The annual fat boy challenge is back this year, bigger and better. For the past few years that it has been running it has been taking place in Gaborone and Francistown only. But now five other places have been added in order to intensify the fitness challenge and make it more competitive. This comes with the new partnership with Botswana Public Officers Medical Aid scheme (BPOMAS) in collaboration with Yarona FM. The North versus South Fat Boy Challenge this year with an improved format that will show great results. The challenge started March 2 where participants have to endure a 10 week training programme in their respective towns. It is then at the grand finale that the biggest losers, fittest and best performers of the challenge will be identified. According to BPOMAS, this is to make sure that a healthy living culture is culminated in Botswana across communities in order to achieve tangible results for all participants. The seven cities that are participating this time around are Francistown, Gaborone, Palapye, Jwaneng, Lobatse, Maun and Orapa. Kgomotso Molefe of Thunder Rolling Event Management said though in some places people have not yet registered in satisfying numbers, they are continuing to do so. Brand Manager for BPOMAS Thuso Setsetse said before the training challenge start they had a call for those that were interested to register in every town. Gaborone right now is full registered.
He said that the criterion that they use is to target those who are overweight, under 45 years of age and holding a medical card. “It does not necessarily have to be a BPOMAS medical card, we let anyone register even from other medical insurances,” he said. The training happens three times a week on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays in which participants will be taken through vigorous exercises at five in the morning. He said that as custodians of the challenge, they will make sure that health specialists are available in all the different places in order to check the progress of those taking the challenge. In Gaborone the challenge is taking place at Jack’s gym at CBD. He said that since this week and the next one will be all about participants undergoing assessments and getting to know each other, other people can come forth and register in this period. It will be at the grand finale that they will come up with the winners of the challenge. He advised that people taking part in this training programme should be disciplined enough to make sure that they achieve the desired results, especially in consideration of what they eat when they are at home.