Employees at Fit4less, owned by national brand énergie Fitness, are being offered a once in a life time opportunity to ascend the colossal French mountain in a bid to challenge fitness, improve staff relations and raise local funds.
However, at present, Fit4less doesn’t have a specific charity to support and is looking for local charities to come forward.
“This is such a fantastic chance for énergie staff to try something they’ve never done before. We’re all used to the usual team building days but this is completely out of the ordinary and a brilliant way to improve team spirit. Raising money for a local charity will be the ultimate high,” said Ben.
Ben trained three to four times a week for his recent trip in August and had to adjust his fitness routine months prior to his climb to build up enough strength and stamina in time.
“Pre mountain climb training is very intense but also extremely varied – I had to really work on my back, leg and shoulder muscles but cardiovascular work was also essential. It’s a long term goal you’re aiming for so you do have to be really dedicated but the rewards are more than worth it,” added Ben.
Throughout the course of their climb, Ben and his climbing partner faced rock fall hazards, drastically varying temperatures from -8 through to +25 degrees Celsius and steep glacier crevasses.
“Alpine climbing is a fantastic way to enjoy fresh air and great scenery; improve stamina, balance and flexibility plus burn calories, but it’s not without its dangers. Over 300 people a year die in the Mont Blanc massif – a sobering statistic that should alert people to the dangers of mountain climbing and the importance of correct training beforehand.”
This recent ascent was Ben’s third of Mont Blanc and he has now introduced a special Personal Training programme to Fit4less for members keen to follow in his footsteps. And, the extreme alpinist is also planning an 8853m climb up Mount Everest’s peaks via the North East Ridge from Tibet.