An event to decide the most athletic team on Wall Street is taking place on Saturday June 11, and a team from CNBC’s Half Time Report are doing everything they can do to be competitive.
The traders and television personalities have been training for months to compete at the grueling competition, which will take in 10 different events.
The event raises money for charity, and all proceeds go to benefit pediatric cancer research at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Since it began in 2009, the Decathlon has raised $6.8 million.
Teams go head-to-head in a 400-meter run, football throw, pull-ups, 40-yard dash, dips, 500-meter row, vertical jump, 20-yard shuttle, bench press, and an 800-meter run.
The CNBC Halftime Report Team has four competitors.
Jon Najarian, a former linebacker for the Chicago Bears turned options trader, wealth advisor and cofounder of Najarian Family Office, and Andy McOrmond, a managing director at WallachBeth Capital, have competed together before.
Another team member, Kenny Gats, is a marathoner who Najarian met in the CNBC gym.
“He’s got incredible stamina” said Najarian. “Runs for a full hour five days a week. He’s training for both marathons and Tough Mudder competitions, so we thought he’d bring great competitive times to the 400M and 800M in the Decathlon.”
The team’s fourth member is Jon Hernandez, a professional chef at CNBC and a “gym rat,” according to Najarian.
CNBC’s Jon Najarian and Andy Mcormond shared their thoughts with us ahead of the big event.
Najarian has been training for months.
- Jon Narajian
Najarian has eliminated carbs and lost 20 lbs during the course of the last four months of training. He has been training five days a week, with a mix of rowing, cardio, stair climbing and lifting.
He is targeting every event, but really focused on the 500M row.”I’ve had some shoulder issues since my football days,” he said, “and it’s a challenge every time I do it. But I have managed to get a fair amount of time on the iron this year and hope to be respectable.”
Here’s Najarian and Jon Hernandez training at the CNBC Gym
- Jon Narajian
Jon Najarian met Jon Hernandez in the gym, where Hernandez was bench pressing, doing chinups, and “generally hitting the iron hard,” he said.
CNBC’s drone will be out there following his team, so the pressure is on.
Andy McOrmond has been training wherever he can.
- Andy Mcormond
Andy McOrmond, a managing director at WallachBeth Capital and another member of the CNBC Halftime Report Traders team, said the event is grueling, having to run sprints and then switch to lifting weights to something entirely different.
“This year, I have 200 people who donated,” he said, “and I’m doing it for them. I’m going to give it 120%. We all know someone who has had cancer.”
Andy trains by splitting a lot of wood. He used to be tree worker, which kept him in shape when he was younger, and the company owner still sends him wood.
He splits wood 2-3 times a week and also runs in the woods. “The way to be good is to train to be uncomfortable.”
And he has been doing a bunch of running too.
- Andy Mcormond
He’s psyched to be on the CNBC Half Time Report team.
“I’m happy to do it on the team day as it’s a big part of the message for everyone to get together and for it to be a team effort.”
He’s doing two workouts a day and he has cut out alcohol and desserts.
He told us he is looking forward to having a beer and some cupcakes with his daughter once the event is over.