Lennox fitness trainer the real "Commando"
A BROKEN back couldn't stop Steve Shaw from completing six tours of the Middle East, two of South East Asia and years of work as a Commando, so when he's your personal trainer, it'd be best not to complain that you just can't handle another repetition.
Steve, who moved to Lennox Head in May and began his mobile outdoor personal training service, Elite Force Fitness Northern Rivers, has a few stories to tell.
After finally completing his dream of joining the Army at the "late" age of 27, he had a slight setback when, the following year, on a tour of East Timor, he broke his back in a truck accident.
While breaking your back might stop a lot of people, Steve was not that kind of guy.
Instead, after four months of rehabilitation, he got straight back up and back to his duties with the Army, spending the next decade completing more tours of duty.
During that time Steve was selected to be a Commando with the Special Forces - a challenging job, but one he relished.
"It's not a job for everyone, but it was one that I enjoyed," he said.
In 2011 Steve stepped back from his active duties and was asked to become an instructor for the selection course of Commandos - once one of them, he now helps select the next barrage of Commando recruits.
Still a member of the Reserves, Steve hasn't ruled out more Army service, but at the moment he's focused on his personal training business.
A lot of the paces he puts his clients through, he said, are similar to the training exercises he ran through in the Army.
Having always been into fitness, he said it was quite a natural progression for him to step into personal training following his career in the Army.
With a strong mindset and an even stronger body, it doesn't seem like anything could slow Steve down. While his back may give him a bit of muscle pain every now and then, he said, it doesn't stop him doing what he wants to.
Steve's Top Five Health Tips:
- Combine resistance training with cardio
- Do half an hour of exercise at least each day
- Avoid sugar
- Eat low GI foods
- Use your clothes and the mirror as an indicator rather than scales for assessing your progress