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March 15, 2012
By FLTLT Matt
Basedow who was
part of a quartet of
weightlifters put to
the test last month
We suffered for it -- but it
took just 90 minutes to
earn the respect of trainers
from two Adelaide gyms
who invited two Air Force and two
Army weightlifters to participate in
a combined ADF and civilian weight
The trainers, from MassiveJoes.
com and Buddies Gym, prepared an
exclusive back workout they called
The Back Attack.
With RAAF Base Edinburgh
now a super base and home to such
units as 7RAR and 102 Battery, this
training day provided not only an
excellent opportunity for the ADF
to train with the community, but
also for Air Force and Army to train
The Air Force participants
were myself and LAC Prajeev
Mahendrarajah and Army PTIs
SGT Rob Kawana and CPL Callan
The intention of the workout
was to provide us with information
and education on specific strength
and conditioning training as well as
nutrition and to have a fun and safe
But there was a harsh reality.
Trainers Joseph and Joel laid down
the challenge for us to match their
intensity. They were confident, and
determined to see us break and quit.
We were separated into two groups
and began the workout with a warm
up. Then the pain started.
There were five different exercises
to complete, with four sets per exer-
cise. The goal was 10-15 repetitions
for each set and continued until you
reached complete muscle failure.
The first exercise was bent over
I finished my first set completing a
total of 12 reps. I racked the bar feel-
ing proud of my effort and looked at
Joe. He was staring at me.
"Is that it? Is that all you've got?
After Joe completed his 16 reps
he racked the bar, looked over and
Above, LAC Prajeev
practises his lifting
WEIGHTY MATTERS: Above, FLTLT
Matthew Basedow puts his back
into it, and left, teaming up with LAC
Photos: LACW Nicci Freeman
smiled. That look of "I just beat you,
big time!" set the tone for the rest of
From then on, the grunts, groans
and screams were loud and frequent.
I don't think I've had a weights
workout that can match that level of
Everyone, including the trainers,
were exhausted at the end of the ses-
Joel, owner of Buddies Gym,
said: "I like training with you guys.
You don't complain, you don't say I
can't or it's too hard. You just keep
going and going. That was an intense
That's what we do, Joel.
Regardless of whether you're Navy,
Army or Air Force, we are the ADF;
one team with one purpose. To get
the job done, whatever that job may
be. And Joseph said: "Because of
what the Defence Force does for the
civilian community, defending our
way of life, this is our chance to use
our expertise to give something back.
We plan to run these training sessions
on a regular basis for any member
who wants to improve their form,
strength or muscle endurance."
The following Monday, I ran into
Rob and Callan in the gym on base.
"How's your back?" Rob asked.
Embarrassed, I responded "I'm in
agony. It hurts to lift my arms over
"Me too," he replied.
THE snow and ice which blanketed
Afghanistan was hardly conducive
to playing cricket, a game normally
played in summer across the world.
But the cold weather did not stop
ADF members from pausing from
their duties and getting some games
together to raise money for the
McGrath Foundation's Pink Stumps
Day on February 18.
Not just in Afghanistan either.
Games were held all across the
MEAO: in Kandahar, Kabul, Tarin
Kot, Qatar and even on board HMAS
In Kadahar, the game was played
indoors (howzat for a weather solu-
tion, ump?), and the money raised was
gratefully received by event organiser
FLGOFF Alex Barbaro, from Force
Communications Unit 6, who was
bowled over by the massive response
from ADF troops and coalition part-
ners in getting behind a worthy cause.
"There would be few people who
don't have a partner, mother, sister
or friend who has been affected by
breast cancer," FLGOFF Barbaro
"This event was a perfect oppor-
The pink guys who came in from the cold
tunity to support a charity that will in
turn support women in our communi-
This was the second Pink Stumps
Day held by the McGrath Foundation,
which was co-founded by Jane
McGrath and her cricketing husband
Glen after Jane's initial recovery from
All of the funds raised on Pink
Stumps Day go back to the McGrath
Foundation to help place breast can-
cer nurses in communities across
Australia, as well as increase breast
awareness in young Australian
To donate to the McGrath Foundation,
go to www.gofundraise.com.au/page/
CHARITY PITCH: Members deployed at Kandahar Airfield play a game
of cricket for Pink Stumps Day.
CHEQUE MATES: Above,
FLGOFF Alex Barbaro who
was handed a cheque for $500
by a construction company at
Kandahar for Pink Stumps Day;
eft, FLTLT Craig Peterson wields
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