Former Biggest Loser trainer Shannan Ponton has revealed how SAS Australia wreaked havoc on his body.
Ponton lost 5kg during the two weeks of filming and got hypothermia twice as he attempted the gruelling physical challenges in freezing temperatures.
“I got hypothermia coming out of Lake Jindabyne again – as I was walking uphill, everything went a psychedelic green and then you just black out,” Ponton said on The Morning Show.
“I totally and utterly lost my memory – my body core temperature was at 34 degrees, and everyone knows you should be at 36.7 degrees.
“They had to rip the clothes off me and put warm clothes on.”
Ponton told The Morning Show hosts that he “lost the top of all my fingers to frostbite” on the show and said he would wake up with blood running out of his fingers.
“Anyone who’s had a paper cut on their fingers, it’s like having a thousand of those,” he said.
The former Biggest Loser trainer provided the show with photos of his body that were taken after SAS Australia had finished filming.
“You can see the veins on my stomach and everything,” he said. “And when the water gets on the veins, it literally makes your blood cold.
“It was hard to keep the weight on with the volume of training we were doing.”
SHANNAN VS FIRASS
Ponton is one of the many celebrity recruits who clashed with Firass Dirani while filming SAS Australia.
Speaking to news.com.au, Ponton said about Dirani: “I honestly believe that he’s a sociopath in his behaviour.”
FYI: According to Healthline: “A sociopath is a term used to describe someone who has anti-social personality disorder (ASPD). People with ASPD can’t understand others’ feelings. They’ll often break rules or make impulsive decisions without feeling guilty for the harm they cause.”
Ponton said Dirani regularly defied instructions by the show’s instructors and as a result all the celebrity recruits were punished.
“Time and time again, we said, ‘Listen mate, you’ve got to stop this behaviour.’ And he said, ‘What behaviour?’” Ponton told news.com.au. “It was as infuriating as it was confusing. At no stage did he ever assume responsibility for his actions. At no stage did he say sorry.”
Dirani fired back at Ponton in an interview with the Daily Mail.
“I find it strange where this vile aggressive labelling behaviour is coming from?” Dirani told the publication. “I suspect there’s more prejudice against me than I imagined.”
He continued: “Feels like a redneck to me. Him and his followers. That’s called a line in the sand.”
SAS Australia continues on Monday night at 7.30pm on Channel 7