Getting fit in the city


The first obstacle involved stepping on four blocks without the foot landing on the floor. — Photos: SYED AZAMUDDEN/The Star

YOU can live in the city and still be a slacker but if you are an energetic type, there are a swarm of fitness activities and events to participate in.

Two fitness outfits combined forces to host the inaugural Fit in the City (FITC), an indoor obstacle and group exercise challenge.

Celebrity Fitness and Fitness First Asia, which announced the merging of both brands earlier this year under a new parent company, Evolution Wellness Holdings Pte Ltd, organised the 14-hour showdown, which saw the participation of more than 500 fitness enthusiasts.

The heavy morning rain did nothing to dampen the excitement of eager beavers and even before the doors of the venue at the KWC StarXPo Centre in Kuala Lumpur, could open at 8am, they were already warming up and queueing to try their hand at the 11-station obstacle challenge.

The first station consisted of a Ninja Warrior-type run – stepping on four blocks without the foot landing on the floor. While the long-legged ones breezed through this, it proved to be a stumbling block for many.

For every obstacle participants failed to perform, they had to do five burpees (a physical exercise consisting of a squat thrust made from and ending in a standing position) before they were allowed to proceed to the next station.

(Left) The horizontal ladder climb involved a lot of upper body strength.
The horizontal ladder climb involved a lot of upper body strength.
 

Other obstacles included a giant tyre flip, balancing beam, an eight-foot wall traverse, horizontal ladder climb, monkey bar swing, crawling under barbed wire, leaping over almost-five-foot barriers and other body weight challenges.

There were cheering, jeering and shouting all around as trainers motivated and pushed participants to complete the course so that they could walk home with a finisher’s medal.

Later in the afternoon, over 100 presenters led a slew of workouts in the group fitness segment.

Superstar instructors from both brands, and official Les Mills Asia Pacific presenters got the participants pumping, gyrating and working up a sweat.

FITC also showcased exclusive group fitness programmes of each brand, namely Celebrity Saltar (a fusion of trampoline, music and choreography from Brazil) by Celebrity Fitness, and HardCore (a workout to improve flexibility, balance, mobility and stability while strengthening the core muscles) by Fitness First.

(Right) These giant tyres look docile but are tough to flip over.
These giant tyres look docile but are tough to flip over.
 

The night ended with a vigorous Zumba “party”.

“We are proud to bring together the very best of both brands in FITC for what we hope will be a memorable experience for our participants.

“Both brands offer very unique fitness experiences, but also complement each other and we hope to showcase this through FITC,” said Celebrity Fitness and Fitness First Malaysia managing director Andrew Phillips.

With the merger, the group now has 36 clubs nationwide and is the largest chain of gyms in Malaysia.


   

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