Get Com­mando Fit

pub­lished by Ha­chette, RRP $29.99.

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Whether you want to fit into those pair of jeans, run a half marathon or gain a health­ier mind and body, Com­mando Steve Wil­lis can help you throw away your ex­cuses be­cause, frankly, there are no ex­cuses. Steve, along with nu­tri­tion­ist Kelly Richard­son and chef Kim Wiggins, has put to­gether Get Com­mando Fit — a four-week ex­er­cise pro­gram and nu­tri­tional guide. Steve is best known for train­ing con­tes­tants on Chan­nel Ten’s top-rat­ing show Aus­tralia’s Big­gest Loser. He be­lieves men­tal strength is the key to stay­ing fit and his phi­los­o­phy in­volves much more than weight loss. “Ex­er­cise is not just about stay­ing in shape, reg­u­lar phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity is also cru­cial for your men­tal well­be­ing and over­all health,” he says. The ex­er­cise plan in Get Com­mando Fit is a mix of car­dio and weight-re­sis­tant train­ing and the book in­cludes pro­grams for be­gin­ner, in­ter­me­di­ate and ad­vanced lev­els. All the moves you need to know are il­lus­trated with pic­tures of the man him­self. But a good ex­er­cise reg­i­men is not enough for Steve, who ex­plains what fu­els your body is just as im­por­tant as how you move it and ac­counts for 80 per cent of a per­son’s re­sults. He ex­plains the mi­cronu­tri­ents pro­tein, car­bo­hy­drates and fats — what the body needs “to per­form at its best” with pho­to­graphs of life-size serv­ing sizes. If por­tion sizes are your en­emy, this makes it easy to see what your plate should look like. Beau­ti­fully il­lus­trated recipes in­clude chia co­conut pud­dings with mixed berries, roasted egg­plant salad with pome­gran­ate and mint, chicken salad with rocket and wal­nuts, and lamb salad with quinoa and sweet potato. While the book doesn’t men­tion the Pa­leo diet, the nutri­tion in Get Com­mando Fit is on par with the pop­u­lar diet trend. Ad­vo­cat­ing whole­foods (foods in their nat­u­ral state) and in­gre­di­ents such as grass-fed meats and free-range eggs — the nutri­tion plan aims to avoid dairy and gluten as well as ar­ti­fi­cial sweet­en­ers, re­fined veg­etable oils and mar­garine and soy (un­less you are veg­e­tar­ian). It also avoids calo­rie count­ing (hooray).

Win one of five copies of Get Com­mando Fit

Send your en­try to ME mag­a­zine ‘Get Com­mando Fit’ com­pe­ti­tion, Shep­par­ton News, PO Box 8000, Shep­par­ton 3632. Re­mem­ber to in­clude your name, ad­dress and a day­time phone num­ber on the back of the en­ve­lope. En­tries close on Fri­day, June 5 and win­ners will be no­ti­fied by phone.

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