KISS – Keep It Simple, Son (or Sista)!

- March 15th, 2010
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Personal trainer Adam Dawe puts me through my paces circa January 2007 at the south Edmonton location of now-defunct Club Fit.

With all the information available on exercise and nutrition these days, you might be led to believe that keeping fit is as complex as nuclear physics.

Well, it can be that complicated if you want it to be. But it doesn’t have to be “rocket surgery,” as the smart arses say.

I’ve met countless people who manage to stay fantastically fit with relatively rudimentary regimens, unsophisticated home gyms and a basic knowledge of nutrition. Consistency is much more important than being schooled in the latest gotta-have-it fitness trend straight from Hollywood.

Take my ol’ trainer Adam Dawe, for instance. The fitness guru helped train me to victory in the 2006-07 Biggest Winner media contest – a 12-week competition to build muscle and lose fat featuring media personalities from around Edmonton. But that’s another story for another time.

Anyway, Dawe always got straight to the point. He certainly didn’t mince words in his first electronic missive to me more than three years ago.

“I hope you aren’t averse to pain and hard work, ya know … blood, sweat and tears, the good stuff,” he wrote.

Yup, straight to the point. Might as well go for the jugular.

He kept his promise, too. While we stuck to mostly basic movements, the workouts were intense.

Dawe kept his nutrition advice to me pretty straight-forward, too. He offered me the following tips:

• Make sure to eat three meals and one to three snacks a day.

• Eat sources of protein and good carbohydrates with each meal, but watch the carb portions.

• Limit fat, sugar and salts.

• Drink lots of water (two to four litres a day).

• Limit carb intake three to four hours before bed.

• Have one cheat day a week, when you can satiate any and all cravings.

Keeping fit is a lot like life: don’t make it more difficult than it is.

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3 comments

  1. 123camelia says:

    Pretty good post. I just stumbled upon your blog and wanted to say that I have really enjoyed reading your blog posts. Any way I’ll be subscribing to your feed and I hope you post again soon.

  2. Cary Castagna says:

    Thanks. And welcome to the Keeping Fit blog!

  3. ac says:

    I agree that keeping fit should be kept simple. Actually, a healthy life is more important than a slim body.

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