebrated non-scale victories along with their measurable results to earn some fantastic prizes. Be sure to search #RelivChampionsChallenge on social media to follow their journeys.

Grand Prize — $500 Cash 

“I started out overweight and no energy. Anytime I tried to do anything I would get tired and out of breath right away. I could hardly make it up and down a few steps. Within two weeks after starting to use Reliv products, I could really tell the difference. I started losing weight and noticed less discomfort in my knees. Now after three months in the Reliv Champions Challenge I have lost almost 60 pounds and 10 inches around the waist.* I feel like a new person!”—Al Gritter, Michigan, Reliv Champions Challenge Q1 2021 Champion

“Oh my! So many results. Thank you so much for the Reliv Champions Challenge. Since July I have lost 50 pounds! I lost 30 pounds just during this challenge.* Inches have dropped off and I’m not planning on picking them back up. Because of the Reliv products I am moving more and walking without assistance…and because of Fit3 today I walked 1.2 miles. I can’t believe it…except that is what the sign said.”—Joy LoPiccolo, Michigan, Reliv Champions Challenge Q1 2021 Champion

“I was tired of the way I looked and I wasn’t able to keep up with my children, I wasn’t happy in general and didn’t have much strength. I was ready for a change. I wanted to be able to have more energy, be able to keep up with my children, finally be happy again and feel stronger. This challenge has taught me how to stay consistent and determined and helped me stay on track with my health and fitness goals. I lost a total of 17.6lbs and 2 pants sizes AND I found my smile!”*—Jennifer Bradt, New York, Reliv Champions Challenge Q1 2021 Champion

Special Recognition — $250 Product Credit

“I am a Reliv Champion because I set goals and made them a priority. I never gave in, even when I wanted to sit on the couch and pig out on junk food! I continued to push myself until working out became a habit. When the challenge was complete I had lost 15 pounds and several inches. I went down 2 pants sizes and I’m lifting a lot heavier weights than before.”*— Mandy Manship, Indiana, Reliv Champions Challenge Q1 2021 Runner Up

“I feel so much better physically and mentally. I took my two grandkids on a 2400 mile trip for spring break all by myself. We biked and hiked and had a wonderful time. I finally have my confidence back! I lost 32 pounds and went from size 22 to a 14 in pants.* I just feel so much better it is amazing. I am able to hike, walk and do other activities that I had been avoiding.”—Lori Lopez, Washington, Reliv Champions Challenge Q1 2021 Runner Up

The challenge criteria called for the participants to use Reliv products consistently throughout the challenge, commit to lifestyle changes promoted through the Fit3 program, and complete weekly social media posts to encourage others and build a personal brand in the wellness space.  All participants who completed the above requirements AND lost 10 pounds (or experienced other measurable results) were considered for the grand prize and have been awarded a $100 Reliv product credit.

All Challenge Finishers — $100 Product Credit

Al Gritter
Ali Crockett
Angela Malis
Angie Chinn
Barbara Norton
Barry Williams
Cathy Sudo
Chris Ciccone
Christine Schleinkofer
Cristina Reguindin
Cynthia Hesslink
Dawn Williams
Deanna Vaughan
Debby Hesterberg
Dodi McCune
Erin Heim
Gloria Bromley
Janice Serrani
Jennifer Barnes
Jennifer Bradt
Jessica Rice
Joy LoPiccolo
Krista Siciliano
Kristy Yannich
Laurie Eaton
Lori Lopez
Lou Ann Pecorelli
Mandy J Manship
Marilyn Burr
Marty Young
Mike Greenwood
Nicole Martineau
Roy Colver
Ruth Kettler
Tami Martineau
Vickie Grove

Make plans now to join the next Reliv Champions Challenge, which is set to kick off on July 1, 2021. Registration for the Q3 2021 Challenge will open on June 25, 2021, and close on July 7, 2021. 

*Results vary based on starting point and effort. Results achieved with Fit3 fitness program. 

