'Australian Survivor': This Is How The Best Of The Best Prepped For 'All Stars'
Heading into their second 'Australian Survivor' rodeo, the 'All Stars' had a bit of a different approach when it came to preparation.
Instead of obsessively poring over books, building backyard obstacle courses, researching manipulation techniques and hitting the gym 24/7, the best of the best scaled things back a bit this time.
In part, it's because a lot has changed in their lives since they were fresh-faced 'Survivor' hopefuls -- with marriages, kids, new jobs and new cities making training a little trickier this time.
But mostly, it's because the 'All Stars' understand that all the training in the world can't truly prepare you for the most difficult game in the world -- a Sole Survivor is born, not made.
We decided to ask a few of the 'All Stars' how they prepped this season ahead of tonight's premiere at 7.30 pm on 10.
When Nick first entered Season 1 of 'Australian Survivor', he completed months of comprehensive 'Survivor' training.
"Not only in puzzles but in like, the art of lying and physical and you’re preparing in all these ways.," he told 10 daily, with the super fan adding that he'd really completed "12-15 years" of prep.
But for 'All Stars', Nick will proudly be rocking his dad bod, acquired after becoming a father to baby Paloma just a few months before filming kicked off.
"This time, I got to the point where I was like, 'I don’t know what else I could possibly do to prepare' -- I’ve either got it, or I don’t have it," he explained.
Felicity 'Flick' Eggington
We knew Flick was good at keeping secrets, but she told 10 daily that she kept very quiet about an injury ahead of 'All Stars' -- which changed the way she prepared physically for the game.
"I actually fractured my leg in May but I didn’t tell them [the producers] that my leg was fractured, which was a little bit naughty but I knew that I’d be okay. My doctor said, ‘it’ll take eight weeks to heal’ and we had 12 weeks until All Stars.
"That was a little bit hard because I had to build the muscle up in my leg and learn how to run again but I focused on my upper body strength so I was as strong as I’d ever been in my upper body strength.
"I practiced endurance stuff, holding the ball above my head, like a 10 kg ball for a couple of minutes," she told 10 daily.
Remember Phoebe's dismal time on Aganoa? The Season 1 favourite wanted to make sure that she wasn't facing another string of challenge losses on 'All Stars' so she made sure she prepped a little differently this time.
"I didn’t want to be on a losing tribe the entire way through again, so I got myself as fit as I possibly could," she told 10 daily.
"This time I really wanted to focus on fitness and making sure I was going to be able to hold my own in these challenges, which are far more physical than they used to be," the social threat added.
Brooke's first round of Survivor inspired an entire change of career, with the challenge beast deciding to take up personal training professionally.
"I’ve been training so much over the last few years and I wanted to be able to see the difference," she told 10 daily of returning to 'All Stars'.
But while she was in peak physical shape, Brooke added that it was impossible to be completely prepared for the social elements of 'Australian Survivor'.
"For me, the first time was just like camping with friends. I was in a really good place. But this time I struggled trying to sleep, wondering what people are doing when I’m closing my eyes.
"You just get so paranoid with all the strategy -- as soon as we hit the beach, it was game on," she said. "You cannot prepare for that level of strategy."
Mark 'Tarzan' Herlaar
Tarzan prepared for 'All Stars' in the most Tarzan way possible, not going too far out of his way but getting plenty of physical training up around his lime farm.
He also made use of the swimming pool at his orchard in Toowoomba during winter to make sure he was prepared to throw himself into any challenge.
"I thought, what I really need to do is I need to stop myself from baulking at the post. I wanted to be able to front any challenge they throw at me and not even think about it.
"I’d just throw myself in headfirst and that way, I’m not going to baulk, I’m not going to delay any challenges," he said, explaining he'd get up at 6 am when the temperature was as low as minus two degrees.