Noth­ing con­stricts this ninja

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JOLENE Kelly is known as ”The Snake Charmer” on

Aus­tralian Ninja War­rior, and there’s a good rea­son why.

Her “con­stant com­pan­ion” is 1.7m pet python Stan­ley, who is her re­cov­ery buddy and sup­port net­work — even when she goes to the gym.

The 28-year-old sales man­ager from Chelsea Heights says Stan­ley helps her face the emo­tional toll her hard­core fit­ness train­ing has had on her since she be­gan her weight loss jour­ney.

Three years ago, she wanted to lose 20 ki­los. She did it in two years, go­ing from 78kg to 58kg.

Now Aus­tralians will see her take on the Ninja

War­rior course, which she did while in­jured.

“I had a tear in my right quad two weeks be­fore the com­pe­ti­tion. I was train­ing twice a day for three to four hours, six days a week,” she said.

“A week be­fore the com­pe­ti­tion my physio looked at me and said ‘You just have to Panadol-load for the next week’. If you look closely you’ll see the scar from the ice pack burn I have for the rest of my life!”

By the time she took on the course, it was 1am. She says it was the best thing she ever did even though it felt like a to­tal blur. Aus­tralian Ninja War­rior airs Sun­day-Tues­day on Nine.

Pic­ture: EU­GENE HY­LAND Jolene Kelly and her python, Stan­ley, who helps out dur­ing her train­ing ses­sions.

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