ZOE Pond-McPherson and Noelle Wenceslao made the country proud over the weekend following a 1-2 finish in the female category of the Under Armour’s Test of Will finals held at the extravagant Gardens by the Bay in Singapore.
Pond-McPherson didn’t disappoint an entire archipelago after winning the coveted gold medal in the inaugural staging of the premier fitness challenge event in Southeast Asia.
Regarded as the ‘The Fittest Woman in Philippine Crossfit,’ Pond-McPherson stood out among the eight lady hopefuls by tallying a total of 261 reps and 22 points.
Wenceslao finished runner-up with a total of 245 reps and 23 points.
Pond-McPherson is no stranger to fitness challenges as she suited up in the 2015 Crossfit Games Pacific Regional in Wollongong, Australia against some of the strongest female athletes in the region.
Wenceslao meanwhile, has 16 years of experience in the field of dragon boat and is an avid outdoor enthusiast. In 2007, Wenceslao achieved a milestone by becoming one of the first three Filipinas who reached the summit of Mount Everest.
Both Filipinas went through the eye of a needle inside the highly-touted structure known as ‘The Tower,’ which contains different fitness zones with calisthenic exercises.
In the first phase, participants had to undergo a one-kilomoter Assault AirBike and accomplished several squat jumps and body weights challenges.
Difficulty and intensity took a notch higher in the competition’s second part as participants were obliged to complete 20 counts of burpees and ten repetitions of 10-kilogram dumbbell thrusters.
A multi-rig aerial course and fat bar pull-ups were prepared in the third session, while the last stage catered another one-kilomoter Assault AirBike and a 12-meter wall climb to cap off the arduous course.
Pond-McPherson is no stranger to fitness challenges as she strutted her wares at the 2015 Crossfit Games Pacific Regional in Wollongong, Australia alongside the strongest female practitioners in the region.
Pond-McPherson and Wenceslao’s male counterparts were able to make it to the top five of the men’s division.
Merwin Torres finished at fourth, followed by Derrick Maercado at fifth place.
All of the four Filipino representatives were mentored by fitness power couple Jim and Toni Saret.
The meet features eight male and eight female contenders from the Philippines, Singapore, Malaysia, and Thailand.