Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Soulmates Challenged; Here's an Intensive 12-Week Battle of the Sexes That Is Sure to Boost Health, Energy and Fitness Levels

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Soulmates Challenged; Here's an Intensive 12-Week Battle of the Sexes That Is Sure to Boost Health, Energy and Fitness Levels

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Byline: BRIGITTE SHORT

IT usually starts as a cute comment here or there, such as: aGive me that jar, Honey, and I'll open it for youa or aI'll move that pot for you, Darling.

aIt looks a little heavy.a

Over the years, the chivalry dies and is replaced by a condescending giggle at our efforts to get the box down from the top shelf before our boyfriends, husbands and partners take over from our chore.

Then one day, when you least expect it, he will say, aFace it, Love. Men are just stronger than women. It's a fact.a

While women can argue all they like, nothing says, aI told you soa like cold, hard evidence.

That is where the Total Soul 12-Week Challenge comes in.

This summer, dare your partner to prove he is stronger than you by challenging him to 12 gruelling weeks of an intense fitness regime.

At the end of the challenge, see who will be crowned victorious.

The Total Soul 12-Week Challenge is the initiative of two women, who know all too well the uphill battle of staying fit.

Stephanie Herbel and Krystal Goudge each have their own personal training businesses but have joined forces to help get couples moving.

As a teenager, Stephanie carried some weight that soon became a problem.

aMy social life was full of taunts and this reflected on my moods and led to depression,a she said.

aI decided to take matters into my own hands. But because I wasn't educated in health and fitness, I thought starving myself was the quickest, easiest way to lose weight.a

The weight came off but Stephanie never had any energy and came to realise that just because she was skinny, didn't mean she was healthy.

Stephanie's weight continued to fluctuate as she had kids and went to the gym but it wasn't until she reached her thirties that she began to educate herself in health foods and nutrition. …

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