Fitness Challenge

First ever Kentucky Fitness
Challenge to be held Jan. 9

Men, women, children encouraged to participate

By Helen E. McKinney
Contributing Writer

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (January 2010) – Fitness is very important to Todd and Vicky Smith. As a family, along with their three children, the Smiths participate in a variety of sports. They are excited about having an opportunity to compete in a new fitness event in Louisville.

Kelly Cable

Photo provided

Jefferson County Public School
physical education teacher Kelly
Cable is organizing Kentucky’s
first fitness competition.

The Smiths learned about the Kentucky Fitness Challenge “while attending a health fair this past summer,” said Vicky Smith, 40. “It sounded like a fun event and a great way to stay physically motivated over the winter.”
The family takes a “holistic approach to fitness – it’s everything from strength training to cardiovascular conditioning to flexibility stretching,” she said. “The most important thing though, is to keep it fun and challenging so that fitness stays an integral part of our weekly routine.”
Smith and her husband, Todd, 42, have three children ages 15, 13 and 11.
The Kentucky Fitness Challenge is “Kentucky’s first functional fitness competition,” said organizer Kelly Cable. It will allow people to compete in such categories as push-ups, pull-ups, an agility ladder challenge, box jumps and a shuttle run.
This fitness competition will showcase the competitors “overall individual abilities,” said Cable, originally from Shelby County, Ky. It is geared for all ability levels from beginners to the elite. The latter category is for the “very competitive and those at their highest fitness level.”
The competition will be held Jan. 9 at the Kentucky International Convention Center in downtown Louisville. Registration is scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m. with the competition beginning at 9:45 a.m.
Men, women and children may enter the Kentucky Fitness Challenge. Registration fees are $45 for adults (a tee-shirt is included) and $25 for children (medals will given). There is a discounted registration fee of $25 for military, law enforcement, fire fighters and Emergency Medical Services personnel.
Prizes will be awarded for first-, second- and third-place winners. Awards include Gymboss Interval Timers, Kruera Health & Wellness products and trophies. Participants in the Elite Class will be competing for the titles of Kentucky’s Fittest Male and Kentucky’s Fittest Female. The winners in these categories will receive a TRX Suspension Trainer.
The Smiths haven’t decided if they will register as beginners or elites. “We haven’t competed in anything like this before, so we aren’t sure how we will stack up against others in our divisions,” said Smith, who lives in Louisville. They do know they will compete as individuals in their respective divisions, while also competing as a team in the obstacle course challenge at the end of the competition.
Smith said her family has heard about similar events in other cities, but this is the first one she has encountered locally.
To Cable’s knowledge, this is the first time such a competition has been put on in Kentucky. He said other similar competitions have been done elsewhere, mostly in the western United States. He has incorporated ideas from Tri-Fitness competitions and American Gladiators.
“We’re trying to start a circuit,” said Cable. He’d like to see the fitness challenge travel to different states in the future, with national winners.
Cable runs his own personal training studio, Metro Cross Training. He is also a full-time physical education teacher for the Jefferson County Public School system. “I like working with people,” he said.
Judges will be different personal trainers, Cable said. He has not competed himself in any such events, preferring to organize them for the enjoyment of others.
Smith said agility and strength are important areas she and her husband will focus on, but “training in the proper techniques will be the key to winning the competition.”
At age 64, Louisville resident Bob Korfhage is entering the Elite category “to see how I compare with my training.” For Korfhage, fitness is a “connection of mind, body and attitude.”
To get in shape for the competition, Korfhage works out five days a week He learned about the Kentucky Fitness Challenge through Heuser Clinic Fitness in Louisville, organized and run by Dr. Louis Heuser. To win it will take “mind set and a little luck,” he said.
• For more information on the Kentucky Fitness Challenge or to register online, visit www.MetroCrossTraining.com. A list of event sponsors is also available there.

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