The Ultimate Fitness Challenge For Cystic Fibrosis

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We recently met Josh Lewellyn-Jones. A 29 year old athlete with a difference - he has Cystic Fibrosis. A genetic condition affecting over 10,000 people in the UK, Cystic Fibrosis is a condition that Josh has had to tackle his whole life. In order to stay as fit and healthy he can, he has always focussed on his fitness. At the end of this month, he will be taking part in a fantastic challenge to raise money for The Cystic Fibrosis Trust. He'll be doing all of this in 24 hours...

Lift 100 tonnes / Cycle 100 miles /Run 10 miles / Row 10 miles / Cross train 10 miles / Swim 2 miles / 3,000 sit-ups / 1,000 press-ups / 1,000 squats

Hi Josh, tell us about yourself.

Hello! I was born on 31st July, 1987 with cystic fibrosis. Now 29, I’ve been training all my life to stay fit and healthy. 

Where did the idea for 24Hours4CF come from?

I wanted to do a challenge that would take peoples breath away as that’s what cystic fibrosis does to thousands of children every day. I started searching online for extreme fitness challenges. I came across this guy called Joe Decker who had claimed to be the worlds fittest man by completing the 'world physical fitness challenge’. His record of 23hours has since been broken but I thought I’d do my own version of the challenge so came up with 24hrs4cf.

How are you training for the challenge?

I’ve been in training for the last 12 months specifically for the event. It’s been a mixture of the exercises on a daily basis. 3-4 hours per day and then 5-6 on weekends has consisted of high reps of bodyweight exercises (press ups, sit ups, squats), quick pace for 10-20 miles on the bike, 2-3 miles on the rower, 1-2 miles on the cross trainer and then lifting 10-20 tonnes (mixture of leg press, deadlift, bent over rows, bench press).

How are you feeling about the challenge?

I’m feeling confident. The training has gone really well although I’ve had a few niggles (tendinitis in my right elbow) I’ve managed to train consistently for 12 months. The challenge will now be 100% mental. The diet has been key and working closely with PAS has helped with the calorie intake (5-6000 per day).

What can we expect from you in future?

I do! Next year I have the Edinburgh Marathon, the Barcelona Iron Man and the ‘World Physical Fitness Challenge’ where I’ll attempt to break the world record in July, 2018.

 

We are looking forward to following Josh's amazing journey and will be working with him in future as he becomes part of #TeamBearStrength! Find out more about his challenge and how you can sponsor him here: http://24hrs4cf.com/


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