It’s hard not to marvel at the physical feats contestants are achieving on the current season of Australian Survivor: Brains V Brawn.
Each episode the two tribes go head-to-head in immunity and rewards challenges.
And they’re all trying to position themselves that one step closer to being crowned the Sole Survivor and pocketing $500,000.
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From the comfort of our homes, it can be exhausting to watch but with some careful planning and energy output, we can all build up a base level of fitness to be Survivor ready – even if becoming a contestant is far from one of your life goals.
Australian Survivor host Jonathan LaPaglia says “while it’s possible to be not very good at challenges and still win, it’s difficult, especially in Australian Survivor, where the challenges are skewed to physical prowess”.
“So you are going to need a pretty solid base level of fitness in running, jumping and swimming,” he says.
“Hand-eye co-ordination is also a plus for the throwing elements.”
Being a well-rounded player requires a balance of both brain and brawn but if you’re focusing on just improving your fitness, there are a few things to consider.
Survivor All Star and Australian Survivor: Talking Tribal On 10 Play host Nick Ladanza says: “My measuring stick before I played each time was whether I could climb six flights of stairs and not get puffed out.
“If I couldn’t, then it was back on the treadmill to work on my cardio. Usually the thing that trips contestants up the most is the swimming. Before the game there is a physical test with a swim test and you need to be able to do 200m without stopping.
“That is a good guide for would-be castaways or people who want to hone their inner Survivor.”
Here personal trainer, body builder and current Brawn tribe member Kerryn McGee gives her expert tips to up your pandemic fitness.
Australian Survivor: Brains v Brawn airs Sunday, Monday, Tuesday at 7.30pm on 10.