Fitness Challenge Ideas: Flat Stanley Gets a Makeover

Here’s something we have been doing in my private facebook fitness group (Fantastically Fit Friends) for the summer. Many of us (including me) have been traveling a lot. It wasn’t practical to run a challenge where I would have to keep track of members’ points. One summer idea I came up with was a “where in the world are the Fantastically Fit Friends?” I made a logo and added it to the documents on the facebook group. Members could print it out, take it along when they were doing something active, pose for a picture and post it in our group. It was a way for us to share the fitness activities we were doing while we were all going in different directions.

The problem with the logo I made was it didn’t show up very well in the pictures. A group of about 8 FFF’s participated in the Warrior Dash in the Poconos. Cyndi’s sons, Alex and Ian took an idea they grew up with in school (Flat Stanley) and modified it for the Warrior Dash. Alex and Ian made Flat Warrior. He went along and participated in the Warrior Dash. He had his picture taken with all the participants. FFF members took turns carrying Flat Warrior during the race. The word was he sustained a few injuries and lost some limbs, but he still looked pretty good in the pictures.

Flat Warrior was so cool that I made Fantastically Fit Franklin to take along to the beach. Franklin had his picture taken at the spin class we took, at the Southport 5k run and in our makeshift gym under the beach house. It was easy to make Franklin. Here’s what I did:


I googled Flat Stanley and printed out a picture of him. I cut him out and traced him onto card stock. I modified his hair a little bit. Then I drew a workout outfit on him instead of a shirt and tie. I also gave him a set of dumbbells. I outlined him with a sharpie marker and colored him in with crayola markers.


If you think Flat Franklin will motivate your group to work out, or just make your workouts more fun, feel free to steal our ideas. Leave a message and let me know how it goes.


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Author: Sue Kauffman

Health and PE teacher in Central PA. Exercise, fitness and nutrition junkie. Married, two teen girls (pulling out hair daily). Love to ballroom dance. Beachbody customer and coach. e-mail me at suek11@embarqmail.com

4 thoughts on “Fitness Challenge Ideas: Flat Stanley Gets a Makeover”

  1. Great idea!
    Finish Line (Customer Care) in Indianapolis is going to incorporate this into our Wellness Program!
    It will be a challenge to create their own Flat Stanley and upload photos of where they have either worked out, or adapted healthy choices so that we can all share.

  2. Way to go Alex and Ian. This was a great idea. I keep a copy of the logo in Brian’s car so when we are out and about I can take a picture. Thanks Sue for making our summer activities fun and thanks to Alex and Ian for this idea.

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