The D10 is an intense competition that pushes its athletic contestants to their ultimate physical limits.
It takes place in five cities across the US, and while the New York City D10 isn’t until June, training for the competition — a 400-metre run, football throw, pull-ups, 36-metre dash, dips, 500-metre row, vertical jump, 18-metre shuttle, bench press, and 800-metre run — begins long before that. The event is a favourite among the Wall Street crowd, and its goal of raising money to support pediatric cancer research is a major draw for many.
“The D10 is important to me for so many reasons; the main one being a personal pursuit to play a more active role in the fight against cancer,” Samantha Santaniello, who works in data sourcing and strategy at Point72 Asset Management, told Business Insider.
We recently caught up with some of the the New York City contestants during a 6 a.m. training sessions at Tone House‘s Upper East Side location. Ahead, take a look at the intense 60-minute workout they use to up their physical endurance for the D10.
Training sessions at Tone House are available to D10 trainees at 5 a.m. on Mondays, 6 a.m. on Thursdays, and 8 a.m. on Saturdays. Tone House is notorious for its extreme workouts.
There's no such thing as a slow warm-up here. Trainers immediately get the class going with sprints, jumps, and push-ups.
Everyone trains for the D10 differently. Some work out three days a week, while others train up to six. 'The (training) sessions' primary goals are to improve an athlete's strength, speed, and agility, and the trainers utilise a high-intensity interval training approach to achieve this,' said Nick Fincher, a vice president at PIMCO.
Warm-up time is over, and most of the group is taking a moment to catch their breath. Chris Howell, an analyst at Barclays, trains five to six days a week and told Business Insider that he relies on Tone House for 'total body conditioning.' 'There is no easy way to train for the D10. You have to train in a lot of different ways to ensure you are physically and mentally ready,' he said.
'I think the hardest part of training for the D10 is staying injury-free while increasing the intensity of your workouts,' Howell said.
While waiting for their turn in the wings, trainees cheer on their fellow athletes. 'The energy and support is really something I haven't experienced since swimming in college,' Santaniello said.
'I was immediately drawn to the D10 community's energy, the competition, and ultimately, the end cause,' Fincher said.
Then the heavy machinery comes out. This is what Tone House calls their 'RIP Trainer.' The group breaks up into two, and while one uses resistance from the RIP Trainer to intensify their jumps ...
Once the groups have swapped to complete both activities, it's group circle time, but not to take a rest. The athletes do push-ups in unison during this active recovery period.
Making time for training sessions is a challenge for many Wall Streeters with busy schedules. 'Like many in the D10 community, I am constantly on the road meeting with clients, and it takes planning and discipline to get in a worthy training session,' Fincher said.
Over the course of the six months of training, D10 contestants begin seeing massive changes, as well as smaller ones. 'I am pretty much always hungry -- and exhausted in the evenings,' Howell said.
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