About Getfit

The getfit challenge is a 12-week, team-oriented fitness challenge open to the entire MIT community.


The goal of getfit is to help make MIT a healthier community by encouraging participants to exercise regularly. During the challenge, which typically runs from early February through April, teams of five to eight people can qualify for prize drawings based on the average number of minutes exercised each week. Prizes are awarded weekly to teams and individuals selected at random from among those teams meeting the steadily increasing weekly exercise goals. The Grand Prize winner is selected randomly from all eligible teams meeting the minimum average exercise threshold for at least ten out of twelve weeks of the competition.

Make lasting lifestyle changes

Results from past 12-week challenge have shown that getfit participants often make lasting lifestyle changes. Each year, nearly three-quarters of getfit participants tell us they began exercising more as a result of the fitness challenge. More importantly, most of them kept it up for at least six months after the program ended! Other benefits reported by at least a quarter of participants include:

  • Weight loss
  • Reduced stress levels
  • Improved sleep
  • Improved general mood
  • Improved muscle tone
  • Improved eating habits
  • Improved flexibility

getfit is presented by:

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  • The 2021 getfit challenge begins on February 1, 2021, and ends on April 25, 2021.
  • All teams must register online at getfit.mit.edu between January 11 and January 24, 2021. Team rosters must be finalized by January 31, 2021.
  • Teams must consist of five to eight people. Note that co-captains must have an email address ending in mit.edu, draper.com, or broadinstitute.org. Participation is open to all members of the MIT community and family members aged 16 years and older.
  • No changes may be made to team names after January 24, 2021. No changes to team rosters may be made after January 31, 2021. Exceptions to this rule will be made only in the rare situation that a team member has no choice but to drop out before the end of the challenge (serious illness, leaving MIT, or similar circumstances). In such situations, please initiate the roster change by using the “contact us” page.
  • Individuals may be a member of only one team.
  • Any physical activity done at a level that increases the heart rate and/or challenges the muscles will count as exercise.
  • The getfit week runs from Monday through Sunday.
  • Participants must keep a record of total minutes exercised every day.
  • Participants’ minutes must be entered online at getfit.mit.edu each week. To be eligible for weekly team and individual prize drawings, as well as the end-of-challenge Grand Prize and Onward & Upward awards, participants must enter minutes for the previous week by 11:59 p.m., EST, each Monday. The getfit database will calculate the average number of minutes exercised by each team per week, and team and individual rankings will be posted on the site’s Leaderboard.
  • Weekly prize drawings will be held to award prizes to at least ten individuals. All participants meeting the exercise goal for a given week will be eligible for that week’s prize drawing for individuals.
  • At least one team prize will be awarded weekly. All teams whose per-member average meets the exercise goal for a given week will be eligible for that week’s prize drawing for teams. Additional team contests will also be held during some weeks of the challenge. Details about, and eligibility requirements for, these special contests will be posted on the getfit website.
  • Each team with a per-member exercise average that meets the weekly exercise goal for at least 10 of 12 weeks during the challenge will be eligible for the Grand Prize, the winner of which will be determined by random drawing among all eligible teams at the end of the challenge.
  • “Onward & Upward” prizes will be awarded by random drawing to two individuals at the end of the challenge. To be eligible for this prize drawing, an individual must have recorded exercise minutes for every week of the challenge and demonstrated a steady and consistent increase in exercise minutes from week to week, but is not required to have met weekly exercise goals.
  • Organizers of the getfit challenge and members of their families are ineligible to win individual prizes. Teams with ineligible members are ineligible for team prizes.
  • The exercise goal for each week of the challenge will be as follows:
    • Week 1 -- 150 minutes
    • Week 2 -- 165 minutes
    • Week 3 -- 180 minutes
    • Week 4 -- 195 minutes
    • Week 5 -- 210 minutes
    • Week 6 -- 225 minutes
    • Week 7 -- 225 minutes
    • Week 8 -- 245 minutes
    • Week 9 -- 260 minutes
    • Week 10 -- 280 minutes
    • Week 11 -- 300 minutes
    • Week 12 -- 300 minutes
Participant Perks

The getfit fitness challenge is the brainchild of staff member Kim. In 2004, as editor of the now-defunct health@mit newsletter, she had an idea for making a bigger health impact on campus through a fitness challenge. During the pilot year of getfit in 2005, she laid out the program hallmarks: participating as part of a team, counting exercise minutes, going on tunnel walks, and free T-shirts for all.

Almost 1,300 people signed up to participate that first year. It was hard work to keep the program running with a team of seven people, all of whom had other, full-time, job responsibilities. Kim remembers, “I would get here early in the morning and hang maps in the tunnels, and I led all the tunnel walks myself the first year.”

The first challenge did more than raise the activity level of the participants; many also shared stories about how getfit had increased their sense of community at MIT, an unexpected result that delighted the organizers. Kim feels that “getfit made a difference in the way the community viewed MIT Medical. It let everyone at MIT know that we care about them, regardless of whether they get their health care here or not.”

The getfit organizing committee was recognized with an MIT Excellence Award in 2006.