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CONTENTS NOVEMBER 2017
On the cover
Summer Staycation: Explore Raglan
Raglan Karioi Trail
Ironmaiden: Erin Furness
Top award for Parkour CEO
20 Olivia Loe
Tall Order: Tom Seuren
Hamilton experts recognised
Athlete profile: Caleb
A new leader for Waikato
We test drive the Fitbit Ionic
John Appel: Training
Alison Storey: Exercise Is
Shane Way: The Outdoor
Kristina Driller: Get Your
Summer Moves On
Danielle Roberts: Staying
Balanced and Healthy
Monica Van De Weerd: The
Benefits of Trace Elements
Things We Love
Out and About
RAGLAN GOLF CLUB
Our course is your course
A top quality 18 hole country golf course with stunning
views of the Raglan Harbour and Mt Karioi.
We also have Mini putt and a junior golf course.
Christmas Tournament December 2
New Years Tournament January 2
24 Te Hutewai Road Raglan
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Welcome to our final issue of
INSPO Fitness Journal for 2017.
As this time of year easily spirals
into feeling seriously overloaded, we’re
choosing to focus on all the wonderful things
Christmas and summer offer; family, friends,
holidays, beaches and exploring.
We’re also celebrating the ultimate summer
holiday - and it’s surprisingly close to
home. In Raglan to be specific.
This awesome beach town has become
something of an adventure playground - plus
it’s packed with gourmet delights, stunning
cafes and shopping for those who need to
combine retail therapy with their beach
We’re also celebrating young athletes who
have been inspired by their sporting heroes,
and in turn are now motivating the next generation
of young sportspeople to achieve.
Plus we’re packed with summer events,
Christmas gift ideas and plenty of inspiration
around maintaining your health, fitness and
wellbeing through Christmas and summer.
Our goal for 2017/2018 is to embrace
opportunities and change. And we’re
already following that advice, taking an
extended summer break,which means this
will be your last issue of INSPO Fitness
Journal until we relaunch our exciting
fresh seasonal magazine next March.
All your favourites will remain, as will
our focus around championing our people
and achievements - and encouraging you
to enjoy new activities and challenges.
We’re really excited about moving to a
quarterly seasonal magazine - and continuing
to provide you with informative
and inspirational articles.
In the meantime, follow us online
(Facebook and our website
inspomag.co.nz) as we’ll keep you updated
on local events as well as exciting new
products on the market - and more of our
fabulous prizes to be won.
Stay tuned in and have an amazing
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Caleb recently returned from the World
Rowing Championships in Florida,
where he coxed the NZ Men’s 8 to sixth
place, matching their result from the
Rio Olympics last year.
Next up, he hopes to push the boat
into the medals at the 2018 World
Championships, and long-term aims
to medal with the crew at the Tokyo
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Scouted by Hamilton Boys’ High
School director of rowing Glenn Ross,
Caleb Shepherd admits that he fits the
mould perfectly for coxing; ‘small, loud
and a bit cheeky’.
Glenn’s call was a good one;
Caleb was instantly hooked on the
competitiveness and intensity of
rowing, despite having formerly played
rugby and inline hockey. His rise to the
2010 New Zealand rowing team came
on the back of Maadi Cup success with
Hamilton Boys’ and saw him decide to
commit fully to the sport.
“When I retire from rowing I have
aspirations to complete a Masters at
Cambridge or Oxford University in
the UK, before moving into freelance
journalism and rowing coaching.”
Caleb is balancing full-time sport
with part-time studies at University of
Waikato, and is in his third year of a
Bachelor of Arts majoring in Writing
He is the newest member of the INSPO
Fitness Journal team as part of a
university internship, combining his love
of writing and sport.
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Going the distance
Trek ‘n’ Travel has been
synonymous with Victoria Street
in Hamilton for 20 years.
Colin’s five top brands/
Earth Sea Sky (clothing)
Merrell (footwear + clothing)
The store is nestled in among
restaurants in the heart of
A changing industry with
online shopping and expanding
shopping centres means local
retailers have been struggling to
stay afloat in recent times.
By providing quality service,
staying true to their products,
customers and being mindful of
stock balancing, Trek ‘n’ Travel has
It hasn’t been easy, but owner
Colin Hancock, says the support
of his staunch customers, key
brands and suppliers has helped
the business see off a recession
and tough opposition in recent
Colin began Trek ‘n’ Travel in
1997 after taking a stroll around
“I had a walk around Hamilton
and checked out who my competitors
“I felt there was an opening
for an outdoor shop to specialise
in three particular products;
tramping, travel and at that stage
multisport (running, kayaking and
Since then Trek ‘n’ Travel has
grown into a one-stop-shop for
outdoor and travel gear, stocking
everything from tents to packs
and travel adapters.
The ever-changing retail
industry has seen online shopping
grow exponentially in the last few
Colin and Trek ‘n’ Travel recognised
this as an area of growth
so took the initiative of starting
an online store when they first
launched the website.
This proved to be successful
at a time when other businesses
were starting websites without the
online store option.
Key brands for Trek ‘n’ Travel
include Merrell, Kiwi brand Earth
Sea Sky, Smartwool, Meindl boots,
Rab Clothing and Birkenstock.
These partnerships have been
in place for the lifespan of the
business and are respected and
sought-after brands within the
To celebrate the 20th birthday
of Trek 'n' Travel, Colin held
a celebration in store on October
20 and plans on having a second
celebratory function with
key people and suppliers who
helped him launch the business
back in 1997.
Colin has been involved in
the industry for many years and
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is a keen outdoorsman. He has
enjoyed walking, tramping and
sea kayaking for more than 30
years; and that, coupled with his
background in outdoor equipment
sales means he really does
know his stuff.
Colin sends his heartfelt
thanks to his staff, loyal customers,
suppliers and all those who
have helped him keep afloat
through trying times over the
past 20 years.
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It’s a little more futuristic looking than
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as motivational coaching, to help achieve
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Whether you're an adrenalin junkie, an adventure
seeker, a foodie or you just want to relax in a beautiful
setting, then consider carefully where to holiday this
summer. One location offers all this and more - and it's
closer to home than you may think.
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Photo by Ken Hansen
BY LISA POTTER
Raglan is a hotly sought after destination
for everyone from families wanting
to enjoy the beach and an array of adventure
opportunities; to city dwellers keen
to learn paddleboarding or surfing and kitesurfing,
as well as athletes looking for fresh
challenge - and of course those just wanting
to kick back, relax and immerse themselves
in exquisite local crafts, food and beach life.
The opportunities are many and varied
and there's much to love about the concept
of a Staycation. Forget about the hassle of
travelling overseas - just grab your friends
and family and enjoy the scenic and short
trip to Raglan.
When it comes to adventure seekers, Raglan
is a definite hot spot. For those seeking thrills
and spills, it’s something of a mecca, with
hardcore kitesurfing, mountain running,
cliff jumping, rock climbing, paragliding and
And if you want to learn or try a new
sport or activity, the area is packed with
instructors and opportunity.
Cementing Raglan's place in the adventure
market, one of the latest additions to the
impressive Bow St shops is the world's first
Ozone Multi Sport Store . Whether you want
to kite, paraglide or speedfly, or just find out
more about these exhilarating sports, head
along to meet the friendly team at Ozone.
If you want to scratch beneath the surface;
canyoning, caving and climbing adventures
are available through Raglan Rock. Jump off
waterfalls, be surrounded by the wonder of
glow worms in local caves, abseil down cliffs -
make it a summer to remember. Glow worm
canyoning is a spectacular and must-do
inclusion in your summer holiday plans.
Choose to explore Raglan on foot, by land
or sea. Raglan Watersports offers a variety of
gear for hire from bikes and paddleboards,
as well as fishing kayaks if you fancy catching
something fresh for dinner. Lessons are
available for all levels.
If you're a keen cyclist, you'll appreciate
the impressive Te Ara Kakariki mountain
bike trails. The 5km trail network loop,
overlooking the Tasman Sea and Whaingaroa
Harbour, offers a bit of everything for all
levels. Trails “Hateful 80” and “Alley Oop” are
ideal for younger cyclists, and “Rope a Dope”
is the Raglan mini version of Rotorua's
famous “Corners”. If you want to get the
adrenaline pumping, make sure you suss out
the jumps and speedy downhill of “Denny
& Brenny”. Once known as just a surf town,
Raglan is putting itself on New Zealand's cycling
map. Besides hosting the Karioi Classic
winter cycling event for the last eight years,
the Te Ara Kakariki mountain bike trails are
set to become a major drawcard. Bring your
own bike or you can rent one. Trail information
and maps are available at the local bike
shop, Cyclery Raglan.
Then there's horseriding on the black
sand beaches, hiking trips, fishing, waterfalls
and the opportunity to scramble up Mount
Karioi; an extinct, forest-clad volcano with
summit views over the Tasman Sea.
And of course, Raglan is famous for its
world-class surf breaks, with the long, peeling
left-hand break of Manu Bay said to offer
one of the longest rides in the world (and
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featuring in the 1966 surfing film Endless
Summer). For those who are learning the
skill of surfing or wanting a more family
friendly option, around the corner is
Ocean Beach - ideal for less experienced or
beginner surfers. Raglan Surf School offers
lessons for beginners, plus private lessons for
those looking to enhance the skill base they
already have. Try the Surf Dames Retreat – a
women’s only surf school based at Raglan’s
Relax and enjoy
When you've had your daily adventure fix,
relax and enjoy the many superb food and
coffee options. Raglan Roast is of course the
local coffee brew and the perfect way to start
your exploration of the local foodie scene.
Explore the many raw and vegetarian/
vegan food menus at different cafes, pop
into Solscape’s Conscious Kitchen to try the
plant-based menu or treat yourself to succulent
fresh seafood (easy to find in the village),
with Raglan Fish selling the day’s catch from
its wharf-based shop. Fresh produce is readily
available at farmers markets and there
are plenty of locally crafted offerings such as
Raglan Coconut Yoghurt ( joy in a jar).
Raglan is away from the hustle and bustle
of the everyday corporate world with wellness
is a definite focus – yoga and massage
studios, wellness retreats and eco-based getaways
are in abundance. A visit to The Herbal
Dispensary is a must for its amazing selection
of natural body and health products.
