Coach Troy and head Franks Brothers CrossFIT coach, Ken Franks, with their military background were approached by CACTUS (Combined Adolescent Challenge Training Unit and Support) to see if they would be interested in running an 8-week program for Kaiopoi High School students.
Coach Ken says “The design of the program was that for 8 weeks the kids turned up to school on Monday, Wednesday, & Friday at 06:30 and we put them through PT, ruck marches and brain games. Then as a group we ate breakfast together. This increased their fitness, made them more confident, and got them thinking about how to operate within a team environment. We also instilled in them how much more their bodies where capable of doing once they could control their minds and push out any negative thoughts.”
“All of this practise culminated with them participating in the longest day. It was time to put into practise all the learning they had achieved during the 8 weeks and either sink or swim.”
“The longest day was split into 6 different evolutions, with each evolution having new team leaders appointed to complete the tasks and achieve the desired outcomes for the teams. The last evolution involved pulling the fire truck through the main street and into the school grounds.”
“Over the course of the day they covered 25km through the beach & forest, 150 + Burpees lots and lots of flutter kicks, and numerous other obstacles. It’s a great course and I recommend it highly, it really does give these kids a positive outlook on life and a great sense of achievement.”
special thanks to the students (and teachers) of Kaiopoi High School