Sat | Sep 22, 2018

Fit 4 Life | You had to be Tuff Enuff to handle the Trainfit Games

Published:Wednesday | August 29, 2018 | 12:00 AM
This lush, green backdrop makes the task seem less daunting.
There's always time for a photo op.
After the rigour, the relief! Fit 4 Life participants take time out to cheese for the camera after the Train Fit Games at Hope Gardens.
All lined up to conquer or be conquered.
These ladies are in position to tackle the rope climb.
Abi Matthews (left) and Sheree Rhoden enjoy a view from the top at the Fit 4 Life Train Fit Games at Hope Gardens, Old Hope Road, St Andrew on Saturday, August 25, 2018. Lionel Rookwood/Photographer
Eager participants sign up.
Dionne Sicard's face is saying this obstacle could never be too much for her.
GraceKennedy's Caribbean Choice rep was on hand to feed both young and old.
The team from Foska Oats mixes up the usual treat.
In life - and on these beams - we need balance.
This Fit 4 Lifer gets by with a little help from her friends.
This participant pushes her flexibility to the limit to make it up and over.
In beast mode on the monkey bars at the Fit 4 Life Train Fit Games at Hope Gardens, Old Hope Road, St Andrew on Saturday, August 25, 2018.
This participant may be down, but not defeated.
This instructor ushers participants through the dismount.
Age was no limitation when tackling the obstacles during the Fit 4 Life Train Fit Games at Hope Gardens, Old Hope Road, St Andrew on Saturday, August 25, 2018.
Ruth Howard displays mental and physical fortitude to get the job done.
Is it a rope climb race? Oh, yes it is!
Winners of the net climb, Ahon Gray (left) and Nerine Thomas (centre), getting their prizes from Stokely Rose (second left), head of TrainFit Club; Ingrid Medwinter (second right), assistant brand manager beverages, Grace Foods and Marvin Gordon, Fit 4 Life fitness coach.
Winners of the obstacle race O'Neil Wallace (left) and Melisa Gray (second right), accepting their prizes from Stokely Rose (second left), head of TrainFit Club; Ingrid Medwinter (centre), assistant brand manager beverages, Grace Foods; and Fit 4 Life fitness coach, Marvin Gordon.
Winner of the ultimate obstacle race challenge, Kamau Williams (second left), getting his prizes from Stokely Rose (left), head of TrainFit Club; Terry Wilson (second right), Gleaner's assistant manager, Business Development and Marketing; and Marvin Gordon, Fit 4 Life fitness coach.
Winners of the rope climb challenge Francine Richards (second right) and O'Neil Wallace getting their prizes from Tiyba Wilson (left), Fit 4 Life marketing officer; Miki Coleman (third left), brand ambassador for Chas E Ramson; Stokely Rose (third right, head of TrainFit Club; and Fit 4 Life fitness coach, Marvin Gordon.
There's always time for a photo op.
All lined up to conquer or be conquered.
These ladies are in position to tackle the rope climb.
These Fit 4 Lifers enjoy a light jog.
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"I've been a part of Fit 4 Life from Season 1, and I can tell you this boot camp this morning was amazing. It was really intense. I feel it in every part of my body," shared Donna Lowe, a serial Fit 4 Lifer.

"I always hate when the season ends, because I always look forward to coming out to Fit 4 Life events each Saturday morning. Each week offers something different and exciting and gives me a great workout. This really is a great initiative of The Gleaner."

Practically everyone of the full turnout on Saturday morning shared Lowe's sentiments.

Not even the scenic Hope Gardens could dampen the gruelling and physically challenging Trainfit Games in the early morning.

Stokely Rose and the TrainFit Club really did host the ultimate games.

Barbed wire bear crawl, monkey bar, rope climb, net climb, hurdles, scaling eight-foot walls, hurdles and obstacle race were all part of the intense boot camp.

"This is so extreme, and he wants us to do it three times," an out-of-breath Anette James declared after just one round of the obstacle course.

"The first one is to learn, second is to burn and third is to earn," fitness guru Stokely told her.

And she gritted her teeth, steeled her spine and was off for the second turn on the course.

Power shakes from sponsor Chas E. Ramson made with Foska Oats and Blue Diamond Almond Milk, as well as delicious treats from partner GraceKennedy's Caribbean Choice; refreshing beverage from Grace Aloe and Catherine's Peak water were not enough to replenish the energy expelled at the TrainFit Games.

And participants still hadn't done the challenges. But with attractive prizes on offer, Fit 4 Lifers were ready to prove who was Tuff Enuff.

Males and females competed in the rope climb, net climb and obstacle race challenges.

The winners earned prizes such as gift baskets from sponsor Chas E. Ramson; gift baskets from GraceKennedy and Aloe Drink; one month membership with TrainFit; and Fit 4 Life gift bags, T-shirts and water bottles.

 

'Farm Work' time

 

This Saturday, September 1, it will be 'Farm Work' with Sweet Energy Fitness Club. Meet us at 6:30 a.m. at the Fit Farm Fitness Club, 2 Upper Braemar Avenue, St Andrew, for the penultimate event in The Gleaner's Fit 4 Life Season 2 Tuff Enuff Challenge.

Everyone is invited to come out to each of the Saturday morning boot camps, free of cost, as the Fit 4 Life team journeys with Jamaica to a healthy, fitter life.

Follow us on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and The Gleaner's website to see where we will be next - #fit4lifeja

Each week - starting at 6:30 a.m. - will feature boot camp-style workouts, lifestyle and fitness tips, challenges to win great prizes, free medical checks from sponsor Medical Associates; and demonstrations and samplings from sponsors and partners.

We are almost at the end of Season 2 and time for the ultimate Tuff Enuff Challenge - 10 intense obstacle courses arranged in three supersets - on Saturday, September 8.

The question is: are you Tuff Enuff? Let's find out.

For more details or to enter the challenge, email: yourhealth@gleanerjm.com.