Sunrise's Sam Mac reveals reason behind major body transformation

The TV star has opened up about his surprising new look.

Just over two weeks after revealing his impressive eight-week body transformation for the cover of Men's Health, Sunrise weatherman Sam Mac has shared the reason behind the dramatic change.

The 42-year-old father-of-one, who worked with celebrity trainer Jono Castano to achieve the new look, took to Instagram on Wednesday to share a side-by-side before and after shot and explain why he signed up for the challenge.

Sunrise’s Sam Mac before and after his transformation.
Sunrise’s Sam Mac has opened up about why he signed up for an intense eight-week fitness challenge. Photo: Instagram/sammacinsta / Men’s Health

“The first few months of becoming a dad is a bit of a blur,” he wrote. “Of course, it’s magical, but you’re also in survival mode. Health & fitness take a back seat.

“I wanted to get out of the rut. I wanted to show people (particularly new dads) that if you truly apply yourself, you can start seeing results reasonably quickly. You can get yourself physically & mentally fitter which is a huge win for you, your partner & your little one.”


Sam went on to say the entire process was “bloody hard work” but he wanted to share some tips for his followers to achieve similar success.

“I’m fully aware everyone’s situation & goals are different & not everyone has access to the trainers & experts I did,” he said. “But I’m hoping I can borrow (*steal) some of the knowledge & pointers I picked up along the way & pass it on to you.”

Sunrise’s Sam Mac's Instagram Stories.
Sam answered a number of questions from his followers about his fitness challenge. Photos: Instagram/sammacinsta

Sam’s updated fitness goals

In response to one person who asked if he was still working out at the same intensity he was in the lead-up to the magazine cover, Sam admitted he wasn’t.

“The short answer is no,” he replied. “I don’t think it’s realistic for me, certainly not sustainable and probably not even healthy. I was consumed by it, it was an obsession.


“But, the principles, the learnings are still the same and they're still relevant… I would say that I’m now operating at about 75 per cent of what I was throughout the challenge, and that’s manageable.”

The Dancing With The Stars contestant shared that his updated fitness goals included 10,000 steps per day, training three to four times per week, and the “reintroduction of cheese naan bread (in moderation)”.

Sam also added that the three “most confronting” parts of the challenge were getting waxed, having to wear disposable spray tan underwear, and getting a spray tan for the photo shoot, and his “secret weapon” was his Apple Watch which helped hold him accountable.

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