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OUR STORY


OUR STORY

Scale the Heights was founded by Ben O'Malley and born from his role as a Personal Assistant to Adrian Wright who suffered a traumatic brain injury in 2006 following a serious road accident. Through their work together Ben applied his belief that functional fitness could be implemented as the primary catalyst for change when supporting Adrian with his day to day life and ongoing rehabilitation. Inspired by published research into neuroplasticity, Ben's aim was to improve the way Adrian moved in order to improve his brain injury. Having secured lifelong support through the help of Irwin Mitchell Solicitors, Adrian had been able to employ Ben on a full time basis, giving him the support he needs to continue improving his life long term and live a life less ordinary.

 

To aid the process of support, Ben and Adrian built a garage gym at Adrian's home, which affectionately became known as the Monkey-Box. This would become the laboratory for their work together over the following years and gradually Adrian began to see improvements in both his physical and mental health. It wasn't long before the Monkey-Box began to host regular training sessions for a range of people from the local community, many of whom came with additional complex needs of their own. Ben and Adrian's fitness journey eventually took them into training facilities all over the UK as Ben turned their work into a free touring seminar that took them across the UK sharing their experiences with people largely from the functional fitness community. During this period Ben noticed a growing trend of functional fitness competitions moving towards a more elitist objective and felt that a more inclusive national event would inspire more people to get involved. He decided to set up Scale the Heights to give him and Adrian a new project to work on together as part of their collaborative support process. This enabled Adrian a new found purpose with a chance to use some of his previous IT and engineering skills at a series of live events, and allowing Ben to revisit his creative roots. Scale the Heights grew to be extremely popular, with athletes of all abilities entering from across the UK and Europe. Over a 3 year period, Scale the Heights hosted 20 live events, with thousands entering the online qualifiers and hundreds making it through to a series of live events, with many having their first competitive experience as a result of the wildcard system and inclusive nature of the process. The events were creative in a way not seen before in the scene. Across a 3 year period, Scale the Heights went above and beyond to be truly creative and an inclusive series of fitness events. For their Milo's Revenge events in 2016 they released a cinematic movie trailer with full CGI effects, and introduced a creative story concept and movement standards influenced by the theme. They published illustrated comic books complete with chapters featuring the athletes taking part, produced and released a soundtrack thrash metal album with tracks written bespoke to match the chapters of the events, and even ended one year with a live opera performance written especially for the grand finale and performed by Dan Norman of Opera North.

 

Achieving ambitious themes on a national scale was only possible with the support of sponsors that bought into the passion behind the process, especially the construction of large mobile structures, bespoke training rigs and equipment. Scale the Heights were fortunate to gain the support of Tom Beaver, the founder of BeaverFit. World leaders in developing unique training systems for military services across the globe. Their support enabled us to make our creative vision a tangible reality. They also supplied us with a trailer mounted mobile fitness container that has enabled us to take Scale the Heights to other locations.

 

In 2017 Scale the Heights events came to a close with an urban themed series called Street Warriors culminating in a grand finale on the streets of one of the world's most unique extreme indoor sports venues Rush Skate Park. A first of its kind occasion and a fitting end to 3 years of unique events. It was this collaboration that led to the incarnation of Scale the Heights as a Community Incorporated Company. The park's owner Jerry Norman introduced Ben to his operations as a CIC, and immediately revealed the possibility for Scale the Heights to return to its fitness as support roots, using all his experience and equipment accumulated over the previous years to continue to benefit the local community, as it had done in the early days of the Monkey-Box.

 

After 6 years of gaining experience, accumulating fitness equipment, acquiring qualifications and building lasting relationships with industry professionals, Scale the Heights became a Community Incorporated Company, returning to Ben's initial focus of supporting people to live a better life using functional fitness as the main catalyst for change. The organisation now serves as a base for Ben and Adrian to continue their work together, extending the process to the community they serve. From experienced athletes to complete novices who need extra support, Scale the Heights provides inclusive fitness driven by purpose.

