In the lead-up to the Rio Olympic Games this year, Fitness First developed an exclusive programme called Team GB. With the help of seven of our finest athletes: gymnast Max Whitlock, swimmer Jazz Carlin, triathlete Vicky Holland, cyclist Philip Hindes, diver Tonia Couch, runner Hannah England and taekwondo competitor Bianca Walkden, we shared with you their personal training plans and exercise tips. You were invited to take part in special Team GB fitness classes or reach out to the athletes directly and take up their challenges via their social media channels. Did you get involved? How did you go?
On our side of things, Team GB had a pretty fantastic year at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games! Max Whitlock became Britain’s very first gold medallist in men’s artistic gymnastics when he won both Men’s floor and Men’s pommel horse, and also picked up a bronze in the Men’s all round. Olympic swimmer and personal trainer Jazz Carlin took home two silver medals for the Women’s 400m freestyle and Women’s 800m freestyle. Vicky Holland won bronze in the Women’s triathlon, cyclist Philip Hindes backed up his 2012 London win with another gold in the Men’s team sprint, and Bianca Walkden gave Team GB a bronze in the Women’s Taekwondo +67kg division.
Even though all the fun and excitement of the Olympics have died down as we head into autumn, now is the perfect time to be inspired by our athletes and have a go at a few of their favourite sports. Follow in Philip’s cycling footsteps with a Fitness First Spin class, available at most of our Fitness First gyms, or perhaps work on your flexibility and strength – you might not be ready to take on the rings or handstands like Max, but test yourself with a few pull-ups and push-ups instead! Aspiring swimmers can take the plunge at our exclusive Fitness First gyms with pools, or take on Bianca with any of our fun martial arts classes, suitable for everyone from beginners to Kung Fu masters.
The Olympics may be over, but your journey with Team GB is just beginning! Next stop, Tokyo?