Solscape offers accommodation options
with a difference; with refurbished vintage
train cabooses, earth domes, tipis and belle
There's no shortage of amazing accommodation
-- check into the Silo penthouse
for something unique. The silos are a
stunning refurbishment of old concrete silos
and a few steps walk from some of the finest
handcrafts Raglan has to offer - Tony Sly
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Raglan Karioi Trail…
There’s something strangely addictive about
the annual Raglan Karioi Trail event.
The 24km leg has earned a reputation
as one of the toughest endurance runs
around, yet still attracts elite athletes
and those wanting to push their personal
boundaries, while the alternative less intense
tracks cater for children and first timers keen
to enjoy the spectacular views and the experience
of walking and running on Mt Karioi.
The inclusion of the 10km walk or run
and a 2km event for children makes this is a
true family event, offering all ages and fitness
levels the chance to get involved.
The Mt Karioi track is a true mountain
run, taking participants through everything
from thick bush and mud, to rocks and steep
Event creator and organiser Francois
Mazet says he chose to make it a real “mountain
run” instead of just a trail run.
“You have to run to the summit twice if
you do the 24km event, so it’s pretty tough.
Some parts are particularly challenging but
this is what I like: mountain running. I would
describe it as very technical and challenging.
“But then on the other side it’s a stunning
setting and we have trail options to suit complete
A keen skier, snowboarder and trail
runner, the Raglan Karioi Trail combines
Francois’ passion for the Kiwi outdoors with
his knowledge in sports events and Masters
in sports management.
“Karioi is a mountain that I love running
and that’s why I wanted to share this experience.
It’s not about the time it takes, but
about the experience.
“I want the Raglan Karioi Trail to be
recognised not only as an iconic mountain
running event in New Zealand, but also as a
unique Raglan community event, as this is
part of what makes it so special.”
This year’s event is being held on December
9 and offers a number of options for
competitors: 24km solo (8am start), 24km
team (8am start), 10km run or walk (10am
start), 2km kids event (1:30pm start).
“We’re lucky to have an awesome team
of sponsors on board too, so after the event
there’s a free barbecue and Mama’s Brew
Shop and its amazing kombucha are involved,
along with Pilot’s Brewery.
“There’s a reason competitors come back
each year - and it’s just as much about the
social side of things as the challenge of one
of the few authentic mountain runs around.
This year sees the return of five competitors
who have run the Raglan Karioi Trail for
the last four years - never missing an event -
since it first began.
Among them is Chris Morrissey, a
42-year-old from Tauranga who is a three
time winner - and returns this year with high
hopes of taking his fourth title, against stiff
competition which includes 33-year-old
Kovo Kowalewski McDonald from Taupiri.
Kovo first entered after being encouraged
by her coach as a ‘great local event to try out
- a bit of a challenge on a new course’.
“Every year I cross the finish line and tell
Francois I am never coming back! But every
year I do - it’s hard work on a challenging
course but what brings me back is Francois
and his team. The
volunteers are great.
The event is growing
every year and the
finish line is amazing
with food, coffee,
beer and awesome prizes. It’s a true family
vibe and a great day out.”
A highlight for Kovo is the open-air bath
at the end of the run.
“That bath to soak in at the end is true
Kiwi country style. And the views, if you have
time to check them out… make it all worth
the hard work.”
Dave Upshall from Te Mata thrives on the
personal challenge the course provides and
rates the incredible setting and the bonus of
a beer waiting at the finish line.
Team members Paul Cadogan and Wayne
Alan enter as a team (Hockey Dads) for the
opportunity to try and beat their previous
“It’s in our backyard and what a backyard
it is, the elevation is a great challenge. We
enter many events, mainly trail running, so
love Raglan as a good training run.”
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A TASTE OF
The temperatures are rising, daylight saving has long settled
in and the call of the outdoors is getting stronger. Summer is
a beautiful time to get out and experience Hamilton and the
Waikato region and its huge calendar of events.
Music festivals, hot air balloons and
lots of foodie-inspired events are
crammed into an action-packed
calendar for summer visitors and locals alike.
Here is just a sample:
International Cricket Series
Support the New Zealand Black Caps when
they play against the West Indies (Dec 9-13)
and against Pakistan on January 16 (ODI) at
Hamilton’s Seddon Park, while they battle
England for a T20 game on Sunday, February
25. The White Ferns take on the West
Indies for a T20 match on Sunday, March 25.
Held in Raglan from January 19-21, Soundsplash
is a three-day summer festival of
music, freedom and expression, held in the
Wainui reserve. With an impressive line-up
of both international and New Zealand bands
hitting the stage over the three days, Soundsplash
is the epitome of a summer festival.
The 2018 line-up includes Katchafire, Dub
FX, Slumberjack, Shapeshifter and much
HSBC New Zealand Rugby Sevens
A huge event for the region, tens of thousands
of rugby sevens’ fans are headed our
way for the HSBC New Zealand Rugby
Sevens held February 3-4. The sevens will
see costumes of all sorts in the FMG Stadium
Waikato stands, while some of the world’s
top teams battle it out on the field. While
tickets are sold out, there will be plenty of
activities centred around the international
Kawhia Kai Festival
Lovers of traditional Maori kai will be in
heaven at the Kawhia Kai Festival, held on
February 3. Delicacies like creamed paua,
paua fritters and whitebait are on the menu,
along with traditional hangi, fry bread,
mussels and more. As well as the great food,
festival goers can see waka in action, enjoy
entertainment and learn more about the significant
cultural history of this small coastal
Hamilton Gardens Arts Festival
Held over 12 days from February 7, with 67
events nestled within the 54 acres of the phenomenal
Hamilton Gardens, the arts festival
brings together an amazing collection of
performers from far and wide, with events
for all the family. Definitely a ‘must do’ on
the local events calendar.
Balloons over Waikato
Celebrating 18 years of this iconic event in
2018, Balloons over Waikato takes to Hamilton
skiesfrom March 21-25. Regarded as one
of the country’s biggest free events, Balloons
over Waikato will see a variety of hot air
balloons taking flight each morning, and
includes other great events such as the City
Burn, and the famed Nightglow event, where
balloons provide a choreographed light and
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Great for all the family – the Piako Triathlon
is on March 18 and open to all ages. With categories
starting from the Novi Moo for ages
six and up, through to the Mad Cows and
Racing Bulls for ages 14-plus, the triathlon is
the perfect chance to dip your feet into the
multi-sport world. Great for active families
wanting a day out.
Gourmet in the Gardens
Gourmet food trucks await visitors to the
Hamilton Gardens every Sunday over the
summer months. From 4-8pm, the Rhododendron
Lawn at the Gardens becomes
totally transformed into a gourmet food
experience and family picnic area. Food
trucks and stallholders offer a huge array
of foods from around the globe, decadent
desserts and more. Between the great events,
don’t miss the chance to explore your own
backyard, with a huge selection of great
outdoor activities to soothe the soul – or get
the heart pumping.
But wait, there's more ...
Head out on to one of the many cycle trails
and walking tracks around the region. Try
out the newly-opened Perry Bridge on the
new Te Awa extension stretching between
Ngaruawahia and Horotiu, adding a further
9kms to the already established trails along
the mighty Waikato River. Experience pure
beauty with a walk to the Blue Springs along
Te Waihou Walkway, near Putaruru, or head
up the infamous steps of the Hakarimatas’
summit track to help burn off those extra
indulgences over the summer season.
All in all, the mighty Waikato offers lots
of summer fun, right here in your own region.
For more information, check out
Immerse yourself in all that is awesome
about the Kiwi summer, with the ultimate
festival to kickstart 2018.
Soundsplash 2018 serves up three days of
unprecedented music, entertainment and
partying on January 19-21.
The staggering line-up of talent
includes Shapeshifter, Slumberjack,
Dub FX, Katchafire, Ocean Alley, Nattali
Rize, Pierce Brothers, Dreadsquad,
Cornerstone Roots - to name just a few.
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The epic event also includes visual arts,
dance, yoga, spoken word and other orkshops, as well as a
dedicated children’s area known as the Little Splash Zone (open
from 10am-5pm on Friday 19 and Saturday 20, and from 10am-
2pm on Sunday 21).
Check out the full line-up at soundsplash.co.nz or enter to win a
set of FOUR tickets to Soundsplash 2018.
To enter, email your name and contact details to
firstname.lastname@example.org, with SOUNDSPLASH in the
subject line, or enter online at inspomag.co.nz
Entries close January 2 2018
(consider it our New Year’s gift to you!)
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Professional Ironman athlete Erin Furness is not only
successful in her own right, but is doing what she can to
help others on their own fitness journey.
As if training full-time, personal training
and coaching wasn’t enough, Erin is currently
also providing her services to two teenage
girls (first-timers in terms of joining a gym
and deciding on a programme) aimed at
creating awareness around the importance of
starting the gym experience the right way.
Erin is working with Kate Potter and Nicole
Taylor, who are sharing their experience
with INSPO Fitness Journal, hopefully to
encourage others to get active and try new
Erin recognises the gym can be an
intimidating area for teenagers, but with the
right help and guidance it can be a rewarding
habit to create.
BY CALEB SHEPHERD
Erin has been competing in marathon
running and distance triathlons for
many years, turning pro after the 2012
Ironman World Championships in Kona,
Hawaii where she placed 10 in her division.
She now balances a full training load with
personal training and coaching.
For those with even a basic awareness of
Ironman racing, you’ll know that it takes a
huge amount of time and effort to train - but
it’s that training Erin loves the most, along
with the challenge of racing.
“It’s a pretty long day out there and I
think you’ve got to be resilient to be able to
make it through,” she says.
“I definitely love the challenge, and I
really enjoy the training side; pushing myself
and always trying to improve and get a little
bit better each year.”
The aerobic nature of the sport means
that once you reach a certain level it can take
years to make marginal gains and improvements,
but that’s all part of the Ironman
Erin started out as a marathon runner,
taking up distance triathlon in 2010. These
days she mainly specialises in triathlon and
Ironman coaching now, and is a personal
trainer at Fastlane Fitness.
With a Bachelor’s degree from the
University of Waikato in Sport and Leisure
studies, she began personal training 12 years
ago and was hooked instantly.
“I really enjoyed helping people towards
their fitness goals. Once I started professional
triathlon I began to do a little bit of coaching
on the side as well.
