ATLAS: Caloundra’s Kurt Southam hoists a concrete ball as he prepares for the Fit Bloke Challenge in Sydney in April.
ATLAS: Caloundra’s Kurt Southam hoists a concrete ball as he prepares for the Fit Bloke Challenge in Sydney in April. Brett Wortman

Strongman Kurt to take on country's fittest athletes

KURT Southam certainly does lift. A lot.

The Caloundra-based Queensland Strongman champion has been invited to compete in the Men's Fitness Fit Bloke Challenge at the Australian Fitness and Health Expo next month. .

Entrants will complete several gruelling physical tests facilitated by in the purpose-built arena.

The challenge will test speed, strength, stamina, endurance and mental toughness against the clock with entrants competing head-to-head on stage.

Challenges will include box jumps, pull-ups, kettlebell swings and deadlifts and will feature equipment that hasn't been used before in this competition.

"I have a Crossfit training background and there's a great appeal with this competition to me. A lot of the competitors are good mates from different fitness backgrounds," the 32-year-old said.

"My training routine has changed a lot over the years. I want to see how I'll go against these guys now that my strength has increased."

Mr Southam wasn't always the picture of perfect health. After four years in the Navy, he was overweight and unhappy. He signed up to a Goodlife gym and took part in a 12 week challenge.

He was the overall winner in Australia for 2008, starting out at 94kgs and 40% body fat and dropping to 79kgs and 14% fat.

That's when he got into Crossfit craze for five years where he qualified for regional events to compete against the fittest Crossfit athletes in the country.

He's now 85kgs with 10% body fat and can deadlift 250kgs, and back squat 200kgs.

 

IRONMAN FOOD

Breakfast: Two eggs and four egg whites, a cup of oats and a protein shake.

Mid morning: 100g chicken, two eggs, on a wholegrain wrap

Lunch: 200g beef with cup of rice.

Afternoon: Same as morning snack.

Dinner: 200g chicken, cup of rice and two cups steamed veggies, usually just broccoli

Before bed: Another protein shake with coconut oil

Post training: Protein shake with roughly a cup of oats

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