We are proud to announce the latest addition to Team Re-Claim, Malaysia’s female powerlifting and strongman champion Stephanie Ensol.
In less than two years, Stephanie, 28, has soared to the top of her sport smashing records and winning numerous titles along the way.
She trains up to 10 times a week, doing what she calls the “big three” … squats, bench presses and deadlifts.
And she loves it, pushing herself relentlessly to attain results.
Stephanie winning in Singapore
Stephanie Ensol Career Summary
— 1st Women Under 52kg and 1st Women Overall 2016 Malaysian Powerlifting Alliance Championships
— 1st Women Under 52kg and 1st Women Overall 2016 Singapore Powerlifting Invitational
— 1st Women Under 52kg and 1st Women Overall 2016 Malaysian Powerlifting Invitational
— 1st Women 2016 Kuching Strongman Competition
— National Record Holder Women Under 52kg Squat, Bench Press, Deadlift
— World Record Holder Women Under 52kg Bench Press
Stephanie’s career medal haul
Although Stephanie has been lucky with injuries, she knows that just one accident can ruin her season.
That’s why she is with Re-Claim.
“Re-Claim offers sport specific insurance without all the add-on at a very good price,” Stephanie says.
“I’m sure many people in the fitness and sports world would love Re-Claim as injuries and accidents certainly do happen.”
We welcome Stephanie Ensol to Team Re-Claim and we look forward to a fantastic 2017.
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It comes as no surprise that different sports require unique skill sets. Yet, determining the world’s toughest sport can be difficult. What exactly does tough mean?
We’ve gone through what we think are 8 of the most gruelling and physically taxing sports and ranked them out of 10 based endurance, speed, strength, agility, skill and physicality.
Here’s our list. Do you agree?
Pure maths will tell you Ironman Triathlon has to rank up there as one of the toughest sports in the world. It combines swimming, cycling and running and if you consider Ironman as an example, it consists of an open water swim, a stage of the Tour de France and a marathon. Pure steel.
Total = 26 tough points
As Malaysia’s most popular sport, we all know how gruelling Football is. Athletes are required to have blistering speed, sublime skill and the agility to dribble, evade and hold possession. Not to mention the sheer number of matches the pro’s play. It gets 32 on the Tough-O-Metre
Total = 32 tough points
Gymnastics also gets on our list. Given each athlete needs to be versatile enough to excel on each apparatus — floor, rings, beam, bar, vault — the stamina and toughness required to succeed is high.
Total = 33 tough points
You may think Basketball is perhaps not that hardcore, but considering the dexterity and strength needed to constantly jump, slam dunk and shoot three-pointers under pressure, it’s no wonder basketball ranks near the top.
Total = 35 tough points
Ice Hockey perhaps isn’t the most common sport in Malaysia, but watch a game or two and you’ll be wondering how the players aren’t a gooey mess by the end. It tests all aspects of a player’s repertoire.
Total = 39 tough points
Rugby (Union and League) is immediately recognised as a brutal sport and not just because of the immense levels of physicality involved, but also the deft skills, pace and strategies required to defeat the opposition.
Total = 40 tough points
It takes a lot of courage to step inside the Boxing ring or MMA cage. Punching, grappling, wrestling, defending, footwork — you need it all. Thus, core skills such as power and flexibility combined with speed and agility is essential. Serious injuries and sometimes death can occur, so naturally you need to be pretty tough.
Total = 40 tough points
And finally Water Polo. Water Polo has been officially declared the most difficult sport as the players have to be at peak physical capacity just to survive a game. Treading water, evading vicious blows, wrestling, grappling, swimming up to 2km and powering the ball in the back of the net with a rocket arm. It’s no wonder it ranks on top on our tough list.
Total = 44 tough points
Other sports considered “Tough” include American Football, Australian Rules Football, Rowing, Tennis and in more modern times CrossFit.
If you compete in a sport you think is tougher, let us know on Facebook
*List compiled based on similar reports from ESPN and Bleacher Report
Mountain biking is becoming an increasingly popular sport for thrill seekers. Littered with thousands of miles of well maintained trails that meander and wind across magnificent topography and through primeval jungles, hills, mountains and cities, Malaysia has become a hotbed for mountain biking in Asia. Here’s our top picks for the best mountain biking trails in Malaysia.
Taman Bukit Kiara
Taman Bukit Kiara MTB Trail. Source: Star2.com
Our first destination is Taman Bukit Kiara situated on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur. The track is 10km long and offers soft switchbacks and medium gradient slopes. It has medium-level ranking, so you will need some know how in mountain biking to get through this cross-country trail safely and efficiently.
Putra Challenge Park
Situated near Kuala Lumpur International Airport is Putra Challenge Park. You can spend an entire day here whizzing up and down the pump tracks, dirt tracks, down hill trails and many other features. Suitable for all levels of experience.
Kota Damansara Community Forest
Kota Damansara Community Forest is roughly 3.8km from Taman Bukit Kiara. There are two trails suitable for mountain biking that take you through a lush primary forest reserve featuring 8km of easy flat tracks and slightly tighter spots. The ride is generally fast, yet easy enough for beginners.
The Forest Research Institute of Malaysia
The Forest Research Institute of Malaysia is a hidden gem for mountain bikers. Set in yet another mystical primary forest within the city, this course is full of wonderful things to see as well as being challenging enough to thrill most riders. The trail is very windy and goes through forest trails, bridges and little streams ensuring a muddy and fun ride. The trail is safe for all levels of bikers.
The Setia Alam Trails
The Setia Alam trails are certainly one of the most challenging trails near the city. The Kuala Lumpur Bike Hash sees hundreds of bikers gather to race through a track peppered with extreme downhill drops, single tracks and rocky gardens. We suggest at least an intermediate level of mountain biking for these trails.
Outside of the Klang Valley, Penang Island has some great surprises for bikers. The small island holds some of the steepest trails around the Penang Hills. This leads to an exhilarating fast single track with roots and sharp corners that are best handled by expert level technical riders.
Langkawi International Mountain Bike Challenge 2013
Langkawi Island also boasts some magnificent trails and hosts regular competitions. It was the home of the Langkawi International Mountain Bike Challenge from 2010 to 2014.
Finally, the magnum opus of mountain biking in Malaysia, Cameron Highlands. The highlands boast cool weather and relatively drier and compact trails. There are two major trails here with the easiest being the 8km MNS Cameron Airport Circuit.
The gradient is generally low and the ride is much more scenic than challenging. The MNS Habu Circuit is a whopping 34km of arduous and often treacherous slopes, almost sheer downhill drops and cliffs that require skill, sharp reflexes and steady nerves.
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