WINNERS: Tom Zerk and Georgie Gibson, who get married today, were winners for Ben Ridge's Ridgey Didge Fitness eight-week challenge.
WINNERS: Tom Zerk and Georgie Gibson, who get married today, were winners for Ben Ridge's Ridgey Didge Fitness eight-week challenge. Ellen Ransley

TOP TIPS: How we lost 16kg for our wedding

ROMA'S newest newlyweds put themselves up to a challenge eight weeks ago, to shred before they wed.

Now the proud winners of Ben Ridge's Ridgey Didge Fitness eight-week challenge, Georgie Gibson and Tom Zerk will today tie the knot looking fitter than ever.

Pushing themselves over two months, Zerk and Gibson routinely sweated through seven sessions a week of cardio, weights and mixed high intensity interval training.

"It happened to coincide with us getting married,” Zerk said.

"We figured we'd give it our best crack so we would look the best we could for the wedding.”

Gibson said she and her now-husband had kept each other accountable, and credited their success to each other.

"We kept each other on track, we made that promise to ourselves we would look our best for the wedding,” she said.

"Now the hard part is keeping it all off.”

Ridge said that from his 40-odd challengers, about 102 kilograms of fat were lost all together.

"That averages around three kilograms per person if you work it out,” he said.

"A few people didn't re-scan, so it could have been even more losses made.”

Zerk, who took out the $500 cash prize for the men, lost 9.8kg of fat, and 38cm off his measurements.

"That's over one kilo of fat loss of week, and 7.4 per cent of his total body fat,” Ridge said.

"I don't think I was expecting that much of a loss, I was pretty amazed to hear that,” Zerk said.

Gibson claimed the women's category, losing 6.7kg of fat over the eight weeks, and 19cm off her body.

"Although we couldn't have done this without Ridgey, we also were pretty strict on our nutrition, and we have Rhiannon Stone to thank for that,” Gibson said.

"We stuck to her meal plans, and diet really was a big part in our results I think.”

Ridge said the dedication of those who took part in his challenge was inspiring.

"It was very rewarding to see so many great results, which makes my job so enjoyable,” he said.

"Hard work does pay off for being consistent and Tom and Georgie committed to their goals 100 per cent.

"Makes me even more excited for the next challenge at the end of the year.”

Kyle Hartfiel came in second for the men, losing 7.9kg and 14cm from his body, with Hannah Lyons claiming second for the women, losing 4kg, and 16cm off her body.



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