The PhysathlonTM event combines aerobic/cardiovascular activity (45%) with strength (45%) and freestyle events (10%). The aerobic/cardiovascular activity includes a swim (10%), bike (15%), and run/walk (20%). There will be a 10-minute transition between cardiovascular activities, and up to 5 minutes for weight activities.The strength division includes 4-10 repetitions, for ½ squat or bent-knee dead-lift, bench press, shoulder press, shoulder pull down, and hamstring curl and arm curl. (The Triathlon will be 45% from 1:55 to 4:55, Olympic distance course; and 0:55 to 3:15, Sprint distance course.) [There MAYbe an additional 3-5 minute rhythmical optional event at the end of the first day that will not be scored.] The freestyle activity includes 3 minute push-ups, 5 minute sit-ups, and 2 minute chin-ups (10%). You may do one cardiovascular event and /or more of the strength/freestyle activities. A scoring sheet will be available for the PhysathlonTM. At least a total of 5 exercise activities and 2 cardiovascular events will be included to count as a finished activity. A 1000 point scoring system exists and you must score 100 in each category. There are male and female divisions, certificates, and medals for all participants and awards in 10 year age groups, and with weight classes every 25 lbs. T-shirts and awards are given for physathlonTM participants. A total of $300 worth merchandise from local bike shop will be awarded between the first 10 finishers.
Weight and free style events at Edge Fitness, 900 Conference Dr., Goodlettesville, TN. Free style events are: sit ups 5 minutes, push ups 3 minutes, pull ups 2 minutes. Weight activities are: bench press, pull downs, shoulder press, arm curl, hamstring curl, and dead lift or squat for a mandatory minimum of four to ten repetitions. You must rack the weights yourself and do a minumum of four repetitions in all lift attempts, lose 10 points if you do not. There will be two attempts to get your best lift. Cardio activities 45%, Weight activities 45%, Free style activities 10% of total points. See team-magic.com for the Music City Triathlons for swim, bike, and run specifics. Over half the proceeds will be donated to the American Diabetes Association.
For the weight resistance and free style portion of the Tri-Physathlon Regional Fitness Contest (on July 26) take I-65's Exit 97 in Tennessee. Go east on TN174 (Long Hollow Pike) to Conference Drive. Turn right (south) on Conference Drive. Edge Fitness will be on the right. The Triathlon portion of the Tri-Physathlon Regional Fitness Contest is the Music City Triathlon in downtown Nashville, staged on lower Broad Street. See the Team Magic web page for additional information.
You may have support as long as they comply with the rules of the club and event. OTHER INFO: You may use basic weightlifting belts. No special suiting is allowed for the weight lifting with only basic workout gear, trunks and singlets allowed. You may be asked to move as participants are moving to various weight lifting stations. There will be award ceremonies for the weight lifting/free style events on Saturday, and on Sunday for the Triathlon and overall Physathlon. If we have a hard-mail address, we will mail you awards, if you are not present for the ceremonies. You may enter individually and/or as a team for one price, but must participate in half of the exercise activities, the Triathlon (Olympic or sprint).
Over half the proceeds will go to the American Diabetes Association. The original Physathlon had more exercises and activities and was begun in 1982 through 1988 with the Bicentennial Fitness Contest in 1976 and revived in 2001. Gordon Haller was the winner of the first Triathlon-based Physathlon in 2002 and 2003. He was also the first Hawaii Ironman winner in 1978, and second place in 1979, and has participated in this Ironman through four decades!! With the original founder, Will Shipley, he helped to revive the Physathlon in 2002. Will Shipley was one of the 1st Double Iron competitors in Huntsville Alabama in 1985, and went on to finish six over three decades, and an Iron Plus Triathlon. Ron Franco, Anita Dinwiddie, Mark Rothstein, Dr. Dan Connaughton, Dr. Walt Andzel, Dr. Tyler Frizzell, the late Dr. Bill Bandy of Belmont University, Kurt Armatta, Jim Myers & Gene Lawson (on the 1st Double Iron support crew), Robert Berger, Marty Hayden are Physathletes or supporters.