Sports Department launches ‘Mount Everest’ competition

Tuesday April 6, 2021

Concord’s Sports Department has launched a unique and testing ‘Mount Everest’ challenge for students, commencing earlier today. The challenge is to perform box jumps to conquer the height of Mount Everest in Asia – Earth's highest mountain above sea level, located in the Himalayas, peaking at 8,849m. The box jump is a dynamic plyometric move that strengthens your main lower-body muscles, including the glutes, quads, calves and hamstrings, and they help to make you faster and more powerful when trained regularly. The Mount Everest challenge is a House competition, so students from Mandela, Gandhi, Pankhurst and Teresa will compete in “a race to the top” according to Sports Hall Manager, Mr Will Harrison. “With no time limit or number restrictions, Concord’s students can take part at their leisure – in their Covid-safe ‘bubbles’ during the designated Sports Hall opening times” said Mr Harrison. “Box jumps are a great way to raise your heart rate and burn calories, but students can choose to do step-ups on smaller plyometric boxes in the aerobics room too. “Students can do as many or little as they like – as it’s a collective team effort. “For anyone taking part, they must record the total number of jumps and the height of the boxes – so this will be added to their overall House score each day.” If the boxes jumped are 50cm for example, it will take students 17,698 jumps in total to reach the summit. “Each day, we will also plot the positions of the Houses on our giant photo of Mount Everest” added Mr Harrison.