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Army May 26, 2011
Time to shap
IF YOU have stacked on the pounds and want to do something abo
why don't you take part in our JOIN BILL CAMPAIGN.
LAC Bill Solomou, a staff member with Defence newspapers, w
launch his training regime to coincide with the next edition of the ne
papers (June 9).
We want you to share the journey by sending in emails about yo
weighty concerns and updating us on how your fitness campaign is
going. We will publish your comments along with expert health and
ness advice gained from within Defence. Simply email Bill at vasilis
And don't forget to send messages of support to help Bill
his Greek God-like body of old.
NOTE: Before starting a fitness program, it's recommended
you see a PTI and seek medical advice.
THIS year marks my 47th year,
and with a young family, I
hope to hang around for at
least another 30 years.
In 2007 at the ripe old age of 43,
I joined the Air Force. Upon leaving
recruits I was the fittest I have ever
been. But four years on, complacency
has set in, and I've put on the pounds.
As a member of the Defence Force
I have a responsibility to my
mates. But, most imp
tantly, I have a respo
sibility to my family
the mirror the
other day, I was
shocked to see
the tell-tale signs
of ageing catch-
Adonis body and
Greek God looks
are no more.
I have started to p
on weight and most o
it is around my waist. It just
happened. I'm not huge, but my BMI
actually puts me in the obese category.
I can pass my PFT. However, the
assessment is sub-maximal, and anyone
with half the fitness should be able to
pass. It's amazing to look around at
ADF members of the similar age and
see how many are in the same physical
Statistics show that half of all regu-
lar male Defence personnel are classi-
By LAC Bill Solomou
fied as overweight,
and more than 10
per cent obese.
The last straw
came for me when a
button popped off my
ood; it's just that I
don t exercise enough. And as
we know, being overweight can lead
to detrimental health issues such as
stroke, diabetes and other chronic dis-
I've decided to tackle my obesity
and, in doing so, share my experiences
with our readers. Most importantly, I
want to encourage you to join me on
the six-month journey.
My hope is to have as many
Defence personnel as possible par-
ticipate, and I put out the challenge to
With the assistance of a trained PTI,
I will undertake a training program.
The program will be published in the
next issue of the Service papers.
Before undertaking the program,
I met with the PTI and he identified
specific exercises that would suit my
I also had a basic medical check to
identify if I had any health issues that
would affect my training.
It was made clear to me that if the
program was to work, I would have to
be committed. Therefore, I needed to
set a goal. My current weight is 98kg. I
want to reduce that to 85kg.
It's going to be a big challenge. But
there's no turning back now. It really is
time to shape up.
t It just
reporter LAC Bill
Solomou is ready for
Photo by LS Paul Berry
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