“My coaching business is probably a bit
bigger than my personal training business at
Erin has coached a number of athletes
to achieve and surpass their expectations,
with some qualifying for the Ironman world
champs in Kona.
“It’s very rewarding working with people
and helping them achieve goals, particularly
in something like triathlon where you have
people who never thought they could do an
Ironman and after two years they’ve actually
Erin thrives on helping people improve
their overall health and wellbeing through
training, and seeing achieve things they never
“Health and fitness should be enjoyable
and that’s something I really focus on, for
myself and anyone I’m working with.”
“It’s a pretty long
day out there and
I think you’ve got
to be resilient to
be able to make it
Her advice to young gym novices is “Definitely
work with a personal trainer or gym
instructor, just to learn the basics of what you
need to be doing. Definitely work with someone
you can be open and honest with so they
can really help you achieve your goals.”
Erin’s key personal focus is on rehabbing
an injury and she has her sights firmly set
on next year’s IronmanNZ event in Taupo.
Her goals are to gain a top five placing at the
event before heading offshore for the Pro
Her long-term goals are to get back to
the World Champs in Kona in a few years’
time as a professional, as well as helping her
athletes achieve their goals and be in form
for their upcoming races.
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Five quick questions with Erin
What advice would you give someone
considering tackling an Ironman?
Get a good coach, and a few good
training buddies to help you through
those long sessions. I believe a huge
part of my athletes’ success is that
they train together as a team, in an
extremely motivational and encouraging
When the going gets tough ... ?
I have mental strategies that I use when
things really start hurting in training or
racing. I have key phrases that I write on
my drink bottles on the bike – I use a lot
of positive self-talk and mental imagery.
I also stay in the moment and
concentrate on what I can control –
making sure my form is efficient, I’ve
taken on adequate nutrition. I also focus
on the fact that the tough times will
pass – the lows in this sport can be very
low, but the highs are also very high.
Above all, I always remind myself why I
am out there – because I love it.
How important is rest, and how do you
rest and relax?
Recovery and rest is as important as
training. As an athlete, part of your role
isn’t just to log training mileage – it’s
also to allow yourself to recover from
this. Mentally you need a rest period as
Favourite relaxation activities include
power napping, catching up with friends
for coffee or lunch, going to the movies,
spending some quality time with my
husband – or a slightly more active form
of relaxation would be walking my dogs,
or hitting the beach and possibly getting
a bit of surfing in if I have the energy.
What is the best advice you have ever
Look after your body. This was from my
Opa, who was an ultra-runner (running
several Comrades marathons). Back
in those days, I guess you just ran a
lot, without what we now know about
massage, mobility, muscle balance,
nutrition. Needless to say, his knees and
hips weren’t great in his old age, and he
always lamented the fact he could no
longer run – a fate that he repeatedly
tried to save me from.
What’s your favourite guilty treat?
Ice cream and/or gelato. I definitely have
a fair bit of this post-racing.
Teenagers can be highly
motivated to join a gym and
get training - but that’s often
where it ends.
When it comes to working out wisely
and choosing exercises best for
their specific needs, they can tend
to overlook the basics.
Many teenagers grab the best value gym
deal on offer and plunge into classes and
workouts with enormous enthusiasm, but
little (or zero) knowledge of what they’re
hoping to achieve, correct technique or how
to train with injury prevention in mind.
This is where expert advice is essential.
INSPO Fitness Journal is following two
Hamilton teenagers who have teamed up
with personal trainer Erin Furness and Fastlane
Fitness, for a series on teenage training.
Kate Potter (15) and Nicole Taylor (15)
have played a variety of team sports over
the years, and decided to join a gym for
their summer fitness.
The pair has previously played netball,
basketball and inline hockey, and Kate
has rowed and is currently competing in
equestrian events. Both have also had some
back and health issues, so knowing how to
manage this is an important part of their
After a tour of several Hamilton facilities,
Kate and Nicole chose Fastlane Fitness as
their preferred option; for the diversity of
the classes, the friendly vibe, the pool (and
the on-site cafe may also have been a factor!).
Kate Potter, Erin Furness and Nicole Taylor
After pairing up with Erin for an initial
assessment, which included goal setting, a
check sheet as to any previous injuries or
problem areas, and an overview on their
reasons for joining a gym, they got their first
taste of gym-life with a personalised weights
Both admit to being relieved after their
“It was really great,” they enthused, “and
even though we didn’t know how to do a
lot of the stuff and had to learn, no-one was
staring at us and everyone seemed really
The girls meet with Erin once a week
before school, and then get together a couple
of times a week to repeat their workout,
adding in some cardio and swimming when
With two weeks of training now under
their belt, they’re unanimous that boxing
is their favourite so far, that early mornings
‘suck’, but they’re keen to start adding
in some Fastlane Fitness classes to their
In our next issue of INSPO Fitness Journal,
we’ll have an update on their progress,
some do’s and dont’s of training from
Erin Furness and hopefully some training
options to encourage others to give gym
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When it comes developing and encouraging young athletes,
Christina Jacklin is impressively well equipped to motivate and
educate in everything from mental fortitude to sport specific skills.
The HSPNZ athlete life advisor has
a swag of achievements and accolades
to her name; from MSc Sports
Science and NLP Master Practitioner to
qualified university lecturer and physical
Her background includes more than a
decade working as a high school physical
education teacher in the United Kingdom,
as well as a decade as a senior lecturer in
sports science and coaching in London.
Christina’s love of sport and education
is the perfect combination for her work as
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leads the Pathway to Podium athlete life
team also, working with up-and-coming
talent in the greater Waikato region.
Her own sporting background is equally
as impressive as her academic achievements.
Christina spent 20 years as a national
league hockey player (and then coach
at Wimbledon Hockey Club, UK) in the
English Hockey League. She represented
England and a career highlight was scoring
her first National League goal (an opportunity
rarely afforded to a defender).
After emigrating to New Zealand in 2012,
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sporting world here and admits her role
offers her the opportunity to embrace all
the things she loves about educating and
“Listening, guiding and educating young
people in living their lives to the full is
hugely rewarding,” she says.
“The young athletes I work with are committed,
driven and preparing to embrace a
challenging, unpredictable wider world.”
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Olivia Loe might be the
perfect example of persistence
beats resistance. After years
as a reserve for Rowing New
Zealand’s Elite team, her first
year in the big time proved to
be a winning one.
BY CALEB SHEPHERD
After constantly being overlooked for
selection by national sporting bodies,
most athletes find themselves looking
for a spot in the workplace instead. But sometimes
a bit of patience and a lot of hard work
eventually pays off.
Olivia Loe is the ultimate example of this.
Having come close to tasting victory at under
23 level multiple times over the years (picking
up a bronze in 2012 with the women’s quadruple
sculls and silver with the women’s four
in 2014), since then she’s found herself just on
the outside of the selection list as a reserve in
2015 and 2016.
However the 25-year-old’s breakthrough
season has proved that hard work pays off,
teaming up with Brooke Donoghue (21) in the
women’s double sculls.
The young pairing had an unbeaten
season, winning World Cup gold medals in
Poznan and Lucerne, along with a Henley
Royal Regatta win. At the World Rowing
Championships in Florida, Olivia finally realised
her dream of becoming a World Cham-
pion, winning in a time of 6:45.080, 1.5s ahead
of nearest competitors USA (both athletes 34
years old). Olivia and Brooke forged ahead
in the middle thousand to dominate the field
and set a marker for the next Olympic cycle.
Olivia is a not your average athlete. Heading
into the World Championships as both
a favourite and rookie would be enough to
frighten most athletes, but for her it was all
part of the experience.
“To be honest I didn’t realise I could be
so nervous, but I find nerves comforting. It
means that I actually believe I can do it.”
Focusing on the process and enjoying
the moment were critical to overcoming the
“We never focused on winning. It obviously
was always the end goal but it was more
about the processes.”
She felt the recipe for victory was simple
and that she just needed to trust in her training.
“I knew the rhythm, the plan, the plan b.
We had our jobs to do and we just did them.”
Being repeatedly overlooked for selection
a was brutal at the time, but turned out to be
“I think I’m a little
someone tells me no,
or that I’m not good
enough, it winds me
up. I have to prove
them wrong. It can
make life challenging
just the fire she needed to propel her to the
“I think I’m a little stubborn. When someone
tells me no, or that I’m not good enough,
it winds me up. I have to prove them wrong.
It can make life challenging but ultimately
This stubbornness was all part of battle-hardening
and ultimately made her a
stronger athlete, but the road of a reserve is by
no means easy.
“I guess when I think back to my time as a
reserve it was a bit of a rollercoaster ride emotionally.
It made me question myself a lot.
“But every time I didn’t make it, I realised
just how much I wanted it. I think what I took
from those years was that it wasn’t going to be
handed to me, and if I was actually going to
make it I had to give them a no excuses to not
Her goals in the sport are simply “to be the
best,” which means taking Olympic Gold in
Tokyo, but she realises that’s easier said than
“I used to think that once you started
winning, it would somehow become easier,
but it doesn’t.
“You have to keep pushing the standards
and your limits because you can guarantee
that your competition is doing the same.”
It’s this type of attitude that real champions
talk about so often and one that will be
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A head above the rest:
As far as quick learners go, Tom Seuren is up there
with the best of them. In only his second year playing
basketball, he has already racked up a string of successes
and caught the eye of national development scouts.
BY CALEB SHEPHERD
The St Paul’s year 12 student hails from
Tauranga and decided to give basketball
a go as he enjoyed shooting hoops with
his mates at lunchtime.
At 6ft 7in tall, you’d be forgiven for thinking
he’s a natural born talent. But it’s taken a
lot of hard work and hours with St Paul’s and
Waikato U17 representative coach, Nick Fee,
for the 16-year-old to really excel.
Tom’s sporting background includes rugby
and rowing, where in his novice year he won
the U18 Novice Double sculls title, picked up a
silver in the U15 double and fourth in the U15
quad at the 2016 Maadi Cup regatta in Twizel.
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How and when did you get into the sport?
I used to shoot some hoops with my school
mates at lunchtime and really enjoy it, so
in Year 11 thought I’d give basketball a try.
