A dedicated Cumbrian fitness professional, who wanted to test her limits, has made it to the finals of SAS Who Dares Wins.

Tyler Clark, 28, of Carlisle, was selected last year to take part in the show which was filmed in September 2020.

The show’s contestants are put to the test by ex-Special Forces soldiers in the ultimate test of their physical and psychological resilience - something Tyler wanted to prove to herself she could do.

The Channel 4 show which is said to be one of the most strenuous TV competitions is hosted by Ant Middleton and his team who are well known for their ‘no nonsense’ approach, but Carlisle’s Tyler says competing in the show has been life-changing.

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She explained: "It was something that always appealed to me. They've only started letting females take part in it in the last two years.

"As soon as I seen females starting to go on it I knew that was something I wanted to do because it is the ultimate test of physical and mental strength and resilience.

"For me I really wanted to push myself to the limits and find out what my limitation was. You can always find a way to test your physical strength in the gym, or by doing activities. But my mental strength was something I wanted to put to the test.

"I've always struggled previously with my mental health, for about 10 years, and I wanted to put it to the challenge and see how mentally strong I am."

Tyler says the whole experience has been life changing
Tyler says the whole experience has been life changing

Fitness isn't something Tyler has always been interested in. It was only five-years-ago that she decided to focus on her weight and fitness training.

She continued: "I was clinically obese, my BMI was showing I was at risk of diabetes. I was sent for diabetes tests which thankfully came back as negative.

"I lived a really unhealthy lifestyle from the age of 18 to 23. I went from a size 8 to 18. I was binge eating and drinking and my mental health was at its worst."

Speaking about being on the show, Tyler continued: "The journey itself has been life changing for me.

"It's taught me a lot of things about myself I didn't know.

"I was putting up barriers that stopped me from knowing who I was. Being in the selection allowed me to be broken down mentally, and physically, while having no distractions.

"That was good for me. That gave me the time to realise who I am and what I'm about.

"You really find out what you're made of."

Tyler wanted to take part in the show to test herself
Tyler wanted to take part in the show to test herself

Tyler has surpassed all her expectations and made it to the final and is the last woman standing.

"I wanted to make it to the interrogation stage," she added.

"For me that would put me to the test and see if I was strong enough. I wasn't bothered if I had passed or failed because that for me was a huge step.

"When I find out I'd passed the interrogation that was almost a moment in my life where I feel I can put complete trust in myself - physically, mentally and psychologically and that's the first time I've been able to do that.

"It's been an amazing journey of ups and downs."

Tyler didn't think she would get as far as she has in the series. She would encourage anyone who is looking to apply for the show to just go for it.

Tyler now has a love for fitness
Tyler now has a love for fitness

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