“The training was intense,” the 35-year-old tells WHO of her prep in the lead up to filming.
“I would do 3-4 sessions a week in the gym with my strength and conditioning coach Kevin Toonen. I started my preparation not long after giving birth to my third child so I needed a lot of work. I needed to improve on all aspects of strength and cardio. On top of my hours spent in the gym, I would run a few days a week and also do a pack march over 10km with 25kg in my pack.”
Also on the agenda? Loads of upper body work. “I would do a large amount of push-ups (generally 300+), pull-ups and short, sharp high-intensity cardio.”
Personally, we’re tired just thinking about these sweat sessions. But Candice insists it’s all in a days work.
“Keeping motivated is very easy for me,” she says. “Once I set my mind on something and commit to it, then giving up is never an option. I keep going until I succeed.”
As she's constantly pushing her body to its limits, Candice is conscious of fuelling up with the right food.
“I always start the day with an oat flat white,” she says, adding that she generally doesn’t eat until after she’s trained. “Breakfast is always eggs and a few different sides. Lunch is either chicken or tuna with salad and a fresh green juice if possible.”
Most of the time, dinner is a combo of meat or fish and veggies. Oh, and she’s a sucker for snacks: “Usually fruit, nuts, hummus, or a protein bar.”
“I try to eat really well but I also love chocolate and ice cream and a nice glass of wine here and there,” she continues. “Everything in moderation.”
Although shooting incredibly long hours meant she was away from her young children (Candice and David share three daughters together, Isla Rose, 2, Indi Rae, 4, and Ivy Mae, 6), they were never far from her thoughts.
“The hardest part of the show would have been missing my family and trying not to think about them too much,” she said. “I didn’t want [it] to affect my performance.”
And as the reality TV show won’t name a winner at the end, Candice credits them as the reason she chose to sign on.
“I’m doing it for my family,” she said. “To show my husband and kids what I’m made of. Everyone refers to me as David Warner’s wife but there is more to me than that. I want to show people what I’m capable of.”
SAS: Australia premieres on Channel Seven on October 19th. Candice is one in a long line of celebs who will be taking part in the show, including Nick Cummins, Roxy Jacenko and Schapelle Corby.