Posts Tagged ‘Cary Castagna

WH Media Transformation Challenge Q&A

- March 13th, 2014

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Nine days to go until the final weigh-in for the 2014 World Health Media Transformation Challenge. Gulp!

I’ll be posting some workout pics later.

Until then, I just want to share my answers to the pre-challenge questionnaire that World Health gave to all of the competitors back on Feb. 7.

1. Why did you decide to take part in this challenge?

I figured this was the kick in the butt I needed to get my fitness regimen back on track.

2. Do you already work out on a regular basis or will this be a complete shock to your system?

It’s complicated. Suffice to say, I’ve had an on-again, off-again relationship with weights for more than 20 years.

3. What is your personal fitness goal?

To be a healthy Daddy and positive role model for my children.

4. What do you think will be the most challenging part for you?

Nutrition. Hey, what can I say? I’m half-Italian and I love to eat. Mangia! Mangia!

5. Be honest … what’s your food guilty pleasure?

Cheeseburgers, pizza, pasta, chocolate, ice cream … to name a few.

6. Who do you consider your biggest competition and why?

Myself. It’s really all up to me. If I can set my mind to working out on the days I’m not with my trainer and also sticking to the meal plan that my nutrition coach has laid out, then all will be good.

7. Do you have a personal fitness mantra that you try to follow?

Enjoy the journey.

8. Which charity will you be donating to if you win?

Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation

Poll: Who’s going to win the Challenge?

- February 18th, 2014

It’s Week 2 of the 2014 World Health Media Transformation Challenge.

I’ve posted the criteria of this six-week media competition. And I’ve posted photos of the challengers.

That leaves two burning questions: who are you rooting for and who do you think will win?

Please vote below (challengers are listed alphabetically).

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WH Media Transformation Challenge: the competition

- February 14th, 2014

It’s been one week since the official weigh-in for the 2014 World Health Media Transformation Challenge.

Yeah, yeah, I know I haven’t posted since before the weigh-in. Truth is, I haven’t quite felt up to it as I’ve  struggled to adjust to my intense workout regimen and stringent eating plan. My muscles ache and I’m still kinda hungry. Poor me, I know.

(You’ll have to excuse me but I’m a tad irritable.)

Anyway, here’s a closer look at the challengers vying for media bragging rights, a one-year World Health membership and $1,000 to donate to charity. (Yes, only 10 challengers. Margeaux Morin of The Weather Network withdrew on the day of the weigh-in.)

Photos are courtesy of Nezar Yaggey Photography:

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Castagna and Dennis

Trainer Dennis Brent and yours truly.

Andrew Beckler

Andrew Beckler, of Virgin, has his biceps measured.

Warren Barris

Warren Barris, of The Bear, gives a thumbs up.

Paul Brown

The Bear’s Paul Brown leaves little to the imagination.

Liann Cameron, of The Bounce, steps on the scale

Liann Cameron, of The Bounce, steps on the scale.

Ara Andonian, of The Bounce

Ara Andonian, of The Bounce, gets a good look at his starting point.

Johnny Infamous and Tripp West

The Bounce’s Johnny Infamous and Tripp West see how they measure up.

James White

James White, of The Bear, and his trainer break into an impromptu posedown. (James White photo)

 Follow the challengers’ Twitter banter at #WHTransform

New chapter in lifelong fitness journey begins today

- February 7th, 2014

WHTRANSCHALLENGE2014_LOGO-01I have to admit I think I’m getting a little nervous this morning.

Fact is, I’m positively buzzing with energy. I can feel it.

As my friend and bodybuilding mentor Chuck Thomson told me awhile back, this is what’s referred to as “delicious excitement.”

Right now, I can’t really remember Chuck’s exact definition of that phrase he coined. But I know it’s a good thing. And I know I must harness this energy and go with it — and, perhaps most importantly, not forget to enjoy this latest chapter in my lifelong fitness journey.

Eleven Edmonton media personalities will step on the scale today at World Health Glenora.

And I’m one of them.

It’s all part of the official weigh-in for the 2014 World Health Media Transformation Challenge that goes from roughly noon to 4:30 p.m.

Among the measurements to be taken, we’ll also have our body fat percentage tested.

Check back for photos from the weigh-in.

In the meantime, have a look at the strict criteria that World Health has laid out for this six-week challenge:

WH Media Transformation Challenge weigh-in tomorrow

- February 6th, 2014
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World Health Edmonton Media Transformation Challenge 2014

It’s on!

World Health has rounded up several Edmonton media personalities, including yours truly, for a six-week fitness challenge.

The official weigh-in is slated for noon to 4:30 p.m. tomorrow (Friday, Feb. 7) at World Health’s Glenora gym.

With bragging rights and a $1,000 charity donation up for grabs, I’ll have my game face on.

Look for more details soon in my Keeping Fit column and on this blog.

In the meantime, here’s the press release issued by World Health: