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KEVIN MANUEL | NZ CROSSFIT CHAMP Kevin Manuel first started CrossFit in his rugby off-season in 2010. 5 years later he qualified in the face of fierce competition from a 250,000 strong contingent of CrossFitters globally, all trying to make their way to the World CrossFit Games.Kevin not only competed in the games, but he was named the 17th fittest man in the world. 3 years earlier his leg had been run over by a 14 tonne excavator...We wanted to find out what it takes to be the best, and how did he make such an incredible comeback? So we...

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NETBALL : ACL INJURIESNew Zealand government figures point to the fact that netball is now New Zealand's favourite sport amongst New Zealand women (source: New Zealand Now). It's easy to see why: its fun, a great workout, competitive, and an incredibly dynamic team sport. The injury rate in netball in comparison to other sports is relatively low thanks to continuing development of injury prevention programmes and increased education around performance, recovery, activation, mobility, flexibility, strengthening and injury management. The rate of injury for our friends across the ditch is 14 injuries per 1000 hours of netball played (source: Sports Medicine...

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WHY THE PAIN? Here at BLACKROLL NZ we're fortunate to deal with runners from all walks of life. Their number one gripe when it comes to "bits that breakdown"? Calves. The causes can be varied and can include: a general lack of flexibility or mobility can be to blame, incorrect footwear, high heels (even for the ladies), over-training, insufficient or often non-existent warm-ups or cool downs, incorrect running form, or a muscle imbalance. THE EXERCISES Below are three simple exercises you can use with the BLACKROLL tool you own (or in combination) to ease calf pain for runners. Remember rolling...

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THE "FIRST MARATHON" TRAINING MINDSET With winter marathons looming, runners are once again dusting off their running shoe and hitting the trails. This year I'm lucky enough to be joining them, after taking a wee hiatus over the past couple of years from running marathons. In my hiatus I've explored more functional forms of fitness which has more latterly meant Crossfit. The increased resistance training and more interval-based style of training has profoundly changed my mindset. You see, 2008 Sam got himself to the marathon start line by running somewhat like a donkey. At a gate. I would run "empty k's" falsely...

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