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Ready to tackle the ‘Commando’

Wednesday, 27th November, 2013

Trainer Kerry McDonald, Chantel Malthouse, Suzi McClure, Tambi Collins and Leanne Sheergold have been hitting the gym ahead of the ‘Commando’s’ visit next weekend. Trainer Kerry McDonald, Chantel Malthouse, Suzi McClure, Tambi Collins and Leanne Sheergold have been hitting the gym ahead of the ‘Commando’s’ visit next weekend.

By Ethan James

Four local women have been knuckling down and getting physical in preparation to take on the ‘Commando’ later this week.

Lifting tyres, hurling ropes, sprints and ‘burpies’ have become the norm for Chantel Malthouse, Suzi McClure, Tambi Collins and Leanne Sheergold in the past month.

They will put their new-found fitness to the test when Australia’s Biggest Loser star ‘Commando Steve’ touches down in Broken Hill on November 30.

The celebrity trainer is holding two sessions on the Saturday.

All four are diehard fans of the series and say they will have to pinch themselves when given the opportunity to get up close and personal with the television star.

When asked how they were feeling ahead of the day, the response was a mixture of excitement, nerves and dread.

But Chantel, 30, says the group is ready to take on the challenge. 

“I’ve done things I never thought I could do like jogging and jumping, which is incredible considering I have had two knee reconstructions,” she said. 

“Our main goal was to survive the boot camp with Commando Steve, but now we’re talking about what else we can do such as fun runs.”

Chantel said she joined the group on a whim but has since formed a close bond with everyone involved, even though trainer Kerry McDonald has dished out a bit of pain. 

“I didn’t know any of the girls personally, but Kerry encouraged me to join the group to train and save money,” she said.

“I call her Commando Kerry; anything she says to do, I do it.”

Mrs McDonald, who is also the Centre Manager at the YMCA, says the weight loss and increased fitness has brought the women together and helped them stay accountable to their goals.

“They have really come together and encouraged one another,” she said.

“We are now looking to hold a weekly boot camp session at YMCA Broken Hill following Commando Steve’s visit next weekend.

“It will be a great way to finish 2013 and start the holiday season, if anyone is interested in joining we are asking people to contact the centre,” Mrs McDonald said.

The sessions will be held twice a week over four weeks.

But for now, the girls’ focus remains on the Commando’s boot camps, which will take place at the soccer fields next weekend.

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