BGGA Launches Fitness Challenge to Inspire Students

This semester BGGA students are participating in a Fitness Challenge, an initiative developed by fitness coaches Karen Harrison and Justin Smith. The goal of the Fitness Challenge is to bring out the competitiveness in the students and to reward effort, attitude and performance in the physical training setting.

The BGGA Fitness Challenge began in January and will continue through Spring Break. Each week there are numerous challenges with points awarded for each challenge. By the end of the designated time period, the top 10 students on the scoreboard will be rewarded with a unique outing.

“It’s interesting to see, now that we’re six weeks in, how the game is motivating some of students,” said Harrison. “There’s definitely been a difference in behavior. Many of our students are highly competitive!”

The fitness challenges vary and may be performance-based at an individual or group level or be based on improvement for a nominated task. For example, this week the challenge is for students to hold the longest front plank possible (with good form) – our record – Daniel Song with 7 mins 12 secs. The challenges have also related to attitude, effort and discipline and attendance. In choosing a variety of challenges we hoped to make it fair across the board, so everyone has a chance at doing well. The BGGA golf coaches have also been asked to participate, assisting with some of the challenges relating to discipline in practice.

“It’s been a lot of fun to come up with the challenges and watch the students competing,” said Harrison.

“Some students get excited about the challenges and you can hear them talking about them on the range before class,” said golf coach Nick Duffy.

We already have students asking if we’re going to be doing it again next year. While it is somewhat predictable to see certain students in the top 3 or 4 positions, the remainder of the top 10 places really are up for grabs – it’s anyone’s game. Consistency is the key.

The Fitness Challenge Scoreboard is updated weekly. We will keep you posted on the results!

Fitness Challenges: 

Week 1: Physical Competence Testing Results (based on our Fitness Reports) for Best Male and Female and Most Improved

Week 2: The “Quiet” game – Encouraging reflection while in fitness class and to quiet the chatter so that the students can focus on their task at hand.
Coach Challenge – Do you know your stretching focus?

Week 3: Improvement on the Mile Run
Coach Challenge – Do you know your stretching focus?

Week 4: Six exercise circuit performance challenge
Coach Challenge – Do you know your stretching focus?

Week 5: Essay on “what I have learned in fitness”
Best attitude in class – Focus and attitude
Tic Tac Toe Team Relay Game

Week 6: Holding a front plank for the longest possible time
Coach Challenge – Best attitude/focus during golf training

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