March’s Athlete of the Month!

Well, this month, its athletes- our morning rays of sunshine, Ruth and Mandy! We just couldn’t feature one without the other…

Interview by Paddy Compter











Name: Amanda Masae & Ruth Mailata
  Mandy 34 & Ruth 33
Occupation: Mandy, AA – Automobile Association (for the Alkies). Ruth, Early Childhood.
Lives: West Auckland

First of all I wanted to ask you to share your family secret… how is it possible to be so consistently cheerful at 0545am in the morning? 

Ruth – My sister. She thinks she’s the funniest person in the world so I have to laugh at her jokes even if they aren’t funny. Luv you sis.

Mandy – My sister. Watching her laugh at all my dumb jokes. Love you sis


When did you join up at CFW? Elements in November 2013.

And what was the thing that motivated you both to start?

Ruth – Each other cause we love one another :o)

Mandy – Ahh cause she was paying hahaha


How would you have described your physical condition when you first started? 

Ruth – I thought I was ok but when I started CFW that soon knocked me back to reality and how unfit I really was.

Mandy – Terrible. I could barely walk around the block.


What was your upbringing like? Was sport and exercise something you did when you were young? You had to play sports in our family. It was what we did. We had a good upbringing. Outdoor kids, camping, fishing, bull rush etc.
Do you remember your first workout and what it felt like afterwards? Was a Sat morning bring a friend day thanks to my mate (Mary Brown). We walked in saw this tough looking Jewish lady with tats and we knew we were in the wrong place, but it was free so we decided to give it a go. Thanks to Mihi and Nikol for being our buddies. Wall balls, double unders, burpees and 200m run for 25min. Yes, that was the WOD not the warm up. We walked out of the box feeling like superheroes. Maybe it was a lack of oxygen to the head why we decided to go back the Monday.


How has your life changed since you started cross-fitting? Everyone and anyone that we know now know about CFW even if they don’t want to hear it. At first it was about weight loss but now it’s all about being a strong person all round and getting your next best lift.                           

What about food. How has your diet changed since you started? We have been doing Paleo and are nearly at the end of our 30 day challenge (someone should call it 30 day torture). The thing is if you don’t change whats going into your mouth its like turning up to CF without your shoes. Your lifestyle needs to change, that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy things you just make smart choices.

I have seen you guys in the middle of a WOD a few times – you work really hard… what keeps you pushing though?

Ruth – Beating my sister! When I see her working hard I think hurry up she’s wasting you and I die doing it. I can fall over after the WOD is done.

Mandy – Watching my sister lose her mind trying to beat me in the WOD it’s hilarious.


Who motivates you at the box? Seeing how strong everyone is becoming. Whether its getting their first muscle up or conquering those damn double unders. The people at CFW is what motivates you at the box.


What are your physical goals for 2014? Fitter, faster, stronger. Thanks Kanye.


You guys are both awesome and very strong lifters. Is that what you like most at crossfit?

Lifting is one of our fav but it’s the people as well. We like to laugh and make others laugh.


How many times a week are you coming into the box? 5 days, Mon – Fri.


Favourite exercise? Deadlift

Least favourite? Burpees

If you could give one piece of advice to someone considering starting out at CFW, what would it be?
One of the best decisions you can make. Heaps of support. Give it a go.
3 facts about me you may not know;


1. I’m one of Jehovahs Witnesses.

2. I’m a Lebanese Maori.

3. My fav food is Shuuwarma at the Middle Eastern Café in the city.           


1. God and family are the most important things to me

2. I’m the third out of 5 kids.

3. I love to spend my husband’s money.


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