Reliv Champions Challenge Winners Announced —4th Quarter 2020

By Director of Product Development & Fit3 Trainer Tina Van Horn

Join us in congratulating the winners of the most recent Reliv Fit3 Champions Challenge! They worked hard at making positive lifestyle choices to complete all of the challenge criteria. With the support of Reliv’s optimal nutrition and the Fit3 Facebook community, each of the winners celebrated non-scale victories along with their measurable results to earn some fantastic prizes. Be sure to search #RelivChampionsChallenge to follow their journeys.

Beginner Division

Champion: $500 Cash
Jennifer Barnes,  Michigan

“I tried for 6 years to lose weight but nothing was happening. This year with the help of taking Reliv products and weekly encouragement, I lost 18 pounds* and 11 inches during the 4th Quarter Champions Challenge! I have more energy and feel stronger every day. My motivation levels have skyrocketed and I truly feel like a Champion. I am looking forward to the next challenge to keeping my health in my sights!”

Runner Up: $250 Product Credit
Erin Muhlestein, Arizona

“I have been on Reliv products for 17 years and I have seen many amazing results. Focusing on Fit3 I was able to curb my appetite and not crave the sugary foods at all. In fact, my body craves healthy food. I lost 13 pounds and so many inches! Now I even have more energy and stamina during the day. My mental attitude has definitely improved and I have a much better overall sense of well-being. Even though I am over 50, since I began the Fit3 Program and made my mental and physical health a priority, my clarity and focus have improved. I feel so much better about myself!”

Veteran Division

Champion: $500 Cash
Dawn Tucci, Pennsylvania

“This challenge I was faced with not being able to run because of some injuries so I had to modify my workout routine to reach my goal of getting stronger! The Fit3 principles really helped keep me on track with my nutrition choices so I could enjoy my “fun” foods in moderation, while using the workouts to balance my exercise program with more strength training and consistent use of Reliv products.

During this Champions Challenge, I gained approximately 1/2 inch in each arm and lost 2 inches from waist. My weight increased by 3 pounds, but I am smaller. I feel stronger and more balanced! I love the community that has formed in my area because of Fit3. It is a thrill to help others change by teaching them how to use the Fit3 principles that worked for me.”

Runner Up: $250 Product Credit
Angie Chinn, Ohio

I am a Reliv Champion because since I started the Reliv products more than a year ago, I feel great. If I miss a shake I sure can tell. Looking back on my beginning pictures I just don’t recognize that person. I am more than 40 pounds lighter since I started participating in the Reliv Champions Challenges! During this Challenge, I lost another 10 pounds, 8 inches, and 2 sizes! Healthy feels so good! Thanks, Reliv!”

Runner Up: $250 Product Credit
Cathy Sudo, Pennsylvania

I keep participating in the Reliv Champion Challenges because fitness is important to me in many ways. The best gift that I can give myself and my family is a healthy and strong body. Building strength has been my goal so that I can continue to fully enjoy the outdoor activities that my family loves. It’s also very important that I set a good example for my two boys and teach them the importance of exercise and good nutrition.”

Fitness Friends Division

Champions: $250 Product Credit Each
Vickie Grove and Christine Schleinkofer, Pennsylvania

Vickie: “I knew the holidays were going to be tough, but I refused to be defeated before I even began, so I wrote a note to myself declaring ‘I am a winner, I will reach my goal and not give up.’ I worked hard to make smart food choices despite so many family gatherings and I was very disciplined to increase my weekly workouts! I was hoping to maintain the 15-pound weight loss from the previous two challenges, so I was shocked when I realized that I lost 4 more pounds. I never imagined that I would get down to a size 6 jeans ever again, but I did! A healthier me is the best Christmas gift I could ever give myself! I have energy like I had when I was in my 30s and I am 65.”

Christine: “With Reliv in my life for almost 5 years I’m accomplishing things I never thought I could do, like Zumba and hiking. I have enough energy to do Zumba 4 times per week and keep up with my very active grandchildren! During the last 2 Challenges, I dropped 16 pounds, my skin improved, my clothes fit better and my sugar cravings are down! It’s a win all around!”

