SAS Australia 2021 cast: Mark Philippoussis pushed to his limits and beyond on the hit Channel 7 TV show
Mark Philippoussis knew he would be pushed to his limits and beyond on SAS Australia.
The two-time grand slam finalist, alongside other Australian celebrities, is taking on the Channel 7 TV show in one of the toughest tests of their lives.
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The 44-year-old knew that the gruelling TV show would be the toughest thing he’s done physically.
But he wasn’t prepared for the major emotional and psychological toll the challenge would take.
Mark Philippoussis on SAS Australia
Philippoussis sat down to share his experience on the hit Channel 7 show.
WHY DID YOU ENLIST TO SAS AUSTRALIA?
To get out of my comfort zone and push myself to my limits and beyond, physically, emotionally and psychologically.
Also, to prove to myself that I could do it.
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE THE EXPERIENCE?
The hardest, most fulfilling time of my life.
WHAT TRAINING DID YOU DO TO PREPARE FOR THE COURSE?
My main focus was my knees.
I lost around 4kg by hiking and doing lots of stairs carrying weight.
I did a lot of core work too.
WHEN DID IT HIT HOME THAT THIS WAS 100 PER CENT REAL?
Day one, as soon as that bag was taken off our heads and we were gassed.
WAS SAS MORE OR LESS CHALLENGING THAN YOU EXPECTED?
It was more challenging than I expected because of the emotional and psychological side.
WHAT WAS YOUR FAVOURITE THING ABOUT THE COURSE?
The highlight wasn’t one specific thing.
I learnt something new from the staff and about myself every day.
Also connecting and getting to know the recruits as time passed … I formed some special friendships which I didn’t expect and I am so grateful for that!
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AND LEAST FAVOURITE?
The first helicopter task.
I put so much pressure on myself and never gave myself a chance, knowing that was a huge weakness for me as I didn’t train on bars at all.
The toughest thing was not being able to contact my family.
DID ANYTHING SURPRISE YOU?
How my body adapted the longer I was there.
WHAT DID YOU LEARN ABOUT YOURSELF?
That I’m even stronger than I think and capable of anything.
WOULD YOU EVER DO IT AGAIN?
Ha, no way!
THEY CALL THIS THE TOUGHEST TEST. DO YOU AGREE?
100 per cent agree.
I knew it was going to be the toughest thing I have ever done physically, but didn’t know how hard it would be psychologically and emotionally too.
WHAT DO YOU SAY TO SOMEONE WHO IS CONSIDERING APPLYING FOR THE NEXT SEASON?
You’ve got to do it!
Meet the recruits
Alicia Molik – Tennis Champion
Bonnie Anderson – Singer / Actor
Brynne Edelsten – Socialite
Dan Ewing – Actor
Emma Husar – Former Politician
Erin Holland – TV Presenter
Heath Shaw – AFL Star
Isabelle Cornish – Actor
Jana Pittman – Dual Olympian
Jessica Peris – Sprinter
Jett Kenny – Ironman
John Steffensen – Olympic Runner
Kerri Pottharst – Beach Volleyball Olympian
Koby Abberton – Bra Boy
Mark Philippoussis – Tennis Legend
Manu Feildel – Celebrity Chef
Pete Murray – Singer-Songwriter
Sam Burgess – NRL Star