Wiggling Back Into Shape In The Sudbury Star

Wiggling Back Into Shape

The Sudbury Star

Written by: Cary Castagna, QMI Agency 

Aug 15, 2011

Eight years ago, Anthony Field was doing a lot less wiggling and a lot more jiggling.

Field, a founding member of the enormously popular Australian children’s group, The Wiggles, admits he had let himself get out of shape.

  • “I just couldn’t keep up with the show”, he tells QMI Agency, noting he was sluggish, overweight and suffered chronic back pain.
  • “I used to go backstage and lie down. Even sometimes during the show, I would have to go off because I was in so much pain. I had headaches and bad knees. I had a lot of inflammation all over my body from a poor diet.”

The blue Wiggle explains that back then, when he weighted a ‘puffy’ 215 pounds at about 5 foot 11, he was extremely uneducated about health and fitness. “I used to think, Oh, I’ll have a hamburger and if there was a bit of lettuce in it, well, that’s healthy.  I really did think that”, he recalls with a laugh. “You just accept that, OK I’m 40, I’m fat and that it’s OK.

Except it was not OK. 

His Dorothy the Dinosaure-like body was threatening to make his career as a superstar pre-school entertainer extinct.

The pivotal point in Field’s fat-to-fit journey came circa 2004, when he enlisted the help of celebrity Chicago chiropractor Dr James Stoxen DC.

  • “He set me on the path to a real good way of looking at life and being able to carry out your normal daily functions and enjoy it because you feel better”, notes Field, now 48. The good doc’s advice helped the married father of three lose about 40 pounds, putting him at a sinewy 175. These days, Field maintains his weight at around 180.
  • “For exercise, the doc told me I could do anti-gravity and bodyweight exercises to give me a leaner, longer body that can cope with dancing, jumping around and things like that”, he adds. “From that moment on, basically my exercises were on a gymnastics bar, or I use the rings and I support myself in all my exercises.”

This gymnastics-style-training, including one popular move called ‘Skin The Cat’, has strengthened his core big-time. As a result, his chronic back pain has vanished. It’s a workout routine that Field follows religiously despite the Wiggles hectic travel schedule that has the Fab Four from Down Under on the road eight months a year.

That means Field, who also streamlined his diet eight years ago, typically has to squeeze in a workout whenever he can.

The personable performer describes doing handstands using two chairs while watching TV in his hotel room and performing chin-ups with a portable bar propped near the top of the doorway.

  • “I’ve also got these Free Form Boards that the Power Plate people put out. When i’m backstage, I get on my stomach, I support myself with the two of those and I move around like I’m surfing,” he laughs. “I’m like a total mad man, but I really enjoy it.”

And although he has access to the Wiggles Big Red Car, Field’s preferred mode of transportation is his fold-up bicycle, which always provides him with a good cardio workout.

“It’s a beautiful job we’ve got and we’re very lucky,” he says. “I don’t take it for granted and I want to keep doing it, That’s why I keep fit.”


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Dr James Stoxen DC., FSSEMM (hon) He is the president of Team Doctors®, Treatment and Training Center Chicago, one of the most recognized treatment centers in the world. Dr Stoxen is a #1 International Best Selling Author of the book, The Human Spring Approach to Thoracic Outlet Syndrome. He has lectured at more than 20 medical conferences on his Human Spring Approach to Thoracic Outlet Syndrome and asked to publish his research on this approach in over 30 peer review medical journals. He is a much sought-after speaker invited to speak at over 275 medical conferences which includes invitations as the keynote speaker and organizing committee chairman at over 40 medical conferences. He has given over 1000 live presentations and lectured at over 70 medical conferences to over 50,000 doctors in more than 20 countries. He has been asked to submit his research to over 150 peer review medical journals and serves on the prestigious editorial board for over 35 peer review medical journals. After his groundbreaking lecture on the Integrated Spring-Mass Model at the World Congress of Sports and Exercise Medicine he was presented with an Honorary Fellowship Award by a member of the royal family, the Sultan of Pahang, for his distinguished research and contributions to the advancement of Sports and Exercise Medicine on an International level. Dr Stoxen has a big reputation in the entertainment industry working as a doctor for over 150 tours of top recording artists caring for over 1000 top celebrity entertainers and their handlers. Anthony Field or the popular children’s entertainment group, The Wiggles, wrote a book, How I Got My Wiggle Back detailing his struggles with chronic pain and clinical depression he struggled with for years. Dr Stoxen is proud to be able to assist him. Full Bio) Dr Stoxen can be reached directly at teamdoctors@aol.com

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