Success fitness challenge reaps rewards

This article has photo gallery Published on LEUT Anthea Baczkowski (author), ABIS Jake Badior (photographer)

Able Seaman Medic Rachele Karmiste takes a waist measurement of Leading Seaman Communication and Information Systems Katie Clohesy during the HMAS Success 'Biggest Looser' Challenge while deployed as part of Operation MANITOU. (photo: Able Seaman Jake Badior)
Able Seaman Medic Rachele Karmiste takes a waist measurement of Leading Seaman Communication and Information Systems Katie Clohesy during the HMAS Success 'Biggest Looser' Challenge while deployed as part of Operation MANITOU.

During their recent Operation MANITOU deployment to the Middle East, members of HMAS Success' ship's company took the opportunity to work on their personal fitness levels in a ‘Biggest Loser' style challenge.

In an initiative by Able Seaman Medic Rachele Karmiste, approximately 60 members of the crew took up the personal challenge to lose a few kilos over the six month deployment or build muscle in order to achieve their personal goal weight or improve their individual fitness levels.

In coordination with physical training sessions run by Petty Officer Physical Trainer Anthony Wilson, participants were encouraged to get active everyday, and ‘weigh in’ sessions were arranged at regular intervals for members to check their progress and to keep them focused.

A combined total of 120kg was lost and over 200cm was decreased from waist circumference, by those members wanting to trim down. The largest muscle gain was 4cm around the bicep, showing a remarkable increase in strength during the six month deployment. 

Able Seaman Karmiste said she was impressed with the number of participants she had and was inspired by their motivation and dedication.

"I am always happy to help people if they want to improve their health and this was designed purely for the individual," she said.

"If members want to continue post-deployment I am happy to help but hopefully this has set them on the right track!"

The Australian Navy is now represented by HMAS Newcastle in the Middle East region.