Philippine Crossfit athletes Zoe Pond-McPherson and Noelle Wenceslao topped the recently concluded Under Armour Test of Will finals held at the Gardens by the Bay in Singapore.
The duo tested their mettle against competitors from Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand in the Southeast Asia-wide fitness challenge.
“It was a lot of fun and a lot of hard work. But, the best part of the event was getting to meet everyone in Southeast Asia,” said Pond-McPherson on Tuesday at the weekly Philippine Sportswriters Association forum in Malate.
Pond-McPherson bagged the gold while Wenceslao copped the runner-up honor to complete a 1-2 finish for the Philippines.
“I have the pleasure to go head to head with Zoe. I am a fan of her and it is an awesome opportunity to travel with her and represent the country as well,” Wenceslao said.
During the first phase of the challenge, the participants accomplished a 20-kilocalorie Assault Air Bike and 20 jump squats and 20 ab roll-outs.
In the second part, contestants were obliged to complete 20 burpees and 20 repetitions of 12.5-kilogram single-arm dumbbell thrusters.
They must go through a multi-rig course and perform pull-ups in the third session. In the last stage, the contestants must do a 64-kilogram kettlebell walk, 20-kilocalorie bike sprint, tire shift and 12-meter rope climb.
In the men’s division, Merwin Torres finished fourth while Derrick Mercado fifth. “We were so blessed to have this kind of athletes. They have set the bar notch higher,” said Christine Majadillas, managing director of One of a Kind Marketing. “I was really proud being Filipino while watching them and we are committed to support them all throughout,” she added.
Fitness power couple Jim and Toni Saret mentored the four Philippine Crossfit athletes.