Personal trainers raising hundreds for 'outstanding' NHS heroes through 80kg 1,000 squat challenge

WEEKS of preparation will set up two personal trainers for an intense squat challenge to raise money for the ‘heroes’ of the NHS.

Monday, 24th August 2020, 12:30 pm
Updated Monday, 24th August 2020, 1:51 pm

An endurance event will see Fratton resident Sol Asajile and Moshood Awosile, from Southsea, take on 1,000 squats each with 80kg weight in a bid to support hardworking health service staff.

Kicking off at 10am on September 5 at PureGym North Harbour, the challenge will take around three hours and the pair have been training hard to take on 1,000 squats - when they normally do just 200 in a gym session.

Sol, 29, said: ‘The first week was quite difficult because we usually do 200 squats and the weight has never been that heavy.

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Pompey personal trainers, Sol and Mosh are raising funds for NHS charities by doing 1000 squats each with 80kg on 5 September 2020 at Pure Gym North Harbour Pictured: Moshood Awosile and Sol Asajile at Pure Gym, North Harbour, Portsmouth

‘My auntie works for the Royal London Hospital as a nurse and Mosh has friends that work for the NHS as well.’

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He added: ‘This period we’re going through, you can see the stress of the nurses and doctors and for us to do this is to pay respect, without them we’re nothing. They’re the real heroes putting their health on the line to help other people.’

Personal trainer Sol has been working out for two years with Moshood, who is training to be a PT, and the pair push each other on through tough sessions.

Pompey personal trainers, Sol and Mosh are raising funds for NHS charities by doing 1000 squats each with 80kg on 5 September 2020 at Pure Gym North Harbour Pictured: Moshood Awosile and Sol Asajile at Pure Gym, North Harbour, Portsmouth doing squats with 80kg

With a target of £1,000 for NHS Charities Together, the fitness buffs have already raised more than £400 for their tough task.

Moshood, 25, said: ‘I believe the work that the NHS is doing and the work they have been doing before the pandemic is outstanding.

‘The real heroes aren’t in comic books or movies but are the ones who work 24/7 helping others, ensuring others’ survival rain or shine.

‘During the pandemic we've seen NHS staff having to isolate themselves from wives, husbands, kids and parents.

‘We’ve seen them put their own lives at risk knowing the repercussions, not being able to go home for days. We’ve seen them emotionally and physically affected by this and we've also lost NHS staff due to these tragic times.

‘This is the least I can do to show my appreciation and share the pain so they know someone cares.’

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