British Army Warrior Fitness (BAWF) will become the latest athletic initiative to embrace the virtual realm when it launches a new online competition later this month.
For the past four years the set-up has staged regular team events to test the cardiovascular and endurance capabilities of personnel, but with Covid-19 making such gatherings a non-starter the focus is now switching to the individual level.
From 18 January 2021, entrants will be asked to complete a series of workouts over the course of ten weeks, with their efforts recorded and uploaded onto two apps for verfication.
The top performers in each category – male, female, masters (aged 39 to 48) and veterans (aged 48 and above) – will then hopefully face off in a live-streamed final in a bid to be crowned the fittest soldier in the Army.
“We want to make it as inclusive and open as possible,” SSgt Mat Crook (RAPTC), part of the BAWF’s promotional team, told SoldierSport.
“We have looked at historical operations and have built the workouts around the physical requirements that were needed in each of those.”
“Coronavirus has opened a new avenue for us to go down. We would love to stage an individual event at the PT school, but this gives us an opportunity to build a bigger audience and greater participation – it is exciting.”
BAWF was launched in 2014 and is designed to improve the effectiveness of serving personnel by promoting military specific physical training that enhances the fitness components needed for operations, while boosting long-term health.