Fitness expert to join cup team
A local personal trainer and fitness expert has been invited to join a team of athletes heading to the Taekwon-Do World Cup in Sydney this month.
Justin Hing was brought in as strength and conditioning coach to the high performance team from the prestigious Southern Cross Taekwon-Do Academy in Palmerston North, which includes athletes from throughout the region, including Horowhenua.
Mr Hing is assisting the team’s coach, Lawrence Mantjika, with mentoring and input Mr Mantjika said was invaluable.
“Justin has helped us [with] how to structure our three-hour training sessions, how to train and how long to train at certain intensities,” Mr Mantjika said.
“He has also given input into the physical and mental aspects of the sport, and nutritional guidance for our athletes.”
Mr Hing partners with Precision Nutrition, which he says is considered one of the most forward-thinking companies in the international fitness world, and has some of the globe’s top companies as clients for its mentoring and coaching.
“I’m privileged to access the same technology and methodologies used by [Precision Nutrition] to coach my clients, and it’s this that I use to coach the Taekwon-Do athletes I’m working with for this year’s world cup,” Mr Hing said.
“Precision Nutrition is listed as one of the most innovative companies in the fitness industry. Co-founder John Berardi advises Apple and Nike.”
Mr Hing said the online training he is able to both receive himself and deliver to clients means he is able to live in Levin, yet still access top international knowledge, techniques and learning.
“The internet has enabled me to move back to my hometown and not be isolated from learning from world leaders such as Precision Nutrition,” he said.
“In short, I help people become a better version of themselves, whether it’s related to health, wellness or sports performance.”
Mr Hing conducted a one-onone consultation with each athlete from the world cup team, and designed extra exercise techniques to improve the specific areas required by that person.
He also carried out observations of the athletes in other competitions, including at national level, and was then able to identify gaps, either physical or mental, and prescribe remedies to help them overcome those challenges, Mr Mantjika said.
Mr Hing said one focus he had brought to the team was on recovery techniques and a holistic approach to their training and competing, including nutrition, hydration and most importantly of all, sleep habits.
“You can eat well and train as hard as you can, but without good sleep you’re going to underperform,” Mr Hing said.
“When it comes to recovery, sleep is the most important thing to master.”
Mr Mantjika said it had been a pleasure to work with Mr Hing.
“He has helped me to improve my approach to coaching my athletes and he’s been a great sounding board, offering great suggestions and personal support to me as team coach,” he said.
The team, accompanied by both Mr Mantjika and Mr Hing, will head to the world cup competition in Sydney next week, with the tournament beginning on September 25.
The event will include about 1100 competitors from 35 countries.
Coaching and fitness mentor Justin Hing (in black) with the Southern Cross Taekwan-Do Academy team that will attend the world cup in Sydney this month.