Teams compete for the title of Union’s Most Fit

Following his victory in the wall-sitting challenge, Tanner Cherry, sophomore computer science major, is encouraged by UU Jaxx teammate Jesse Dalms, senior business administration major. | Photo by David Parks, staff photographer
Following his victory in the wall-sitting challenge, Tanner Cherry, sophomore computer science major, is encouraged by UU Jaxx teammate Jesse Dalms, senior business administration major. | Photo by David Parks, staff photographer
Taylor Gore, senior family studies major, spots Rebecca Shamblin, senior family studies major, in the bench press challenge during the Union's Fittest Team competition. | Photo by David Parks, staff photographer
Taylor Gore, senior family studies major, spots Rebecca Shamblin, senior family studies major, in the bench press challenge during the Union’s Fittest Team competition. | Photo by David Parks, staff photographer
With the spotting of his Alpha Tau Omega brothers, Dallas Abraham, sophomore chemistry major, pushes through his final reps in the bench press challenge during the Union's Fittest Team competition. | Photo by David Parks, staff photographer
With the spotting of his Alpha Tau Omega brothers, Dallas Abraham, sophomore chemistry major, pushes through his final reps in the bench press challenge during the Union’s Fittest Team competition. | Photo by David Parks, staff photographer
Sisters of Zeta Tau Alpha rejoice after a victory in the Union's Fittest Team competition. | Photo by David Parks, staff photographer
Sisters of Zeta Tau Alpha rejoice after a victory in the Union’s Fittest Team competition. | Photo by David Parks, staff photographer
Ian Walker, senior business administration major, represents the UU Jaxx team in the Union's Fittest competition. | Photo by David Parks, staff photographer
Ian Walker, senior business administration major, represents the UU Jaxx team in the Union’s Fittest competition. | Photo by David Parks, staff photographer

Six teams competed Thursday night in the small gym to see who on campus was “Union’s Most Fit.”

The event was held by Johnny Wilson, athletic trainer for the men’s basketball team and graduate assistant.

“I thought it was great how all of the competitors were so engaged and honestly, it was crazy how much more the girls were into it than the guys,” Wilson said.

This competition consisted of four events: burpies, farmer’s walk, bench press and wall sits.

The teams that competed for the girls were the ladies of Chi Omega, Kappa Delta and Zeta Tau Alpha. For the guys, the groups were the men of Alpha Tau Omega, Sigma Alpha Epsilon and Union Jaxx.

Throughout the night of fun and competition, Wilson not only entertained the crowd with his different accents, but also kept their attention by giving away door prizes such as Smoothie King gift cards, Union T-shirts and a Fit Bit.

For each event, the team that came in first place received five points, second place received three points and third place received one point.

The first event tested how many burpies each competitor could do in one minute. In first place was Griffin Boyte for Sigma Alpha Epsilon with 31 burpies and Morgan Ballek for Chi Omega with 37.

The next event was the farmer’s walk. This was not a timed event, but it was to see which competitor could carry a heavy weight (140 pounds for the men and 90 pounds for the women) the farthest distance.

All three of the men’s team were showing their strength, but it seemed that once the first weight was dropped it wasn’t long before the thud of another competitor’s weight dropped too. The winner was Alec Stackley for Sigma Alpha Epsilon.

The competition went similarly for the ladies. Member of the Zeta Tau Alpha team, Ashley Exum carried her weight the longest, winning the event for her team.

The most impressive and noteworthy event of the night was the girls’ bench press. The third and second place scores were 22 and 25. The Kappa Delta’s cheered Rebecca Shamblin to victory as she lifted a 65 pound weight 50 times.

Dallas Abraham was able to win this event for the Alpha Tau Omega team with 25 reps of 185 pounds.

The competition for the girls picked up with the last event because all three teams were tied.

The wall sits were the deciding factor of the whole competition. After three minutes, the competitors for Kappa Delta and Zeta Tau Alpha were still going strong, but not long after did legs begin to shake and fall, making the winners Zeta Tau Alpha.

The men’s teams were very similar. After five minutes, Union Jaxx and Alpha Tau Omega were still holding their positions, but Union Jaxx competitor, Tanner Cherry, won the event for his team.

For the ladies:
1. Zeta Tau Alpha- 14 points
2. Kappa Delta- 12 points
3. Chi Omega- 10 points
For the men:
1. Sigma Alpha Epsilon- 14 points
2. Union Jaxx- 12 points
3. Alpha Tau Omega- 10 points

“I really enjoyed everyone’s energy at this event, and I paid special attention in hopes I would win a door prize,” said Mallory Lamm, junior social work major.

Image courtesy of David Parks|Cardinal & Cream
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