Two TexFit team members, Alena Shannon and Lynda Gillman, master the tyre wall.
Two TexFit team members, Alena Shannon and Lynda Gillman, master the tyre wall.

Hard-core women push their fitness levels to the limit

A TEAM of women training for a hard-core obstacle race has lost more than 100kgs combined under the guidance of former army officer, Gary Houston.

Fitness trainer Mr Houston is helping the group shed the kilos by pushing them to their limits at his training centre at Curra.

But he said self-motivation was the key to losing weight.

By setting a goal to compete in the inaugural endurance event Kokoda Grunt the women have been working hard on their fitness levels. And the results show.

At what a soldier would call a 'soft boot camp', the team of eight have been preparing for a gruelling 15km obstacle course set to test their very being against the elements.

Specially-engineered obstacles on some of the toughest terrain in southeast Queensland will be both psychically and mentally demanding, but Mr Houston is confident the Gympie team will be up to the challenge.

Fitness trainer Gary Houston takes Lynda Gillman through her paces.
Fitness trainer Gary Houston takes Lynda Gillman through her paces.

Team leader Lynda Gillman has lost around 50kgs since joining Mr Houston's training sessions at his centre, TexFit.

Her rapid weight loss has inspired colleagues and friends to join the sessions and prepare for the March 16 event together as Team TexFit.

Kokoda Grunt is a new event organised by the people who run Kokoda Challenge - Australia's premier endurance races.

"The challenge is based on teamwork, with the army value of never leave a mate behind," Mr Houston said

. "The main aim is to raise money for underprivileged kids."

Like all Kokoda adventures, teammates are expected to push themselves to the limits emotionally, physically and mentally.

A weekly average of eight hours hard physical training will soon be stepped up.

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