After a season of just playing for fun, the
new head coach of St Paul’s Collegiate in
Hamilton (where I’m a boarder), Nick Fee
approached me and said I might have the
potential to be an asset to the team if I
was willing to put in the training. He then
helped me train day in and day out in
the off-season to improve my game up to
Premier Teams standard. I owe Nick Fee
a great deal of gratitude for the time he’s
invested in me.
Previous sporting background?
I played rugby for five years up until I was 14,
always lock (no surprises there), then decided
I wanted to take up rowing. I was surprised
and thrilled that with my good mate Max
Dobbe we won gold at the New Zealand
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What does your training involve?
For me, basketball at school involves at least
1.5-hour sessions a day, four days a week with
my school team. We incorporate some gym
weight work also. I usually go back into the
gym either with Nick or a teammate for a
second daily training for another hour and
a half. Personally I train every day including
the weekends focusing on my essentials
and position needs. I like to work on my
post moves, making sure I am strong in the
post is key, as I want to be able to beat every
opponent I face. My jump shot in the midrange
is definitely something I work hard on,
and my height is an advantage here. I like
to also work on my handles and guard skills
as I’d like to be both good defensively and
offensively. I still have lots to learn as I’ve
only been playing for two years, but I just
What do you enjoy most about basketball?
I love the skill of the game and the
competitiveness of it. It’s all go from the
first whistle. Every player on the court is
vital to the success of the team. We all have
our roles to play. There is so much to learn,
so many set plays, so many variables, It’s
never dull. I try and play every game like
it’s my last – it’s just such an addictive sport.
There’s no day where I don’t go and shoot
Success to date?
Waikato Rep U17 after playing for one year.
Last month I was invited to join the NZ U17
North National Basketball Talent Camp. It
was a great experience with many talented
players attending. From there I have just
joined a team from all around NZ called
The Air Raiders coached by Matt Lacey that
will be touring California and Hawaii in
December playing 10 games.
Key players in your success?
Nick Fee (St Paul’s School and Waikato U 17
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School National winning coach) - they have
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BY JOHN APPEL
My link to basketball goes back to my
childhood; watching Magic Johnson
and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Growing
up in the original showtime era shaped my
love for the game. Being vertically challenged
meant I would never have a professional
career as a player, but that never
stopped us from working on ball skills and
passing like Magic did.
When I graduated Physiotherapy school
I soon realised that many basketball players
suffered from common back spasm and
other leg injures because of the constant
pounding on hard wood floors.
I began to apply a lot of sports physiotherapy
knowledge to basketball and found
that players were not only injured less, but
that their performance was often better.
I’ll never forget the day in early 2004
when the captain of the Tall Blacks showed
up at the clinic asking for treatment. Pero
Cameron is a very big man, with a bigger
heart and a great personality. He didn’t say
much in that first session and I remember
thinking his calves were the size of basketballs
and that I needed a bigger bed. In the
second session I introduced to Pero the
power of the foam roller.
Now you might find this surprising, but
in 2004 New Zealand didn’t even know what
foam rollers were; I had to source my rollers
from the States.
This early work with Pero eventually led
to me working as the official physiotherapist
for the New Zealand Tall Blacks. The
experiences had, knowledge gained, and
friendships developed are things I will always
Recently I’ve started working with a
young player who has great talent and hopes
of playing overseas. He presented with rapid
growth, tight muscles and significant back
spasm and pain. I was surprised that even
today with our sports science knowledge,
players are not being told of the importance
of using the foam roller after every practise,
and at night to release tight muscles.
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of foam rolling and can’t emphasise enough
how important it is for the adolescent rapidly
growing athlete to stay on top of their
Basketball is a high intensity sport with
sudden bursts of jumping, sprinting, and
twisting. The impact the body takes in an
average game is very high.
One area that often gets missed or not
thought about is a proper basketball warmup.
As a biomechanical running coach,
I’ve found that it’s important to get muscle
activation, joint motion and increased movement
pattern activation going first, before
getting into the actual act of running.
The same applies for basketball. If one of
the biggest causes of leg tightness and back
spasm is pounding on the court, why do we
have our players start practise with jogging
around the court as the first move?
Rather than starting with a jog, start with
the following, which is the same as a running
warm-up. By the time this short routine is
done, the player will be ready to get into
more basketball specific drills.
1. Walking forward lunges length of court
2. Backward walking lunges length of court
3. Squats with side-step length of court
4. Standing leg swings forward/back and
5. Heel flicks length of court
6. High knees length of court
7. Bounding length of court
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There is a saying that if exercise was a pill it would be
the most highly prescribed medication in the world.
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The benefits of positive lifestyle modification
(LM) have been established by
decades of evidence and no one could
argue that regular exercise forms part of a
healthy life. However it is becoming increasingly
evident that exercise also forms a huge
part of preventative medicine.
Numerous studies point to a lower incidence
of heart disease, cancer and dementia
in the healthiest populations of the world –
ones that are constantly active and follow a
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has long been known that the effects of regular
exercise far outweigh the efficacy of Prozac
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and a statistic that predicts 80 percent of
Kiwis will be morbidly obese by 2060. The
effects of climate change, resource rivalry,
the refugee crisis and unchecked population
growth (in certain areas), is further fostering
the development of disease, including triggering
some long dormant diseases like polio.
Issues like these are increasingly forcing
the health and medical professions to focus
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continuing to treat symptoms as post-disease
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was initiated with twelve employees between
2006 and 2010 at a rural university in Ohio in
the United States. The intervention program
was effective in reducing cardiovascular
disease risk factors after just one year of treatment
(which says something about investing
in keeping employees well rather than paying
out loads of sick pay).
Closer to home, the Green Prescription
program attempts to use the power of a
doctor’s advice to initiate lifestyle changes. To
make regular exercise part of the ‘medication’,
patients are paired with exercise educators via
Sport Waikato. And in a throw-back to primary
school drama lessons, a 2016 program
helped children manage stress by imitating
interesting plants and animals, such as sunflowers,
pine trees, sleeping lions and deer.
Getting up and walking is one of the first
rehabilitative exercises after heart surgery,
training with weights has been proven to
increase bone density in many cases of osteoporosis,
a diagnosis of Type 2 diabetes can
be overturned through regular exercise and a
reduction of body fat, and lung damage from
smoking can be reversed through exercise
In the prevention of disease, new findings
in 2017 studies showed that engaging in
even minimal amounts of exercise can be
protective against breast cancer. The effect
of exercise on hypertension (high blood
pressure) has been well researched and the
lowering/stabilising of blood pressure is one
of the first positive effects of an appropriate
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With hypertension and high cholesterol
being stroke risk factors, there is a link
between regular exercise and a decreased risk
Funny thing is, this is not a new concept
and in pre-antibiotic times, exercise was
almost always included in wellness and
healing alongside herbal remedies (and
strangely, things like arsenic and copious
quantities of wine).
In around 100 BC the philosopher Galen
promoted fresh air, daily exercise, healthy
food, and sleep as the foundations of good
Medicine balls were invented by the Roman
gladiators to get back to strength following
injury and kettlebells were so commonly
used by the Russians to improve ballistic and
functional strength it became a sport. In recent
times the ever-present-in-a-gym stability
ball morphed over from occupational health.
A change of scenery and fresh air were
some of the simplest forms of restorative
medicine in the early century and many were
sent to the mountains in search of nature’s
cure (think de-stress/tropical holiday in the
Optimisation of body weight, a healthy
diet, regular exercise and quitting smoking,
have always been cornerstone strategies in
the prevention of chronic diseases from
heart and metabolic conditions to cancer.
In the predicted incoming perfect
storm of antibiotic resistance and escalating
chronic disease, it seems essential that
exercise needs to play a much bigger part
in population health as the foundation of
Survival of the fittest may be an impending
reality. Galen (influential physician and
Laws of Health
1.) Breathe fresh air
2.) Eat the proper foods
3.) Drink the right drinks
5.) Get adequate sleep
6.) Have a daily Bowel Motion
7.) Control your emotions
ALISON STOREY is a personal trainer who has represented New Zealand in three
different sports (beach volleyball, rowing and rhythmic gymnastics). She has been
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mobile personal and sports training business which provides a range of services that
optimise the fitness and wellbeing of its clients. www.storeysport.co.nz
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land of the outdoor gym
There’s nothing quite like having a few days off to enjoy
the simple things in life. Labour Weekend not only brought
stunning weather but also the opportunity to take a moment
and appreciate the sunshine, blue sky, and light breezes
keeping the heat at bay.
BY SHANE WAY
sat on the deck of a cosy cottage in
Ohakune, with my laptop open and a
beautiful view of the horizon. Having just
finished the Tongariro Crossing I felt exhausted
yet exhilarated; sore but successful;
tired but proud.
That weekend away was a timely reminder
of just how lucky we are to live in a
country where we are surrounded by oceans
and beaches, lakes and rivers, mountains and
valleys - a huge outdoor jungle gym.
We can travel a few hours in any direction
to find some of the most beautiful scenery;
views that you could travel the world and
So many times’ I’ve heard people say they
can’t exercise because they don’t have access
to a gym, or there isn’t one that suits their
schedule, or they can’t afford a membership -
the list goes on.
While these are all valid reasons for not
going to a gym, that doesn’t excuse us for not
doing our best to look after our health and
wellbeing. A gym isn’t the only place to get
fit, so it might be time to appreciate the fact
we live in Aotearoa – the land of the outdoor
For years I have wanted to complete the
Tongariro Crossing. Hearing other people’s
stories, memories and the challenges they have
overcome instantly put it on my bucket list.
After seeing the videos and pictures of the
breath-taking scenery and views, I knew it
was something I needed to see first-hand. So,
a group of us decided to make the most of a
long weekend and smash it out.
Leading up to the event, I’m not going
to lie - I did have the temptation to pull out.
Those excuses popped into my head: I’m
tired, I need some down time, I’m not fit
enough etc. I was lucky to have an amazing
group of friends who built me up and gave
me the confidence to go for it.
Once I arrived I knew I had made the
right decision. Sometimes we need that extra
push, that extra motivation and support to
achieve our goals.
We woke on Saturday to a crisp morning
but a fire in our bellies. We could not
have planned better weather. The sun broke
through the fog, and as it lifted it revealed a
bright blue sky without a cloud in sight, overlooking
towering mountains, still dusted with
snow – we could barely believe our eyes.
