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HOW IT WORKS

FitBrit's back
Once again Men's Fitness (opens in new tab) and Fitness First have joined forces to bring back the biggest gym challenge in the country FitBrit. The challenge comprises eight exercises done back-to-back against the clock. Anyone can take theMen's Fitness FitBrit Challenge. You can practise it whenever and wherever you want but you can only record an officially recognised time at a Fitness First gym.

If you want to take the Men's Fitness FitBrit Challenge and are already a member of Fitness First, any personal trainer or health and fitness manager at your branch will be able book a slot for you to do it. They'll record your time, then send it to us so we can post it on our online leaderboard, which will get updated at the end of each month. The quickest competitors will be invited to the grand final later this year.

 

The exercises
The clock starts when you begin the first stroke of the row...

1) Row
Men: 500m, level 10 Women: 400m, level 10
Set the Concept 2 rower to the right level. The clock starts when you begin your first stroke.

It doesn't count if... you put the handle down before the meter shows your required distance.

2) Seated shoulder press
Men: 20kg barbell/30 reps Women: 10kg barbell/30 reps
Sit on a bench and press the bar from chin height until it is fully extended over your head.

It doesn't count if... you don't use the full range of motion for each rep.

3) Bunny hops
Men: 30 reps Women: 20 reps
Place your hands on one end of the bench and jump over it from side to side, keeping your feet together.

It doesn't count if... you don't launch and land with both feet together.

4) Bike
Men: 3km, level 10 Women: 3km, level 6
Set the bike to level 10 for men and 6 for women. The 'sprint-and-freewheel' style of riding is NOT acceptable.

It doesn't count if... you get off the bike before the meter reads 3km.

5) Press-ups
Men: 30 reps Women: 30 reps
Keep your hands shoulder-width apart and body straight. Bend your elbows until your chest is a fist-width from the floor then push back up until your arms are straight. Women can rest on their knees.

It doesn't count if... you're more than a fist-width's height above the floor at the bottom of the move.

6) Box jumps
Men: 30 reps Women: 20 reps
Stand astride a Reebok Deck set to full height. Jump with both feet onto the surface of the deck and back down as quickly as you can.

It doesn't count if... your feet don't land on top of the deck (tapping the sides isn't good enough).

7) Squat
Men: 20kg barbell/30 reps Women: 10kg barbell/30 reps
Hold the bar across the back of your shoulders and stand in front of the bench. Squat down until your backside touches the bench

It doesn't count if... you don't don't squat low enough to touch the bench or go to stand fully afterwards.

8) Run
Men: 1km Women: 800m
Get on the treadmil and set it to any speed you can manage. Your time finishes as soon as you reach the required distance.

It doesn't count if... you hold on with your hands at any time.

TO GET A FREE THREE-DAY FITNESS FIRST GYM PASS SO YOU CAN TAKE ON THE FITBRIT CHALLENGE, CLICK HERE (opens in new tab).

Terms and Conditions
- Only one three-day guest membership per person.
- Applicants must be 16 years or over.
- Includes full use of non paid-for facilities only (excludes PT, sunbeds, beauty etc).
- It is the responsibility of the user to ensure that they have taken adequate medical precautions before using the pass.
- The user must accept full responsibility for their use of any and all equipment and facilities operated by the club at their own risk and shall hold the club, its directors and employees harmless from any and all loss, claim, injury, damage or liability sustained or incurred resulting there from, except as a result of any negligent act or omission of the company or of its employees or agents.
- Consult your doctor or healthcare professional before performing any strenuous exercise programme, particularly if you are pregnant or if you are elderly or have chronic or recurring medical conditions. Do not attempt any of the exercises while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Discontinue any exercise that causes you pain or severe discomfort and consult a medical expert. Men's Fitness Magazine and Fitness First accept no responsibility for injuries or ailments that may occur during the Men's Fitness FitBrit Challenge.

Joe Warner worked for Men’s Fitness UK, which predated, and then shared a website with, Coach, from 2008 to 2013, then returned as editor of Men’s Fitness UK from 2016 to 2019.