National Fitness Games – September 2019
National Fitness Games - a team-based fitness competition like no other. NFG aim to redefine the way we classify fitness. We’ve all seen impressive acts of muscular endurance at events and races, but at NFG they believe that a true test of an individual’s athletic ability should cover the main pillars of fitness.
It was an early start for the two teams from BMF taking part in the NFG at Loughborough on Saturday 7th. With a Master’s division team (Team BMF) of Ryan Reid, Andy Phillips, James McKay and Paul Donald and a Mixed division team (Team BMF Edinburgh) of Steven Wylie, Pyollim Hong, Aileen Dewar and Patrick Cooper, it was set to be an interesting day as both teams had never competed in the event before.
NFG created the following four workout zones to ensure that all areas are challenged throughout the 2019 event series.
- STRENGTH ZONE
- VELOCITY ZONE
- FORCE ZONE
- ENDURANCE ZONE
“What a fantastic day I had! NFG was my first fitness competition and I had so much fun. I loved training and exercising with like-minded individuals, encouraging each other and achieving new goals as a team. It’s hard – but as a team of 4, fun gets quadrupled while pain gets quartered! Looking forward to seeing more BMFers here next year.”
“We had plenty of training sessions at the weekends leading up to the event. When we arrived at the NFG, it was really well set up with over 130 teams competing. It was a fantastic event and it was great to work as a team. The exercises were tough but definitely still achievable. You can work to your strengths and ultimately you are assessed as a team – for example, the total amount of calories accumulated on a watt bike.”
“The event was tough, but it was very well organised and structured therefore it gave us plenty of recovery time in between exercises. The mixed division team did an amazing job considering most of the team only started weightlifting 6 months ago. It just shows that even people with a basic level of fitness that train minimally, but train well, can achieve so much – you just have to have a bit of heart.”
We are over the moon to announce that Team BMF posted a 3rd place out of 10 teams in the Masters division and the mixed team, a fantastic 17th out of 40 teams in their division.
Congratulations to all the BMFers that took part. What an amazing achievement!
The National Fitness Games are still arranging dates for 2020. Please let your instructors know if you would like to organise a team to take part.
Look out for our next blog on ‘How to train for NFG’ by Andy Phillips.