Fitness competition returns to Delray Beach gym

DEKA STRONG, a socially distanced fitness competition, will take place at Slash Fitness in Delray Beach on Saturday, Oct. 24.

The event is a follow-up to the successful and safe “DEKAFIT STRONG Activation,” which took place in August at Slash Fitness and featured 50 gym members as well as 10 gyms from around the state for a “Battle of the Gyms” competition.

“It’s been a rough few months for many of us when it comes to working out, staying fit and challenging ourselves,” said Slash Fitness co-owner Joe Ardagna. “As humans, we need goals, and in hosting this event, it is our hope to motivate participants to try hard, push themselves, and get stronger and healthier overall. We look forward to hosting this fun and memorable event in a safe manner.”

DEKAFIT, a premium, functional fitness program by the creators of Spartan, is hosting the competition for all local fitness enthusiasts.

“We wanted to bring to Delray an incredible fitness program, test and competition, something for the fitness enthusiast to look forward to,” Ardagna said. “A program that many others got to experience firsthand about two months ago when 140 participants came to earn their DEKAMARK (overall time) by completing 10 functional fitness stations safely and socially distant.

“The all levels DEKAFIT course was built to 10 ‘x’ your motivation, community and performance,” Ardagna said. “In a world of so much uncertainty, we wanted to bring to our communities a consistent individual competition, in a safe and effective way, that will challenge anyone to be their best both physically, and mentally time and time again. It’s in our DNA, we crave competition, we knew we had the answer.”

Ardagna said whether the individual is looking to challenge themselves for the first time in the DEKA arena, or a repeat participant looking to improve their overall score, it’s open to everyone.

DEKAFIT will put your body and mind through a series of challenges that will test all muscle groups, functional movement patterns and the aerobic engine with DEKA Zones ranging from Squats, Rowing, Med Ball Sit-Up Throws, Box Jumps or Step Ups, Farmer’s Carry, Ski Erg, Tank Sled Push/Pull, Air Bike, Dead Ball Wall-Overs, and Burpees.

“The energy throughout the room on DEKAFIT day is contagious; we expect many of the 140 from our last competition to come back, plus many more,” he said.

Space for the Oct. 24 event is limited and the cost per person is $39. Time slots start at 8 a.m. and run until noon. Slash Fitness is at 290 SE Sixth Ave., #2, in Delray Beach.

Sign up at Call 561-865-5716 or visit


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