Training pays off at Youth Connexions Northgate Youth Project Gym

30 September 2015

Members of the gym club at Northgate Youth Centre recently took part in the third annual competition to find the ‘Strongest Member’.

Participants face five strength challenges with points being awarded for performance. The events designed for this year were a 100kg ‘farmer’s walk’, a weighted sledge pull, a dead lift, a clean and jerk and a heavy keg challenge similar to the Atlas Stones event in the ‘World’s Strongest Man’).

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After five rounds of energy sapping and physically exhausting challenges, the overall winner was Imoh Adegbola, with Jamie Hatswell a close second and Michael Owen in third. Adam Lahraoui and Jordan Clarke shared fourth spot. The competitors refuelled after all the physical exertion with a barbeque held for them and their very vocal supporters.

Youth Support Worker in Charge Steph O’Reilly said “The event is always really well supported and held in the right spirit with all the competitors encouraging each other brilliantly.” Linton Sutherland, also Youth Support Worker in Charge, commented “The event is truly inspiring. The young people plan and organise it. They choose the challenges, design the t-shirts and select the trophies.”

The competitors are all regular users of the well-equipped gym at the vibrant Youth Connexions Centre in Northgate End. Sessions are run every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 4.30pm to 8pm throughout the year (except bank holidays). All young people aged 13 to 19 can go along and try out bench pressing, circuit training, floor exercises, ball balance, boxing and use the running and cycling machines. They can also enjoy a game of football or basketball. Membership is only £20 per year and members can then use the gym as frequently as they wish.

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