For the second year running, we are pleased to be supporting TV personality, Phil Spencer with his charity climb; the ‘Everest in the Alps’ challenge.

Phil has been training hard, using the Versaclimber Sport alongside regular personal training sessions. Using the full-body, low-impact cardio machine, to push himself to his limits, he is preparing his body for the climb ahead of him.

Kicking off on Sunday, 3 March, this challenge will no doubt be a test of both mental and physical strength for Phil and his 14 comrades as they battle the freezing weather conditions and steep ascent.

This challenge isn’t just about strength though, Phil is climbing in aid of The Brain Tumour Charity, and hopes to exceed a £1million fundraising target, which was reached in last year’s challenge. Phil and the team hope that the efforts going into the 8,848 metre challenge on skis will be recognised by the public who will give generously to a very worthy cause.

When asked about his reasons for taking part in this challenge for a second time, Phil said:

“For some time now, I’ve been involved with, and patron to, various charities across the country. I’ve supported these wherever possible and in some of the toughest situations I’ve ever known – from climbing Scafell Pike in 2018, cycling 300-miles from Cornwall to London, to scaling the height Mount Everest just last year; there’s no better feeling than ‘doing what you can’ for a good cause.”

Phil has used rowing machines and treadmills in the past but the overall intensity of the Versaclimber on the whole body is what makes him such a loyal fan. Working out on the machine will increase your heart rate and also puts a focus on strengthening your climbing function in the legs and arms.

Replicating the physicality of the challenge from day one of training is key in setting the benchmark for the muscles, making sure that they are prepared as can be for the main event.

We also asked him why The Brain Tumour Charity is close to his heart. He said:

“Rob Ritchie, the organiser of the EIA expedition, has a really moving story to tell about his son, Toby, who in 2015 was diagnosed with a brain tumour. Stories like his help motivate people to sign up, and put yourselves through the gruelling training regime. There’s no doubt it’ll be a tough challenge, but we’re all ready to face it.”

There’s no doubt that this won’t be a walk in the park for anyone taking part, but we are behind Phil and the team all the way as they prepare to set off from their base camp in Verbier in just a few week’s time.

To find out more about the challenge in aid of The Brain Tumour Charity, visit https://www.everestinthealps.com/2019-challenge/

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