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The Men’s Health Training Combine Challenge! How Strong, Fast, and Fit Are You?

Just one of those days when you’re a bit disappointed because you’ve been meaning to wake up extra early for an important event.  But soon enough you realized the alarm didn’t go off.

So you lay in bed for a few minutes in silence thinking what you’ll be missing should you decide not to go, or taking the safe option and stay at home instead.   In this instance, I opted to go.

As the taxi driver dropped me off at the gate, I smiled when I saw the familiar face of SPIN.ph section editor Rhoel Fernandez across the street.  Like me, he just arrived. It made me feel like at least I wasn’t the only one coming in a few minutes late.   After exchanging pleasantries with him, we went together to the activity area where we were given a training kit and a score card upon registration. Depending on the workout, I would soon find out.

A number of fitness enthusiasts, athletes, and celebrities including media representatives (such as runningdiva.ph) tried the training workouts after being assessed on their fitness levels facilitated by experienced coaches. The physically challenging tests included the Vertical Jump, Jump Throw, Broad Jump, 40-Yard Dash, 5-10-5 Agility, and 3-Cone Agility. The series workout was a unique blend of high-intensity strength training and a test for speed, agility, power, and endurance.

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Jump throw
Renegade twists
Renegade twists
Kettle bell
Kettle bell
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Battle rope whips

In the MH Training Combine, it challenged and encouraged you to give your best shot as there was a great chance for an improved performance during the second trial.  The scorecard served as your proof.

I was eyeing the obstacles outside the activity area earlier on. Heard the facilitators were from the Ninja Academy.  But felt nervous after watching the level of difficulty involved in doing the exercises plus I had to consider my injury from a bike fall. After watching two young lady participants finished the obstacles, I knew I had to do it.  I mustered the courage  to give the parkour-like obstacles a try… 

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After given some tips on how to do it, completed this activity in 1 minute and 33 seconds. Not bad for a first timer.

Glad to have experienced Men’s Health (MH) Training Combine held at SPARTA Philippines in Mandaluyong last May 30. It made me realize that upper body strength especially in the arms should still have a place in my workouts.  

Super duper thanks MH Philippines for having me at the event. Likewise, many thanks to Grace Enriquez of MH Philippines for the invite.  Thank you also Rhoel Fernandez for being with me through the challenging tests and for featuring me on SPIN.ph.  I had a blast doing the fast 40-yard run! Lastly, cheers to Ninja Academy coaches for the tips and ensuring the safety of participants throughout the quick parkour-like obstacle run. 

Sponsors of this event were Century Tuna, Enervon Activ and Chris Sports in partnership with Ninja Academy, Functional Fitness, and HIIT Philippines.

To know more how the MH Training Combine is done, you may visit MH Training Combine in action on YouTube.  The digital edition of Men’s Health magazine can now be downloaded on your mobile device through Apple Newsstand, Buqo, and Zinio.

For more details, visit www.summitnewsstand.com.ph/mens-health, follow Men’s Health on Facebook:  facebook.com/menshealthphilippines, on Twitter and Instagram @MenhealthPH.