Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Training and the One-Track Mind; Keeping Up an Exercise Regimen Takes a Lot of Motivation

Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Training and the One-Track Mind; Keeping Up an Exercise Regimen Takes a Lot of Motivation

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Byline: Letea Cavander

SALLY Fitzgibbons is a woman on a mission, and she wants to encourage many other people to join her push for a healthy life. The professional surfer, 26, will release her Train Like Sally fitness app on Monday.

She said a lot of people were time poor and did not like gyms, so two programs had been formulated to suit different goals and lifestyles.

"I think when I look at my week, I have such a unique blend of things to make me strongest on my board, but when I pulled that apart, it's really relative to people's everyday living and them building their own bodies," she said.

"It's super exciting, it's been months in the making."

Fitzgibbons is hoping to attract her thousands of Facebook and Instagram followers to download the app, plus others who did not know quite how to begin exercising.

"I see it in a lot of people. They want to train and they want to get outdoors but they're not stimulated by it or used to it, or their workplace isn't outdoors," she said.

"They don't quite see what is possible, or how fun it is to move.

"I wanted to add that energy into the app and everything I love about training."

This year is proving a big one in and out of the waves for Fitzgibbons.

She begins her quest for world title glory when the 2017 World Surf League Women's Championship Tour starts on March 14 at Broadbeach on the Gold Coast. The title has so far evaded her. She was runner-up three times, in 2010, 2011 and 2012, and last year she finished in eighth place.

Fitzgibbons said she would hit the waves at Snapper Rocks with a complete sense of calm.

"It's definitely your own journey. The huge part of sport that people don't see is the mental part of it. You're up against yourself, essentially," she said.

"My ultimate goal has always been to become world champion."

She has chased the world title since she first hit the scene a decade ago.

"Obviously last year wasn't my best year, competitively, first time out of the top five," she said.

"It felt a bit strange. It's always heartbreaking because you're training just as hard and you're looking for little improvements you could possibly make. …

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