Welcome to GreatistYou, a new social experiment where we see what happens when five people decide to change their health—and broadcast their journeys for everyone to see. Four goals, five contestants, and six weeks to crush said goals for the promise of a better life (oh, and $1,000!).

Things are starting to get real, people. Like really real. We’re getting ready to enter the second week of GreatistYou, and our contestants can’t be stopped. Let’s jump back to Brandon (@greatistbrandon), who is entering day three of his free week at California Family Fitness. Like everywhere else in California, this gym is adorned with palm trees and plays The O.C. theme song on repeat… probably.

Brandon continues to make big changes in his life while maintaining a normal routine. He’s been going on walks with his dog, munching on beet chips, and using a Starbucks cup as a water bottle. Hey, who hasn’t DIY’d a water bottle out of an unassuming coffee vessel?


  • Regina (@greatistregina) impressed us all with her willpower this weekend. She steered clear of booze and gelato—and even managed to fit in a few burpees—during a pretty fabulous-looking poolside getaway.
  • Darby and Adrienne (@greatistdanda) also proved their GreatistYou journey follows them wherever they go. They tracked 5.39 miles shopping this weekend. Inquiring minds want to know: What did you buy?
  • Jasmine (@greatistjasmine) did what everybody else does in the summer: spend quality time at the beach. But unlike everyone else, she wore sneakers so she wouldn’t skip out on her run. Despite the heat, she bit the bullet and jogged/walked 8 miles. Now that’s true commitment.
  • Finally, GreatistYou mentor Jessi Kneeland (@greatistmentor), gave us some more words of wisdom: “Pro tip: Earn your rests by working hard enough to need them.”