It’s all about May fitness. There have been a bit of buzz and a number of activities this May surrounding fitness challenges.
A group from Anguilla challenged themselves and took part in one of the Tough Mudder series in Atlanta last Sunday. If you have never heard of Tough Mudder then let me tell you. Tough Mudder is an endurance event series in which participants attempt 10–12-mile-long (16–19 km) military-style obstacle courses which were designed and created by British Special Forces. Sound serious huh?
Well these guys heard about it and decided they wanted to do it and let me tell you I am impressed because this series is not for the faint of heart. Organized by Hilroy Alfred the team trained for months to improve their fitness levels and went on the complete the course. The team consisted of persons from different backgrounds, men and women, bodybuilders, trainers, a footballer, and some who simply went to the gym improve on fitness.
Here are the words from one team member and a first timer in these events, Khamal Harding-Hodge.
“I believe this is the first time a team from Anguilla attended the Tough Mudder event. There was a lot of support and love on social media while the team was in Atlanta. It made a difference. We wanted to fight to give back to Anguilla and represent our country.
Before we went, we did some research online. We looked up some of the events to see what we were expected to do. We had to prepare ourselves physically and mentally. Though this event requires a lot of physical attributes such as strength, speed and agility, it is also based on mental fortitude and determination. We spent countless hours in the gym preparing physically but we also developed tactics which would enable us to overcome the obstacles as best we could.
(AT THE EVENT) There was a lot of emphasis around teamwork. We found the obstacles were a lot easier to overcome when we worked together and stuck together. There were one or two members who at different points felt they were unable to finish but with the support and encouragement from other members we were all able to finish our obstacle course.
We went through the entire twelve-miles obstacle course as a team. We ran as much as we could. There were other teams from America and other countries. There was a lot of camaraderie from everyone.
We would definitely do it again. We are already looking forward to 2017.”
Funday usually takes place on the first Monday in May, which is also a holiday to celebrate Labour Day. This year’s event got rained out so it was pushed back to May 15th. Teams from various hotels, business places, organizations, and departments usually take part in a series of activities that range from ridiculous, strength, tactic, luck, endurance and teamwork based.They are all done in a competitive spirit. The events have varying levels of fitness so that not one team can dominate. Funday is open to anyone as long as they have a shirt for any of the teams and most of the proceeds go towards the young athletes of Anguilla through the organizers, the Anguilla Amateur Athletics Association.
Shelly went out, so Xavi and I went to the park after church and while the day was hot it was still really nice. We got to meet some people and Xavi was fascinated to see all the other little children running around. Those little ones were everywhere (something I look forward to). Things kicked off around 1 pm and went straight into the night. Most of the events were new and geared towards more team participation. Our team didn’t start off so well. In fact we came dead last for a bit of the earlier events. However, closer to the end we were able to get a few first and second places that eventually landed us in an overall 4th. I won’t lie I have never had this much at Funday before. I really enjoyed it and look forward to the next one. Thanks to Rudy Webster for the Funday pics.
- Viceroy 133
- Cuisinart. 108
- Enforcers. 106
- Government. 70
- Fire. 68
- Digicel. 61
- Teachers. 60
- ASPA. 9
Transpharmation X (The Outdoor Edition)
Now this is about fitness. Transpharmation X (The Outdoor Edition) will be held August 19th to 21st, 2016 at Junks Hole – The Rugged Estate East End. The event is primarily organized by TransPharm Ltd which is a nutritional supplement and fitness and lifestyle accessories company here in Anguilla.
Following 2 years of excellent indoor competition in 2013 & 2014, TranspharmNation’s Organising Comittee is taking the action outdoors in an event like you have never experienced before.
For the very first time in the Northern Caribbean, Transpharm Ltd will host a 10km obstacle course, over rugged open terrain – in addition to its annually scheduled events. Always known for innovation and superior event experiences, Transpharmation X is open to Local, Regional & International Participants. It is set to be an exciting weekend of summer fitness & fun – focusing on individual & team focused challenges for men, women & children.
There are a series of fitness events over the next few months organised by the team which can help persons prepare and get hyped for the big event. Check out the Transpharmnation website for further updates.
My best fitness has been on hiatus for a while and I am thinking joining this will give me a boost to get back on top. Transpharmnation X is only a couple of months away so I will have to work hard in order to be a top competitor. Wish me luck or better yet join me.
I think being fit is a nice goal for everyone to have. We don’t have to look like a bodybuilder or run as fast as Usain Bolt. For me, being fit means striving to go above our current physical limitations. Plus the health benefits are not only great for us but for the people around us as well. Shelly and I have our own fitness challenges between ourselves so as to keep improving. The next deadline for us is due in July and she better know that I will be winning that one.
So tell me how are your fitness goals? Do you need help starting? Or is there an event that I missed?
Let me know in the comments below.
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