Personal trainer taking on gruelling fitness challenge to raise cash for Royal Stoke critical care unit


A personal trainer has set herself a gruelling challenge to raise money for a North Staffordshire hospital ward.

Danielle Olenczuk, aged 33, is raising money for the UHNM Charity by completing 100 burpees every day in April.

The ‘evil’ exercise, which is also known as a squat thrust, works every muscle group, and are most gym-goers worst nightmare.

Danielle – who lives in Great Haywood – said: “My sister’s best friend is a nurse on the critical care ward at Royal Stoke, and we got talking about what’s going on at the moment with coronavirus, and it’s horrendous.

“The team on the unit are going above and beyond to treat patients 24/7.

Danielle demonstrating a burpee

“I was thinking of things I could do to help, and I don’t mind a burpee, so I came up with the challenge in the hopes of raising £500.”

The JustGiving page reached the goal of £500 in two days – and will run until the end of the month.

Danielle runs DO Fitness PT, and set her clients the task of completing 20 burpees each day in April, whilst she completes five times the amount, totalling 3,000 by the end of the month.

She said: “As I can’t work with my clients face to face, we are doing online training and I’ve set them the challenge of 20 burpees for the whole month.

“There will be some of my clients thinking they maybe don’t want to do the 20 burpees today, but will remember that I’ve got to do 100, so they can do 20!

“Some could only do sets of five at first, but are now able to do their 20 in one go and have built it up to 30!”

Danielle is a personal trainer from Great Haywood

The PT is doing her burpees throughout the day in sets of 40 and 20, but hopes to be able to do 100 in one go by the end of the month.

She added: “If I did 100 in one go, I’d die! But I am filming each set so that anyone who doubts I’ve done it can be proven wrong.

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“I’m working the challenge around all of my online training sessions with clients, which includes HIIT and circuit workouts.

“Though a few days into the challenge I’d done 50 burpees in the day, then forgot about the rest! I had a shower and got my pyjamas on and realised I still had another 50 to do!”

For more information on the fundraiser, click here.

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