Fitness fanatics complete challenge for charity

Max Swindells and James Oliver, during the 1000 Burpees challenge, St George's Square, Hebden Bridge

Max Swindells and James Oliver, during the 1000 Burpees challenge, St George's Square, Hebden Bridge

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Two fitness fanatics undertook an extreme physical challenge as crowds gathered in Hebden Bridge.

Max Swindells and James Oliver completed 1,000 burpees -a four-step exercise taking the fitness world by storm.

The physical challenge was all in aid of personal trainer Max’s chosen charity - Meningitis Research Foundation - following the death of his 19-year-old friend, who died from the illness six-years-ago.

Max, 22, who runs personal training business, To The Max Fitness, Victoria Road, Hebden Bridge, said he wanted to combine business with charity and encouraged client and friend James to take on the challenge in St George’s Square with him.

The lads managed to comlete 1,000 burpees in 58 minutes - jumping and clapping hands; squatting down; thrusting legs out; bringing chest to floor; doing a press up; coming back to feet and finishing by jumping.

They completed five burpees at a time, simultaneously.

Crowds of more than 50 people gathered to cheer on the boys.

“It was an extremely hard challenge but public support and raising money for the charity kept us going.

“I’ve always wanted to do something for the charity after my friend lost his life to meningitis,” said Max.

The burpee marathon raised £900 for the charity through sponsorship and donations.

“If anyone is interested in burpees training - it’s a high energy and full body work out - they can come along to my studio for a one-to-one or group session,” he said.

Max and James celebrated completition of their mission with a meal at the town’s White Lion with family and friends.

“We enjoyed a big meal and put all those calories we’d burnt off back on,” said Max.