Training pays off in eight medals


How powerful the mind can be demonstrated new member  Joshua Edwards (12) when it rained medals at his swimming championships.

Joshua –competitive and very sporty - wants to win. But winning four gold medals and four silver medals at the Waikato Swimming Juniors was beyond his expectations. To top it off, he walked away with the ‘Overall Year 8 Boys Champion’ title for Waikato Intermediate Swimming.

Strength and control thanks to training
“I reckon it’s because I did the work with Athlete Nation,” Joshua said. Until recently Joshua’s training only involved training in the pool. “It has given me strength, giving me more control with my strokes.”

“Sport is so much more than what you’re doing in the pool,” mother Cindy explains. “It’s the fuel you feed your body, relaxation, technique and the mental aspect is massive.”

 Joshua (12) in action at Waikato Swimming Juniors Championships

Joshua (12) in action at Waikato Swimming Juniors Championships

Confidence he needed for a good race
“Joshua can win or lose a race before he has even started, his mind plays a big part in how he does. And going to Athlete Nation has given him the confidence, he was mentally ready to jump off the blocks.”

Cindy had been searching for additional training her son could do, something else to focus on other than just ‘winning’ and comparing himself to others. That’s how she came to Athlete Nation.

Movement, a good place to start for a young athlete
“I love the idea of movement, and just using body resistance. At this age [12] it’s the right place to start. It helps to develop his body and to not get injured.”

Joshua and his mother are excited to see what the future brings. Although his wins were mostly attributed to his mental state, he is starting to notice physical changes too from his training at Athlete Nation.

“I feel power in my arms and legs and I am sure the core strength is better,” Joshua explains.

All the best Joshua, we are so proud and we look forward to helping you progress towards you sporting goals.

Joshua only recently joined Athlete Nation by taking part in the 8 Week Youth System Challenge, part of Athlete Nation's youth programmes. Find out more below:

Busy mum gets fit again

From feeling shattered after a 1.6km training to easily running five. That's Stevie's goal for the 12 Week System Challenge.

Stevie used to be very active, but since she had two children the only exercise she's been getting is 'running after the kids'. That's about to change.

She has committed to the 12 Week System Challenge to get her 'fit and toned', like she used to be.


Stevie Bain, mother of two and working full time in her real estate business Team Bain & Bain – Harcourts, which she runs with her husband, has been missing the exercise.

Being fit enough to just get up and run
"I want to do regular exercise again. I want to get fit, be toned and lose weight. I want to be able to say 'yes' when someone asks me to do 5km fun run or something. That 1.6 km I just did, just killed me. Just the ability to do 5km without having to train for it, that's what I want."

It's a Challenge for everyone, from newbie to experienced
Next Monday [22 January] Stevie starts the 12 Week System Challenge with Athlete Nation, alongside other mothers, others new to training and people who are already more advanced.

"The beauty of the Challenge is that everyone can do it. Having our science based Kritz Movement System in place, means we can coach everyone at different levels at the same time," Crystal Kaua, Manager Athlete Nation explains.

Train at own level and own pace
"For Stevie, our coaches will ensure she will train at her own level and own pace, so she stays safe and won't get injured. At the end of the challenge she will definitely see results, that's something our system and coaching guarantees," Crystal explains.

Sign up and get 4 weeks off
Interested in doing the 12 Week System Challenge just like Stevie? You'll get 4 weeks free when you sign up.  Visit, contact us or come and see us at 502 Grey St, Hamilton East.