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Gym bunnies in Berkhamsted spring up for a charity challenge

The Fitness Society's zumbathon was just one of the activities the gym put on to raise money for the Hospice of St Francis

The Fitness Society's zumbathon was just one of the activities the gym put on to raise money for the Hospice of St Francis

A group of fitness fanatics in Berkhamsted sweated it out to raise nearly £1,000 for a hospice charity.

A group of fitness fanatics in Berkhamsted sweated it out to raise nearly £1,000 for a hospice charity.

Staff and customers at The Fitness Society on the High Street took part in a week-long host of challenges designed to test their fitness to the limit.

They raised £920.02 for the Hospice of St Francis over six days, minus any individual sponsorship.

Some of challenges included a zumbathon, rowing the equivalent of the English Channel and climbing the height of the Empire State Building.

Gym member Lucy Scoot took it to the next level, completing 10 classes in one day between 6.30am and 9pm. Her personal highlight being the zumbathon, where we had 2 instructors teaching different moves to the same music with the room split in half, this drew in a lot of people and intrigued a lot of passers by, helping to raise the total!

Health and fitness team leader Marcos James said: “Lucy always wondered what it would be like to be in the gym all day, so when the opportunity came up to this for charity she jumped at the chance.

“She said although she was exhausted afterwards, it was a great day for a great cause and was definitely worth the time and effort – and it was huge fun!”

Gym staff also rose to the challenge – personal trainer Rich Tabor attempted to row 37k before blisters forced him to stop, but he completed 600 burpees at the end to make up for it.

Gym director Ben Stacey was subjected to a surprise challenge on the last day. Marcos said: “We made him do 10 sets of 10 reps on 10 different exercises. If this wasn’t hard enough, he also had to do each exercise with added weight.”

Ben’s challenge took around three and a half hours to complete, and during that time he shifted an incredible total of 646 tonnes in weight.

Marcos said: “Needless to say he struggled to get out of bed the next day! We’d like to thank everyone involved for their dedication and hard work to raising money for a great cause.”

 

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