Now let me tell you about the next challenge I've let myself be talked into...
A while ago a PR person contacted me about participating in the Men's Fitness FitBrit Challenge. Clearly, there's more than just one thing wrong with this. For one, I'm obviously not a man. And I'm not a Brit either. However, they seem to be quite open-minded gender- and nationality-wise and so I agreed because, well, that's what I do. I just can't say no... And I figured that it would be interesting to see just how I measure up against the rest of Britain (haha...) and how much fitter I've become thanks to CrossFit.
But let's go back for a moment and see what this challenge is all about:
"Once again Men's Fitness and Fitness First have joined forces to bring back FitBrit, the biggest gym in the country. The challenge comprises eight exercises done back-to-back against the clock. Anyone can take the Men's Fitness FitBrit Challenge. You can practise it whenever and wherever you want but you can only record an officially recognised time at a Fitness First gym.
If you want to take the Men's Fitness FitBrit Challenge and are already a member of Fitness First, any personal trainer or health and fitness manager at your branch will be able book a slot for you to do it. They'll record your time, then send it to us so we can post it on our online leaderboard, which will get updated at the end of each month. The quickest competitors will be invited to the grand final later this year."
Obviously my goal now is to make it into the final. Ha!
There's a quick video on their site showing the eight different exercises. They are as follows (this one has weights and distances for the women):
- 400m row
- Kettlebell push press, 8kg per arm, 30 reps
- VPR (those funny tube thingies) thread-the-needle, 6kg, 20 reps
- 3km bike ride
- press ups, 20 reps
- Steelball slam, 9kg, 10 reps
- Kettlebell swing, 12kg, 30 reps
- 800m run
Now, by the looks of the current leaderboard, the time to beat is 12 minutes. That seems pretty fast. Truth be told, I have absolutely no idea how long this would actually take. I also find the judging a bit ambivalent as it says that women can do the press ups on their knees. Well, I can bang out 10 press ups fast, another 10 not quite as, but if someone else did them on their knees, they could probably beat me quite easily. So how's that fair? What if I choose to do them proper, someone else on their knees??? Dilemma!
I took the list of exercises into my CrossFit box yesterday and showed it to one of our coaches and my newly elected personal PT (she just doesn't know it yet but after putting me through my paces to get me back to running, she just is!), and both of them agree that 12 minutes seems a bit out there, based on the fact that the cardio-portion of the workout alone would take you at least 8-10 minutes. Hmm... doesn't smell quite kosher now, does it?
But, in order to have this question and the gazillion other ones I have answered, I'm heading over to Fitness First later today for my first free PT session. I'm not really sure what to expect but at least I'll get a PT sesh or two out of this challenge and can measure myself against some other non-male, non-Brit (fact! Just check out the names on the leaderboard!) chicks. Wish me luck!!!
Would you be up for this challenge?
What time do you think you could manage?
How long do you think it will take me (be kind)?