Tama returned home to Havelock North after spending the past 15 years living, working and learning in Australia. He has been involved in the fitness industry for most of his life and has also worked in Corrections for the past 10 years.
After his first WOD, like many of us, he was hooked on CrossFit. The training and the community sucked him in to new way of living and gave him a new perspective on what health and wellbeing is. CrossFit for Tama has allowed him to meet awesome, like-minded friends that would slam barbells during the day and then enjoy a few craft beers in the night.
Tama’s love of movement and lifting heavy led him to completing Crossfit Level 2 Certification, Australian Weightlifting Federation, Level 1 Sports Power Coach (Weightlifting), he holds Certificate III and IV in Personal Training and is a qualified Massage Therapist. He is currently studying Kawa Oranga (Batchelor Health Promotion, Sport and Exercise Sciences).
One of the main attractions to CrossFit for Tama was the addition of mobility, movement prep and self management to get out of pain. Movement quality over quantity has kept Tama searching for ways to improve his training and his coaching skills.
Competitively, Tama was part of the IWCF team at regionals in 2014 alongside his wife and will be forever grateful for having that opportunity to be out on floor with her. He has also competed in a non-sanctioned Weightlifting meets, placing first in his category.
Tama really enjoys lifting heavy things and prefers not to run. He is your 2018 Mr Waimatama and he geeks out about coffee way to much.