Cage fighters, rugby players, personal trainers, soldiers, airmen, pilots, rowers and triathletes will converge on Waldron on March 1.
The event that’s attracting all this high-profile muscle is the Waldron Cross Fit Games - a charity event aimed at weeding out the fittest men and women on the block.
It’s being organised by fitness instructor and personal trainer Alex Purcell and his fellow trainers Camilla Hunter-Evans and Louis Chavannes.
Alex said: “This is an outdoor Cross Fit challenge focusing on functional training methods.”
He explained it starts with a run carrying a sandbag from his home in Waldron to the village’s recreation ground. What follows is a furious sequence of exercises including kettle bell work, tyre flipping and battle rope slams.
Alex went on: “The whole event is to push the fittest in the area to the extremes to raise money for those who are less fortunate than ourselves. We are raising funds for the Children’s Respite Trust which is a local charity.
“I’ve had a lot of help from Mark Griffin at Printstation who has kindly given up a lot of his time to help promote the day, making T-shirts, banners and even the trophies.”
Isenhurst Country Club, with branches in both Heathfield and Uckfield, has donated two months’ free membership for the winner of both the male and female category, and one month for runners up.
He explained how a whole mix of athletes have booked to compete and they come from all walks of life, but there is no doubt, all are seriously fit.
Alex plans to hold the competition every six months.
“We are really looking for the fittest person in the area. Some of these exercises are very technical and they will challenge people.”
Competitors will enter the fray one every ten minutes from 8am until 1pm.
Alex, who has a BSc (Hons) in sport and exercise science and diploma in personal training, also runs outdoor fitness sessions for hardy folk at the Tower Recreation Ground, Heathfield, at 7.30pm on Mondays and Wednesdays. He’ll be starting up his outdoor sessions at Waldron Recreation Ground at 6.15pm on Tuesday evenings from April. And he emphasises these are for any level of fitness.
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