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Superhero 2018

We are nearly there again and the numbers are not yet counted to see who is the superhero of 2018. The new monkey jungle meant that we could introduce some new challenges.

Watch this space for updates.

Results of our 2017 Superhero Search

Evolution Gym members are the best in the country and to test their mettle, fitness and tenacity we designed a 12 month challenge to find the best all round male and female athletes in the gym. Not only that it sets a personal challenge to everyone one of us to challenge ourselves to undertake events inside and outside our comfort zones. Not everyone can be a superhero but we can all learn new skills and be the best we can be in each event.


Each month we had a different challenge:

Jan Row

Feb Plank

Mar Bench your bodyweight

Apr Pull ups

May Mile Run

Jun Dips

Jul Handstand press-up

Aug Crucifix hold

Sep Viking Press bodyweight

Oct Press ups in one minute

Nov Leg press 1 minute

Dec Medley

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Scores were calculated with 10 for a first place through to 1 point for 10th.

Each month we had a winner, but the collection of points was the goal so you didn't necessarily need to win to become the superhero but be consistent.

Our first winners were Adam Walker and Nichola Fuller in the row back in January 2017.

So after 12 months of gruelling events who were our SUPERHEROES?

Well the two athletes with the best all round ability and skills were:



Well done to our 2017 Superheroes!!!

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2017 Search for a Superhero

Every month this year the members of Evo will be set a challenge.January was the fastest row and February is the longest plank. Each month will see a girl and boy crowned monthly event champ but the main prize is the annual male and female superhero or best all rounder.

Who will this be?

Three Peaks Conquered

Over the space of 2 days in April we did it. Team Evo conquered the Yorkshire Three Peaks. On the Saturday 23rd three members Matt, Brett and Suzanne strode out and in something over 8 hours completed the course. The day after a team of 12; Jon, Rachael, Emma, Hannah, Lizzie, Catherine, Nicky, Alex, Sam, Paul and support of Shaun and Chris took just about 12 hours. 

It snowed, it blew and it couldn’t stop us. Everyone had a personal battle at some point and all of us could not believe what we were achieving when we stopped from time to time to appreciate what we were doing. It was us against the hills and we did it. The walk was organised in aid of Alzheimers which is only too close to home for some who took part and others who donated generously to our cause. 

We would like to thank the walkers and the donators as without either group this would not have worked. In the final tally we raised over £1000 for the charity which is amazing.

Onward and upward for the next challenge.


Sheffield Half Marathon & Silverstone Half

Never a gym to shirk a challenge this year so far we have taken part in 2 half marathons. 

Firstly, the Silverstone Half around the F1 track in styli of a formula one car, vrrrrmmmmm. The day started quite foggy and cold but as the sun came out the race commenced and all three of our Team Evo runners clocked under 2 hours. Jon, Rachael and Hannah set personal best times all round.

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Then on the 10th April Jon and Rachael joined Lizze and took on the HILL in the Sheffield Half Marathon again all three clocking under 2 hours. Well Lizzie clocking 1 hour 33 and the others mid 1 hour 50s.


If your goal is to do a 10k, a half or a full marathon (Hannah did the London Marathon in 2015), Evoluiton Gym can help. With stop to start plans to get you up to 5k or a longer distance and some great runs straight out from the gym there is no reason not to start today.

Creating an Evo smile

2015 has been a brilliant year for Evolution once again. In our 12th year of creating awesome 2016 will be even better. Getting in the gym creates a smile like this outside of it. Want a bit of feeling good? come on down and join Team Evo, whether your goal be touching your toes or reaching for the galaxy we can help.

Keep up to date with our blog Evo Gym Talk it provides more detail of what we are up to and what you can join in with

Total Warrior 2016

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Following our adventure into hiking we are planning a team challenge with a difference. Forget walking through picturesque countryside with challenging topography, this time we will be faced wtih insurmountable obstacles and the only way through is teamwork.

Team Evo will prevail, the spirit of Evolution will power us over walls, through muddy freezing water and up and down dale. Who will be the sprint king or queen? 

In June, in Leeds, the game is on! Go to the total warrior website and enter a team on the saturday pick Team Evo and it should find us. 

Three Yorkshire Peaks Challenge 2016

It’s on - 24th APril 2016 get those boots on and get practicing!!!

Evolution Gym is taking on the Yorkshire Three Peaks in 2016. 24 miles in under 12 hours. This involves a hike around Pen-Y-Ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough. Currently we are taking names to see who is interested and then we will arrange the most convenient date to suit the majority of people.

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Let us know if you are interested and we will add you to the email group for updates……

or send us your details on the contact sheet on this website stating you want to join in.

Comic Relief Challenge

The gym ran a Comic Relief challenge on the 13th March. A 12 hour stationary bike ride to see how far we could go……

Gym members rode a stationery bike non-stop for 12 hours (not all of them they swapped to keep it going) and raised a load  with 50% going to comic relief and 50% to alzehiemers research.

The whole gym did amazingly and we were joined for most of the morning by Kat Cowan from radio sheffield - we set her up her won bike and she did brilliantly in purple wig and doing radio commentary as she went.

So Proud of everyone


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You can see Rachael on “70 with a sixpack” hosting the BNBF British Final and again hosting the DFAC Worlds. Look for it on catchup TV channel 5

keep up to date with Evolution Gym by following the blog - 

Evolution Gym Talk


Jon and Marcus Lee appeared in the Telegraph

Click here to see the article - what makes normal men become muscle ripped

A thought provoking write up of two great athletes.

Keep up to date with what Rachael is at with the Billybicep blog - click here


Rachael was on Radio Sheffield on Saturday reviewing the newspapers with Vic McGlynn on the breakfast show…. watch this space to find out when you can next catch her and Jon on the radio….


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Rachael in an explanation of the DFAC Athletic Class criteria (after winning the 2012 DFAC Athletic Universe title in the USA) - click on link to youtube

Rachael in the Star 2012

Rippling South Yorkshire Rachael takes on the World

Kelly Freeman NABBA 2012

Follow Jon or Rachael on twitter @evolutiongym or  @billybicep

or Kelly @kellyafreeman

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