A New Plymouth gym instructor is inviting people to put themselves in the shoes of cancer patients for a day by working themselves to breaking point.
A group workout tomorrow is designed to give participants an idea of what battling cancer feels like physically, and what cancer patients have to go through to beat it, organiser Shane Wallacehoskin said.
"It'll never be the same as actually having cancer, but it gives you an idea," he said.
Mr Wallacehoskin said the group workout at Cityfitness would be the first of many he hoped to organise to support cancer charities such as Movember and Pink Ribbon Day.
"Me and my wife have both lost family members to cancer, so we just want to get behind an awesome charity," he said.
A Witt tutor as well as a CrossFit coach, Mr Wallacehoskin was shaken when one of his students was diagnosed with prostate cancer this year.
Personal trainer Mike Reive, who will be taking part in the workout, said working himself to the point of being ill for charity would be worth it.
"I know a lot of people who have had cancer. It's to support a good cause," he said.
He hoped at least 20 people would join him at the workout.
Mr Wallacehoskin said anyone could come and do the CrossFit workout.
"CrossFit is natural, everyday movements under a qualified coach, with perfect form. The exercises can be scaled back, so it's a workout for any fitness level."
He also said the workout routine would be secret until it started at 10am.
"You don't know what you're doing until you turn up."
- Hunter Ward is a Witt journalism student
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