All Challenge Finishers: $100 Product Credit

Ali Crockett Jennifer Barnes
Angela Malis Jill Savage
Angie Chinn Lauren Laird
Barry Williams Laurie Eaton
Carol Rose Loren Hallenbeck
Cathy Sudo Lynn Devereux
Christine Schleinkofer Mike Greenwood
Cristina Reguindin Mindy Meyer
Darla Posner Miriam V. Martinez/Owens
Dawn Tucci Naomi Lydick
Dawn Williams Nicole Martineau
Dodi McCune Rene’ Kisrow
Erin Muhlestein Ruth Kettler
Gloria Jane Bromley Tami Martineau
Hermelinda Belt Tara DeGroff

Make plans now to join the next Reliv Champions Challenge, which is set to kick off on April 1, 2021. Registration opens March 15, 2021.

*Results vary based on starting point and effort. Results achieved with Fit3 fitness program.

How to Become a Reliv Champion in 2021

When we look back on 2020, we’ll always remember that it was certainly a wild ride, riddled with unexpected twists and turns. Most of us are optimistically looking to 2021 for a fresh start and setting some new goals!

If you need a little help reaching those fitness goals in 2021, the Fit3 program and Reliv Champions Challenge will give you tools and support to crush your goals and maybe even be crowned a Champion in 2021!

Just to be clear, Fit3 is not about diets or starvation, restrictions, or lots of rules. Fit3 is about helping you make better choices for yourself by cutting through the chaos and confusion of fitness and nutrition and surrounding you with a like-minded community for encouragement and accountability so you can enjoy optimal health with the best nutrition in the world!

The Fit3 Nutrition Guide is full of resources to get you started and keep you going on your personal wellness journey, but if you want to really reach those goals, and you want to know what it takes to be a Reliv Champion yourself in 2021, check out these top tips from our former Reliv and Fit3 Champions.

“Remember you are an individual and Fit3 is not one of those ‘One-size-fits-all’ programs that tells you exactly what to do and what not to do. There will be some trial and error. You have to tweak it to fit you!”—Debbie G., 2018 Me + 3 Champion

“The Fit3 Friendly Foods list and Daily Snapshot wheel is a great tool that teaches portion size and what you actually should be eating. Using a food tracker app like MyFitnessPal kept me on track with my recommended daily intake.”—Cindy B., Q4 2019 RCC Champion and 2018 Fitness Friend Challenge Champion

“If you have an off day… be mad for a minute, but then tell yourself that your next choice will be a good one.”—Dodi M., 2018 Fit for Life Champion

“Make a 90-day commitment to really learn and follow the Fit3 principles and plug into the community for support.”—Richard B., Q1 2020 RCC Finalist

“Get involved, keep track of everything that you put in your mouth, and exercise every day. And it goes without saying, take your Reliv.”—Mike G., Q3 2020 RCC Champion

“A big factor is to be determined, stay determined, and don’t quit. Your body won’t improve by leaps and bounds, but the baby steps add up to big results.”—Angela M., Q4 2019 RCC Champion

“Be consistent with the products and find an exercise that works for you. Enjoy the journey as you watch your body transform. Grab onto the support of the Fit3 community for inspiration and encouragement.”—Laurie E., Q3 2019 RCC Finalist

“Celebrate the good foods that fuel this journey! Do NOT focus on what you cannot, or should not have. I actually find it exciting to be creative with the rainbow of good foods! Experiment with different flavors; they can transform otherwise drab foods!”—Mary M., Q3 2019 RCC Champion

“It may sound simple, but remember to take your Reliv products consistently! Complete all the social media assignments, have fun with it and get motivated from the other posts.”—Jessica R., Q2 2019 RCC Finalist

“Remember your ‘WHY’. The challenge is about more than losing weight or getting buff. You have specific goals for a reason. When things get hard and discouraging, remember why you started and what you want to accomplish. I wanted to feel more like myself again, losing weight and having more energy were just steps to achieving my overall goal.”—Nicole M., Q3 2020 RCC Champion

