After a gruelling and intense three weeks of competition, I (along with everyone else!) am relieved to announce that the GFAW Challenge is over!
Get Fit In Bath head honchos Dave Bowler and Tash Lewis set us the rather formidable task of completing 250 cals on the watt bike, 150 squats, 150 lunges, 150 press-ups, 150 sit-ups and 150 med ball slams. In our pairs (selected by picking names out of a hat), we undertook the challenge on a tag-team basis – one person working out whilst the other recuperates. The aim of the game: to complete the challenge in the fastest time possible. A daunting task, to say the least!
The very thought of the challenge brought shaky knees and a nervous disposition to all who were partaking, however frame of mind was directed instead towards establishing team attire, determining a team name and discussing team tactics (needless to say these were thrown out of the window, revised and deliberated again and again).
With only a few teams competing at a time, the race was on to chase the lead time and set a new one each session. The energy and motivation from everyone was inspiring; the support system was untouchable, both within each team and outside of it – although that didn’t stop the daily banter between teams in the office…
The challenge was strenuous and demanding, pushing us to our limits. With the clock running, faces red from exhaustion and sweat pouring down us, it became a challenge in itself to not pass out or throw up during each and every repetition (*ahem* to name but a few, Vom-Tom, Sara, Pete and Mr B himself). Exhaustion was at its peak, yet still no-one gave in. After all, medals (and reputation) were at stake!
As we reached the final frontier, it was clear to see that, although the watt bike was deemed to be a particular obstacle, a unanimous vote cast the med ball slams as the worst of the lot.
With Carbageddon (Tom and Cliff) taking the bronze with 34.36 minutes and Butt Kickers (Mr B and Agnieszka) taking the silver with 31.59 minutes, it was The Rejects (myself and Stu) who just edged into the lead to take home the gold with 31.56 minutes in what can only be described as the most intense and nail-biting final seconds in the competition. And let’s not forget Team Lincs (Sara and Georgie), who were humbly rewarded with the wooden spoon!
An astounding effort of teamwork, energy, motivation and encouragement prevailed. Not only was it fantastic to see the level of competitiveness against each other, it was also incredible to see the level of competitiveness with ourselves – discovering our own abilities, pushing our own barriers, realising how much we’ve all improved and how far we’ve come since the start of GFAW back in January.
Our hard work paid off – Dave and Tash rewarded us with a heavenly Ben’s Cookie at the end of the medals ceremony. We’re all winners here.
To end on a word from the judges (or slave-drivers!) themselves, Dave and Tash: “All I can say is… We are in complete awe!! What an inspiring few weeks it has been whilst the GFAW challenge has been on! Not only did it bring out some epic performances, it also showed some great competition and rivalry between everyone! We really didn’t expect to have such enthusiasm with it and we were completely blown away! Everyone truly came in and gave it their best shot and the margin between 1st and 2nd place was so exciting to witness! Not only did everyone fight for the top spot in their teams, they also cheered and supported everyone else on too – this was really great to see.”