TV-presenter Phil Spencer and a team of volunteers are preparing to take part in the four-day ‘Everest In The Alps’ challenge in aid of The Brain Tumour Charity, with the hope of raising vital funds for life saving research.

The challenge, starting 28 February, will see 30 volunteers take to the Swiss Alps to scale the equivalent height of the tallest mountain in the world. To prepare for the mammoth 8,848 metre challenge on skis, he will be using a Versaclimber machine.

When asked about his reasons for taking part, Phil, said:

“I’ve always been passionate about ‘doing what you can’ for charitable causes that need urgent help, and though I’ve taken part in various fitness-related challenges before, it has never been on this scale.”

In order to prepare for the steep climbs, aching limbs, Spencer embarked on a strict regime in September 2017 after a long period out of regular training after moving from London to the countryside.

Partnering up with Versaclimber, Phil is using the machine once a day, benefitting from the machine’s unique ability to provide a full-body, low impact workout.

To increase his cardiovascular endurance, Phil’s training involves climbing intervals with strict timed deadlines to reach certain heights – starting from 1,000 metres in one hour, with the hope of climbing the height of Everest on the machine within two days.

Phil, adds:

“Training on the Versaclimber is very intense. I’ve used rowing machines and treadmills to train for previous events, but using the Versaclimber has been ideal preparation ahead of my trip to Switzerland.

“The challenge will be the hardest thing I’ve ever done, but the Versaclimber is about getting me as physically prepared as I can be.”

To support the team’s winter endeavor in aid of The Brain Tumour Charity, visit the page to sponsor the team.

We’d like to wish the team the best of luck on their journey. Make sure to check back in March to see how the team got on.


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