Elk Grove fitness enthusiasts likely hope the weather will be a little kinder to them this year.
Saturday is the first qualifying event for the third annual "Fittest of Elk Grove" competition, an event that received rain the first year and temperatures of more than 100 degrees last year.
Elk Grove residents and local employees and students will be jumping, squatting and lifting Saturday for a chance to make it into the final event, which will be held Oct. 21.
"We do wanna stress that it's a fun event," organizer Brian Detrick said. "Even though it says competition, don't get scared away."
The event, which is divided into gender and age divisions, will test how many sets of predetermined workouts participants can do in seven-minute periods. Click here to see those workouts.
Detrick gave credit to Charlie Zamora, the owner of Warriorz Fitness, for creating the event.
"Charlie's the one with the vision," Detrick said. "His vision was basically to have a healthier and fitter community."
He said he hopes the addition of age brackets and some simpler workouts will encourage more participants this year.
"Anyone [can] participate no matter how you train," he said.
Saturday's qualifying event will be followed by a second qualifier on Oct. 6 at Warriorz Fitness, and the final event, which will also feature a health and wellness fair and a crossfit exhibition. The competition serves as a fundraiser for the Elk Grove Police Activities League.
Detrick recalled last year's event, and said one of the most memorable moments was a deadlift ladder, where competitors lifted increasing amounts.
"At one point we had eight athletes lifting different weights at the same time," he said. "The crowd was totally into it."
More information: http://fittestofelkgrove.org/
Some registration spots are still available for Saturday's event; those who are hoping to participate who haven't registered are asked to show up at 7:30 a.m.
Fittest of Elk Grove - Qualifier No. 1
7:45 a.m. (athlete check-in) Saturday
9090 Union Park Way, Suite 118