Posts Tagged ‘Cary Castagna

Surprise, surprise — Cybex study touts machines

- May 8th, 2014

Workout enthusiasts benefit more from strength machines than from “trendier fitness fare,” according to a recent study.

Of course, what else would you expect from a study (online survey of 1,247 American adults) that was conducted on behalf of a major U.S.-based manufacturer of strength machines?

“Cybex, a leading manufacturer of premium exercise equipment, recently conducted a study that found while gyms have been pushing equipment out the door for trendier fitness concepts, what lies at the core of sustainable fitness programs are actually the basics, such as single strength machines (SSM),” reads the media pitch that recently wound up in my email inbox.”SSM users work out more consistently and more ambitiously than other exercisers, as you will see below, along with some other interesting findings.”

Agree or disagree with the study’s findings?

I’m a firm believer that the absolute BEST exercise is whatever you enjoy and do consistently.

Anyway, the Cybex study’s accompanying infographic looks kinda cool. Here it is:


(Click to enlarge.)

WH Media Transformation Challenge Q&A

- March 13th, 2014


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:


World Health Media Transformation

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: