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Tribesports User of the Week: Rick P

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Posted by Rick P under Fitness & Training on 29 November 2012 at 12:00 AM

Rick P user of the weekHow does life feel at the top of the leader board?

When the congratulations flashed on my screen it was almost surreal; when first making the TS Top Ten my main goal was to stay in it, then the same for the Top Five. With an icon at the top it never really seemed possible to pass her; I still pinch myself in the morning to make sure it's not just a dream. :)

You're a welcoming face to new Tribesports users - what motivates you to keep finding and following newcomers to the community?

Welcoming new members is a big part of every day; it's great when they reply to my message, saying how excited they are to get started! And a nice bonus when they follow me back. :) I love welcoming them and seeing them progress with their workouts and up through the ranks. :)

What's been your toughest Challenge to date?

I recently did the 1,000 calf raises in one day, a tough one for sure and ... a wall squat of any time period is pure torture!

Which Challenge are you most proud of?

I'd never heard of planks before joining and my first one was a shaky 35 seconds. Wasn't sure they were for me but by doing them every day and slowly going up in time I'm now able to hold them 4-5 minutes at a time. :)

Your handstand photo is pretty iconic - what's the story behind it?

I usually exercise inside my house which is filled with exercise equipment, with more bought since joining TS. My brother, also a gymnast came up with the idea of us going into the front yard and taking photos; that's how it came to be. I do wish that a video my aunt took of us was still around, she lost it when moving to her current house. We both put our hands on the ground, lifted up into handstands, held them for about 60 seconds and then came back down at the same time. 

What are your top tips for the perfect handstand?

A perfect handstand is one where you go up with no arch, and don't have to fight to stay up with your wrists and fingers. I prefer to slowly press up as that keeps balance totally under control but kicking up to a solid handstand is impressive too. Once a person can hold a handstand for a few seconds then it's a matter of practice for longer ones, trying to keep your hands as still as possible and keeping good form.

Your current mission to complete and log 10,000 squats on Tribesports is pretty insane - how's it going so far?

LOL this is a long term goal! I currently have completed and logged less than 1,500 so it is an early work in progress. :)

This will be a tough question for you; which Tribesports user makes your day?

Eunice Y profile pictureEunice Y and I have had a friendship connection from the day she joined that has grown ever stronger over time. She is super nice, always leaving me wonderful morning greeting messages and then in the evening, sweet good night ones. I appreciate her sunshine personality, constant support and ... she is a physical marvel! We inspire each other to keep going. :)

There are also a few other users that make me smile daily (you know who you are!)

And what is your favourite quote?

"In the depth of winter I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer." - Albert Camus

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