Inspirational Friends - Puawai (Blossom) Munro-Halkyard
Last week, I had the pleasure of interviewing Puawai (Blossom) Munro-Halkyard, an inspiring, talented CrossFit Athlete from Auckland. CrossFit is a strength and conditioning program that was designed to help people gain a broad and general fitness. It condones a perpetually high powered mix of aerobic exercise, Olympic weight lifting and gymnastics (body weight exercises). CrossFit first came to New Zealand in 2008 and CrossFit Auckland was one of the first CrossFit affiliates to open.
Last year Blossom competed in the Australasian Regional CrossFit games. The CrossFit regional games in Australia are held once a year, there are thousands of athletes throughout Australia and New Zealand that are competing in a previous comp to rank high enough to be selected to go to these games. Blossom competed well enough to get selected to compete in the regional games. She was placed 20th overall, this is an amazing achievement and it also recognises how much of an inspiration she is to other females.
Blossom also works as a Crossfit Trainer at CrossFit Auckland and also does Personal Training sessions. For any girls wanting to get in shape for summer, increase their fitness and have one on one training with Blossom, message us and we will get you in touch with her. This weekend at Big Boys Toys in Greenlane is the Battle of the Fittest. If anyone is wanting to check out Blossom in action, she will be competing for the title of the fittest female in New Zealand!
Here is her interview:
When did you first get into CrossFit and what sparked your interest?
I first got into it around 2 years ago. I had just moved back from Australia after 4 years of having a social life and knew I needed to balance my lifestyle with some exercise! My interest for competing was sparked when I watched the top competitors in NZ battle it out at the CrossFit Auckland games in 2011. I knew I wanted to be a part of that.
Your top three tips to optimal health.
- Have a good balance with all aspects of your life.
- Be functional – Find a hobby that is going to keep you moving! Whether it’s playing basketball in the park with friends, gym, yoga etc. Pick something you love and just keep moving.
- Have fun!! Don’t take life so seriously and just enjoy each day as they come. “Do more of what makes you happy”.
Being an athlete what’s your pre competing ritual?
I always get anxious before comps and cannot sleep, so I always need to be sleeping next to someone else the night before. It helps me relax!
Being a female athlete in a growing sport in NZ do you have tips for other females wanting to begin CrossFit?
There is CrossFit for competing and then there is CrossFit for people who just want to keep fit. So don’t think that you have to become the beasts you see on TV. I chose to compete so I dedicate a lot of my life to this sport and train at least 5 days a week, 2 sessions a day. Some people choose to do it as a way to keep fit, doing this once a day will get you that easily! So my advice, don’t be scared to try it out! If you like being in good company when you are working out then you will probably enjoy it.
What Crossfit box do you belong to and what makes it so special to you?
I belong to CrossFit Auckland, I will always have a place in my heart for this place. Alex and Lisa (owners) have taught me a lot and have helped me become the person I am today. A year ago I was a mess, I had no goals, no self-confidence and a weekend ritual of drinking and smoking until the sun came up. I was overwhelmed with the amount of love that goes into running this box. I decided at New Years it was time to give some back, to make a name for myself so that when I reach the top I can turn around and say this was all for you, for being there when I needed someone the most.
What do you in your down time?
I love taking my puppy Kado to the beach. I find myself laughing at him every day! He’s the biggest goof with so much character I don’t know what I’d be doing without that special fella!!
Do you follow a specific eating regime?
I don’t follow a specific eating regime at the moment. After visiting Libby it did help me realise that I needed more variety of foods in my diet so I have incorporated that! I am very lazy when it comes to food which is my biggest let down in what I do.
Thanks Blossom, and best of luck for your competition this weekend!