LAUREN, A PROUD UNIREC MEMBER AND JOURNO STUDENT OVER AT WINTEC IS SET TO TACKLE TOUGH GUY & GAL WITH THE TEAM ON AUG 9. SHE HAS KINDLY AGREED TO DOCUMENT HER JOURNEY, AS SHE TAKES ON OUR WEEKLY TRAINING SESSIONS LEADING UP TO THE EVENT. HERE IS WEEK Four...
It feels like a betrayal of every student instinct I possess to be so cheery at 6:30am, but the warm weight of instant coffee fills my belly as the UniRec Sports Hall fills with semi-familiar faces, and life is good.
I feel almost rude interrupting the two men's jovial conversation to introduce myself. Coworkers and great mates from way back, Nick and Craig actually work with Uleisure; when we partner off, I pair up with Nick, and spend the next half hour berating myself for breaking up such a beautiful, self-professed bromance. He doesn't seem to mind though, jogging circles around me as I try to strike up a half-audible conversation through my puffing.
So what is it about the Tough Guy that induced these fit fellows to follow the trend?
“Craig made me do it,” Nick laughs. “Peer pressure! But now it's fun.”
Once a competitive rower, he retired in 2004 and went travelling – and that, he says, is when he “got fat”. I try not fly head-over-heels into the tyre I'm flipping, and look over at his effortless athleticism dubiously, but he insists. “I noticed I was getting fatter and fatter, and I wasn't going to get thinner and thinner by keeping on doing what I was doing.”
When he returned from the great blue yonder, Nick found a job, but simultaneously found himself office-locked and gaining more weight. “Then my bromantic buddy talked me into doing this silly thing called Tough Guy.
“I instantly thought 'that's not for me', knowing that my testosterone levels peaked many years ago and I no longer have any desire to prove myself in the physical sense. However, I did think it could aid me in blowing out some unwanted artery plaque build-up.”
I'm pushing my limits just to keep up as Nick pounds out push-up after push-up, looking anything but sickly. “If it wasn't for my bromance with Craig, I could be laid out in a hospital bed with angina. Do I owe the man my life? Probably not. But I owe him my health and I thank him every day for that.”
TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT UNIREC'S TOUGH GUY & GAL TEAM AND TO GET INVOLVED, SEE THE TEAM AT RECEPTION.