Thursday 6th Nov 12bootcampers (5competitors and 7 as support crew) from Phoenix Fitness hit the road to make their way to Miss Galaxy Universe in Crawley. After some very stressful journeys, we all arrived Thursday evening at the host hotel to register. The support crew went for a nandos while the competitors prepared for the day ahead… We weren’t at all jealous… Honest!
Friday morning was final preparations for The Games… It started with the bleep test, moving into the 3in1 test (3minutes to accumulate as many reps as possible from press ups, squat thrusts and sit ups), next came box jumps (as many reps as possible in 1min), before moving onto the car pull and finishing with the 200m sprint. Pull ups were a bonus station we could jump on at any point.
Other than a slight wardrobe malfunction (Hannah nearly lost her leggings in the box jumps), all went smoothly until we got outside. It had been raining all day which made the grip for the car pull harder but by the time we got to the sprints it was hammering down with rain, the wind was blowing hard and we were all shattered and ready for it to be over with! Everyone dug deep and a gave it everything they had… Beth and Jenna won their heats and Helen (one of our support crew), really got caught up in the moment as she yelled, ‘Run Jenna, run with all your heart!’ At this point we all stopped cheering for Jenna to look blankly at Helen for a moment before bursting into fits of laughter! As the last of us finished, the atmosphere was euphoric… To say Hannah was proud of her girls was an understatement!
There wasn’t much time to relax when we got back to the hotel… Eat, shower then straight in for stage tans… This was an interesting experience to say the least… 100 or so girls queuing up to be tanned – naked – before drying out in a room with about 8 other naked women – safe to say we all got to know each other a lot better that night! Also, FYI… The naked tan dance is a real thing!!
Finally it was show day… There was no time for nerves as Steph and Hannah worked away at everyone’s hair and make up. Before we knew it we were there, all lined up ready to go on stage. Hannah, Jess and Steph were all in the beach body 18-32 category with ‘Sirens of the Sea’ theme, and Beth was in Miss Monroe category with ‘Hollywood’ theme. First was our bikini T Walk and then a quick change before going on again in our evening wear.
Hannah placed 5th in her category and Beth came 2nd in hers.
It was all over… Months and months of hard training and dieting had finally come to and end… Back to the hotel we went to celebrate with pizza!
So what next?!?! Hannah is training for her first Strongwoman comp in January before they all take on the Silverstone Half Marathon in March. But… We’re all coming back next year; bigger, better, faster, stronger! And even more of the Phoenix Fitness crew will be joining us! Beth plans to compete as a Beach Body next time, Jess and Steph are working hard for their abs and Hannah might even make the leap to go for Fitness Model!