Boot camp proves a hit

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Barcaldine residents have started an outdoor fitness drive and the response has been overwhelming, say organisers.

The community, including children, have been getting together on Sundays in a horse arena kindly provided by Highland Fold.

The sessions, led by Susannah McMillan of Oban Boxing Fitness, have included weight lifting, circuit training, push-ups and burpees.

People as young as nine to 55-years-old have been getting involved and the offer is open to everyone with no requirement to be a resident of Barcaldine.

Participant Sine MacKay, a member of the community association, said the response had been overwhelming with more than a dozen turning out.

Sine said everyone is welcome and despite the ‘boot camp’ tag each person was encouraged by others and only trained within their ability.

Depending on people’s fitness, they can train at different intensities, she said.

The hour-long sessions take place from noon with bookings and inquiries made via Susannah’s website at