What a loser!
Flippa drops 18kg in challenge
Losing 18 kilograms in 11 weeks is a pretty sensational effort.
It’s the average weight of a five year-old child and it’s the same amount that Finley’s Paul ‘Flippa’ Dundon has lost as part of HQ Gym’s Biggest Loser Overhaul Challenge.
The challenge, now in its final week, is led by Finley HQ Gym’s fitness gurus Ryan Locke and Rich Findlay. It challenges two teams of 12 people to battle it out to lose the most weight over 12 weeks
The individual and team winners will be announced at an open community dinner at the Finley RS Club, starting from 7.30pm Friday.
The winning individual will receive $1000 cash, while the winning team’s dinner will be free.
Each week the teams undergo different exercise and diet challenges and their weight loss progress is measured individually and then calculated to determine the winning team.
Flippa, 40, admits he signed on for one reason.
‘‘I was fat. I gained a few too many kilos and needed motivation,’’ he said.
The full-time owner operator of Flippa’s Auto Electrics and father of three said he had a ‘‘non existent’’ exercise regime after quitting football 21⁄ years ago.
‘‘I used to love footy for training and since I stopped doing that, I was going full tilt doing nothing,’’ he said.
‘‘I liked the idea of this challenge. There was no way I was going to be motivated with just a discounted gym membership, I needed the time challenge of 12 weeks to say ‘right, I’m doing this and there’s no backing out’.’’
Flippa said the challenge would suit anyone, adding that overall it’s a great way to have fun and meet people.
He said although the first four weeks were a bit tough, mentally the program was inspiring and ‘‘very doable’’.
‘‘I took on the morning bootcamps and other classes, and everything started going well,’’ he said.
‘‘The bootcamps in particular are a friendly environment; tough but fair. No one’s smirking at you if you can’t do 100 push-ups. It wasn’t harsh and is achievable.
‘‘You meet and interact with people you wouldn’t usually and you all have something in common — each person has the same target.’’
Looking back on the past 11 weeks, Flippa said he’s found joy with the tell-tale sign of weight loss — his clothes were getting bigger and bigger on him.
‘‘Even just a few weeks ago, I bought three pairs of expensive work pants but they’re already falling down.’’
Feeling ‘‘a million dollars’’, Flippa said he has become a morning person and can even see improvement in other aspects of his life, including at work.
‘‘I get up at 5.45am with no problems and now I do a full day of good work instead of stuffing around the first hour.
‘‘It’s a great feeling to be fit again and the staff at HQ know what they’re doing. I can’t praise them enough.’’
Flippa is a member of Blue Team, under the instruction of Rich Findlay.
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Finley’s John Milne and Paul ‘Flippa’ Dundon have lost a combined 34kg in 11 weeks as part of the Biggest Loser Overhaul Challenge.