Dunedin hairdresser Emma Rastrick has bravely decided to
take on World Fitness Centre's TribeFIT training programme
with the aim of getting in shape in just six weeks.
Week 1 Day 1: Yes I was late and yes, they had to call
out a search party to come and find me during my workout.
Went to bed early so could get up early to prevent the very
thing that ended up happening anyway. I hate being late,
especially when I don't know people and I stumble in late
looking like a hot mess.
I walk in and everyone was already warming up, not
Alannah (my TribeFIT trainer) introduced herself to me and
got me started with some burpees. The problem was I had never
seen a burpee so poor old Alannah had to get down and show me
how to do them (sorry Alannah).
I'm not exactly what you'd call "sporty or athletic", far
from it. In school I remember always being picked last for
team games. I've tried to get into shape with the exercises
that most people use, such as running and skipping etc. I
also have a rowing machine and an exercise bike, but they
pretty much just sit there as stand-alone clothes hangers.
Anyway, Alannah pointed to a big whiteboard with all of the
exercises for the session and I had absolutely no clue what
they were...it was going to be a long day.
So my very first training session had begun.
I did 10 burpees followed by squats then we went up to 20
burpees followed by more squats . . . then 30 burpees . . .
at this point I'm not feeling too good. In fact I'm sweating
like crazy and my body felt as if it was drunk, like I forgot
how to use my legs!
Alannah could see me struggling and kept talking me through
the whole thing and encouraging me to keep going. At one
point she even moved me over to the fan to help me cool down.
Time to go around the block for a run. . . . I'm
"Hold on! Where's Emma?"
I must've been away on my run for a while because a group
came back to find me. The great thing was the other
girls were amazing. They kept encouraging me to keep pushing
I didn't finish the session I
still had exercises left to do at the 40 minute mark (each
session goes for 40 minutes), but I felt I gave it everything
The hardest part by far was the burpees. Not a fan of them at
all. The best part was the running, it was just good to
get out into some fresh air.
By the end I was shattered. I have never experienced anything
like this and if I had to be honest I don't think I would've
put my hand up if I knew what it was going to be like.
The funny thing was this weird sensation after the workout
which is hard to explain. My skin feels like it's buzzing.
It's a great feeling, not sure whether that's because I
actually survived or because of the endorphins but it's
I've got another workout on Wednesday and I'm a little scared
about what they're going to put me through next!
Pray for me guys.
Emma is a born and bred Dunedin girl
and has been a stylist for over 13 years. She's somewhat of a
public figure around here and has been involved in many
competitions, with one recently being held in Australia
working behind the scenes on fashion models. Like most of us,
starting a programme and sticking with it is the big
challenge so she's hoping that these 6 weeks will be the
kickstart she needs.