Bay blokes burn 70kgs for break event
EIGHT of the region's busiest business people have proven how motivation and mateship can help to lose weight and reach goals.
The team of eight blokes from all corners of the Coast's business community teamed up with personal trainer Lars Olsen to get fit for this weekend's Bay Break.
In only 13 weeks they have lost a combined 70 kilograms - as much as Olsen weighs.
"They approached me and they wanted to do something to be able to re-gain some of their vitality, get a bit fitter and lose a bit of weight," Olsen said.
Three group sessions each week as well as individual goals and programs has seen some, like former councillor Robert Garland lose 10kg.
"The first month was particularly challenging both physically and mentally," he said.
Garland said he did not weigh himself every week - instead relying on the help of Olsen as mentor and mates.
"On your own it can get a bit lonely so you put a lifestyle on it and it becomes fitness to improve living," he said.
At this weekend's Bay Break Garland will do the 5km walk and 1km swim.
Bay Break president and property expert John Bone has lost 5kg.
"My aim was to lose six kilograms and the others' goals were to lose about 12kg," he said.
Prior to the challenge Bone's exercise included swimming three days a week; but he wanted a more intense program.
"I've been at (Darren) Bosley and Garland for a while saying look, you're getting old and it's harder to lose weight," he said.
"You can really notice the amount they've lost.
"I wanted to do some other stuff as well so about eight of us got together and it's a really good group.
"There's more incentive to turn up."
Telstra Fraser Coast area manager Darren Bosley proudly declared "I've lost 15 kilos!"
"I've never lost 12kg in my life and I said you're kidding me - I've now lost 15," he said.
At this weekend's Bay Break Bosley will run 5km and swim 1km.
"I haven't run 5km in over 15 years and I've never swum 1km," he said.
Olsen said staying motivated was the key to losing weight.
Tomorrow the final body composition will provide an insight into how much weight the men have lost and how much of their body has turned to muscle.
"The majority of them began in the obese category 12 weeks ago and hopefully they will all be in the healthy category tomorrow," Olsen said.
"It's just about re-looking at your life in a different way and prioritising your health each day."
BAY BREAK DETAILS
- Nominations are open for this weekend's Bay Break.
- You can join a list of events including; a junior 2km run, 5km or 10km run; 3km, 1km or 280m swim; 2km criterium ride or beach walk.
- For more visit herveybaybreak.com.au
Hayden Johnson is a journalist for the Fraser Coast Chronicle. Follow him on Twitter here.