With a queue literally out of the door and a buzz in and around The Light shopping centre it was obvious that the man had finally arrived.
Steve Cook, IFBB Pro Physique athlete and international fitness model walked into the Predator Store at 1.10 (fashionably late of course) and set about charming everyone who came in contact with him. And it wasn’t just the Leeds branch of Steve Cook’s fan club that came out to meet him, some fans had travelled for over two hours to be here and they certainly weren’t disappointed.
Supported by the team from Optimum Nutrition, who gave out free gifts and samples of their latest Pre-workout, Platinum Pre-, talked sports nutrition with queuing fans and hosted a highly-competitive chin-up challenge, Steve spent time with each and every guest ensuring no one left the building without a smile and a bit of extra training motivation.
Also in attendance were Optimum Nutrition sponsored athletes Tom Wright and Bryn Ray who happily posed for photos, signed autographed, mingled among the crowd and encouraged participation in the chin-up competition.
In total 14 people took accepted the challenge and the standard was high from the get-go. Joint first place went to James Wilson and Thomas Goater who both recorded an impressive total of 24 reps. Amy Gibson was the only woman to take part and smashed out 11 reps in no time. All three winners received a tub of Optimum Nutrition Platinum Pre, an Optimum Nutrition t-shirt and a ticket to Steve Cook’s exclusive seminar later in the day.
The event culminated in a 3-way chin-up contest between the Optimum Nutrition athletes, with national pride and bragging rights at stake. Steve Cook representing the USA, Bryn Ray for England and Scotsman Tom Wright took to the chin-up bar cheered on by the remaining attendees. It was a close run contest with Steve Cook taking the victory by one rep from Bryn Ray.
The event was a huge success and certainly the busiest day the store has seen so far. After today the bar has definitely been raised for future events.
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