The Wellness Center’s BYU-I Fitness Games took place on Saturday March 21 in the BYU-I Fitness Center.
The games were a combination of X-Fit workouts, gymnastic stunts and strength training.
Four events targeted different fitness components, each event being scored and recorded.
Each player had a judge who explained the activities and coached him or her through each event.
Nick Dyerly, a senior studying political science, said he decided to be a judge because he had already participated multiple times and wanted to experience the games differently.
“I see a lot of people striving for something that’s better than themselves,” Dyerly said. “That’s the blessing of being a judge.”
Dyerly said being a judge lets him see the player at the pinnacle of their pain and then see their true character.
“I’ve done X-Fit before, but these games are pushing me,” said Emily Clark, the spouse of a BYU-I student. “I didn’t think I would be able to do all of it and lift this much weight.”
Clark said she really wanted to participate in the games because of the sense of community she feels.
“I just wanted to meet other people that do X-Fit, and throughout these games, I have really felt like I was part of a team because of everyone cheering each other on,” Clark said.
Tyler Burton, a sophomore studying exercise physiology, was the manager of the Fitness Games.
“Being able to move your body and lift your body weight or even more than that is a great accomplishment,” Burton said.
Hannah Price, a sophomore studying dental hygiene and a spectator at the event, was impressed by what she saw at the Fitness Games.
“They are really strong and dedicated to what they do,” Price said. “They have worked really hard to get here and I would do it if I could.”
Dyerly said everyone should participate at least once in the games.
“This is something that will test your fitness and show you where you actually stand and that is the design of the games: to see who is the fittest overall,” Dyerly said.