Fit­ness ex­pert to join cup team

Horowhenua Chronicle - - NEWS - By SADIE BECKMAN

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.

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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.

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