Hundreds of athletes tested their will in the region and in the end, Ph bets Zoe and Noelle take the top two spots for the ladies division. Merwin and Derrick placed 4th and 5th, respectively in the male division. Team UA Philippines showed that the country is a fitness hub with the fittest athletes in the region.
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Test of Will
For the past two months, Under Armour held a regional elimination to determine the fittest of them all with a Test of Will challenge in the South East Asian region. The best athletes in Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand went on to compete in the finals at Gardens by the Bay, Singapore last May 28, 2016. Team Philippines had huge promise after showing the best times in the local heats.
The “Three Stars and a Sun” insignia was fully represented in Under Armour’s Test of Will finals at Gardens by the Bay in Singapore last May 28 as Filipina athletes Zoe Pond-McPherson and Noelle Wenceslao topped the competition’s female category placing the Philippines on top of the Test of Will Challenge.
With the entire archipelago resting on her shoulders, Pond-McPherson claimed the coveted gold medal in Under Armour’s inaugural Southeast Asia-wide fitness challenge that pitted eight male and eight female contenders from countries such as the Philippines, Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand. Widely regarded for her moniker “The Fittest Woman in Philippine Crossfit,” Pond-McPherson shined among the eight female hopefuls.
Noelle Wenceslao, who topped the Philippine heat last April, had a silver-medal finish in Test of Will.
The participants had to go through “The Tower,” which contains different fitness zones with calisthenic exercises. In the first phase, participants had to undergo 20-kilocalorie Assault AirBike and accomplish 20 jump squats and 20 ab roll-outs. Difficulty and intensity took a notch higher in the competition’s second part as contestants were obliged to complete 20 burpees and 20 repetitions of 12.5-kilogram single-arm dumbbell thrusters. A multi-rig course and pull-ups were prepared in the third session, while the last stage catered 64-kilogram kettle bell walk, 20-kilocalorie bike sprint, tire shift and 12-meter rope climb.
Pond-McPherson is no stranger to fitness challenges as she strutted her wares at the 2015 Crossfit Games Pacific Regional in Wollongong, Australia alongside the strongest female practitioners in the region. Wenceslao has 16 years of experience in the field of dragon boat paddling, an avid outdoor enthusiast and was one of the first three Filipinas who reached the Summit of Mount Everest in 2007.
Their male counterparts were able to make it into the top five of the men’s division with Merwin Torres finishing 4th in the male category followed by Derrick Mercado at 5th.
All of the four Filipino representatives were mentored by fitness power couple Jim and Toni Saret.
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