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AFDW's 'Monumental' February Fitness Challenge

Air Force District of Washington announces the February Fitness Challenge set to run Feb. 1 – 29 of the New Year. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Steele C. G. Britton)

Air Force District of Washington announces the February Fitness Challenge set to run Feb. 1 – 29 of the New Year. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Steele C. G. Britton)

Joint Base Andrews, Md. -- Individuals trying to reinvigorate their workout plan, wanting an excuse to start exercising, or looking to keep their New Year's resolutions from trickling off have a phenomenal resource coming up in the month of February, according to Capt. Mary Lent, Air Force District of Washington section commander.

AFDW announces the February Fitness Challenge Feb. 1 - 29 of the New Year.

"The teamwork you foster and the health benefits you reap will make you a more resilient Airman," said Lent.

The goal of the challenge is to work in teams of four to 'build the Washington Monument.'
The four-man team can be comprised of friends, coworkers and family members - anyone who is a motivating wingman.

There are three facets to coming out on top of this competition - distance, cardio and weightlifting.

The Washington Monument stands 6,665.13 inches tall. For this challenge, every stair climbed gets an inch and every mile biked gets a foot added to the team's monument.

"Every inch you build in the monument could be inches melting off your waistline," said Lent.

The Washington Monument is comprised of 36,491 blocks. For every minute of cardio a team clocks, 10 blocks are added to their monument.

The Washington Monument weighs 181,708,800 pounds. For every pound the team lifts, they can subtract that from the weight of the monument for points toward the awards. Don't forget to multiply the reps by the weight lifted.

Each team's progress will be posted weekly on the SharePoint website. The teams are required to report their progress no later than 6 p.m. on Feb. 7, 14, 21 and 9 a.m. March 1.

There are two award categories for the competition. The teams who build the monument and the team with the highest overall accomplishment will receive awards.

The winners of the Fitness Challenge will be announced at the Resiliency Scavenger Hunt slated for March 1.

Call 240-612-4472 or e-mail mary.lent@afncr.af.mil to sign up.