Any tougher and she would rust

Media Scrapbook   |   Nov 15, 2013


So you made a new year’s resolution, that this year you would stop making excuses and take your physical fitness to the next level.

Be honest, some of you did, most of you didn’t and some are still thinking about it.

Zara Daniels on the other hand has redefined the new year’s resolution.

She has taken her new year’s fitness resolution to the Zena warrior woman level.

“In in terms of health and fitness I made a new year’s resolution last year,” she said

“This year would be the year that I’d stop making excuses of not having enough time.

“So I entered myself in all kinds of competitions.”

Zara enters mostly charity events such as the Ride Like Crazy 110 km bike race through the Adelaide Hills progressing to military inspired obstacle courses such as the 34 obstacle, 12km True Grit event.

The girl from Streaky Bay has completed the Tough Mudder hard core 20 km long obstacle courses designed by British Special Forces that test all around strength, stamina, mental grit, and camaraderie.

“I also ran The Stampede which is 10 km and the night attack True Grit that’s 5 km,” she said.

“I took my siblings to Operation Black Hawk where you crawl under barbed wire while they throw clumps of mud at you.”

During the Mudder Arctic Enema a pure ice bath has to be swum and ‘electric shock therapy’ wires that can have as much as 14,000 Volts running through them have to be negotiated.

“You have to dive into the ice, swim underneath walls in the container,” she said.

“And push the ice cubes away, then climb up on the outside and then run the rest of the 18 km.

“The electric shocks with wires were hanging down in the water.

“They just shock you as you hit them.”

To date, Zara has raised about $2,500 for legacy and about $1,500 to children’s cancer charities.

“I just like helping out and I choose charities that I appreciate,” she said.

“I am more inclined to get up on those days when I find it hard to train.

“Because I don’t want to feel that I’m letting the charity down by not putting in my best effort, it helps me drive a bit more.

“It’s always a good feeling to hand that cheque over at the end of the day.”

In June this year Zara tested her strength and endurance on the Kokoda Trail.

“The Kokoda Trail was very intense,” she said.

“I chose to carry my own gear for the trip which meant that I was carrying 18 kg every day, which is very physically exhausting.

“It is by quite far the most physically and mentally challenging thing I’ve ever done.

“I can’t possibly imagine how they [the Aussie soldiers on the Kokoda Trail during the Second World War] managed doing that carrying two to three times the weight.

“I have a whole new appreciation for them.”

The mental strength and toughness Zara has developed through her charitable activities has relevance to other parts of her life and that was something she really wanted to work on this year.

“I definitely like the challenges involved in health and fitness,” she said.

“In the last 12 months I decided to step it up a bit and really try and train so I could be in the best physical shape that I can be not only physically but mentally as well.”

Zara acknowledged the influence of Roxby’s ‘Prince of Pain’, Burn Hard PT’s Bernard DeMontmorency who has revolutionised the way she trains.

There’s been a dramatic rise in the level of Sara’s fitness since working with Bernard.

If Zara is not training or raising money for charity she is volunteering.

“I volunteered for the Ambulance Service when I moved to Roxby five years ago,” she said.

“I wanted to be closer to my oldest brother and also got a job out on site [Olympic Dam].

“I wanted to go to emergency services to get a better idea of which discipline I liked the best out of fire, rescue and medical.

“I’ve been working out there about three years now and have discovered even though I love all three, medical is definitely my preference.”

Zara is not sure what the future holds for her.

In the meantime Zara said she’ll continue to train and continue studying a Bachelor of Clinical Science in the hope of becoming a paramedic and will pursue her dream of becoming a personal trainer.

“I just know that if I set my mind to it I can achieve anything,” she said.

As far as men in Zara’s life she said he didn’t necessarily to be as fit and to keep up with her.

“Everyone is an individual but he certainly has to understand that I live a very active life,” she said.

“I don’t mind laying back and watching a movie.

“But that I cannot do it all day.”

For Zara it’s up and at the gym in the morning and back in the gym in the afternoon.

“I’d much rather be going out to the gym exercising,  playing some sport or riding my motorbike rather than just sitting at home.

“I don’t do sitting still very well.”

- by Jack McGuire, reposted from the Roxby Downs Sun, 14NOV13

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