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OUR STORY


OUR STORY

Scale the Heights was founded by Ben O'Malley and born from his role as a Personal Assistant to Adrian Wright who suffered a traumatic brain injury in 2006 following a serious road accident. Through their work together Ben applied his belief that functional fitness could be implemented as the primary catalyst for change when supporting Adrian with his day to day life and ongoing rehabilitation. Inspired by published research into neuroplasticity, Ben's aim was to improve the way Adrian moved in order to improve his brain injury. Having secured lifelong support through the help of Irwin Mitchell Solicitors, Adrian had been able to employ Ben on a full time basis, giving him the support he needs to continue improving his life long term and live a life less ordinary.

 

To aid the process of support, Ben and Adrian built a garage gym at Adrian's home, which affectionately became known as the Monkey-Box. This would become the laboratory for their work together over the following years and gradually Adrian began to see improvements in both his physical and mental health. It wasn't long before the Monkey-Box began to host regular training sessions for a range of people from the local community, many of whom came with additional complex needs of their own. Ben and Adrian's fitness journey eventually took them into training facilities all over the UK as Ben turned their work into a free touring seminar that took them across the UK sharing their experiences with people largely from the functional fitness community. During this period Ben noticed a growing trend of functional fitness competitions moving towards a more elitist objective and felt that a more inclusive national event would inspire more people to get involved. He decided to set up Scale the Heights to give him and Adrian a new project to work on together as part of their collaborative support process. This enabled Adrian a new found purpose with a chance to use some of his previous IT and engineering skills at a series of live events, and allowing Ben to revisit his creative roots. Scale the Heights grew to be extremely popular, with athletes of all abilities entering from across the UK and Europe. Over a 3 year period, Scale the Heights hosted 20 live events, with thousands entering the online qualifiers and hundreds making it through to a series of live events, with many having their first competitive experience as a result of the wildcard system and inclusive nature of the process. The events were creative in a way not seen before in the scene. Across a 3 year period, Scale the Heights went above and beyond to be truly creative and an inclusive series of fitness events. For their Milo's Revenge events in 2016 they released a cinematic movie trailer with full CGI effects, and introduced a creative story concept and movement standards influenced by the theme. They published illustrated comic books complete with chapters featuring the athletes taking part, produced and released a soundtrack thrash metal album with tracks written bespoke to match the chapters of the events, and even ended one year with a live opera performance written especially for the grand finale and performed by Dan Norman of Opera North.

 

Achieving ambitious themes on a national scale was only possible with the support of sponsors that bought into the passion behind the process, especially the construction of large mobile structures, bespoke training rigs and equipment. Scale the Heights were fortunate to gain the support of Tom Beaver, the founder of BeaverFit. World leaders in developing unique training systems for military services across the globe. Their support enabled us to make our creative vision a tangible reality. They also supplied us with a trailer mounted mobile fitness container that has enabled us to take Scale the Heights to other locations.

 

In 2017 Scale the Heights events came to a close with an urban themed series called Street Warriors culminating in a grand finale on the streets of one of the world's most unique extreme indoor sports venues Rush Skate Park. A first of its kind occasion and a fitting end to 3 years of unique events. It was this collaboration that led to the incarnation of Scale the Heights as a Community Incorporated Company. The park's owner Jerry Norman introduced Ben to his operations as a CIC, and immediately revealed the possibility for Scale the Heights to return to its fitness as support roots, using all his experience and equipment accumulated over the previous years to continue to benefit the local community, as it had done in the early days of the Monkey-Box.

 

After 6 years of gaining experience, accumulating fitness equipment, acquiring qualifications and building lasting relationships with industry professionals, Scale the Heights became a Community Incorporated Company, returning to Ben's initial focus of supporting people to live a better life using functional fitness as the main catalyst for change. The organisation now serves as a base for Ben and Adrian to continue their work together, extending the process to the community they serve. From experienced athletes to complete novices who need extra support, Scale the Heights provides inclusive fitness driven by purpose.

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