We arrived at our first challenge; The
Devil’s Staircase - a fitting name. It feels like
the Hakarimatas on steroids. From there we
faced every terrain you could imagine, but
no matter how hard it got, you couldn’t help
but be in awe of the amazing landscape and
scenery; from snow-covered peaks to the red
crater and the emerald and blue lakes.
The last 8kms is a long windy downhill
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path – so when five of you within the group
are personal trainers, of course the gauntlet
was thrown down - let’s run it. At this stage I
had fallen over many times, I was tired, sore
and felt like I had nothing left in the tank.
But, as soon as that challenge was put out
there, I accepted it.
I can’t explain how exhilarating it is when
you feel like you have nothing left to give,
then turn around, rise to the challenge and
give it 110 percent. The best moment of the
trip was sprinting around the final corner,
after thinking “this is never going to end” to
see the boys’ faces light up and hear them
cheering for me – it made my day perfect!
I got more out of the crossing than I’ve
got out of any workout I’ve done in a gym in
a long time. Not just physically, but emotionally
and spiritually. To be able to reconnect
with nature, solitude, people and myself was
such a great feeling and well overdue.
It reminded me that no amount of treadmill
sprints, squats, lunges or training could
have prepared me physically for this trip.
What could have prepared me was doing
the things I love – running around the lake,
hiking up to the Hakarimatas summit, being
at one with nature.
There’s always going to be a need and demand
for gyms, and I personally love working
out and working from a gym, however
they aren’t for everyone, and that’s okay.
For the general population, it pays to
remember that the world is your oyster and
you have everything you need at your back
door. So, if the gym doesn’t fit your lifestyle
don’t worry. We live in a country where we
can train outdoors, we have our own gym
called New Zealand. It is free, fun and a great
way to start your wellbeing journey.
My advice is ‘don’t let excuses hold you
back’. Our mind is our greatest ally and our
strongest enemy at the same time. Just like
our body, the mind needs training - mental
strength is just as important as physical
strength and once you start working on your
physical health you’ll be amazed how much
it helps your mental wellbeing.
A blessing of living in Waikato is that we
are central to a vast array of active adventure
locations. So why wait? Start today - find
a walking track, a bush walk, a trail run –
anything that can get you outside and get
you moving. Become one with nature, bask
in its glory, embrace its ambience and enjoy
Aotearoa – the land of the outdoor gym.
SHANE WAY An award-winning personal trainer; Shane is committed to helping
others reach their goals and enjoy a positive mindset. Passionate about sharing his
own journey, he places a strong focus on mental wellbeing alongside physical wellbeing.
Shane is also a member of the advisory board for “Creating Our Futures”, which is the
proposed model of change for Mental Health and Addiction services in Waikato.
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vying for NZ awards
Hamilton experts are among
those from around the country
vying for top honours, at the
upcoming ExerciseNZ annual
exercise industry awards.
Matthew Bevege from Hamilton is a
finalist against the country’s best,
for the prestigious title of Best Personal
Trainer of the Year, being announced
at the ExerciseNZ event in Auckland on
The awards are regarded as the Oscars
of the New Zealand exercise industry and
have been run by ExerciseNZ since 2005.
“They recognise excellence in exercise
professionals and facilities, as well as for
community contribution and support,”
says ExerciseNZ chief executive Richard
“It’s a chance for clubs and individuals
who positively contribute to the health and
wellbeing of New Zealander to get recognition
from their peers for their effort.
“The judging gets more difficult each
year as the NZ health and fitness industry
takes on increased responsibility and
strives to come up with new ways of encouraging
Kiwis to be more active.
“We know that, if considered a sport,
exercise continues to be the number one
sport in New Zealand, having more participants
than the rugby, netball and cricket
“There are an estimated 550,000 people
who work on fitness at gyms and exercise
facilities alone. But exercise is now just
one of the many components to wellness.
Many providers of exercise now offer far
more holistic products and services, from
dietary advice, to stress management,” says
Other Hamilton ExerciseNZ award finalists
are: Shane Way (Up and Coming Personal
Trainer of the Year) and Alistair Richardson
(Educator of the Year).
Yoga for Athletes & Everyone
Balance Yoga offers yoga classes for all types of bodies. You don’t need to
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Why should athletes do yoga?
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• Develop body awareness and mental focus
• Faster, more effective recovery
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maintain contact of your lower back with
the floor. Then slowly come back to the start
position and repeat with the other leg. This
exercise can be made harder by holding
onto some light dumbells. Repeat 8 – 12
times, each leg, for three sets.
Whether you like hot weather or not, it’s on its way
this summer. Moving your body and enjoying the great
outdoors is invigorating, recharges your batteries and
just makes you feel good.
BY KRISTINA DRILLER
I’ve put together four moves which you can
do anywhere, with just your body weight.
These moves will lengthen and strengthen
your muscles, using your whole body. No
equipment required - are you ready to feel
Challenge: Perform five days a week
over summer, for a 15 minute exercise burst
you can complete anywhere, anytime. Do
a circuit of each move without a rest (four
minutes), rest 60 seconds, then repeat for
three sets. Your summer moves are now
chest. As you extend, roll to your inner right
foot and outer left foot (a staggered side
plank position). Return to starting position
by using the obliques and squaring the hips
up with the floor, and place the left hand on
the floor. Repeat 12 – 15 times each side for
Move #3 – Glute bridge with straight leg raise
Begin by lying on your back with your knees
bent and feet flat on the floor. Perform a glute
bridge by squeezing your butt and driving
your heels into the floor. Straighten your left
knee so both thighs are still level. Lower the
left leg to about four inches above the floor,
pause, then lift leg up back to the start position.
Perform 8 – 12 reps for three sets.
Move #1 – Full plank to star
Begin in a full plank position with your
hands on the floor. Keep your shoulder
blades down and back, engage your core
and begin rotating your body, moving to tap
your left hand to your left shoulder. Then
extend it toward the ceiling, opening the
Move #2 – Double arm dead bug
Lie on your back with your knees and hips
positioned at 90° angles, with the knees and
feet hip width apart. Hold the arms above
your shoulders. Pull the shoulders back and
down into the floor. Next gently press your
lower back onto the floor by engaging your
abdominals. Slowly extend shoulders above
your head and straighten one leg out at the
same time. Only lower as far as you can
Move #4 – Jump squat
Bend your knees and move down into a
deep squat. Move your hips back and keep
the knees behind your toes. Drive up,
exploding off the floor as high as you can
go pushing the arms overhead. As you land
bend the knees as you absorb the force of
landing on the floor. Try to jump upward
and land in the same spot as you started,
avoiding jumping forward.
KRISTINA DRILLER A specialist in exercise rehabilitation and chronic disease management,
Kristina Driller is a sport and rehab consultant at UniRec and uses “exercise
as medicine”. Kristina has a wealth of experience spanning eight years and provides
expert advice in chronic disease management and musculoskeletal rehabilitation.
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Illness and injury have
plagued Sophie Corbidge for
the past three years, but you’ll
always find a smile on this
BY CALEB SHEPHERD
Time will tell whether her commitment
and dedication will pay off, but given
she has beaten everything from adrenal
fatigue and stress fractures to a broken
elbow, anything is possible.
Scan the social media streams of Kiwi athletes
and you’ll be sure to find the wide grin
and curly blonde locks of Sophie Corbidge.
The 26-year-old has been competing in high
performance triathlons since 2008 and has
faced more than her fair share of obstacles.
It seems that every time she starts to
climb her way up the ITU rankings, an injury
or illness will swoop in to steal her thunder.
When Sophie had her best result at a major
WTS event in 2015, finishing 11th among
Elite Women at the ITU World Series Final
in London, she was struck by severe adrenal
fatigue shortly after, forcing her out of the
sport for a year.
Her most recent comeback was also shortlived.
She returned for the Montreal ITU
World Cup in August 2016. Racing against
athletes peaking for the Olympics meant she
was truly up against it, but she still rounded
out the top 20.
After progressing well through the summer
training block, she placed 11th at the ITU
World Cup event in New Plymouth, followed
by a second placing at the Elite National
series in Takapuna. But this success was again
followed by with injury; after heading overseas
to compete, Sophie had to return home
with a stress fracture in her sacrum.
Through all of the setbacks, Sophie has
hung tough. Although retirement has crossed
her mind more than once, the thrill of racing
keeps pulling her back in.
“When I had my year off with adrenal
fatigue, I thought I would really love it,” she
says. “I thought I would love not having to
get up early, not having to put my body
I love racing, I love
winning and I know
I haven’t achieved
what I’m capable of
through what I do, but I ended up actually
really missing it. I was craving racing.
“I love racing, I love winning and I know
I haven’t achieved what I’m capable of doing
This attitude is what makes Sophie such
a fantastic role model. This, along with her
love of working with children, led her into
the Duffy Books in Homes programme as an
“I love sharing my story about triathlon
and if I can help other people be motivated
to do something then why not?
“It’s very rewarding going around schools
giving books to children who wouldn’t have
them otherwise, and they are genuinely so
appreciative that you’re there and giving
your time; it’s a pretty amazing feeling.”
The next 12 months take a different shape
for Sophie as she aims to complete a full
season of domestic and international competition
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Through all of the
has hung tough.
has crossed her
mind more than
once, the thrill of
racing keeps pulling
her back in.
This means putting her aspirations of top
ten finishes and medals to the side while she
focuses on her body.
A new coach (David Bowden) and a fresh
approach to training is what she thinks will
make the difference this year.
Training used to be up to 25 hours a week
with one or two key sessions.
“Now every session has a purpose but
you’re not necessarily smashing yourself,
so you’re continually building fitness and
getting faster and stronger.”
This new method will hopefully allow
Sophie’s body the time it needs to recover in
between sessions and keep her going for the
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GALLAGHER 2017 WAIKATO RUGBY AWARDS
Waikato Rugby Union celebrated its end of season awards at the
Wintec Atrium, with Damian McKenzie receiving the top two awards;
the Gallagher Sportsperson of the Year and the prestigious Ian
Clarke Trophy. Hamilton Old Boys Rugby and Sports Club collected
three awards. Head coach, Mark McConnell, was winner of the
Grassroots Trust Senior Club Coach of the Year for his work with
the Hamilton Old Boys Senior A team. Hamilton Old Boys Senior A
continued their successful year by receiving the Vodafone Team of
the Year – Club, their success and the Women’s team winning the
club competition saw Hamilton Old Boys Rugby and Sports Club
awarded the Waikato Draught Club of the Year award. Waikato
Men’s Sevens picked up two awards, the team won the Hendl &
Murray Representative Team and coach Roger Randle won the Kurki
Representative Coach of the Year.
