Are you fit enough for the Under Armour Challenge?
Remember gym class in school? When a teacher tried to wear you out with all manner of weird exercises unrelated to any sport you played? Yeah, all that stuff is back. In a big way. Sportswear brand Under Armour – Tottenham Hotspur fans will know it well already – has just launched a punishing new fitness challenge for the UAE that requires contestants to qualify through three such drills – a push-up hold, burpee-jump-claps and broad jumps – in the comfort of your own home. Or gym. Or, in our case, office.
The Armour Challenge is a test of speed, strength, agility and endurance that really ought to sort the also-rans, has-beens and never-weres from the cream of the fitness crop in the country. Anyone wanting to have a go will need to take on the three drills and log their results on the official website and see if they make the top 500.
Trust us, this really isn’t something you want to fake. The final, which takes place at the end of April on the beach in front of JBR, will have a total of eight drills to go through. So you need to be in tip-top condition to compete – and not humiliate yourself. The winners get over AED40,000 of Under Armour gear, so get… burpee-ing.
If you’re confident enough to try, here’s what you have to do:
1. Push-up hold
In a push-up position, you must hold for a full minute, or until you break form. Your score will be the total number of seconds, up to 60, that the position was held in the first minute.
We managed: All 60 seconds
Complete as many burpees as possible within the minute. Your chest must touch the floor. Your score will be the total number of repetitions achieved in the second minute.
We managed: 19
3. Broad jump
Mark out a metre width. Stand on one side with your feet together and jump to the other side. Your score will be the total number of repetitions achieved in the third minute.
We managed: 37
Contestants have until April 18 to upload their score to the site: www.thearmourchallenge.ae