With O’Malley Fitness’ free 10-week training for trekkers starting soon, we thought we’d have a chat to the man behind it all: Mick O’Malley.
Mick has worked for the Geelong Football Club across two premiership years as well as running fitness programs for the Western Bulldogs, Hawthorn Football club in the AFL and individually for various professional athletes.
He also has an extensive career as a professional boxer and was the first Australian in 24 years to win a Commonwealth title on foreign soil as well as the first Australian ever to win two national titles in the same year.
What made you decide to get involved in the Surf Coast Trek?
I was introduced to Kids plus by a friend almost 8 years ago and have been doing some charity work with them ever since.
What can people expect from your trek training?
Specific training for the hike and some fun with a sense of group camaraderie.
How should people prepare for a trek otherwise?
By doing some leg and core exercises along with hiking lengthening in duration.
Find more tips in the lead up here.
And what’s a great warm-up to do before the big day?
On the day try and have a 15-minute brisk walk or a light jog.
What would you say to people who are on the fence about doing the trek?
It’s easier than you think, we have had kids to older adults in their 80s [doing the trek]. Come and do the training and see how you go. You’ve got nothing to lose!
Is fitness and movement something you’ve always enjoyed?
Fitness has been a part of my since my early teenage years of 13, when I first took up running.
When did you realise you wanted to work in that space?
I retired from professional sport 13 years ago and it was a natural progression and has always been a part of my life.
With your extensive background in boxing, how long does it take for someone to pick up boxing technique?
You have naturals who can pick it up in a matter of months, however to perfect the art it takes years.
How beneficial is adding boxing to your daily routine?
Amazingly, there’s limited equipment needed and it incorporates cardiovascular and strength training along with skill and a great form of stress relief.
What’s the most rewarding thing about what your business offers?
It gives people a better version of themselves and improves not only their life but also the quality of life of their families.