June 15th, 2019

// Four Canada Finalists Named in IsaBody Challenge to Compete for CA$10,000

Four Canada Finalists Named in IsaBody Challenge to Compete for CA$10,000

Health and Wellness Competition Inspires Total-Mind and Body Transformations

GILBERT, Ariz. (June 12, 2019) — Isagenix International, a global health and wellness company providing nutrition and lifestyle solutions, has announced the first four Canada finalists of its annual total-body transformation program, the IsaBody Challenge®. The first Judging Period’s finalists are Cristin Richardson of Guelph, Ontario; Laurie Barkman of Winnipeg, Manitoba; Murray Marchak of Victoria, British Columbia; and Paul Starling of Lindsay, Ontario.

These four individuals were selected out of the thousands of people across Canada who completed the IsaBody Challenge during the most recent judging period. Each finalist has won CA$3,000 and the chance to compete for the grand prize of CA$10,000. Finalists will also receive a CA$200 product coupon, a photo shoot, an all-expenses-paid trip to the IsaBody™ Escape for themselves and a guest, and other prizes to recognize their achievements.

Each finalist will be introduced onstage at the Isagenix Canada Celebration 2020 in February in Montreal, Quebec, in front of thousands of attendees. The grand prize winner will be announced at the event. The IsaBody Challenge and Canada Celebration are both hosted by Isagenix.

“Our Canada finalists have demonstrated a resilience and strength of character that is truly exemplary,” said Travis Ogden, chief executive officer of Isagenix. “We’re proud to honor their commitment to transforming their lives and the example they set for others as they pair discipline with our exceptional nutrition solutions. We congratulate them knowing they’ll continue to inspire as they continue on this path to enhanced wellness.”

Meet the Finalists

Cristin Richardson, Ontario

Age: 39

Total Challenges Completed: 3

Total Weight Loss Over Completed Challenges: 19 pounds*

One year ago, Cristin was exhausted, sick, and just trying to survive physically and emotionally as a mother to her young son. She credits Isagenix in helping her regain her energy and mental balance to cope with the challenges motherhood has thrown her way and with becoming an athlete again. Now she’s able to hike and go on adventures with her son, and she’s smashing new physical goals as a recent Black Belt Grand Champion in her dojo, competing and winning against people half her age.  

Laurie Barkman, Manitoba

Age: 53

Total Challenges Completed: 3

Total Weight Loss Over Completed Challenges: 38 pounds*

Tired, overweight, and unenergetic, Laurie still had the strength to say, “Enough!” and make drastic changes that allowed her to finally like what she sees in the mirror. Nearly 40 pounds down,* she’s regained confidence and determination and replaced fat with lean muscle to become stronger and healthier. Her newfound confidence affects all areas of her life, pushing her to speak up, reach out, try new things, and inspire others. She’s even competed in her first-ever bikini competition at age 53, placing fourth and meeting her goal of finishing in the top five.

Murray Marchak, British Columbia

Age: 48

Total Challenges Completed: 9

Total Weight Loss During Completed Challenges: 30 pounds*
Murray always considered himself an average guy with a body he wasn’t proud of but wasn’t really worried about until a doctor’s visit where he was told to lose weight and lower his cholesterol, or he’d be put on daily medication. This lit a fire in Murray to make dramatic changes in his lifestyle that included losing more than 70 pounds (30 total during IsaBody Challenges). More importantly, he now uses an online forum to inspire more than 600 other average guys just like him who are trying to improve their overall health and wellness to accomplish their goals.

Paul Starling, Ontario

Age: 52

Total Challenges Completed: 7

Total Weight Loss Over Completed Challenges: 50 pounds*Prior to Isagenix, Paul wasn’t able to stick with a diet for more than two weeks. Now, he’s down 50 pounds* and loving the simplicity of the wellness program that allows him to maintain his newfound physique. Paul is focused on gaining lean muscle and toning as he increases energy and strength with early-morning visits to the gym. While he once dreaded these visits, he now enjoys them so much he goes to the gym almost every day. 

To read more about the finalists and see their before and after photos, visit the Isagenix blog. To learn more about Isagenix, visit the Newsroom, like the company on Facebook, and follow it on Twitter and Instagram.

*Weight loss, muscle gain, lifestyle, and other results depicted here reflect exceptional individual experiences of Isagenix customers and should not be construed as typical or average. Results vary with individual effort, body composition, eating patterns, time, exercise, and other factors, such as genetic and physiological makeup. A two-phase 2016 study published by researchers at Skidmore College showed an average weight loss of 24 pounds after 12 weeks. The study evaluated the use of Isagenix products in men and women for weight loss followed by weight maintenance. During the weight maintenance phase, the subjects who continued the calorie-controlled program using Isagenix products better maintained their weight loss in comparison to those who transitioned to a traditional diet after 52 weeks. 

About the IsaBody Challenge

The IsaBody Challenge is a 16-week contest that rewards participants for their total-body and life transformations. Participants are judged on their before and after photos as well as their personal essays describing their journeys. The contest looks for the most inspirational and motivational stories about how participants have made healthy body and life transformations. The IsaBody Challenge is open to all Isagenix customers and members over the age of 18 in the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand, Taiwan, Mexico, Singapore, Malaysia, Colombia, Indonesia, the United Kingdom, Ireland, the Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, and South Korea. For more information, visit the IsaBody Challenge page.

About Isagenix International

Established in 2002, Isagenix provides systems for weight loss, performance, vitality and well-being, personal care and beauty, and financial wellness​. With nearly 600,000 customers worldwide and more than 100 life-changing products, packs, and systems globally, the company is committed to producing Solutions to Transform Lives™. Isagenix shares its products and solutions through a network of independent distributors in 18 markets: the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand, Taiwan, Mexico, Singapore, Malaysia, Colombia, Indonesia, the United Kingdom, Ireland, the Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, and South Korea. Isagenix is a privately owned company with headquarters in Gilbert, Arizona. For more information, visit Isagenix.com​.


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