Waikato Women’s captain Sosoli Talawadua collected two awards
for her efforts this season. She won the Waikato Supporters Club
Women’s Player of the Year and then backed it up by winning the
Gallagher Women’s Representative Player of the Year. The Gallagher
Waikato Rugby awards recognise people and teams that have made
an outstanding achievement to Waikato Rugby in 2017. The evening
covered the entire spectrum of the game including coaches, players,
referees, volunteers and administrators from junior, school, club and
Photos by Lauran Robinson - Lauran’s Images
Michael Winter - Referee
Rupeni Tamani - Club Player
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Sevu Reece - Mitre 10 Player
Waikato Bay of Plenty Netball has a new leader at the helm,
in the form of Rohan West. The newly appointed CEO has
returned home to New Zealand after spending 17 years
in Ireland and the UK making his name in various sports
BY CALEB SHEPHERD
These include national manager for
sports with Ticketmaster UK and working
with orgnisations such as Volleyball
England and British Basketball.
Rohan’s vast experience and knowledge,
along with his expertise in business development,
relationship management and funding
means he brings a fully packed toolbox of skills
to his role at WBOP Netball.
INSPO Fitness Journal finds out more ...
Name: Rohan West
Based in: Hamilton – our offices are on the
University of Waikato Campus
What do you love about living in Hamilton? I’m
still getting to know Waikato, but being back
home, and close to family is wonderful. Mum
and Dad are in Palmerston North, but I have
cousins in Papamoa.
What is your title and role description? CEO
of Netball Waikato Bay of Plenty. Lead the
Waikato Bay of Plenty and Magic staff to grow
and develop netball in the zone
What appeals to you about this role? Being
part of a fantastic sport that is in the DNA
of Kiwis and that is a key contributor to our
completing an MBA in Sports Management at
Seton Hall University (New Jersey, USA), I had
various roles in strategic sports management
in Ireland and the UK for 17 years. I was
national manager for Sports with Ticketmaster
UK, with a client list including the FA, the RFU,
The Open Golf and NFL UK, just to name a
few. Post London 2012 Olympics, I moved
back into front line sports as Participation and
Commercial Director at Volleyball England.
Later, I completed my time in the UK as
Performance and Commercial Director at
Personal involvement/participation in sports?
Like most Kiwis, I have played a very wide
range of sports, including a lot of indoor
netball in the ‘80s and ‘90s. My deepest
involvement in sport as a participant has been
rugby. I started playing Under 8s for Masterton
RFC, and have been a player, coach, referee
and volunteer administrator over the years.
Had one season playing American Football at
a US High School in the mid-1980s. That was
an incredible experience. Recreationally, I love
golf and tramping.
Give an overview of how you see the sport of
netball in NZ? As one of the largest team sports
in the country, it’s part of the fabric of our
society and a key part of our sporting DNA.
Our netball centres form one of the central
hubs of their communities and the sport offers
significant health, fitness, sporting and social
benefits to participants. Significant progress
has been made in the media and commercial
fields, with more growth being achievable.
What are some of your key goals in this new
role at WBOP Netball? Grow the number
and performance levels of participants of
all types/roles; Ensure long-term financial
stability for the organisation and the netball
centres; Ensure the Magic are a perennial
playoff calibre team; Help the personal and
professional development of our staff, players
and key volunteers
What major events are coming up for players/
coaches/umpires etc? The Waikato Bay of
Plenty netball calendar is always packed,
with coaching and umpiring courses going
on throughout the year. The Magic, Beko
League and Level 1 and Level 2 (U19 and U17)
representative teams are all active during the
spring and summer, with the Magic officially
starting pre-season training in late January.
First Magic home game of the 2018 ANZ
Premiership is Sunday, May 20 (Claudelands
Arena), along with a Beko League game as a
curtain raiser. Mark it in your diaries.
“As one of the largest
team sports in the
country, it’s part of the
fabric of our society
and a key part of our
What has surprised you most about your
involvement with Netball WBOP? The level
of love and passion for the sport. Some-times
with large or dominant sports across the globe,
you get a sense that people are involved just
because it’s the big sport, there’s either little
choice or it’s “the thing to do”. With netball,
virtually everyone I’ve interacted with, deeply
loves the sport, believes in it and what it can
do for the participants. That’s wonderful to see
and be a part of.
What is exciting/unique about Netball WBOP?
Exciting – history and passion for the sport,
coupled with the outstanding talent we have
in player, coach, umpire, volunteer and staff
ranks. Unique – the geographic spread of the
zone, it’s massive.
Previous work history? I started my sports
management career as sponsorship manager
of the New Zealand Rugby Union during the
mid-1990s as the sport moved from amateur
to professional, helping establish the Super
Rugby franchises in New Zealand. After
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Rohan with Kieron Achara (Great Britain
Senior Men’s Basketball team captain)
through the silly season
With the end of another year and the madness of the holiday
season approaching, there are many pressures which can take
the joy out of a time that can be spent connecting with people
and having a well-deserved break.
desired appearance is one of my deepest
Creating more balance
Step 1 Is to be aware of and understand that
society’s view on this time of year can have a
deep effect on your own views and feelings.
BY DANIELLE ROBERTS
One thing that puts us on the back
foot in terms of health and stress
levels is heading into the holiday
season with a mindset of how “horrible and
busy” this time will be for you. This will in
fact manifest itself in your life the way you
think it will.
Sometimes things come up that we
have no control over. However, we have
the power to choose how we react or what
our mindset is in these situations. Stress
only creates more tension in our lives and
relationships, and greater imbalances in the
What if you started to approach this
year’s holiday season with the fresh pair of
eyes? Don’t put yourself on the back foot by
already thinking that you are going to have
a rough time. Instead become more mindful
and aware of when your thoughts go into
these old patterns.
Along with time pressure and financial
concerns at this time of year, is an awareness
of how our body is. Sunshine, warmer
weather, holidays and beaches are meant
to be a fun, joyous time to recharge for
the upcoming year. Instead for many, it's
filled with more stress about how our body
doesn’t look the way we want it to, in our
summer clothes and swimwear.
The same principles above apply for this
situation. Don’t bring past “perceived failures”
into this summer season. Don’t keep
trying similar approaches like dieting, and
thinking similar thought processes into how
you desire to transform your body. Start
with a change in thoughts and learn to approach
yourself and your body with greater
love, acceptance and compassion.
Helping people change their mindsets so
they can achieve their health, happiness and
Step 2 Is to take an active role in changing
your thoughts and views from the negative
ones of society. This means allowing
yourself time to recognise these negative
thought patterns, and then let them go.
If you find it hard to move past certain
thought processes that may be holding you
back from happiness, seeking guidance
from someone who can help you work
through forgiving these patterns will be
key to your transformation. For more
information on how you can be assisted
in this area, email me at danielle@
Step 3 MAKE THE TIME for the activities
you love - this will help fill up your self-love
cup. Make time for things that bring you
great joy. When we have greater joy, we have
DANIELLE ROBERTS (Nutritionist) is dedicated to helping people enjoy a healthy
and knowledgeable relationship with food. Her business Fuel Nutrition allows her to
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greater lightness, love, flow and motivation
to our energy. This also means we have
more energy to put back into our lives and
give to others. A lot of people are not good
at giving back to themselves. Some think
it is selfish, others think they are not worth
respecting themselves, some don’t feel they
have enough time and fall into the pressures
of life. Whatever the reason, we need to learn
to look after our own health and make it a
priority. Don’t leave it until you are ill to start
The physical body
An added stress for many is that they haven’t
managed to achieve the summer body they
desire. Often these people need to address
the quality of their thoughts and their level
of self-love and self-respect, in terms of
how they are prioritising their health. The
physical body reacts to all stresses; physical,
mental and emotional. Usually those finding
it hard to achieve health, happiness and their
desired body shape often have imbalances in
all areas of their lives, allowing stress to affect
their hormones, cellular health and energy
Step 3 Nutrition for nourishment, selfrespect
and sustainable change. The times
of following restrictive, depressing, fear
building diets are slowly fading. People are
starting to realise that the old ways of doing
things are no longer serving our health –
they are creating more stress; fuelling a
downward spiral of disappointment and
lack of results.
Top nutrition tips
1. Go with the flow and rhythms of your
body. If you are stressed, go with foods
that are easier to digest and create more
flow in the body, such as nutrient-dense
smoothies or soups.
2. Trial meals without inflammatory foods,
like wheat, gluten (a large percentage of
people) and for some dairy and meat.
3. Eat greater amounts of plant-based
foods. Don’t cut out fruit; choose
nutrient-dense medicinal fruits like
berries, bananas, pineapple, and pawpaw.
4. Drink at least two litres of water each day.
5. Start your day with warm water and
freshly squeezed lemon. Some people
may need apple cider vinegar (with
mother culture in it). This will get the
digestive juices flowing.
6. If you get nervous or anxious regularly,
decrease/cut out caffeine.
7. Listen to your body when it is physically
hungry (empty stomach, gurgling
noises), and eat nutrient-dense meals at
this point. Then stop eating when you
are feeling pleasantly satisfied, save any
left-overs for another meal. This means
you will be save time, money and stay in
tune with how much your body needs,
rather than overfeeding it out of habit
or “thinking” it is what you need. Our
bodies know best.
For great deals on eating plans and
wellness coaching to get your mindset on
the right track in line with your eating,
contact Danielle at danielle@fuelnutrition.
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Creating more balance
Step 1 Work on all areas of your life and
start creating change with the steps above.
Remember; if you find it hard to get out of
the prison of negative thinking, then you
could need some help doing so.
Step 2 Exercise doing the things you love.
If you are completely stressed out, the last
thing that is going to be good for you and
your desires is to doing something that you
dislike. Just because one form of exercise
works for one person doesn’t mean it will
work for you. The more you do things
you enjoy, the more your stress levels will
decrease and the less stress hormones you
will have, resulting in less inflammation and
the less your body will want to hold on to
any excess undesirable weight.
