Get Commando Fit
published by Hachette, RRP $29.99.
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.