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Virtual Fitness Challenge

USA Fencing Virtual Fitness Challenge

Join USA Fencing for its first-ever Virtual Fitness Challenge and put your physical fitness to the test as you compete with fencers from around the country on various fitness exercises.

Running from Monday, November 2 at 1 p.m. EST to Monday, November 30 at 11:59 p.m. EST, the Virtual Fitness Challenge will test fencers' speed, agility and strength with the following five exercises: Wolf run, out and ins, burpees, planks and push-ups.

Share your videos on social and challenge your fellow fencers using the hashtag #2020FencingChallenge.

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Exercises

Burpees: Total in Two Minutes

Start standing straight. Drop down to a push-up position and lower yourself all the way to the ground. Then, push back up and back into a squatting position. Finally, jump up out of the squatting position raising your hands above your head as you do so. That counts as one. Complete as many as you can in two minutes. 

Burpee

Plank: Total Time Held

Place your forearms flat on the ground, or if you prefer, lay your hands flat on the ground with your arms straight and elbows in a locked position. With both, you will want to have your arms about shoulder width apart. Straighten and engage your core so that your back and legs are in a straight line and only your toes are touching the ground. Hold the position for as long as you can.

Plank

Push-Ups: Total in One Minute

Only hands and toes touching the ground, keep all other body parts off the ground with your back and legs straight. Lower your body until your arms are at a right angle and push back up until your elbows are again in a locked position. This counts as one. Complete as many full push-ups as you can within one minute. 

Push-Up

Out and In: Total in One Minute

Back foot steps back, front foot steps forward, back foot steps in, front foot steps in. Count the number of reps in one minute.

Out and In

Wolf Run: Total in Two Minutes

Set up a 14-meter run space, with lines at zero, four, nine and 14 meters. Start with your hand touching the line at zero and run to touch the nine-meter line with hand, then backpedal to the four-meter line and touch with hand and run to touch the 14-meter line. Count the number of completed reps done in two minutes. Failure to touch any of the lines disqualifies the rep. 

Wolf Run

For parafencers, the Virtual Fitness Challenge will consist of the following exercises: burpees, push-ups and plank.


Rules

All participants must be current USA Fencing members. To submit your results:

  1. Log in to your USA Fencing member profile at member.usafencing.org.
  2. Hover your mouse over the Events text in the ribbon at the top of the page.
  3. Select “November Fitness Challenge” under the virtual events heading.
  4. Click the green button on the page that says “Submit Your Entry.”
  5. Fill out the fields with your times and/or counts for all exercises you wish to submit results for. Click the link below each exercise description that says “Upload Your Video” to submit your video for results verification. Video files should be given names that match the following format: first name.last name_age group_event (i.e. james.smith_Y14_wolf run). 
  6. Once you have entered all of your results and uploaded all videos, scroll to the bottom of the page and click “Submit Your Scores” to finalize your submission. Results on the leaderboards will take up to 10 minutes to update after your submission.

Participants may submit results once each week. Only your best result will be taken, and all results will be subject to verification by the National Office.

Points will be awarded to the top 64 in each exercise, and those points will be combined to create an aggregate score to determine the overall winner in each age group. 

The overall winners in each age category will receive prizes:

  • First place receives a free entry to a North American Cup or National Championship in the 2020-21 season
  • Second place receives a water bottle, key chain and sticker
  • Top 5% in each age group get a certificate of achievement

Please note: In order to be eligible for prizes and certificates, able-bodied fencers must submit results for all five exercises as well as a video for verification of results. Parafencers must must submit results for the burpees, push-ups and plank as well as a video for those three exercises for verification of results. 

Standings

All standings are unofficial until results have been verified by the National Office.