Keep CALM and cycle on

This week’s coaches catch up comes from us all. It means there is no Evolve Echo but we think this is justifiable.

As the dust settles and the DOMS (delayed onset of muscle soreness) set in, it’s time to reflect on a truly incredible weekend.

All we can say is WOW.

If anyone was ever in doubt that Evolve has the best fitness community in London, this weekend yet again went and proved it them wrong.

For those of you who have been hiding under a rock for the last few weeks, and haven’t seen what we were up to, let me give you a bit of a recap.

This Friday (the 29th), the four Evolve coaches (myself, Dave, Ollie and Quinny) embarked on a gruelling 24 hour fitness challenge in order to raise both money and awareness for the charity CALM.

Calm (Campaign Against Living Miserably) is a male suicide prevention charity. If you didn't know - suicide is the biggest killer of men under 45 in the UK and CALM is going to great efforts to try to reduce this.

Just stop and let that sink in for a second. It's not a disease that's the biggest killer, but suicide. 

It’s a hard fact to swallow and often it’s because Men are too afraid to speak out or open up emotionally for fear of how they will be perceived.

Well, we’ve got news for you men... Ladies dig scars and men who can be open with their feeling!

Okay, we may have just made that up but we are sure we've overheard some ladies say it!

Anyway, where were we?

So, the challenge. A topic with such importance definitely needed a physical test that was worthy. We discussed a 24 hour sleep-a-thon, a 24 pub crawl and a 24 hour sit down but somehow settled on a 24 hour Assault Airbike Challenge.

If you have never used an airbike, don’t!

If you have…or came along and took part, you will know just how horrible these machines are. It really is as much mental strength as it is fitness, which is why we guess it seemed so fitting.

With a date set and a charity chosen, next we had to set ourselves a target.

Mr statman himself, Dave Arnot, got his algorithms fired up and decided a suitable target of 63rpm on the bike, in 20 minute stints would see us hit somewhere between 500-600 miles over 24 hours.

Easy!!!

We, would set ourselves a modest target of raising £1,500 for the charity and create as much noise as we could about it.

The last challenge was to somehow convince members and friends to come and join us and where they could jump on a second bike. If we are honest, we had succumbed to the fact that most of the sociable times would go and we would have some lonely hours through the dead of the night.

But, how wrong were we.

Every 10 minute slot we put up went and the worst ones went first.

Our members and friends gave up their sleep, their Friday nights, their Saturday mornings and afternoons. Time with their loved ones and kids to make sure the four of us kept going, whilst also making sure a second bike never stopped moving either.

They baked bread, cakes, roast potatoes and fried eggs just to keep our energy up and when we need an arm around us they gave it, with a quiet whisper of encouragement in our ears.

Everyone keeps telling us how proud we should be of what we have achieved, and we really are. But the proudest thing for us is that we have created a community of people who will go to those lengths for us and each other.

Four men, who on a daily basis make them sweat and curse at us as they lunge, lift, row and sweat their way through the week.

Yet, 70-80 members never let us be on our own, never let us be defeated and never let our spirits drop.

That is what a community is and that is what support looks like. It’s possibly the best way to acknowledge what CALM set’s out to do.

So, looking back, how did we get on?

Well between the two bikes we covered over 1,000 miles and not once did either bike stop moving.

We raised awareness like you wouldn’t believe and at the time of writing this our total donations stand at £7,209.91… and that is before adding on the gift aid which will take it over the £8k mark. This actually puts us in the top 1% of fundraisers in March out of 40266 fundraisers on Just Giving. Not bad hey.

Being able to say we completed a 24 hour relay on the assault bike is one thing. But being able to say that we raised that much money for an amazing charity surpasses everything.

That just leaves us to say...

From the bottom of our hearts

THANK YOU

Thank you to each and every person who donated money, time and energy to help us achieve this. We couldn’t have done it without you.

Thank you Fresh Fitness Food for supplying us with enough food to keep us going the full 24 hours.

Thank you to everyone who baked and roasted for us and gave us that extra bit of energy when we were flagging.

And thank you Dave, Ollie and Quinny for being the best three coaches to have done this with.

Team Evolve….we are the best!

p.s it's not too late to donate. Head to www.justgiving.com/fundraising/evolve-x-calmor buy one of our raffle tickets at the gym to be in with a chance to win some great prizes.

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