#FitnessPH - The fitness competition makes its debut in Manila - TEST YOUR LIMITS AT THE UA COMBINE!

Following a successful debut last year, Under Armour announced that the UA COMBINE, one of the region’s largest fitness competitions will be back for a second year as the performance brand continues its commitment in establishing the ultimate athlete performance benchmark. Last year’s inaugural UA COMBINE saw 1,200 participants taking part in the competitions held across four countries in the region – Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and Australia.

This year’s edition will see athletes from diverse sports and training disciplines at the iconic SM Megamall Megatrade Hall, putting their limits to the test and competing against others in the country for their shot at a total cash prize pool of PHP680,000.

Additionally, Under Armour is lowering the entry age to inspire some of the younger athletes, aged 16 to 18 to compete and win a Under Armour products worth PHP50,000 for the top male and female youths respectively.

Slated to happen on 19 November 2023, registration for the UA COMBINE 2023 is now open to 350 competitors. All participating athletes will be receiving a full set of Under Armour competitor gear on the event day. 

The UA COMBINE will see competitors testing their limits in a total of eight physical and mental tests devised by Under Armour‘s Global Head of Athlete Performance, Michael Watts, with each test challenging the athlete’s agility, stamina, vertical, power, endurance, strength, speed, and cognition.

Points will be earned for each completed test and athletes will be ranked according to their final result, with medals and cash prizes of PHP200,000, PHP100,000 and PHP40,000 awarded to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place athletes in both the men’s and women’s divisions respectively.

The 8 tests will focus on: 

1. AGILITY: Agility Star Drill

2. STAMINA: Pull-up Beep Test

3. VERTICAL : Vertical Jump Test

4. POWER: 20m Sled Push 

5. ENDURANCE: 20m Beep Test

6. STRENGTH: 3RM Bench Press

7. SPEED: 40 Yard Dash

8. COGNITION: Reactive Intelligence Wall

Fitness performance redefined

The UA COMBINE 2023 will see significant tweaks made to several of the tests, as part of the brand’s continuous efforts to better define athletic performance.

As opposed to a more traditional sargeant jump seen in last year’s competition, the standing vertical leap test will see competitors assessed utilising forceplates which accurately measure an individual’s upwards propulsion force.

Additionally, the cognition station sees the introduction of the same Reactive Intelligence Wall used by professional athletes in Formula 1 and the NBA. With six light pods positioned on a vertical wall, participants will be tasked with tapping out as many blue pods as possible in 30 seconds, measuring reaction time, decision-making and attention skills when doing so. 

“Under Armour is a performance brand that continuously challenges the benchmarks in human performance in order to make athletes better. Through the UA COMBINE, we not only spotlight individual achievements of the Filipino athlete, but we also raise the bar for what is possible for all of us to achieve,” says Justin Olivares, Marketing Director for Under Armour South Asia-Pacific.

Represent your fitness community

Participants are encouraged to form a group of 4 and compete as an individual and as a team. The scores of each individual on the team will be totalled to a team score. The highest team score will bring home PHP80,000 worth of Under Armour gear.

For further information on UA COMBINE 2023, including competition rules and how to register, please visit the official website www.uacombineph.com or follow @underarmourPH on Instagram using #UACOMBINEPH.

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