ever Kentucky Fitness
Challenge to be held Jan. 9
women, children encouraged to participate
Helen E. McKinney
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.
County Public School
physical education teacher Kelly
Cable is organizing Kentuckys
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 its
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
The Kentucky Fitness Challenge is Kentuckys 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
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 Kentuckys Fittest Male and Kentuckys Fittest
Female. The winners in these categories will receive a TRX Suspension
The Smiths havent decided if they will register as beginners or
elites. We havent competed in anything like this before,
so we arent 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 Cables 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.
Were trying to start a circuit, said Cable. Hed
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
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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