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#GetOutHere Chicago Nike Challenge

#GetOutHere Chicago Nike Challenge

I have been wearing Nike ever since I was old enough to play sports and run around. I also like to think that I was the pioneer who started the trend of wearing Nike Pro Combat shorts on their own (shout-out to 16 year old Beverley running around in short shorts). So when I found out that I was picked by Nike to fly to Chicago with 47 other incredible athletes, ‘ecstatic’ could not even begin to describe my feelings.

How I Entered

To enter the contest, you had to post a video or photo on social media, and use the hashtag #getouthere #contest. The video I used to enter is the one below. On the day the contest closed, over 25,000 people had entered in, using the #getouthere hashtag. I waited a couple weeks and never heard back, so sadly assumed I never got in. Suddenly out of the blue, I received both an email and direct message through Instagram congratulating me on being selected!

A video posted by Beverley Cheng (@sweatyandfit) on

Chicago

Nike told us that they would take care of our flights, hotel, and all transportation and food costs while we were down there. I flew out last week Friday and arrived to these lovely gentlemen holding signs with our names. I’ve never had that happen before so obviously I had to take a quick snap of it. We were ushered into a black Lincoln car, and driven to the heart of downtown Chicago. Literally right across from the Bean.

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Our hotel was the Chicago Athletic Association Hotel, a grand hotel with many unique features and four different bars/restaurants. We each got the key to our room, and were greeted with a suitcase full of Nike gear. As everyone slowly arrived, I realized I was surrounded by insanely athletic, inspiring, and motivated human beings. Everyone was either a professional athlete, model, personal trainer, or had ran, at minimum a half marathon; to say I was humbled was an understatement.

That night Nike treated us by taking us to the Chicago Bears field, and letting us walk around while a massive TV with our names were playing. The entire night we kept talking about what the challenge might consist of, but Nike was making sure to keep it as much of a surprise as possible!

The Day Of

Saturday morning we woke up and had breakfast at 7 am. At 8 am there was a choice of a 2 mile run (3.2 km!) around downtown, or a yoga session. I opted for the run, as I wanted to see as much of the city as I could. From there we had from 9 am until basically 3 pm till we had to meet again to head off for the competition.

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Its not a good photo unless your life is at risk!

The time was filled with free physio or massage sessions, a stretch and foam roll class, lunch and snacks, and a walk to Willis Tower ($19 to go up, noTHANKYOU). Finally, 3pm arrived and we headed downtown to the lobby!

I was so impressed when I got down – everyone was wearing the same gear and we looked like a solid team. There were definitely a ton of nerves in the air, but not enough to not take 100 different photos! We loaded into our black swanky Nike busses, and headed to the Riverwalk!

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Good-lookin kids!!

 

Okay this is the coolest part of the trip:

The feeling I had as we exited the bus and walked down the bridge to the Nike Barge was unlike anything I had felt before. We all looked like an insane team in complete unison; we had cameramen and videographers in our face, filming everything. Chicago citizens literally stopped and stared as we walked by. If ever in my life I felt like a celebrity, this was it.

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Nike Barge

The Workout

Okokay I know this post is getting super long, so let me tell you about what the secret three hour workout turned out to consist of:

Hour One: The first half hour consisted of a warm up; Technical exercises like high knees, runner kicks, and leg sweeps. The second half was a speed session. Two rounds of 800 m sprint, 400 m sprint, and 2×200 m sprint. We were divided into five different groups based on your 5km race time. After the first hour I was feeling pretty good – warmed up and ready to go!

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Shirts off, obviously

Hour Two: The second hour consisted of three 15 minute circuits. I won’t go into detail, but the circuits included stairs, medicine ball slams, battle ropes, tires & sledgehammers, agility ladders and plyometrics. Pretty much everything that I LOVE when it comes to exercising. Sadly my biggest downfall were my calf cramps that started just after the first 15 minute session. Every single time I stepped hard or jumped, I felt my calves beginning to fail. This was frustrating as I found the actual workouts to be challenging, yet enjoyable.

