The Block’s hot bods

Pro-net­ballers and Block­heads Bianca and Carla re­veal how to stay ripped all year round!

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Be­fore they were plas­ter­ing and paint­ing their pent­house in St Kilda’s Gatwick Ho­tel, The Block babes Bianca Chat­field and Carla Dzi­woki were burn­ing up the netball court. With more than 25 years of pro­fes­sional sport­ing ex­pe­ri­ence be­tween them – with Bianca even tak­ing home gold in the 2014 Com­mon­wealth Games as vice-cap­tain for the Aussie netball team – the girls tack­led a six-day-a-week train­ing sched­ule. Sit­ting down with NW, Bianca and Carla dish the deets on how they kept fit be­fore the show, and how they’re main­tain­ing their rigs dur­ing TV’S most mam­moth reno. Girls, you look un­real! How were you keep­ing fit be­fore The Block? Carla: I upped my train­ing. I knew I’d be do­ing a lot of heavy lift­ing and man­ual labour, so I com­mit­ted to hitting the gym four to five days a week and added some

stair ses­sions and long walks. Bianca: I’d usu­ally train most days – a mix of F45, Pi­lates or go­ing for a walk. I just love be­ing ac­tive, it’s so good for my body and my mind. What parts of your body do you fo­cus on when work­ing out?

C: Af­ter two knee re­con­struc­tions, I have learnt to love build­ing strength and con­trol in my glutes, quads and ham­strings.

B: I love work­ing my legs too. They’re the strong­est part of my body, and F45 al­ways gives them a good work out with squats and jump­ing (ply­o­met­rics). I’m not much of a fan of train­ing my arms – I can look [broad shoul­dered] pretty quickly if I start lift­ing heavy weights! [Laughs] How has your fit­ness reg­i­men changed since be­ing on the show?

C: I planned to con­tinue my gym rou­tine while on The Block but all the stairs and car­ry­ing plas­ter­board is keep­ing me fit.

B: I had all in­ten­tions of try­ing to go to F45 once a week, but I’ve had no time or en­ergy. Lots of stairs, car­ry­ing heavy things and paint­ing is my ex­er­cise reg­i­men at the minute. We have also played some beach hand­ball and bas­ket­ball against fore­men Keith [Sch­leiger] and Dan [Reilly]. Are there any other of your fel­low con­tes­tants ex­er­cis­ing?

C: Every­one is do­ing their share of labour on the show, how­ever some are work­ing up more sweat than oth­ers.

B: Our “Penty” friends Jess and Norm [fel­low con­tes­tants] have to climb stairs just as much as we do, and we are try­ing to help each other with as much as we can. Slid­ing the tim­ber up be­tween the stair well rails has been one of Norm’s tips. What’s the hard­est part about be­ing on the show?

C: The all-nighters are tough – it’s get­ting harder to bounce out of bed in the morn­ing! In sport there’s a fo­cus on re­cov­ery, and when you’re over-trained and tired, coaches ad­just the load. Not on The Block!

B: Prob­a­bly hav­ing a con­sis­tent rou­tine. I’m not miss­ing phys­i­cally train­ing be­cause we are do­ing so much, but I’m miss­ing be­ing able to eat well. Also, some of my netball in­juries have come back to haunt me. My back strug­gles with all the paint­ing. But we just have to get it done! The Block

Carla (left)and Bianca train ‘most days’

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