Holiday Fitness Challenge 2018

Driven Holiday Fitness Challenge 2018

As we all know, the holidays can be a challenging time to stay on a healthy track. The opportunities to miss training, neglect sleep and eat poorly seem to keep coming, so the HFC gives you some incentive to stay on the right track by rewarding you for taking care of yourself and encouraging your teammates, who in turn will help encourage you.

Here’s how it works: You’ll form a 4-person team and choose a captain (if you don’t have a team and want to be assigned to one, just let us know via email or by submitting the form with an X in the fields for additional team member). We strongly suggest pairing up with friends, family, or coworkers as being on a team with other people you know helps a lot with accountability and making the contest fun. That said, don’t worry if you don’t have a team – if you sign up as a free agent we’ll add you to a team so you can still participate.

Once you’re signed up, your team captain will enter each team member’s exercise and food foul points each day by noon beginning on Thursday, November 29th. Exercise points will add to your team’s total and food fouls will subtract from it. The contest will run through Wednesday, December 19th.

As in past years, we will be splitting the teams into 3 flights. Which one best describes you and your team members?

  1. Pro Division – You are obsessively competitive and aren’t afraid to break into the gym to earn points or run at midnight.
  2. Real Folks Division – You’re down for a little competition, but circumstances prevent you from exercising more than four hours per day (Those in the pro division would call them “excuses”). Whatever.
  3. Party Division – You could use a little encouragement to get into the gym and stay on track during the holidays.

You’ll enroll your team in one of these divisions when you sign your team up.


Since we are not big fans of paperwork, we’re going to simplify the process. You’ll make sure to get your exercise point total and food foul total to your captain as soon as possible. If you’re the captain of your team, you’ll be sent a form you’ll complete each day with each team member’s points included. Be sure to report your previous day’s points by noon or receive an auto -1000 score per non-reporting person. Here’s how we suggest that you do it:

  1. Each team member sets an alarm for the end of their day reminding them to submit their score to their captain.
  2. Each team member sends their daily result to the team captain at the end of the day.
  3. The captain wakes up, sees each team member’s email, then enters the data into the reporting form, taking all of maybe 90 seconds and easily submitting their team’s score before the noon deadline.


Walking/running – 100 per mile *This is not “daily steps”. This would be any walking you do that is more than just around the office. If you elect to walk to lunch when you normally would drive, however, it counts!

Cycling – 25 per mile

Mountain Bike – 40 per mile

Standard Driven workout – 500

Versaclimber – 15 per 100 feet

SkiErg – 8 per 100 meters

Rower – 8 per 100 meters

Heavy Yardwork – 150 per hour

Golf (riding) – 200 per round

Elliptical – 100 per mile

Yoga/pilates – 250 per hour

Home workout/Group training – 350 per hour

Tennis/basketball, etc. – 500 per hour

Swimming – 300 per mile


The baseline is your normal diet minus any things that you already know are bad. Since the goal for this contest is to avoid letting your diet tank during the holidays, we are mainly concerned that you keep your diet from getting worse. While we want you to eat more vegetables, we aren’t asking you to consider “not enough vegetables” a foul (although you probably should).

PERFECT DAY (+100) – No food fouls. You’ve had a normal diet and abstained from any food fouls.

LEVEL 1 (-100) – A minor violation. This would be a normal day for most people. Maybe you had something you know wasn’t very healthy. Or perhaps you just had a little too much, even if it was good food. Single, small violations fit this category. But if you had two, you’ve moved to:

LEVEL 2 (-500) – Multiple minor violations. You haven’t been perfect, but you haven’t totally blown it, either. Generally 2-4 minor fouls.

LEVEL 3 (-1000) – An egregious violation, or just a really bad day. This happens when you’ve totally blown it. It may just be an epically bad meal, or it could be a mass of minor violations. If you’ve committed more violations than you can count easily, you’re in this category. If you have one of these days, you might as well enjoy it. -1000 is your score for this day, regardless of how bad it gets.

So that’s the deal. You’ll notice it will be a challenge to stay in positive territory, and on many days, you’ll lose ground. That’s where the team concept comes in. Pick up your teammates and when you’re struggling they’ll do the same!