“Have your Reliv shake consistently, every day. Join the Fit3 community – it’s filled with people who share similar goals. Use the weekly Fit3 tracking sheets and meal plans and do your best at your level. Just keep moving and celebrate all of your little victories. Have a blast! It’s absolutely a life changer!”—Ali C., 2018 Fit for Life Champion

“Mindless snacking was one of my toughest challenges. So I changed my habits to include eating at the table, devices-off limits, not just tasting each bite, but noting the color, the texture, and the smell. Being in the moment and enjoying the present is so much better than fretting over the past or worrying about the future.”—Patricia S., Q2 2020 RCC Champion

“Track your food and water intake. Whether this is done on paper or in an app, it is so important to be accountable for what hits your lips. If you EAT it, you OWN it! Choose wisely and start by eating smaller meals (on smaller plates). This portion control can help you conserve some of your calories for decisions that will most likely come up later in the day. Try keeping yourself ahead of the ballgame by planning and preparing for the unexpected.”—Tami M., Q2 2019 RCC Champion

The first step to becoming a Reliv Champion is to get registered! Registration for the 1 st Quarter 2021 Reliv Champions Challenge closes on January 15, 2021, so don’t wait. Come join the fun in 2021!

Did you miss this window of opportunity? New Champions Challenges start every quarter, so feel free to jump in and join us whenever you are ready!

Celebrating National Physical Fitness and Sports Month

A Q&A with Reliv Distributor and Fit3 Champions Challenge Finalist Richard Brandl

By Director of Product Development and Fit3 Trainer Tina Van Horn

In 1983, the President’s Council on Fitness designated May as National Physical Fitness and Sports Month. This was done in an effort to promote healthy lifestyles among all Americans and improve our quality of life. The hashtag “#MoveInMay” has been trending, and it’s my hope that people will remember to keep fitness a priority all of the other months of the year as well.

Fitness as a Lifestyle

For some of us, our fitness journey was launched through participation in youth sports. Others turn to fitness later in life for the health benefits, as well as the social connections. Regardless of age or whether you are fueled by competition or more intrinsic incentives, physical activity is a celebration of what our bodies can do.

Meet Richard

Richard Brandl, a self-proclaimed “jock” was a recent runner- up in the men’s division of the Q1 2020 Reliv Champions Challenge. He has been on a journey of physical fitness for more than 40 years. Now at age 60, Richard has no intention of slowing down. A former competitive body builder, Richard is currently training for obstacle course runs and uses Reliv nutrition to give him a competitive edge over his children and the younger competition.

Richard joined the Reliv Champions Challenge to jump start his training for the 2020 race season. He achieved his personal challenge goal to reduce his body fat percentage while maintain lean muscle. He was anticipating breaking some personal records in the upcoming season before his training was derailed by quarantine restrictions.

Modifying the Program

Even though his race plans are currently on hold and he has had to modify his strength training program, Richard is lifting and running and training with the equipment he has at home. Admittedly, he is still driven to be better than the other aging jocks and there is still a smidge of vanity behind his motivation. Ultimately though, he is determined to stay healthy and avoid the chronic health conditions that are in his family’s health history.

Motivation for Decades

Having seen Richard’s pictures from his prime body-building days, I was curious (and maybe a little envious) about how his fitness journey has evolved over the last 40 years and what really keeps pushing him to maintain physical fitness so I threw a few questions his way. His responses certainly resonated with my inner athlete, while validating the principles that the Fit3 program is build upon.

Tina: Fitness has been a part of your life for a very long time. Tell us a little bit about your history and what your fitness routine looks like today?

Richard: I started weightlifting in 1979, and got into bodybuilding in 1980, while I was assigned to my first duty station in the Army. I generally worked out for every day for about two hours, depending on the specific day and routine. I was always trying to progress weight and trained primarily for muscle mass, so cardio was minimal. I was really strict with my diet all of the time to maintain a body fat percentage below 8%. I participated in bodybuilding competitions from 1982 through 1986, but maintained this routine throughout the 80s.

