Boot camps for mental health

Every Saturday at 7am over the last few weeks, we’ve been holding boot camps in conjunction with Benny’s Barber Shop to help raise money for the Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand.

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New Zealand holds the highest youth suicide rate per capita in the world. While the conversation about suicide is beginning to happen, we believe that it’s time to voice a solution. We all know someone who has been affected in some way by mental health and we want to shed some light on the darkness.

Our focus has been on providing a comfortable space for people to talk about mental health if they want to and to know that it’s not weak to ask for help. 

We would like to say a big thank-you to everyone who took part in these boot camps and gave a donation. Our goal was to hit $1,000 dollars and you guys have been amazing –we’ve managed to double our original goal and have raised $2,000!

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One of our team, Greg de Villiers, was inspired to take this one step further – setting himself the challenge of rowing 1km for every ‘plus one’ that showed up – I made it a bit harder and said he should do 1km for EVERY person at the boot camps. And he did! 

While he expected to maybe do a few kms, we were stoked to get almost 50 people at the boot camps – meaning he had 50km to row. No small feat.

Here are a few words from the man himself…

My great idea for my big row was motivated by the CrossFit Games Marathon Row. I thought I might have to do 30-40km, but 48 people attended so I rounded it up to 50km. I hadn’t done much preparation – it was the Tuesday before the row that I decided to throw down the gauntlet.

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The whole cause is pretty close to home. I have always had issues with depression and anxiety, but found that exercise was the one thing that I can do to keep it at bay. 

I did the row at BodyFix. It took 3.5 hours. It’s a really amazing environment and a really supportive team. There were people there with me the whole time – handing me drinks and even cutting up my food so I could keep going.

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The first 40km were fine. But the last 10k really hurt – my bum was so sore. But I did it. Two years ago, before I joined ReCreate and really started exercising, I would never have had the confidence – or the fitness – to do something like this. 

I enjoy the physical challenge. I have done the 4 Weeks to Shred and also the 4 Weeks to Strong programmes. I also recently completed my first marathon. I now have my sights set on the upcoming 30km Crater Run in six weeks’ time, as well as my first Half-Ironman.

Don’t be shy – once you have an idea, share it with others and then run with it. You will hear the voice in your head saying you can’t do it – but shut it up and get stuck in.

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Thanks to everyone who has been involved – it’s been epic.

I also want to say a special thanks to my team for showing up and getting it done week in and week out – and always with a smile on their faces. Also a massive shout-out to Ben at Benny's Barber Shop for having us in your facility.

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We are back in with the boot camps for the next four weeks on 8, 15, 22, 29 September, with all proceeds to the Mental Health Foundation - so show your support for this awesome cause!

So… who wants to see this keep going? Get in touch if you’re keen – or have any other ideas on how we can help such an awesome cause.

- Reece #noexcuses #itsnotweaktospeak 

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