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    (From left) Jason Monteverde, Affiliate Alliance for Conditioning Program head coach; Jan Raven Quan, Pilipinas Obstacle Sports Federation vice president; Dr. Nicanor Montoya, MediCard president; and Kate Joaquin, MediCard marketing manager.
    (From left) Jason Monteverde, Affiliate Alliance for Conditioning Program head coach; Jan Raven Quan, Pilipinas Obstacle Sports Federation vice president; Dr. Nicanor Montoya, MediCard president; and Kate Joaquin, MediCard marketing manager.

    MediCard Philippines’ Supremo Challenge will test one’s fitness level through an overall test of strength, endurance, and an obstacle race.

    Kate Cruz-Joaquin, MediCard marketing manager, said unlike other obstacle race, the Supremo Challenge has a conditioning program to prepare the participants prior to the race.

    The conditioning program focuses on building the overall strength and endurance the participants need to prepare themselves for the obstacles.

    “It aims to build well-rounded strength, increase overall athleticism, and improve endurance, as well as flexibility and speed,” Joaquin said.

    Its types of workout include cardio, running, use of ropes, and functional movements using dumbbells as well as short high-intensity exercises.

    The conditioning sessions are scheduled every Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Eton Centris, Quezon City (March 16 to 27), Festival Mall Alabang (April 20 to May 1), and Ayala Triangle Makati (May 4 to 15).

    All of these lead up to the culminating activity on May 31.

    Joaquin said it is open to individuals who want to start leading a healthier lifestyle by testing their fitness level and skills by taking on and conquering the exciting obstacle course challenge.

    To register, visit www.medicardlifestyle.com/lifestyle-events. Registration is P1,500. Choose from the three conditioning programs for two weeks and attend the chosen program to qualify.

    Joaquin said two workouts will be given to the participants, beginners and advanced. The top three male and female participants from the two categories will be selected to compete in the culminating event at the Glorietta Activity Center.

    The 36 athletes will get a sustaining conditioning workout that they can do prior to the race, and a one-day training at Pretty Huge Obstacle, she said.

    The obstacles include burpees over four-foot wall, monkey bars, through wall, 20-meter tire overhead lunges, climb over five-foot wall, climb over seven-foot wall, box jump over, rope climb, and rings rig.

    Prizes in each division are P25,000 (first), P15,000 (second), and P10,000 (third).

    Nicky Montoya, MediCard Philippines president, said the health maintenance organization intends to do something different and at the same time espouse a healthier lifestyle.

    “With this, we hope to push more people and make them aware about the different ways to exercise and this is something that is more well-rounded,” Montoya said, adding the participants could expect more serious challenges by next year.