Could I do a Gym Challenge? How hard is it? (Part 1)

Over the next few days a commentary on what its like to take part on one of these challenges will posted. Maybe it will influence you to think about taking part in the next event?

The new face of gym challenges are going through a tranisition period. It used to be only the seriously fit would take these events on. Those days are gone, it is now about taking part in a event at the correct level for your fitness, either sprint (first time) Intermediate (Gym enthusiast) Open ( Stark raving bonkers!)  and by taking on a bench mark time – seeing progression over time.

Fitness Extreme is a classic example.

I took on the Open event to test myself. Maybe it was too tough for me, but at the end of it – a bit like the ending of a marathon there is a real sense of achievement.

Here, for somebody who may thinking about entering one of these events is what it is like.

The Beginning.

Probably the worst part of any  event  in any sport, is the wait before the kick off, the bang, the words “box” whatever starts it, everybody is nervous and X Training is no exception. Lucklily the first stage is normally the easiest! That is the good news – the bad news is, it does get harder!

The Bike (1.5km)

Everyone normally uses the bike in the gym. It’s a great way to warm up and get the blood nicely flowing and the heart rate raised. Pedalling at roughly 107 rpms at level 12 means that I am not going to tire myself too badly, and when I hit the squat thrusts I will be ok.

The squat thrusts (100 Alt)

Alternate, so one leg operates then the other. I swear there were friction burns on the mat with the speed some of these guys were going at, the cartoon image of woodywoodpecker blistering pace springs to mind!It’s a great exercise though and can be practised anywhere. The judges are on hand to make sure that both feet clear the marked lines – make them count!

The Shoulder Press (40 x 25kg)

Normally this exercise is carried out using free weights, but at this event, you use the machine.  The judges are there making sure that correct ROM is carried out and I tell you what, if you haven’t been practising properly, they will pick it up and make you do a hundred more if neccesary.  I also tried various other methods, bribery, charm and flattery  and no way – these guys - ain’t gonna happen. So plod on, grit your teeth and endure a slight bit of pain. Fastest time of the day, local all round nice guy,  Simon Bellinger (44 seconds). That is shifting. My time (1.42) Got a bit of work to do in the gym yet!

Press Ups (50)

For obvious reasons the ladies and guys are measured using different forms, shoulder for the ladies, chest for the guys – however it was measured it’s still hard. Full extention, dip, touch sponge with your chest or shoulder and carry on. Sounds easy? 50 of them is pretty tough, but having just completed the Shoulder Press it is like-  arms that used to respond to commands from Mr Brain  have shut up shop and are not taking calls  anymore  (in my case) For the likes of Sylburn Miller (57 seconds) its a breeze!

It’s around this moment in time when sanity kicks in and you know you are here to do business. It’s a personal thing. You want to complete the course, you are here, you have trained for it  and only four events have gone and  another seven yet still to do!

Part 2 will continue shortly!

Scotland is holding the next big Gym Challenge ‘Superfit 2007’

Managed by Inverclyde Leisure’s fitness professional fitness co-ordinators, this event will proove to be as challenging as any on the Grand Prix circuit.

Gym challenges are  certainly catching the imagination of private and local run authority health clubs for member retention and member benefits .  Members want to be motivated!

Check out this link

An excellent idea!

Will Scotland be the next country to embrace Gym Challenges? and could this be the making of a north /south Championship?

Fitness Extreme 2007

extreme-fitness-luton-2007-033.jpgOn Saturday 28th April 2007, at Fitness First in Dunstable, Luton. The Fitness Extreme event took place. This event is part of the GBXTO Grand Prix and contributes towards finding the UK’s fittest Gym Member. enables, any gym member to try for themselves the type of gym challenge that is X Training (pronounced Cross Training). A series of gym disciplines that are completed in as quick as time a s possible. It is a portal to launch gym challenges up and down the country to see how you would compare times if you ever considered entering one of these events.

Your comments are more then welcome about gym challenges and what inspires you, motivates you to train.

The bigger picture is – somewhere down the road (very shortly we hope) the major gym chains would submit their fittest atheltes to compete against one another, in a UK National Championship and for that to happen we need your views.

Please post what you feel is relevant in creating these events to be more widespread.