Crossfit Kwetu helps GB Olympic Athlete get back in shape
One of Crossfit Kwetu’s Directors Crista Cullen has just been called back to International duty as of October 2015, to try and make it back into the GB Women’s Hockey team in their preparations for the Rio Olympics 2016. Having had initial discussions with the management staff earlier in the year, Crista turned to crossfit to get herself back into the physical shape that International Hockey requires. Crista retired from Hockey back in 2012 after having achieved, with her teammates, a bronze medal for the host nation. The decision to retire was not taken lightly, yet after having committed ten years to the international game the pull to return home to Kenya was too much for the then, 27 year old.
However on being given the chance to have another crack at an Olympics, Crista decided that it was too much of a good opportunity to turn down. “I decided to retire knowing that I had given hockey my everything throughout my time as an International, I returned home, still looking to be competitive playing touch rugby/squash and some social hockey, however never found something that truly pushed me. Then I discovered cross fit. I attended a few sessions and then I was hooked, it is up to you to push yourself and it caters for all ages and physiques and it made it possible to enjoy and achieve things within a great community.” Crossfit Kwetu was born, along with Kiran Jethwa and Nathan Reed, the first Crossfit gym in East Africa and since then it has grown from strength to strength.
On returning back into the fray of International representation, Cullen added, “I was obviously nervous returning back into the Olympic preparation environment, however knew that I could only control my fitness and physical preparation for October. I used Crossfit to enable me to do this, as it represents an all rounded fitness, relying on balance and body weight functional movements, this gave me a great platform to return to competitive hockey.”
On being back with the squad now for a couple of weeks and having completed Fitness testing, Cullen was pleased with the progress thus far. A three-year break from the International game is a substantial time away, and Cullen is hoping that she can make it back into the team come the Rio Olympic Games selection. Cullen added, “Crossfit has given me a great base to build further on and has enabled me to compete at the highest level in my chosen discipline. I know back in Kenya the team are working hard to help the Crossfit community grow, and I am supporting from afar.”
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