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INSPO Fitness Journal
The Fitbit Ionic is the latest
smartwatch to be released - just in time
for your Christmas stocking. INSPO Fitness
Journal’s Alison Storey was invited to the launch event
to test-drive this new technology and the awardwinning
personal trainer was surprisingly impressed.
The latest Fitbit Ionic smartwatch is
definitely a smart-looking thing.
At first glance the screen seems a bit
wieldy, but perhaps they rightly figured it’s
tricky to wear reading glasses while exercising.
The Fitbit Ionic boasts capacity for 300+
songs, works with Paywave (in Australia but
soon to be launched in NZ), lets you track
water and food, and as well as the expected
steps, days of exercise, floors climbed,
and distance covered, it has links to Strava,
social media and loadable apps that provide
accountability and competition. Plus getting
notifications from your phone directly to
your wrist proves handier than you might
think while exercising.
New to this Fitbit offering is direct
connectivity to both Bluetooth scales and
state-of-the-art wireless headphones. It also
has a battery life of up to five days which is
impressive for any smart device.
The human body was built to move, and
inactivity is now the single biggest contributor
to disease. Ironically right up there with
it, is sleep deprivation.
So, people are staying awake longer doing
nothing and getting ill from it.
This needs to stop, and Fitbit has a keen
eye on the fact this is where the health industry
is headed. Its philosophy to use its enormous
data gathering power to help insurers
and populations monitor biomarkers like
sleep, daily activity and resting heart rates
positions them snuggly between the markets
of medical and consumer.
In line with this philosophy, Fitbit shares
a strategically beneficial relationship with
Diabetes NZ. Three-quarters of the 40 people
per day diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes
could reverse their diagnosis with changes to
diet and activity levels. (Statistics show there
are eight lower leg amputations a week in
New Zealand due to Type 2, and you would
think this motivation enough not to develop
the disease). Diabetes NZ’s successful work
with Fitbit in inspiring diabetics to move,
adds weight to the theory that you don’t need
motivation to act but that you can flip it - act
first, and motivation comes through seeing
As a trainer (or a doctor) access to accurate
rather than objective data transforms
the ability to guide training programmes and
advice. Tracking in depth biomarkers on a
consistent basis provides concrete information
to help clients understand how habits,
healthy or unhealthy, directly affect those
levels over a sustained period. This data
makes it very clear where tangible changes
can be made, however it’s alarming how
much activity you actually have to do, to
cover 12,000 steps plus the recommended
30mins of activity per day.
Probably the most valuable and topical
function on the Fitbit Ionic is its in-depth
sleep stages tracking. Sleep deprivation has
been directly linked with increased stress,
obesity, high blood pressure and its fair share
of accidents. Considering we are sleeping
on average two hours less per night than the
previous generation, lack of sleep is in danger
of becoming a very real mortality risk. Understanding
when and why deep sleep, light
sleep and REM happens and when it doesn’t,
provides ongoing evidence for change and
guides strategies to optimise recovery.
Due to the global data on your wrist, your
amount of sleep and cardio fitness can be
benchmarked against your age and gender
group, as well as against your personal
As a performance device, there is some
hefty sport science behind its monitoring
capabilities, and Fitbit Ionic’s upcoming
collaboration with Adidas should prove its
worth in enabling personalised exercise prescription,
injury prevention, nutrition and
Enabling high performance coaches to
measure sleep efficiency in long haul travelling
athletes and monitor how this affects
recovery and heart rates is already proving a
world class tool in prevention of injury (the
likelihood of which goes up an incredible 170
percent with less than six hours sleep).
For those without coaches, the Fitbit Ionic
has a handy coach function with guided
workouts between 7 and 20mins, and if its
de-stress you need, the relax function is a
guided breathing exercise.
As a one stop health and fitness shop, the
Fitbit Ionic ceaselessly reminds you to do
more and applauds you if you have a day full
of steps and sport. The social media interaction,
challenges, trophies and badges aim
to build in accountability and reward, and in
February 2018 Fitbit is planning another celebrity
challenge; pitting Fitbit users against
television personalities and triathletes.
There is still one trick though – if there is
no one checking on you to make sure you’ve
done the activity, it may become easier to
ignore the vibrations and beeps telling you
to move and keep watching reality shows. So
thankfully trainers are not made redundant,
but are in fact more empowered to help
through combining their knowledge and
coaching skills with this very smart device.
Oh, and did I mention you can swim with
it? That’s yet another definite bonus.
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There’s always something new to savour,
as well as some returning faves. Made right
here in New Zealand with the finest quality
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Available while stocks last at leading
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How to prepare your home
this pollen season
If you experience hay fever symptoms, like a runny nose,
itchy or watery eyes or sneezing, it’s important to keep your
home healthy by cutting down on allergens.
Pollen season typically strikes during
spring and summer, with pollen levels
tending to be higher on warm dry days.
“Limiting your exposure to pollen,
particularly in your home, can really help,”
said Letitia O’Dwyer, chief executive of the
Asthma and Respiratory Foundation NZ.
“The majority of people affected by seasonal
hay fever are allergic to dust mites, pollen or
“We’ve developed some spring cleaning
tips to help you prepare your home.”
“Sensitive Choice ® approved products
have been assessed by an independent panel.
Next time you are out shopping, look for the
reassuring blue butterfly on product packaging,
including bedding, cleaning products,
vacuum cleaners, and more.
Sensitive Choice ® has helped New Zealanders
reduce their allergy reactions for
many years. Its partners provide funds for
research and education led by the Asthma
and Respiratory Foundation NZ to reduce
the health, social and economic impacts of
asthma and allergies in New Zealand.
If you are one of the thousands of New
Zealanders with asthma or allergy symptoms,
visit the Sensitive Choice ® website sensitivechoice.co.nz
for products and services
that may be a better choice for you and your
Ms O’Dwyer urges New Zealanders to
speak to their doctor or pharmacist, take
prescribed medications and create an allergy-free
home environment to help keep
spring and summer allergies well managed.
Follow these tips so that your family can
breathe easier this allergy season:
• Wash sheets, pillowcases, soft toys in the
bedroom weekly in water hotter than 55°C.
• Cover mattresses, quilts and pillows with
dust mite-resistant encasings.
• Open curtains and air bedding in the sunshine
and give them a regular clean.
• Consider venetian blinds or flat blinds,
which are easier than heavy curtains to
• Use a damp or electrostatic cloth to dust
hard surfaces (including floors).
• Ask someone else to do the vacuuming, as
it increases allergens in the air for up to
20 minutes. Also consider using a vacuum
cleaner with an asthma and allergy sensitive
• Keep rooms dry and well ventilated.
• Clear out the clutter.
Another way to manage hay fever and/
or allergy symptoms is to use products that
may reduce allergy triggers in day-to-day
The Sensitive Choice ® programme was
created to help consumers identify asthma
and allergy aware products.
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In this month’s column,
Monica van der Weerd
takes a closer look at trace
elements - namely what they
are and why we need them?
BY MONICA VAN DE WEERD
Trace elements are minerals the body
requires every day. You receive them
through your diet, specifically a whole
food diet of greens, fruits, grains, fish, meat
The daily amounts of these trace minerals
needed can be very small. For example the
daily dose needed of iodine is one tenth of
a milligram. Small as these amounts are – a
lack of trace elements can seriously impair
your health and wellbeing.
Here are a few examples:
Chromium exists in many natural foods
including brewer’s yeast, meats, potatoes (especially
the skins), cheese, molasses, spices,
whole-grain breads and cereals, and fresh
fruit and vegetables.
It helps the body burn sugar, and to turn
fats, carbohydrates and proteins into energy.
Chromium supports blood sugar levels and is
therefore recommended for type 2 diabetes
and weight management.
New Zealand soils are low in iodine but this
can be derived from seaweed, seafood and fish.
Iodine is used by the thyroid gland for
the production of hormones essential for
growth, reproduction, nerve and bone
formation. Studies have shown mild to moderate
iodine deficiency can affect hearing,
intelligence and mental capability.
Cases of severe iodine deficiency can
result in goitre (swelling of the thyroid gland)
and hypothyroidism (caused by insufficient
production of the thyroid hormone by the
thyroid gland). It is also associated with
Iron is found in foods like beetroot, spinach,
broccoli and meat. When you lack iron the
body cannot produce enough red blood
cells. Iron deficiency may also result in skin
Lack of iron may be caused by a dietary
deficiency; blood loss or mal absorption and
can lead to tiredness, dizziness, pale skin,
breathlessness and brittle nails.
A lack of zinc can lead to symptoms of loss
of appetite, taste changes, impotence, mental
slowness and wound healing.
Zinc is needed in every function and
structure of every cell membrane and in the
production of enzymes.
Zinc is found in beef and lamb, pumpkin
seeds, spinach, chickpeas and yoghurt.
A zinc test is easy to do. When you cannot
taste the zinc – your body needs more.
These are just a few of the trace elements
the body requires every day.They show how
important a balanced daily diet is.
Due to your health, during pregnancy,
due to mal absorption or medication. you
may need more trace minerals than are
being supplied through your diet.
For results and safety, it is important to
take the right combination that can be absorbed.
I personally like to recommend trace
minerals in a liquid form or a whole food
supplement in liquid or tablet, as these are
easy to absorb and have the correct ratios.
Please get specialised advice and if symptoms
persist – talk to your health professional.
Natural health works – with the right
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Fit Futures opened its doors
five years ago and has been
helping people redefine
their limits and overcome
challenges ever since.
BY CALEB SHEPHERD
The Hillcrest gym, run by David Robson,
is set up specifically to help people
with physical disabilities, tailoring
training programmes to suit their needs and
ensure they achieve their specific personal
“Each client is focused on making gradual
progress and doing what many would consider
impossible, like walking and running at full
strength where previously they may not have
been able to move without a supportive device
such as a walker or walking stick,” explains
One of his star members is Diana McGillivray,
who is attempting to complete the Round
the Bridges 6km walk with only the help of
Diana lives with Cerebral Palsy but her attitude
and commitment to seek out challenges
and overcome them is truly inspiring.
She says that since becoming a member of
the FitFutures team, the effects have flowed
over to all areas of her life.
