FitBrit winner 2017 Nicci French talks with WGC


FitBrit is the closest format for what WGC offers gym members. In principle it is trying to find the fittest members of gyms by offering a competition based gym challenges based on time. The winner being the person with the quickest time.

The differences between WGC and FitBrit is that WGC looks at the significant split time of all the elements of training and events for gym challenges , whereby FitBrit is just a final time scenario.

There is no such gym challenge on this planet that is deemed the  hardest. All that can be learned from them is the comparable differences in the final times. In this , FitBrit fails, but where it succeeds is the amount of people that take this challenge on.

Most gyms in the UK do not provide gym challenges for members to train towards, but DW Gyms and Fitness First have combined in an effort to find the fittest from their members. WGC spoke to the female winner Nicci French from Poole Fitness First and asked here about the gym challenge and winning in 2016 and 2017.

What is the secret to winning FitBrit ?

No secret, just regular training. I vary my week doing strength training, HIIT training and endurance work- plus the odd world gym challenge thrown in. Nearer fit Brit, I train more specifically towards the elements in the competition

Do you miss the races between you and Tracey Davies?

Tracey Davies and Nicci French’s races against each other were always close year on year at the FitBrit Finals. Tracey stopped competitive racing in 2015.

Yes, the competition was good between us. I had beaten Tracy and she had beaten me- then we were 2 seconds apart in our final race! Would have loved to have paired up for an event with her!

What advice would you offer in how to train for FitBrit?

I have stuck to the same format over the years I have been taking part. Practise is key in this event.

You are a masters category athlete . Why do you think you are beating those younger then you ?

I think that women can become fitter and stronger as they age. Plus I train harder now then when I was younger as I have more time now that my children are older. I am more determined and focussed now I am older as I always think that this could be my last year!

What did you have to eat on the day of the final ?

This year I was away from home so I ate slightly differently. Generally I would eat corn cakes with nut butter followed by natural yogurt with fruit and nuts. I would have a snack about an hour before I competed- either a banana or some nuts.

What benefits have you been given by Fitness First ?

I have received free membership to Fitness First and a variety of other prizes over the years. The best year was winning a racing bike plus £250 of sports clothes!

As a female in your gym and winner are you a role model at all to other members ?

It would be nice to think so! I think I am proof, along with a couple of my friends, that you do not have to lose your fitness just because you are over 30. You can become stronger and more focussed but may have to tweak your workout.

The aim of FitBrit is to find the fittest gym members , how do you think this has transpired ?

I think it is developing well, especially now that DW are involved. There are more competitors nationwide so it will be interesting as more DW members get involved. It is the 10th year this year and I believe they are planning something bigger to celebrate this.

Have you ever considered CrossFit?

I have not considered joining a Crossfit gym but some of the training I do is similar to the Crossfit style. I enjoy combining strength and cardio in intense short sessions. The World Gym Challenge also provides circuits which are intense and challenging!

Whats the golden rules for keeping motivated and focused for performance ?

You have to enjoy what you do and make sure you have variety in your training so that you avoid being bored and injured. It also helps to have a training partner to keep you motivated

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