Leeds gym workout makes Andy a knight to remember

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He’s normally riding high as resident jousting champion at the Royal Armouries museum in Leeds.

Today, however, Andy Deane took on a very different sort of challenge at Leeds Dock-based Primal Gym.

You wouldn’t know he’s 50 – the guy can do the splits in a full suit of armour!

It saw Andy celebrating his 50th birthday with a 50-minute workout while dressed in a suit of armour weighing more than 50 pounds.

And he came through the test – dubbed the 50/50/50 challenge – with flying colours.

Andy, who is also historical advisor at the museum, said: “I wanted to set myself a challenge.

“With the Royal Armouries’ Easter tournament coming up I have already been training hard to beat the international jousters competing at the event.

“We’ve got jousters coming from Poland and Canada and most of them are much bigger than me.

“Turning 50 makes me one of the ‘old boys’ but that doesn’t mean I won’t or can’t win again!”

James Walker, head trainer at Primal, said: “For the 50/50/50 challenge we got Andy to complete a 50kg sled pull, score 50 points on our slam wall and go five rounds in the boxing ring.

“We got him on the rowing machine and bikes as well, so he was certainly put through his paces.

“You wouldn’t know he’s 50 – the guy can do the splits in a full suit of armour!”

Andy has been jousting for more than 20 years and has a host of team and individual titles to his name.

Notable achievements on his CV include being crowned champion at the Duke of Devonshire’s tournament at Arundel Castle in Sussex last summer.

The Royal Armouries museum’s Easter jousting spectacular will take place from April 3 to 6.

Day tickets cost £10 for adults or £5 concessions.

For further information about the tournament and other activities at the museum, visit the www.royalarmouries.org website or ring 0113 220 1888.