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SAS Australia star Alicia Molik reveals most exhausting part of the show

Alicia Molik is one of 18 celebrities that will be subjected to extreme physical and psychological testing on SAS Australia‘s second season.

And ahead of Monday’s premiere, the retired tennis player reflected on the ‘brutal’ and ‘torturous’ experience of being on the show in an interview with The Advertiser.

The 40-year-old reportedly laughed when asked whether she enjoyed her time and revealed the most exhausting part of signing up for the military-style course.

Not for the faint-hearted! SAS Australia’s Alicia Molik (pictured), 40, said her time on the show was ‘torture’ in an interview with The Advertiser on Sunday, ahead of the show’s premiere

‘I enjoyed training like a demon for that period of time and it was a great experience. But it was brutal and it’s torture and that is not fun at all,’ Alicia told the publication.

With recruits subjected to impromptu challenges including free-falling off a cliff and having to escape from a car filled with water, the athlete revealed ‘constantly being in fight or flight mode’ was what pushed her to her limits. 

‘You are thrown into a situation and told what to do in that second – there is no preparation,’ the mother of two explained. ‘You don’t know when you’ll have your next meal, or when sleep is coming. Your mind is constantly ticking overtime.’   

Torture: 'I enjoyed training like a demon for that period of time and it was a great experience. But it was brutal and it's torture and that is not fun at all,' the retired tennis player told the publication. Pictured with Chief Instructor Ant Middleton

Torture: ‘I enjoyed training like a demon for that period of time and it was a great experience. But it was brutal and it’s torture and that is not fun at all,’ the retired tennis player told the publication. Pictured with Chief Instructor Ant Middleton

SAS Australia will see Alicia and 17 other celebrities, including Sam Burgess and Manu Feildel, attempt to pass the selection process to join the Australian Army’s elite Special Air Service.  

In punishing conditions, the star recruits will be pushed to their physical and mental limits, with no allowances made for their celebrity status. 

An explosive promo aired last week sees NRL star Sam, 32, who is set to discuss his  highly publicised divorce from ex-wife Phoebe Burgess, admitting to having ‘lost it all’, before Manu, 47, shows his vulnerable side and breaks down in tears. 

'Your mind is constantly ticking overtime': With recruits subjected to impromptu challenges including free-falling off a cliff and having to escape from a car filled with water, the mother of two revealed 'constantly being in fight or flight mode' was what pushed her to her limits

‘Your mind is constantly ticking overtime’: With recruits subjected to impromptu challenges including free-falling off a cliff and having to escape from a car filled with water, the mother of two revealed ‘constantly being in fight or flight mode’ was what pushed her to her limits

Intense: A dramatic trailer aired last week, sees NRL star Sam Burgess (pictured) admitting to having 'lost it all' while Manu Feildel breaks down in tears

Intense: A dramatic trailer aired last week, sees NRL star Sam Burgess (pictured) admitting to having ‘lost it all’ while Manu Feildel breaks down in tears 

The clip begins with former Olympian Jana Pittman, 38, free-falling off a cliff, while Sam breaks down in tears during what appears to be a tense interrogation.

‘They’ve chosen to enter our world. We have total control. They all have something to prove,’ Chief Instructor Ant Middleton is heard saying in the background.   

Manu breaks into a sweat and struggles during a sand bag challenge, while Sam admits to having ‘lost it all’ before free-falling off a cliff.

Vulnerable: The clip begins with former Olympian Jana Pittman, 38, free-falling off a cliff, while Sam (pictured), 32, breaks down in tears during what appears to be a tense interrogation

Vulnerable: The clip begins with former Olympian Jana Pittman, 38, free-falling off a cliff, while Sam (pictured), 32, breaks down in tears during what appears to be a tense interrogation

Tough: 'They've chosen to enter our world. We have total control. They all have something to prove,' Chief Instructor Ant (pictured) is heard saying in the background

Tough: ‘They’ve chosen to enter our world. We have total control. They all have something to prove,’ Chief Instructor Ant (pictured) is heard saying in the background

Sam is arguably one of the most well-known faces of this season’s new recruits, after hitting headlines numerous times over the past few years. 

The South Sydney captain retired from the NRL with immediate effect due to a shoulder injury back in 2019.

A year later, he finalised his divorce with Phoebe just before Christmas following five tumultuous years of marriage – leaving them to co-parent their two children, Poppy, four, and Billy, two. 

Pushed to his limits: Manu (pictured), 47, breaks into a sweat and struggles during a sand bag challenge, while Sam admits to having 'lost it all' before free-falling off a cliff

Pushed to his limits: Manu (pictured), 47, breaks into a sweat and struggles during a sand bag challenge, while Sam admits to having ‘lost it all’ before free-falling off a cliff 

High-profile: Sam is arguably one of the most well-known faces of this season's new recruits, after hitting headlines numerous times over the past few years

High-profile: Sam is arguably one of the most well-known faces of this season’s new recruits, after hitting headlines numerous times over the past few years

Sam hit headlines again in February 2021, after he was found guilty of intimidating Phoebe’s father Mitchell Hooke during a heated clash in the aftermath of their messy split 18 months prior.

However, the following month in March, Judge Mark Williams overturned that decision in the New South Wales District Court. 

In May 2021, Sam pleaded guilty to three driving charges following a February 22 police traffic stop where he tested positive for cocaine.

Over: Sam finalised his divorce with Phoebe Burgess (pictured) just before Christmas in 2020 following five tumultuous years of marriage - leaving them to co-parent their two children, Poppy, four, and Billy, two

Over: Sam finalised his divorce with Phoebe Burgess (pictured) just before Christmas in 2020 following five tumultuous years of marriage – leaving them to co-parent their two children, Poppy, four, and Billy, two

Raw and emotional: Manu later finds himself breaking down in tears, and announcing that he's 'going to show another side'

Raw and emotional: Manu later finds himself breaking down in tears, and announcing that he’s ‘going to show another side’

He avoided conviction, and was instead slapped with two $581 fines and ordered to complete a traffic offenders program.

Sam has since revealed he has stopped drinking completely in an attempt to change his life for the better.  

SAS Australia premieres Monday at 7.30pm on Channel Seven

It's finally here: SAS Australia premieres Monday at 7.30pm on Channel Seven

It’s finally here: SAS Australia premieres Monday at 7.30pm on Channel Seven


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