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Australian Ninja Warrior: How Matthew Marazita transformed his life

Matthew Marazita blitzed through the Australian Ninja Warrior obstacle course on Monday night’s episode. 

The 21-year-old was embodiment of physical perfection as he took on the ultimate challenge, but just 12 months ago he was a very different person.

Matthew told News.com.au that he completely transformed himself for the show, going from a dreadlocked slob to an elite athlete in just one year.

From a dreadlocked slob to an elite athlete in just 12 MONTHS: How Australian Ninja Warrior star Matthew Marazita, 21, transformed his life and his physique for the ultimate challenge. Pictured in 2018

From a dreadlocked slob to an elite athlete in just 12 MONTHS: How Australian Ninja Warrior star Matthew Marazita, 21, transformed his life and his physique for the ultimate challenge

From a dreadlocked slob to an elite athlete in just 12 MONTHS: How Australian Ninja Warrior star Matthew Marazita, 21, transformed his life and physique for the ultimate challenge. Pictured left: Matthew in 2018, and right: on Ninja Warrior 

Matthew revealed that he decided to change his life after suffering from depression.

He became a ‘recluse’ for eight months after being injured in a car accident, and his life was going nowhere fast.  

‘I pretty much sucked at life. Home 24/7, not seeing anyone, getting fired from three jobs. I felt extremely depressed,’ he said.

‘There was just nothing keeping me going anymore.’

'The dreads are dead!' In February last year, Matthew posted before-and-after photos to Instagram that demonstrated his physical transformation

‘The dreads are dead!’ In February last year, Matthew posted before-and-after photos to Instagram that demonstrated his physical transformation

But after being introduced to Ninja training, things started to improve for Matthew.

‘That’s the point where I shaved my dreadlocks off [and] met new people,’ he said. 

In February last year, Matthew posted before-and-after photos to Instagram that demonstrated his physical transformation. 

‘One hell of a throwback,’ he wrote in the caption, alongside the hashtags ‘one year clean’ and ‘the dreads are dead’. 

Overhaul: Matthew decided to change his life after suffering from depression and becoming a 'recluse'. Pictured in May 2017

Overhaul: Matthew decided to change his life after suffering from depression and becoming a 'recluse'

Overhaul: Matthew decided to change his life after suffering from depression and becoming a ‘recluse’. Pictured left: in May 2017, and right: on Australian Ninja Warrior

Frontrunner: Matthew blitzed through the Australian Ninja Warrior obstacle course on Monday

Frontrunner: Matthew blitzed through the Australian Ninja Warrior obstacle course on Monday

Matthew is a frontrunner in this year’s season of Australian Ninja Warrior after he triumphantly climbed the Warped Wall to place second on the leaderboard.

But his run wasn’t the only extraordinary moment on Monday night’s episode. 

Elsewhere during the show, Frankie Pieters achieved the impossible when he continued the competition after badly injuring his ankle. 

Heroic: Matthew's run wasn't the only extraordinary moment on Monday night's episode. Elsewhere during the show, Frankie Pieters (pictured) achieved the impossible when he continued the competition after badly injuring his ankle

Heroic: Matthew’s run wasn’t the only extraordinary moment on Monday night’s episode. Elsewhere during the show, Frankie Pieters (pictured) achieved the impossible when he continued the competition after badly injuring his ankle 

The 40-year-old was determined to keep going and refused medical attention in a bid to make it as far as he could.

He winced in pain every time his injured foot touched the ground and even spent four-and-a-half minutes on a single obstacle before finally crashing out. 

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Battler: Frankie winced in pain every time his injured foot touched the ground and even spent four-and-a-half minutes on a single obstacle before finally crashing out

Battler: Frankie winced in pain every time his injured foot touched the ground and even spent four-and-a-half minutes on a single obstacle before finally crashing out 

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