Sunday Fit with Bryan Fletcher
Author: Adam MacDougall Date Posted:26 June 2018
HE’S made a career out of mocking his TV partner in crime’s post-footy weight gain, but it might be time for NRL funnyman Bryan Fletcher to come up with some new jokes.
“Nathan Hindmarsh has actually lost weight, he’s lost five kilograms by not shoving his face full of food as soon as he wakes up in the morning. He now just waits a few hours. So I’m trying to do the same thing, but I like my food too much,” Fletcher says.
“But I understand you need to be careful of the carbs. If it’s white, it’s not right. Food that is, not people. I’m not trying to do a Roseanne Barr …”
Fletcher is one half of the hugely popular Fletch and Hindy segment on Sunday Night with Matty Johns on Fox Sports. It’s a role he says he was born to play.
“I’m enjoying it immensely,” he says.
“It’s fun — I’m getting paid to do what I’ve been doing my whole life; be a goose.
“It’s like everything in life. Sometimes you have to be serious, but more often than not you’ve got to have bit of a laugh — it’s good for you.”
THERE’S not many things Fletcher takes too seriously, but exercise is definitely one of them. It’s while you’ll find him training every morning at 5.30am, come rain, hail or shine.
And helping to keep him motivated is his wife Britt, who trains alongside him every morning.
“I train with my wife, which is great,” he says.
“We train really early so we can get the kids off to school.
“We start at 5.30am, and I’m walking in the door at 6.35am ready to start the day. I prefer the morning, and I find that if I don’t train I get grumpy and irritable.
“Besides, my wife says I’m a better person when I exercise.”
HIT THE TRAIL
THE former NRL star hasn’t stopped pushing his body since retiring from football either, embarking on a mammoth five-day trek of the Kokoda Track — a trip that usually takes up to eight days to finish.
He says it was a gruelling but life-changing experience, with the 12-hour days offering plenty of time for introspection.
“Kokoda was tough. We had to do it in five days because an airline lost our luggage for two days, so we had to really clap the pace on,” he says.
“It was one of the most amazing things I’ve ever done, and I’d love to do it again and take some more time with it. It’s one of those life-changing adventures.
“You go to some weird places, though; you push your body pretty hard, and you’re walking about 12 hours a day and you start to think a lot. I’m not good at thinking. I was coming home to be the best husband and father you’d ever seen. That lasted about two weeks.”
WE ALL train better when we’re working toward something, and for Fletcher, it’s a surfing trip to the Telo Islands in Indonesia with 10 mates that’s keeping him motivated.
“We did it a couple of years ago and I was underprepared,” he says.
“This year, I want to make sure I can maximise my effort.
“So I do a lot of surfing, and some cross-training, but I can’t run real far — I’ve got a bad ankle, knee and hip from footy, but I do a lot of rowing and I love swimming.”
What’s your favourite healthy food? Steamed chicken, with a bit of that ginger sauce.
What’s your favourite unhealthy food? A lamb kebab, with a heap of chilli sauce, hummus and garlic. How good is that?
What’s your favourite drink? I love Captain Morgan’s rum.
What’s your favourite pump-up music? I love a bit of the Venga Boys. Any late 90s’ dance and techno, or some old-school rap like NWA.
What’s your best exercise tip? Just start. It doesn’t matter if it’s a walk, a run or a swim — just start.
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