Who is the fittest in Cape Town, then? Is it a person that has incredible stamina and endurance, or rather strength and power - or is it something in-between?
The Fittest in Cape Town (FiCT) competition is the ultimate test of fitness.
Similar to the CrossFit Games, which annually determine the fittest athletes on earth, FiCT is a gruelling two day event in which Cape Towns fittest athletes compete in a variety of workouts in order to determine who is the fittest woman and the fittest man in the mother city.
Over the week end of March 5 and 6, 2011, athletes will compete in a number of different workouts and events. Whoever does best on average in all of these workouts will be crowned Fittest in Cape Town.
Being fit also means being ready for the unknown and doing well at any random physical task. Therefore, the exact details of the events will not be revealed until just before the competition.
For example, there may be three events over the course of the weekend which could consist of:
a) 5km run through an obstacle course;
b) Dead-lift a maximum weight;
c) In 10 minutes, complete as many pull-ups and handstand push-ups as possible.
But these are just examples, on the actual day, there it could be any number of events and any type of exercise.
Training for the unknown
If the workouts/events were known ahead of time, it would be easy just to prepare for these specific exercises. Training for the FiCT competition however, requires more than training for a specific discipline, but rather preparing for any activity that might be required.
It will require being ready for any physical contingency, in other words, it will require becoming fitter than anyone else.
The prize worth competing for
Aside from holding the legitimate title “Fittest Woman / Man in Cape Town” there will be cash prizes at stake and FiCT will be an entry point to the CrossFit Games, a competition to determine the person most worth of the title 'Fittest on Earth'.
The top competitors from FiCT will receive sponsorships to participate in the African CrossFit Games qualification and get a chance to qualify for a spot among the fittest athletes as well as compete for the ultimate title of “Fittest on Earth”.
FiCT is Cape Town's first competition that tests a broad, general fitness, most other competitions predominantly test capabilities in endurance and stamina. But FiCT goes far beyond that, testing all other physical skills - namely strength, flexibility, speed, power, coordination, accuracy, agility and balance as well.
Doing well or even winning the competition by mastering just one or two of these skills will be next to impossible, but rather require balance and proficiency in all of them.
Click here to read more about FiCT and to enter.
(Press release, Health24, January 2010)