John Randall under the guidance of WIRAC’s Brendan Iles was in the winning combination of this year’s challenge.
John Randall under the guidance of WIRAC’s Brendan Iles was in the winning combination of this year’s challenge.

Randall wins weight loss prize

PUT a thumb over the head of a full body picture and you might not be able to tell the difference between these two.

Maybe.

While he may have a few years on Warwick Indoor Recreational and Aquatic Centre (WIRAC) fitness guru Brendan Iles, John Randall’s transformation is a product of this year’s WIRAC Challenge after shedding 25.3kg – or a fully-grown Staffordshire bull terrier – in two months.

Forty people took part in this year’s challenge, with Mr Randall’s Does it Show team of four taking out the title. The challenge prize included a three-month Gold Membership at WIRAC.

The 190cm – or six foot three in the old scale – man also shaved 15cm off his waist size during the eight weeks.

Mr Randall said the weight loss meant some physical changes where he no longer has a perky peach-shaped derrière of a Latina groover.

“I have a bit of a saggy bum now,” he said with a laugh.

“I really noticed the difference in my face first, and then it all came off my waist.

“Once upon a time the only six packs I had were kept cold in the fridge. Now I’m working on having another type of six-pack instead of the not-so-attractive muffin top.

“I’ve gone from a waist size of 102cm down to 87cm in eight weeks, which is good news for all the menswear shops in town because I now have to buy some new duds for Christmas.”

Mr Randall said rising blood pressure and a “seize the day” mentality prompted the lifestyle change.

He also cut grog from the curriculum.

“I did miss fizzy drinks, but I learned it was all about portion control,” he said.

“We all get busy and sometimes skip meals like breakfast and have a big dinner to compensate, but your metabolism sleeps when you do.

“Warwick is the home of prime beef on the Darling Downs and I had to stay loyal to our local product, so our local butchers will still be enjoying my business.

“The staff at WIRAC were great in both their encouragement as well as their professional advice. What I didn’t want to do was to walk around all day chewing on a celery stick, because I’d be forever hungry.”

Mr Randall credited trainer Mr Iles and the WIRAC team’s support and guidance for his new-found form.


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