Hour Three: At this point in the challenge I had already gagged back 2 bites of banana (vomit) to ease my calves. I could barely walk, let alone jump. For the third challenge we had to do a 4 rounds of 3 body weight exercises for 45 seconds on, 15 seconds rest. My feet started cramping up at this point, so my effort here was average at best.

There was 6 top contestants picked, and those 6 had to move on to a final challenge. I did not envy those people one bit, and instead got interviewed through Periscope!

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Happy to be done!!

That night we partied to our hearts content. When we left Chicago that day, everyone was sad and probably quite sore, but we also left feeling inspired, happy, and satisfied. I met some amazing people that I will stay in touch with forever, and got to do things that I probably will never again have the chance to do again. Not to mention, I will never need to buy new winter workout gear for a while…

How about you?

  • What is your favorite brand when it comes to outdoor gear?
  • Have you ever been to Chicago?
  • Would you be interested in doing a 3 hour outdoor challenge like this?

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  1. Christina

    21 December

    Beverley… do you realize how awesome this is?! You are such an inspiration!

    • beverleyc

      21 December

      YOU are the kindest!! Thank you Christina <3

  2. This is so freakin cool!!! Congratulations on being chosen and completing what sounds like a grueling workout. You’re so #celebstatus and if we meet I WILL ask for your autograph 😜

    • beverleyc

      21 December

      Thank you Pragati!! Hahaha, well if you insist, I will give you my autograph hehe

  3. Natasha Kotto

    21 December

    That is so awesome! I was getting goosebumps reading! So happy that you had the chance to experience something so amazing! Congrats lady!
    Xo,
    Natasha Kotto
    http://www.natashakotto.com

    • beverleyc

      21 December

      Aww thank you Natasha! Wish I could go back 🙂

  4. Awesome, congrats!!

  5. Yep, you’re a badass and my new idol! This is so cool, Beverly! I’m so excited to follow what you do next, I know there’s no slowing you down!

    • beverleyc

      23 December

      Thank you!!! I’m treasuring this comment forever because it put the biggest smile on my face 🙂

  6. Diana

    22 December

    What an incredible opportunity! Seriously you’re such an inspiration 🙂

    • beverleyc

      23 December

      Thank you Diana!!

  7. This sounds so surreal! You’re awesome! Congrats on being chosen and thanks for sharing your cool experience! 🙂

    • beverleyc

      23 December

      Thank you for reading Ellen 🙂

  8. Congratulations! What an exciting adventure! I have been to Chicago and love it there! I would die 15 minutes into a 3 hour workout, but I do love Nike gear!

    • beverleyc

      23 December

      Bahah I believe you could make it through! (but you might have to choke back a couple bananas)

  9. Harriet Emily

    22 December

    Wow wow wow this Nike challenge sounds so fun! Congratulations 😀 I am so jealous!!!! I also have some serious ab envy right now – you look incredible Beverly!!!!

    • beverleyc

      23 December

      Thanks so much Harriet! Bahah well by the time Christmas and New Years is over there will be no more abs, trust me

  10. Jen@jpabstfitness

    22 December

    Holy hell- you are awesome!!!!

    • beverleyc

      23 December

      You are!!!! Thanks Jen <3

  11. You are SUCH an inspiration! I bet this was an experience of a lifetime. I really have no idea what this was all about when you announced it, but WOWEE it’s amazing Beverly. Congrats girl – no one more deserving!

  12. Errr Beverley. Sorry, been up since 4am with the little – spell check should catch misspelled names! 😉

    • beverleyc

      23 December

      Bahah i wouldn’t have even noticed the mistake 😉 Thanks Chrissa 🙂

  13. […] past few weeks, life has been insaaaaanely hectic. First I was in Chicago for the Nike #getouthere challenge weekend. The weekend after that I hosted my first Christmas party for mine and Adam’s friends […]

  14. masala girl

    30 December

    you were humbled by others? wow. i’d say being chosen for this opportunity shows you’re pretty awesome 🙂
    (also- after watching that video, you should do a lateral lunge video. i cant do them smoothly!)
    also, 3 hour workout :O –okay it does look fun 🙂 it was outdoors, afterall!

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  16. I have passed best one today. Thanks for your inspirational words.

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