Shape Up Or Sheep Out

Need to cross-train but a gym workout doesn’t appeal to you? Try shearing sheep.

According to a study undertaken by the University of Western Australia‚ shearing sheep is one of the most physically demanding activities. “Shearers are super-athletes‚” says team manager and trainer Izak Klopper of the South African Sheep Shearing Federation. “A study found that fluid losses‚ for example‚ compared to that of top marathon runners, and calorie expenditure, was higher than that of rugby players — and rugby only lasts for a couple of hours a couple of times a week. Sheep shearers work up to 10 hours a day‚ seven days a week.”