Strong Man, Mixed Pairs com­pe­ti­tion for this year’s Fit­ness Expo

Stabroek News Sunday - - SPORT -

For the past two years when the cal­en­dar flips to Novem­ber, health and fit­ness en­thu­si­asts cir­cle the dates for the Guyana and Trinidad Mu­tual (GTM) Health and Fit­ness Expo.

This year will be no dif­fer­ent.

It was dis­closed dur­ing the launch Thurs­day evening at the Gift­land Mall that GTM will once again part­ner with the Guyana Fit­ness Games to stage the third an­nual two­day event at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall from Novem­ber 11.

What will be dif­fer­ent how­ever, is the added facets to the expo. For the first time in Guyana, there will be a Strong Man com­pe­ti­tion while the ath­letes com­pet­ing in the RX di­vi­sion of the crossfit-style events will com­pete in mixed pairs in­stead of in­di­vid­u­ally.

The pair of Guyana’s fittest male and fe­male, Dil­lon Ma­hadeo and Se­mon­ica Duke will be the ones to watch.

Glad­i­a­tors com­pet­ing in the Strong Man challenge will be tasked with pulling an ex­ca­va­tor weigh­ing in ex­cess of 20,000 pounds, flip­ping a heavy tire, lift­ing boul­ders and other her­culean feats.

On day one, the Expo gets un­der­way with a free fit­ness ses­sion con­ducted by some of Guyana’s lead­ing in­struc­tors start­ing from 13:00hrs. This will be fol­lowed by a Can­cer Aware­ness Glow Walk and the Zumba Glow Party for Can­cer Aware­ness in the evening.

Day two kicks off at 13:00hrs with fit­ness demon­stra­tions, a squat challenge and then the fit­ness challenge fol­lowed by the highly an­tic­i­pated Strong Man event.

On both days there will be free blood pres­sure test­ing. On hand will also be a den­tal bus, an op­ti­cal booth, salad and shake booths along with nu­tri­tion­ists.

Dur­ing the launch, Di­rec­tor of Sport, Christo­pher Jones en­cour­aged cit­i­zens to sup­port the event. He noted that a ‘fit and proper’ na­tion is of para­mount im­por­tance while ad­vis­ing Guyanese to fully em­brace a healthy life­style.

Along with a t-shirt and glow ac­ces­sories, ad­mis­sion for Satur­day’s event costs $1000. Ad­mis­sion for Sun­day is $500. Chil­dren un­der 10 will be ad­mit­ted free on both days.

Tick­ets can be bought at Fit­ness Ex­press on Sher­iff street and Pollo Trop­i­cal at the Gift­land Mall.

Spon­sors for the fix­ture in­clude: GTM In­surance, Banks DIH with Mon­ster, Pow­er­ade and Aqua mist wa­ter, DeSinco Trad­ing with Lip­ton Tea and De­gree, Ma­corp, Repub­lic Bank, St. Joseph Mercy Hospi­tal, Pollo Trop­i­cal, Fit­ness Ex­press and Ge­n­e­sis Fit­ness Ex­press.

The spon­sors and the or­ga­niz­ers of the third an­nual GTM Fit­ness Health and Fit­ness Games pose for a photo Thurs­day evening fol­low­ing the launch at the Gift­land Mall. The two-day event will be held at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall start­ing from Novem­ber 11.

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