Feature

Women’s fitness group reaps some surprising rewards

The Wide Bay Crew enjoy a trek on Fraser Island, finishing at Lake MCkenzie.
The Wide Bay Crew enjoy a trek on Fraser Island, finishing at Lake MCkenzie.

THEY come in all shapes and sizes, from various backgrounds.

Some of them have kids, some don't, but all of them have different goals.

What this group of Fraser Coast women have in common is they all want to get fitter and have a good time while doing it.

The Wide Bay Crew is a fitness group bringing together dozens and it is changing the lives of women around the Fraser Coast.

The women found one another through the Michelle Bridges 12 Week Body Transformation program - but now their friendships go well beyond that, thanks to the journey of increased health and fitness they have embarked on together.

The group can be found almost anywhere on the Fraser Coast, completing activities, bushwalks and runs through the region's hinterland, on Fraser Island and on Hervey Bay's beaches.

The group comes together a few times each week to stay active and once every four weeks a big event is planned.

Hervey Bay's Tania Wilson is responsible for organising many of the group's activities, from days at Flame Lily adventure park in Burrum Heads to treks from Kingfisher Bay to Lake McKenzie on Fraser Island.

With the help and support of the women she trains with, Tania has lost 70kg.

The group is laidback and easygoing, and while most of the members are women, partners and husbands are welcome to join in as well and it is completely kid-friendly.

Tania said the group was all about girl power and it didn't matter what background one was from, whether it was a woman working in a business or a stay-at-home mum.

"There are all ages and sizes and different backgrounds of life," she said.

Tania continuously challenges her fitness level, completing the Warrior Dash in Woodford twice and also many other events.

She says belonging to the group has been a revelation because it is very supportive and it is a social way of getting fit.

Group member Monique Maynes said she had lost 23kg since joining the group.

It had been a journey full of raw emotions as the women embarked on the challenge of losing weight together, Monique said.

While the health benefits for her had been fantastic, it had also been a bonus for her husband and her three children, who had joined in the activities and had also become aware of maintaining healthier lifestyles and diets, she said.

The kids accompanied her to the boxing sessions held by the group and there were always other children to play with. Often, her older children joined in, Monique said.

"They get excited about going to boxing."

Monique said she had done some "very crazy" things that she would never have done if she had not joined the Wide Bay Crew.

From running along tracks on Fraser Island to contemplating taking part in the Kokoda Challenge, held in the Gold Coast's hinterland every year, Monique said joining the group had been a "hell of a ride and lots of fun".

"I've met so many wonderful people," she said.

Losing weight had made a huge difference to her life.

"It reaches every aspect of your life," she said.

To find out more about the Wide Bay Crew, email tania_wilson@dodo.com.au

The Wide Bay Crew do some stretching at a Hervey Bay beach before their workout.
The Wide Bay Crew do some stretching at a Hervey Bay beach before their workout.

Topics:  exercise fitness fraser coast group hervey bay women



How to survive a bushfire in your car

IT SOUNDS like a nightmare, but it can happen.

Eight reasons to join the RFS

SPREAD across 93% of Queensland, the Rural Fire Service has about 36,000 volunteers. And you could be one of them.

What if my insurer gives me grief?

CLAIMING your insurance cover after a natural disaster can go one of two ways. It can be a breeze, or like pulling teeth.

Teenager charged with assault, faces court in January

Police charged a teenager after an assault on December 4.

Redkite adds cheer with Coles Christmas card campaign

Redkite's Tara Burton, deputy mayor George Seymour and Stockland Coles store manager Cheran Walker at the Christmas card display on Tuesday morning.

Staff at the Stockland store are taking part in the campaign.

Fraser Coast school holiday fun starting this week

ArtAbility is once again running a raft of fun Art classes and workshops for all ages this Christmas Holiday time.

School holiday events starting this week on the Fraser Coast.

Local Partners

Taylor Lautner 'spotted smooching co-star'

Taylor Lautner has been romantically linked to Billie Lourd

David Beckham's tattoos come to life for UNICEF campaign

David Beckham has called for an end to violence against children

Pop star Liam Payne's Facebook hacked with porn

"Things that can happen to you when you don't have sex."

Tim Roth was abused by his grandfather

Tim Roth was abused by his grandfather during his childhood.

Leo designs shocker tattoo for Tom Hardy after lost bet

Leonardo DiCaprio has designed a new tattoo for Tom Hardy

Hollywood star at home on the Coffs Coast

FEELING LUCKY, SON?: Scott Eastwood visited the Coffs Coast

Guess which Hollywood star has been seen around the Coffs Coast?

Developer's grand new multi-million dollar estate

NEW ESTATE: This is the only plan revealed by the property developer's new Billabongs Estate in Agnes Water.

DEVELOPER given the go ahead for a massive estate with 149 homes.

Couple's desperate $550K price drop to sell Gladstone home

Brian Headley and Kirstene Staib are selling their Kin Kora mansion for $750,000.

TELL tale sign of Gladstone's property market.

Banks reclaim Gladstone homes as job losses bite

LONG FALL: Property experts Heron Todd say, based on key market indicators, Gladstone is still travelling to the bottom of the market, with property prices set to get cheaper.

Property valuers say Gladstone housing market hasn't hit the bottom

The million dollar property to test Mackay's market

This Victoria St building will go to auction Tuesday and investors will be watching closely to see how much it sells for.

'High profile architect designed CBD asset' goes to auction

Prices jump in trio of mining towns

THE boost in coal prices in the past six months has triggered a house price jump in at least three mining towns in Central Queensland.

Boost in coal prices triggers a market turnaround

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!