Workout Challenge Tests Mettle

By Ron Fanfair, Toronto Police Service Published: 12:38 p.m. March 21, 2014

Almost 200 Toronto Police Service members are pushing their bodies to the limits over the next two months to stay fit and have fun.

A group of people in workout gear in a gym holding DVD boxes marked "Insanity"
From left: TPAAA general manager Mike Bagg; Constables Brian Smit, Debbie Bland, civilian Henry Alessandroni, Constables Sue Rafferty and Andre Pednaud and Sergeant Steve Sadler and trainer Felicia Taub

Toronto Police Amateur Athletic Association (TPAAA) secretary Constable Brandon Reeve has joined the Toronto Police INSANITY Challenge.

Sponsored by the TPAAA and  Beachbody, 198 Service members on 33 teams will participate in the endurance test over 60 days. In that time, participants must complete five fit tests and 52  INSANITY workouts that are a combination of plyometric drills and nonstop intervals of strength, power, resistance, abdominal and core training moves.

“It’s something interesting and an excellent opportunity to promote fitness among members,” he said. “It’s also helping to raise funds for the  Toronto Police Widows & Orphans Fund… It will certainly be a challenge for us,” Reeve said.

Beachbody has assigned an INSANITY-certified coach to each team to ensure they are working out safely and getting the best results.

“It’s a fantastic challenge that brings the unit together,” said Const. Debbie Bland, of the Emergency Management and Public Order Unit, which have also fielded a team. “It’s a lot more fun when you work out together as you will be able to push each other.”

Each participant’s registration fee of $10 will go to the Service’s Widows & Orphans Fund. Beachbody will also donate $250 to the fund for each team that survives the gruelling test.

This is a great opportunity to get fit, build office camaraderie, have fun and raise money

Toronto Crime Stoppers is using the gym at headquarters to prepare for the challenge.

“This is a great opportunity to get fit, build office camaraderie, have fun and raise money,” said Crime Stoppers coordinator Chris Scherk. “We have some people who work out regularly, while others are getting back into the swing of things. By the time the challenge starts, we will be ready.”

TPAAA general manager Mike Bagg said the Service is excited to be part of the challenge.

“We promote fitness and camaraderie and this is a great way to get officers working out together at the stations,” he said. “We are looking forward to a great challenge.”

Beachbody vice president Andro Barac said the company is offering police officers tools and motivation to get in great shape and combat the stress and health risks associated with the job.

“It’s our way of saying thanks to police officers for all their hard work and dedication to the Greater Toronto Area,” he added. “It’s called insanity for a reason. The officers have their work cut out for them, but it’s a lot of fun.”

Beachbody will award three grand prizes for most weight lost, best fit-test results and best individual transformation. The winning teams will be awarded a Beachbody gym for their station, including a collection of Beachbody body fitness programs and an entertainment system.

The challenge runs from March 17 to May 19.

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