Sat | Nov 25, 2017

Fit 4 Life | Forest Gardens residents join the journey to a fitter life

Published:Wednesday | November 8, 2017 | 12:00 AM
Lionel Rookwood/Photographer Participants at The Gleaner's Fit 4 Life event in Forest Gardens, St Andrew on Saturday
Lionel Rookwood/Photographer The Gleaner's Fit 4 Life event in Forest Gardens, St Andrew on Saturday.
Lionel Rookwood/Photographer Getting samples of Foska Oats new line of instant porridge, sponsor of The Gleaner's Fit 4 Life, on Saturday in Forest Gardens, St Andrew.
Lionel Rookwood/Photographer Nicole Reid, winner of the female WATA challenge, at The Gleaner's Fit 4 Life event in Forest Gardens, St Andrew.
Lionel Rookwood/Photographer Franceroy Brown, winner of the male WATA challenge, at The Gleaner's Fit 4 Life event in Forest Gardens, St Andrew.
Lionel Rookwood/Photographer Residents of Forest Gardens, St Andrew enjoying Foska Oats new line of instant porridge, sponsor of The Gleaner's Fit 4 Life, on Saturday.
Lionel Rookwood/Photographer Participants at The Gleaner's Fit 4 Life event in Forest Gardens, St Andrew on Saturday
Lionel Rookwood/Photographer Marcia Elliot (second right), resident of Forest Gardens, St Andrew, receiving a special gift from The Gleaner's Fit 4 Life team - Mary Dick Mary Dick (left), HR Services assistant manager; fitness coach Marvin Gordon (second left) and sales manager Rainford Wint.
Lionel Rookwood/Photographer Participants at The Gleaner's Fit 4 Life event in Forest Gardens, St Andrew on Saturday
Lionel Rookwood/Photographer Derace Carty came second in the male WATA challenge at The Gleaner's Fit 4 Life event in Forest Gardens, St Andrew
Lionel Rookwood/Photographer Heather Ferguson (centre), second place in the female WATA challenge at The Gleaner's Fit 4 Life event in Forest Gardens, St Andrew. Presenting her with a Foska Oats and Blue Diamond Almond Milk gift basket is representative Selena Prestwydge (left) and fitness coach Marvin Gordon.
Lionel Rookwood/Photographer Participants at The Gleaner's Fit 4 Life event in Forest Gardens, St Andrew on Saturday
Lionel Rookwood/Photographer Cooling down with a refreshing drink of WATA, sponsor of The Gleaner's Fit 4 Life.
Lionel Rookwood/Photographer Residents of Forest Gardens, St Andrew enjoying Foska Oats new line of instant porridge, sponsor of The Gleaner's Fit 4 Life, on Saturday.
Lionel Rookwood/Photographer Heather Ferguson came second in the female WATA challenge at The Gleaner's Fit 4 Life event in Forest Gardens, St Andrew.
Lionel Rookwood/Photographer Participants at The Gleaner's Fit 4 Life event in Forest Gardens, St Andrew on Saturday
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The residents of Forest Gardens in St Andrew were determined to take on The Gleaner's Fit 4 Life challenge, and that they did, giving it their all to keep up with every challenge fitness coach Marvin Gordon set for them.

Starting with warm-ups, it was straight into a cardio session, then strength training, working the legs with a series of squats and lunges. Everyone dug deep to find the energy to keep up, some eventually sitting it out. But overall they were true champions as they stuck with Gordon and powered through the routine, right into cool down and stretches.

Sponsor WATA kept everyone hydrated throughout.

After the workout, everyone enjoyed a delicious, hot bowl of Foska Oats' new line of instant porridge, trying the various flavours on offer. Blue Diamond Almond also gave away packets of the nut.

All perfect for after a workout session.

Next, it was on to the WATA challenge, with some very determined ladies and gentlemen racing against the clock to complete four laps across the distance with three cases of WATA.

Challenge winners earned prizes such as gift baskets from sponsors Foska Oats and Blue Diamond Almond Milk, Fit 4 Life T-Shirts, membership to Life Fit Training Centre, Jamaica Moves

T-shirts, and Gleaner-branded merchandise.

Everyone also got handouts with nutrition and exercise tips courtesy of Fit 4 Life.

Nuff respect to the Forest Gardens residents and everyone who came out.

Check out the highlights from Saturday's event.

This Saturday, November 11, The Gleaner's Fit 4 Life team will turn up the heat, truly challenging your fitness level. We join the TrainFit Club and boxing champ Sakima Mullings for an experience like no other.

Being held at the Shortwood Teachers' College, 77 Shortwood Road, the morning's activities will include: Outdoor Madness, Boxing Fitness, and Live and Learn Self-defence.

And after all that, we will push you even further with fitness challenges. So be there at 6:30 am. and see if you're up to the challenge.

Over the next six weeks, look out for The Gleaner's Fit 4 Life team coming your way on a Saturday morning. Come join us as we partner together to help Jamaica become a healthier society.

Don't forget to follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and tag your posts with #fit4lifeja

n marvin.gordon@physiqueandfunction.com; yourhealth@gleanerjm.com