Bootcamp with rants: the workout where you air a grievance, then get in the sea


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Did you know the idiom for pushing your luck in South Africa is “scratching a lion’s testicle with a short stick”? I discover this fun fact at FFF, which stands interchangeably for Friday Fast Fives and Freshie Fast Fives – a community group on Sydney’s Manly beach where getting something off your chest is built into the early morning bootcamp. “I love Friday mornings,” declares FFF long-term member Jonathan Schaffer. The 66-year-old, whose repartee involves translating funny Afrikaans sayings into English, is among the welcoming bunch who give me a quick rundown on the multigenerational fitness group. It seems all...