Tyres, a hill and torrential rain. A lethal combination, but one the Girl Gains ladies completely smashed when we took on the Spartan Bootcamp last weekend.
Nine of us took on the challenge, organised by Beth, our lovely Girl Gains ambassador for Birmingham, and lead by the brilliant Elie. It was completely different to any work out I’d ever done before: I am used to cardio and I’ve done my fair share of heaving lifting, but to combine the two and throw in objects that were completely foreign to us (have you ever bear-crawled up a hill dragging a tyre with you?), it was a new challenge that tested the strength, endurance and power of every single one of us, and the hardest workout I’ve ever done.
I learnt throughout the day that I was stronger than I thought. From being mentally strong to continue the challenges to being physically strong enough to have a go at flipping a 80kg tyre. And it was incredible to see all the brilliant girls around me completely smashing it both mentally and physically, too.
We began with squat jumps up a hill, with squats and pulses at the top. That was pretty hard, but the easiest task when we realised what was to come: backwards bear crawls up the hill, pulling tyres along with us. Smashing the tyres off the ground fifty times, and throwing them back down the hill until we got to the bottom followed.
Next up was the main event: tyre flips! And the torrential downpour that ensued while we were halfway through only sought to push us on even more; everyone was cheering each other on, helping each other out and motivating us all to reach the top.
Through the Girl Gains movement, we have all been able to connect with people who share the same interests and have faced similar struggles throughout our health and fitness journey. Events like this just reinforce the importance of communities like Girl Gains; having strong woman surrounding you, cheering you on is one thing – one brilliant thing – but to also be around girls you had only just met, but felt like you had known for years, is really something else.
We finished with core, stretching and a lot of chats, and left us all excited for the next event. It’s empowering to be in the presence of such fantastic, strong women both inside and out, and a real pleasure to have had the chance to meet people like this through #GirlGains.