Today my workouts last a maximum of 45 minutes, unless I am specifically training for a rucking event. I focus on circuit type training with minimal rest to be efficient with time. I definitely use more moderate weights and I stay with basic lifts that are multi joint and functional most of the time. Of course, I still like to maintain as much muscle as I can but realize that I’m not 26 anymore. I’m not lifting super heavy weights anymore because that might do more harm than good at my age. For cardio I use high-intensity interval training (HIIT) to get me ready for the obstacle course events

Tina: What are your motivations to keep moving and stay active? How are your motivations different today than 10, 20 or 30 years ago?

Richard: We all have certain level of vanity and I’m no exception. I like to look the part of a fitness professional. I also use the obstacle course runs as a motivator to be more structured and consistent with workouts. I am also motivated to stay healthy and to avoid serious illness. And I still have that competitive fire to be better than the other aging jocks.

Tina: What do you do when you don’t feel motivated?

Richard: When my motivation is low I know that I probably need to take a break from lifting, without feeling guilty. Sometimes I will substitute walks or biking for an active rest or really shorten workouts just to stay in the habit. If all else fails, I try something new, like the Reliv Champions Challenge. I see myself as an ongoing experiment to maintain as much muscle as I can. It’s a game that I play with myself when I have been slacking off.

Tina: Do you every take time off from exercise? How did you get started again?

Richard: Yes, I do take time off. After 40 years, I do experience burnout and to be honest it gets boring. When that happens, I join a class just to do something different and see what the trends are.

To get motivated I look in the mirror and do a “pec check” and decide I look puny and decide to get back to it; vanity again. I start slow, maybe a week of circuits and some cardio to get ready to increase intensity. I also have to get the mind ready as well. I’m also motivated by like class reunions, wedding things that I want to look good for. It’s a mental thing I have about that.

Tina: Tell us a little about your Reliv health story:  How did you find Reliv, what have been your results with the products?

Richard: I found Reliv about 7 years ago when I heard about it on a radio ad. I had always used supplements and I was curious as to the results I would get compared to the past. I have certainly seen improvements with sustained energysleep, muscle recovery and management of joint discomfort. As I get older and with my profession as a physical therapy assistant, I definitely put more emphasis on joint health and workout recovery.

Supplement technology is so much more advanced today than it was 30 years ago. We have a new understanding of nutrition through the lens of epigenetics. Health issues run in my family and I know that optimal nutrition will benefit me in many ways. I’m committed to doing everything I can to stay healthy and keep my body in top shape.

Tina: What prompted you to join the Fit3 Challenge and what kind of results did you experience?

Richard: Initially my goal was to use the 90-day challenge to jump start my training in January as preparation for obstacle course training in the spring. The first event was supposed be in June, but has been canceled because of the pandemic. I also wanted to see how much body fat I could reduce while maintaining my weight and muscle mass. I also wanted to increase the weight I was lifting without causing joint discomfort. Really, I just to see what I could do at 60 years old.

Throughout the challenge, I lost about 1.8% body fat and my weight was stable. I was lifting heavier weights, too, before the pandemic restrictions took effect. I am happy to report my shoulder and knee discomfort was all but eliminated. I never say eliminated because I just don’t think it’s possible with as much activity I do and my age.

Tina: What advice would you give to someone afraid to take that first step on their fitness journey?

Richard: I suggest finding a trustworthy and practical coach to get you started and keep you accountable. Master the fundamentals that match your goals and commitment level. Ignore all the latest trends that promise rapid results. Instead think long term overall lifestyle habits. Keep it simple and be sensible!

If you are intimidated by a long laundry list of do’s and don’ts, just work on a couple of easier ones. Give yourself a chance to experience success and build your confidence. We live once and I encourage people to enjoy those parties but maintain a level of composure and to be ready to “work” it off. You’ve got to enjoy life and find a balance that works for you.