CEO Challenge Success Stories

CEO Challenge VIII – Fall 2015
“The Professor” Named CEO Challenge VIII Champion!!

SWIF’s CEO Challenge VIII, which ran from September 7 through December 6, 2015, concluded with a friendly breakfast gathering on December 17 to celebrate the transformations, share stories, talk trash (a lot of trash) and of course to crown the Champion!



It is with great pleasure that SWIF has named

Micheal Flynn

as the CEO Challenge VIII Champion.



Mike aka “The Professor,” aka “The Viking” who represented Aquinas Academy in the Challenge, earned a prize of $10,000…half for him and half for his charity.

“Mike approached the Challenge with conviction!” according to the Bossman.  “He never missed a training session, came in early and left late, religiously logged his food, checked in regularly on his progress, completed SWIF’s online wellness education course, and had a winning attitude throughout!”

His results were impressive.  During the exercise and nutrition-based challenge, which began and ended with comprehensive biometric testing and functional movement screening,  Mike:

  • practically doubled his functional movement screening score

  • practically tripled his overall fitness score

  • improved his flexibility six-fold

  • more than doubled his strength…moving him into the “Excellent” category

  • jumped three categories in his aerobic fitness and now “hovers at the door” of the Excellent category

  • and last but certainly not least: lost 35 pounds!!

In this eighth installment of the CEO Challenge, all the participants worked hard, and so many made notable improvements as a result of the weekly group workouts as well as the individual sessions  with the SWIF coaches.

And not to be overlooked by any means, while the Challenge is a platform where so many make life altering improvements, we want to thank each participant for his/her charitable wager.  SWIF does its best to fuse physical performance and charity, and without all of you we could not do it.

CEO Challengers We Thank You!!!

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CEO Challenge VII – Spring 2015
It was a Photo Finish for the 1st and 2nd Place CEOs

What do a select group of 25 of Pittsburgh’s finest business leaders who train at STICK WITH IT FITNESS have in common? They all competed in SWIF’s CEO Challenge VII! The CEO Challenge is a 13-week prescription-based nutrition, conditioning, restorative, and accountability program that includes Pre- and Post-program functional movement screening and biometric testing, weekly group coaching sessions with Certified SWIF ATHLETICS Coaches, and wellness educational support that has proven to help thousands of SWIF clients.

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This seventh year of the challenge was our most competitive one yet! We had five challengers who each lost over 40 pounds of fat and several who lost well over 30. And the improvements in their Pre- and Post-Challenge performance scores was impressive to say the least. As a result, determining the champion was no easy feat for us — the competition resulted in a grueling, neck-and-neck finish between the 1st place winner, Steve Photopoulos of Steve Photopoulos Law and the 2nd place winner, Dean Bronowicz of Waves Equipment Rental.

The pair’s combined “Fat Loss” approached an amazing 100 pounds of fat!!

With near identical improvements in Fat Loss, Muscle Gain, Strength, Flexibility, and Cardio Vascular ability, Steve tweaked out the victory over Dean because of his unprecedented perfect score in the Post-Challenge functional movement screen. As SWIF always says, it “pays” to be functional.

Check out their 13-week transformations


Steve’s BEFORE Photos


Steve’s AFTER Photos…he’s got his groove back!!!



Dean’s BEFORE Photos


Dean’s AFTER Photos…getting his swell on!!!

For this year’s CEO Challenge’s Awards Ceremony, SWIF switched things up a bit. Rather than an evening event fueled by a few post-program cocktails, SWIF paid homage to two other CEO challengers who hailed from Eat’n Park Hospitality Group, and held a breakfast ceremony at the Route 8 Eat’n Park restaurant. Oh, but the early hour didn’t mean it was a quiet affair…other patrons reported seeing an impromptu boxing ring set up where Steve and Dean were challenged to duke it out one last time to claim the top spot.

For the challengers, the competition is not only about winning the title of “CEO Challenge VII Champion,” it’s also about winning money…for themselves and their favorite charity. With 25 competitors, this year’s prize money totaled $12,500: and with $6,250 dedicated to charity, SWIF’s programs have now surpassed $125,000 for charities.


CEO Challenge VI – Spring 2014
SWIF 13-week Transformations: Before and After

Congratulations to our CEO Challenge VI Champion, Lynn Fievet. For our 13-week Challenge, Lynn’s SWIF Coaches, Sean Cerqua and the BossMan, Albert Eiler designed a diet and exercise strategy just for her. Lynn lost close to 35 lbs of fat and improve her strength, flexibility and aerobic capacity significantly.

Check out her amazing Before, (During) and After photos!!

Lynn Before

Lynn’s Pre-Challenge BEFORE photos where she clearly did NOT like the idea of Biometric photography.

Lynn 2 weeks in

Lynn, two weeks into the Challenge decided to show off the progress she had already made — 10 pounds down!



Lynn’s Post-Challenge AFTER photos, showing her 35 pounds of fat loss and her improved confidence!! After 13 weeks, she was all like, “Yeah, bring on that Biometric photography!!!” You go girl, we’re so proud of you too.

Another amazing transformation was that of our Second Place CEO Challenger, Eric Teasdale, trained by SWIF Coach, Rob Lessig, who also lost close to 35 pounds of body fat. It should be also noted that Eric crushed the aerobic, the strength and the functional movement categories of the Challenge.

Again, the photos say it all — awesome job, Eric!

Eric Before

Eric’s Pre-Challenge BEFORE photos…no smile detected.


Eric After

Eric’s Post-Challenge AFTER shots…our experts have examined the photos and have detected a definite smile 🙂

CEO Challenge V – Spring 2013
This CEO Challenge Ends in a TIE!

Congratulations to our two CEO Challenge V champions:
Bob Ramella of PA Roofing Systems
and Chris Parry of emkompas.

The winners were announced at an “End of the Challenge but Beginning of a Healthier Lifestyle” celebration held last Thursday April 25 at Bella Frutteto Restaurant in Wexford. Here are the champs pictured with their SWIF Athletics coaches.

Bob-and-JR Co-Champion Bob Ramella (center) with his SWIF Coach “JR” Vlakancic

Matt-and-ChrisSWIF Coach Matt Bargerstock “with” Co-Champion Chris Parry. Chris had to be out of the country on business but was able to join the celebration via Skype!

In terms of the overall results, the CEO Challenge V participants:

  • Improved their total fitness score by an average of over 35 points
  • Showed significant improvements in each of the individual fitness tests, in most cases jumping 2, if not 3 categories
  • Averaged over 30 pounds of “fat loss”
  • Showed considerable improvements on the Functional Movement Screen (FMS)

This year’s Challenge put a large chunk of change in the co-winners’ pockets, but also funneled an equal amount to their charities of choice. These latest donations have pushed the total that SWIF has provided to various charities through this Challenge and other SWIF-sponsored events to over $90,000.

The SWIF Athletics Coaches, most of this year’s Challenge participants as well as a smattering of prior years’ participants attended the celebration.

CEO Challenge IV – Spring 2012
Winner Matt Zanin!

 Congratulations to CEO Challenge IV winner Matt Zanin!! There were many participants that stood out and competed well but Matt just could not be denied. His hard work, discipline and adherence to the SWIF methodology totally transformed his body.

Check out his Before and AFTER — 13 weeks later!!  Great job, Matt!


Our Champion Matt Zanin pictured with SWIF Coach Matt Bargerstock
at the Award Celebration.

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