Pinoys accepted the challenge to represent PH in the upcoming Under Armour Test of Will in Malaysia
Filipino-American Bellator A.J. Matthews shows his support to the aspiring fitness gods and goddesses who are competing neck-to-neck to represent the Philippines in the upcoming Under Armour’s Test of Will on May 6, 2017 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. According to their website, “Test of Will is a challenge to complete a 4-minute circuit consisting of functional training exercises to challenge your strength, endurance and power.” Exercises include burpees, one arm thruster (10kg for men, 5kg for women), TRX rows and sandbag throw (20kg for men, 10 kg for women).
In the recently concluded Philippines’ National Heats last March 25-26 in Glorietta, Makati City, this challenge attracted many Pinoys. They registered and did the challenge on the spot. Scores were ranked from highest to lowest until it was tabulated. UA will release the results on who’s going to compete for the country.
One of the many hopefuls is Abert Neil Oponda, a first time participant of Test of Will. In an interview with www.yuneoh.com, Oponda expressed his desires to officially represent PH in an international competition. “It’s actually my dream to compete bearing our national flag because though I am an athlete, I wasn’t really able to participate in varsities. So for us who really want to represent the country, we can actually do it this way,” he stated.
Oponda also described the challenge as a “killer”. “I have a weak arm, so when we got to the sandbag challenge I was really spent. Spent to the point that in my mind I wanted to do 8 counts but in the end I only got 4. It’s definitely a ‘test of will.’ He also shared that him going to the gym regularly strengthened his body. It also open opportunities for him to participate in activities and/or challenges like the Test of Will. Oponda also promised to continue what he’s doing and will try future competitions again. He got a total of 75 in the scoreboard.
Aside from Oponda, others such as Raje Fama and Merwin Torres with 150 and 140 points respectively also accepted the challenge. They topped the scoreboard for men’s category as of March 28, 12:00 am. For the women’s category, Joyce Reboton and Elle Adda with 126 and 100 points respectively ranked numbers 1 and 2.
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Meeting Mentor Matthews
Who would have thought that mixed martial artist Matthews is not a fitness buff since in the beginning? Matthews revealed in an interview with www.yuneoh.com that he was never a fitness buff but an athlete. Matthews shared that to be able to develop his strength he’s doing activities like Muay Thai three times a week, Grappling twice a week and sometimes he also do weights. “I was never in diet and I don’t have a strict personal regimen. But I’m always into sports,” he said.
“Maintaining a fitness lifestyle is a hard thing to do, especially for guys like us who’s into fighting since it’s off and on. When I’m training for a fight I’m all go but a lot of time when I’m not training for a fight, I’m lazy. It’s a constant battle with myself,” Matthews shared.
This Bellator fighter also gave his advice for people who wants to accept the Test of Will challenge not just this year but also in the coming years. “After going through it I would say that you have to face yourself and you also have to mentally push through the burden because ‘oh’ it hurts but you got to keep moving. So if I could do it again, I’ll just be tougher,” Matthews concluded.
Tips to get moving
UA Test of Will 2017 released a training guide in their website to help challengers push their limits and their capabilities.
According to the trainers it’s better to continuously move for the entire 60 seconds and find your most comfortable pace to do multiple repetitions. But also remember to leave some energy to do the following exercises.
2. Dumbell Thruster
Always choose your dominant hand and start with it. You’re allowed to switch hands but starting with your strongest may give you an advantage.
3. TRX Row
To be able to perform many repetitions as possible, according to the trainers you have to brace your midsection as it will ensure a strong core. You also have to focus on the larger and stronger middle back muscles rather than your arm to pull.
4. Sandbag Throw
It’s the final challenge so expect that you’re totally spent even before starting this one. Taller athletes have the advantage since they will be able to lift and throw the sandbag over the bar in one movement. You’d like to focus in your lower back area before performing this challenge.
Fitness eventurers, if you think you have the will to accept Under Armour’s challenge… go for it and brace yourselves for a one-hell-of-exercise for the country.
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www.yuneoh.com got you covered for all fitness eventures in the country. Stay updated and be curious on how our fellow countrymen fight for our flag in different competitions.