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Celebrities sweat it out for Charity

Celebrities sweat it out for Charity

A group of New Zealand’s top celebrities are putting their bodies on the line for the charities they care about.

The team are competing in the Les Mills Bootcamp where they’ll be raising not only their fitness levels but also cash for seven New Zealand Charities.

On the team is Sport’s Café’s Lana Coc-Croft for Wesptac Helicopter Rescue, actress Miriama Smith for Kids Can, dancer Nerida Lister for Starship Children’s Foundation, broadcasters Mary Lambie for Plunket, Noelle McCarthy for Auckland City Mission, Maori Television Native Affairs presenter Julian Wilcox for Heart Children and Living Channel’s April Ieremia for the Breast Cancer Research Trust.

The Les Mills Bootcamp is the latest phenomenon from the world leaders in group fitness and personal training. Inspired by the military, the programme takes teams of recruits through four weeks of outdoor training that uses discipline and team support to push participants beyond their comfort zone, and so helps them achieve their personal best - physically, mentally and emotionally.

Les Mills programme designer Anthony Wall says Bootcamp is part of a completely new approach to fitness. “It’s the gym equivalent of team sports because it’s all about camaraderie, support and inspiration. By being part of a team of like-minded recruits people find they’re more motivated than ever before”.

And the celebrity team will need all the support and camaraderie they can get. They’re up against fourteen other teams from the advertising and media world who are all competing to win the challenge and to raise the most funds for charity. In all there are 120 people taking part in the Les Mills Bootcamp and they will be training in parks and beaches around the city.

The team of Les Mills staff instructors leading the Bootcamp have gone through intense total immersion training, meeting fitness standards set by the NZ Army. While they’ll be demanding total commitment from recruits there will be a big emphasis on fun. Anthony Wall says the Bootcamp is designed to cater for all fitness levels and the programme has been trialed and tested to make sure it delivers real results to the recruits.

Sleeping in is not be an option. The recruits will face early morning starts with workouts kicking off at 0630hrs, three times a week over the four week programme.

The challenge gets underway on the 8th of September and the public can support their favorite celebrity and their charity by keeping up with the challenge on the web site sponsoring celebrities through fundraise online.

The Bootcamp Challenge will end on Friday 3rd of October with an award ceremony where celebrities will announce how much their blood sweat and tears has raised for their charities.


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