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 challengesÂ 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!) Â 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.
Probably the worst part of anyÂ eventÂ 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.Â 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.Â I also triedÂ various other methods, bribery, charm and flattery Â and no way – these guys -Â 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,Â Â 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- Â arms that used to respondÂ to commands fromÂ Mr BrainÂ have shut up shop and are not taking callsÂ anymoreÂ (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 itÂ and onlyÂ four events have gone andÂ Â anotherÂ seven yet still to do!
Part 2 will continue shortly!