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Our October Body Leader of the Month has been awarded to our inspirational client, Paul Peterson. As well as keeping busy as a father of four boys, Paul has been in intensive training for the past few months in preparation for the gruelling Coolangatta Gold. As Paul will tell you, it is one of the most challenging physical events in the world and one that requires extreme dedication and a proactive mentality towards your body. Body Leadership has been proud to help Paul along his journey towards the race on the 25th of September. Before the big day Paul Trevethan caught up with Paul to discuss his preparation and what we believe makes him a body leader.

Q1. What inspired you to initially start looking after your body?

I wanted to compete in the hardest surf ironman race in the world, The Coolangatta Gold.

Q2. What do you currently do to look after your body?

I train across the four different disciplines for between 15 and 20hrs per week as well as trying to eat well and get in for a physiotherapy appointment once or twice a week at Body Leadership.

Q3. What motivates you to continue being proactive with your body?

When I decided that I wanted to compete in the Coolangatta Gold I had to change my lifestyle quite a bit. I've found that since I made the change to suit what I wanted to achieve, my personal and family life have greatly improved to. So I guess you could say it's my personal goals teamed with the support of my family that really keeps me going.  

Q4. What is your favourite form of exercise?

I really enjoy the surf ski sessions I do. I believe it is one of my strengths and it's always a bit of fun to be battling out in the water.

Q5. What is your top health tip?

It's not just about eating the right food and exercising regularly, (although they are extremely important!) you also have to make sure your body is doing the right things. Knowing when something doesn't feel right can be the difference between a little bit of pain and a long term injury if you don't do what your body wants.

Q6. How do you know when your body is asking for help?

Competing in ironman races is an intense physical test but I know when my mind can't bear the pain any more (or my wife sees me like a cripple then I know I'm in trouble).

Q7. What strategies do you find work best for you?

It really is a balancing act. I train as hard as I can but always make sure I eat well.  Drinking lots and lots of water is extremely important for me. And also using Paul as your physio works a treat! 

Q8. What is your greatest physical achievement?

Finishing the Coolangatta Gold in 2010 and lining up again with a chance of a good finish in 2011.

(Paul competed on Sunday 25th September after our interview and finished 14th. Congratulations Paul we are all extremely proud and impressed!) 

Q9. What is your goal for the future of your body?

To stay physically fit and have a straight and pain free body. (On a more vain note, I also want to look good when I see myself in the mirror haha)

Q10. What is your definition of a Body Leader?

To be a Body Leader I believe you need support from some one who understands your problems, is able to work with you to keep you on the field and progress you towards your future goals.

We would like to thank Paul for his time and wish him congratulations on his amazing Coolangatta Gold effort! Make sure you keep up to date with all things Body Leadership on Facebook and Twitter and keep an eye out, our November Body Leader of the Month could be you!