"Fit Futures is a place where I get to better
myself in a safe and friendly environment.
My confidence in other parts of my life has
increased; I give 100 percent and always leave
with a smile and knowledge that I improved
on my last session."
Diana credits the team that motivate her to
take on these challenges and to keep pushing
“Having such a supportive and dedicated
team behind me inspires me to push myself
even more and Round the Bridges is just the
challenge I've been looking for to prove to
myself and others that anything is possible.”
Round the Bridges will be the biggest challenge
Diana has taken on so far, but she knows
it won’t be the last. She’s already planning to
compete in the event annually and has her
sights set on completing a mud run at some
point in the future.
Diana isn’t just involved in her own challenges,
as she, alongside David, is a judge for
the New Zealand Wheelchair Bodybuilding
Federation, which is the first of its kind in
Australasia. David founded and is president
Round the Bridges is just
the challenge I've been
looking for to prove to
myself and others that
anything is possible.
of the New Zealand Wheelchair Bodybuilding
Diana has been involved since the beginning
(2013) and thinks it’s great that people
with disabilities have the opportunity to
compete in an organisation that has world
FitFutures has 25 members, each with their
own challenges, goals and aspirations. “One
member would like to walk independently by
the end of next year; another would like to lose
20kgs (not easy when you can only exercise
using your upper body)," says David.
"One member came to me with almost no
function on his left side; he now presses 8kg
dumbbells overhead and can fully extend his
left arm and leg.”
David says these are just a couple of examples
that make it all worth it.
"Setting each Fit Futures member up for a
lifetime of healthy living and teaching them
how to incorporate fitness into their lives is
hugely rewarding, as is being part of the lives
of some amazing people.”
"I hope the achievements of our members
will encourage other people living with
disabilities to not only improve their physical
wellbeing, but to meet like-minded people and
enjoy being a part of the community."
Photos by Nikki Kim
More than 5500 runners and walkers are set
to participate in Lugton's Round the Bridges
event on Sunday, November 19. One of New
Zealand's oldest and most beloved annually
contested events, Lugton's Round the
Bridges attracts participants of all ages and
abilities, from elite athletes through to first
timers, families and children.
Established in 1945 by the Hamilton Harrier
Club (now known as Hamilton City Hawks),
Lugton's Round the Bridges started out as
a road race designed to showcase some
of New Zealand's top athletes, with past
participants including Barry Magee, Peter
Snell and Dick Quax.
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Tauranga’s Bonnie McCash
says she can now set her sights
on anything after hiking almost
6000 metres above sea level.
Bonnie was one of 27 people to climb
Tanzania’s Mount Kilimanjaro recently,
to fundraise for the Mental Health
The group of Kiwis and 76 local porters
took seven days to hike Africa's highest peak,
which is 5895 metres above sea level.
“It was big, but it was how do you eat an
elephant? One bite at a time. It’s the same with
Kilimanjaro,” says Bonnie.
The distance was a challenge but so too was
the mountain’s extreme climate. There were
glaciers, snow and freezing temperatures, as
well as excruciating desert-like heat.
“Kilimanjaro isn’t a physical thing, it’s a
mental challenge; you can do whatever you set
your mind to.”
It’s not the first time Bonnie faced a mental
challenge head on. The 38-year-old lives with
“I’ve come so far and everyone who knows
me is so proud. But it hasn’t happened all of a
sudden, you need to be patient with yourself
and your recovery.
“It’s important to have a good support
system, a purpose such as working and a good
team who supports you.” Bonnie’s adventure
was another step in her journey. “I wanted
to show that we can still do amazing things
whether we’ve had a mental illness or not.
“It’s about knowing yourself, what you’re
capable of, how you can stretch yourself,
staying positive and having a support system
is really important – a lot of people feel they
have to go through a mental illness alone but
they don’t have to.”
Preparation is important and Bonnie gave
Kilimanjaro her all by preparing mentally
“I went to the gym Monday to Thursday,
climbed up and down Mount Maunganui
every Saturday and went for a long walk on
Sundays with the other ladies doing Kilimanjaro.
I lost 14kg in preparation for my training.”
Bonnie’s hard work paid off. “Climbing
above the clouds and seeing the sunrise come
up above the clouds was amazing.”
She made it to Gilman’s Point, which is just
shy of the summit. “I got to the top of the crater
edge but I didn’t reach the summit because
I fell behind and there wasn’t enough time to
catch the rest of the team.
“I want to try Kilimanjaro again to reach the
summit. I can be a bit hard on myself actually.
I do realise it was quite an achievement, a once
in a lifetime kind of thing.”
Bonnie says there was more to the adventure
than the physical achievement. She
formed strong friendships, discovered a passion
for the outdoors and realised her personal
“The sky is the limit,” she says. She says the
key is taking small bites, one at a time.
“Set realistic goals for where you are at the
moment and don’t be afraid to step out of your
comfort zone slightly. Have that first goal as
something that you know you can achieve, and
then make it slightly harder, then you realise
‘oh I am capable of doing these things’.”
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Resilience for Life Workshop: Learn how to
Navigate through Life’s Ups and Downs
Adult life is full of challenges; our financial independence, our
careers, our relationships as well our children/ families. Feeling
overwhelmed and/or anxious is a natural by-product of such
experiences or situations.
Chronic stress can occur in response to everyday stressors
that are ignored or poorly managed. The consequences of
chronic stress are serious, particularly as it contributes to
anxiety and depression.
Schizoaffective disorder is a mental health condition that
causes both a loss of contact with reality (psychosis) and mood
problems (depression or mania).
It can be thought of as a mix of mental health conditions.
There can be a wide range of symptoms that occur and, for
each person, the experience will be unique. Often, people with
schizoaffective disorder will see their doctor for problems with
mood, daily functioning, or abnormal thoughts.
Schizoaffective disorder is difficult to accurately diagnose as
it contains so many elements of other mental health conditions.
Regular and thorough checks with your doctor over time are
important to help build a picture of any difficulties you may be
If you think you have schizoaffective disorder, or you are
worried about a loved one, it’s important to talk to your doctor
or counsellor, or someone else you can trust, as a first step to
getting the important help you or they need. It’s important to get
diagnosis and treatment as early as possible.
Skills for building resilience
included in the course are;
þ Understanding feelings in self and others and empathy training
þ Mindfulness & Attention Training
þ Challenging Unhelpful Thoughts
þ Identifying Role Models & Support Networks
þ Problem Solving Strategy
þ Step plans to face challenges
þ Conflict Resolution & Assertiveness Training
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It’s a rare Christmas tree that doesn’t have at least
one book underneath it. There’s nothing quite like the
opportunity to sit and relax with a good read - and this
year has seen more than its fair share of excellent books.
The INSPO Fitness Journal team share our favourite
reads recommended for your Santa stockings…
While this isn’t a new release and it is
some time since I discovered this book,
it still lingers. Make the effort to find
or order it from your local bookstore.
Written by Arabella, the mother of Iris
Grace (who is on the autistic spectrum),
it immerses you in the challenges
and the joys of life and motherhood.
Engaging and thought provoking, you’ll
be immersed in the emotional journey
and the stunning artworks of Iris Grace,
as well as the cat which changed her life.
Google Iris Grace for an insight into her
artwork and you’ll want to know more.
For the beach
(his & hers)
The Break by Marian Keyes
(Penguin Random House, $38)
Girl in Snow by Danya Kufafka
Friend Request by Laura Marshall
Gather The Daughters by Jennie
Force of Nature by Jane Harper
The Inaugural Meeting of the Fairvale
Ladies Book Club by Sophie Green
The Burial Hour by Jeffrey Deaver
THE SKIPPER’S DIARY
New Zealand’s 1949 Cricket Tour of England ‘The Forty Niners’
($79.95, The Cricket Publishing Company)
BY CALEB SHEPHERD
Sir Richard Hadlee brings to life his
father’s day-to-day, meticulous account
of the 1949 NZ Cricket tour of England.
‘The Forty Niners’ tour holds a special
place in New Zealand cricket history, it was a
successful tour that earned NZ credibility as a
cricketing nation and made a profit. But more
importantly “it was an eight month tour based
around friendship bond, camaraderie, outside
of the performances on the field of play and
it’s a story that needs to be brought to life,
told and kept alive.”
Sir Richard decided to bring his father’s
diary to life after a conversation with commentator
Brian Waddle in 2014 about touring
and the changes over the years.
The project has been in the works ever
since that conversation and after getting the
green light from his brothers.
“A raw manuscript was typed out by a
lady who spent about a year doing it, so I had
a manuscript to work from, but there were
so many gaps because she found it difficult
to read dad’s writing - obviously because so
much was crammed into a page.”
Sir Richard used a magnifying glass and
countless hours filling in the blanks and deciphering
his father’s writing and getting all the
“It was quite restless work where you just
want to get it finished and it took me eight
months to do the part that I needed to get
done, to have a manuscript that was a readable
document so a publisher could look at it
and put it into book form.”
Sir Richard says the process was long and
by no means easy, but is extremely satisfied
with the result.
The book comes with a DVD documentary
about the tour and can be purchased at
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A LIFE-SAVING WORKOUT WITH
New Zealand stunt-woman, Hollywood actress and actionhero
Zoë Bell returns home this month to host what could be
the most important workout that participants have taken part
in, as part of a new Reebok initiative.
Reebok is hosting New Zealand’s biggest,
free, female-only, self-defense
class event on November 23, with
Reebok Confidence Unleashed ambassador
Coinciding with White Ribbon Day
(November 25) - an annual day to raise
awareness of violence towards women - the
free event is open to more than 100 women
and will include a Body Combat warm-up
and workout and concentrated self-defense
training conducted by S.A.F.E self-defense.
According to White Ribbon, New Zealand
has one of the highest rates of violence
towards women in the world. Helen Russell,
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3. A few of the Fitness is Fun Group happy to have
finished - Denise Turton, Kerry Duffy, Anne-Marie
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4. Laughing through the challenge
- Anne-Marie Case-Miller
6. Katheryn Woodd and Barbie
9. Nicole Larsen and Jack In A Box
JUST HORSING AROUND
Action from the recent
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7. Kate Potter and
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Action from the New Zealand Rugby
League National Secondary Schools
Tournament. Photos by Photosport.
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