Join the 'HOOD' Fitness Challenge

INITIALLY CREATED TO celebrate 'National Fitness Day, ' HOOD FITNESS is now firmly on the fitness events calendar. It targets gym-goers, from the newcomer who has just started their fitness journey to the seasoned athlete. They compete to represent their fitness club's team against other fitness clubs in the same borough to become 'The Fittest in the Hood'. The challenge consists of six exercises, super short and brutally simple: to see how far you can cycle, row, run, sit-up, press-up and squat in one minute, to record the furthest distance or number – an assessment of anaerobic power and strength.

The event saw the two giants of the UK Fitness industry: David Lloyd and Nuffield Health compete against each other alongside two more teams: the local community football club - West Fulham - and a team of 'Super-A's'.

The 'Hood Fitness' was a huge success; the teams had people from various backgrounds, ages, and ability levels. They celebrated their accomplishments together at the end of a fun fitness day.

Due to the overwhelming success of the pilot event, both David Lloyd and Nuffield Health's General Managers: Kris Westwood and Mo Bouamri, have agreed to another Hood Fitness Challenge on May 4th 2022 (May the Fourth Be With You!). It is hoped that the event will be adopted by their respective clubs and become an established twice-yearly event.

The 'Hood Fitness' challenge is supported by 'Sustain Health Magazine' and, like any fitness programme, it will blossom and grow with the right care and attention.

The goal of Hood fitness

Long gone are the days when gyms were places for the fittest few. The scene has changed in recent years, and the rise of community activities has meant fitness is now far more collaborative and inclusive. You can now find community events and gyms that support you in ways that extend beyond getting fit.

1. Support is the secret

If you've ever 'hit the wall' in a training session, you'll know what it's like to lose all hope mid-workout. For those moments, training in a group environment or with a partner can be the saviour who keeps you going. We only need a few words of encouragement, like "Well done", "Go for it", or "You've got this".

2. The inspiration from everyday people

It is not always straightforward or realistic to relate to pro athletes or fitness influencers, but fitness heroes can appear anywhere in your group training sessions – including you!

Invaluable advice and experience can inspire you and help you grow, and remember, even when you feel average, you're inspiring someone else.

3. Fitness transcends language

No matter where you are in the world - in your gym, on holiday or in a new city - there will almost certainly be a community of fitness enthusiasts that you can join.

When you connect with people from all over the world, you're there, sharing your time with them, and it's heartening. How good is it to spend some time with the local community when you go on holiday, and train with them? You don't even need to speak the same language - fitness is a universal connection.

4. Staying focused

When life gets tough, so does training. It's easy to let a few training sessions slide here and there when things at work are stressful or if you've had a change in routine. If you're working towards a goal, you'll need to stay focused. Training on your own can be challenging if your head isn't there, but if you're training with others, you'll somehow find an inner strength to keep pushing on with them.

5. Like-minded people

Surrounding yourself with people who have similar goals and mindsets will keep you motivated and provide you with a team of permanent cheerleaders who'll appreciate every running ambition you work towards and achieve.

Finally

There are no excuses for anyone not to participate in their own personal 'Hood Fitness' challenge. Push-ups, sit-ups and squats are a universal test of body strength because they are easy to learn and don't require any equipment. Depending on your age, you should be able to do a specific number of push-ups, squats, and sit-ups in one minute. If you can't do them, you've already set your first goal!

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