From left: Kelly Hanscom, of the Core Fitness team at Athletes Nation in St. Albert, leads me through some resistance band training during a workout last month.
Yowza! Just checked the calendar. Looks like the eight-week fitness challenge between yours truly and curling legend Randy Ferbey is almost over.
The eight weeks is up this Wednesday (June 19).
If you’ll recall, Randy and I have been following the exercise and nutrition principles laid out in celeb fitness guru Mark Macdonald‘s New York Times bestseller, Body Confidence, in an eight-week quest to see who can build the most muscle and lose the most fat.
I definitely FEEL stronger and healthier. Friends have noticed it in my face (less puffy) and upper body (more muscular).
But no matter what the final results reveal this week, I know I’m nowhere near where I want to be — an uber-fit dad and husband to my beautiful daughters and wife.
Of course, that was never the goal of this 56-day challenge. From the outset, Randy and I were both well aware that we would be striving to make incremental changes that would help set us up for improved health and fitness down the road.
This challenge, which I dubbed “Survival of the Fittest,” was to be the start of an evolution.
And like any Darwinian-type metamorphosis, it’s going to take time.
As much as I wanted to, I knew I wasn’t going to “shock the world” in eight weeks.
Patience, grasshopper. Yes, indeed.
Throughout the past two months, I’ve fought my all-or-nothing tendencies. So I’m OK with the fact that I haven’t been perfect — especially when it has come to following my meal plans.
And while I’ve been an animal during my workouts, leaving every last ounce of energy at Athletes Nation, I was forced to miss a few sessions, too, due to, well, “life.”
And that’s OK because this is just one mere step in my lifelong fitness journey.
At the mid-point of this challenge about four weeks ago, I was down a total of six pounds. But let me explain.
According to trainer Kelly Hanscom of the Core Fitness team at Athletes Nation, I had lost nine pounds of bodyfat and gained three pounds of muscle for an overall difference of six pounds by mid-May. My bodyfat percentage had dipped three percentage points.
So I’ve gained muscle AND lost fat.
Not too shabby.
Stay tuned this week for the final results.
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In the meantime, please allow me to thank the incredible team that has helped me through these past eight weeks. They’ve definitely put me on a certain path to success.
They are, in no particular order:
• Personal trainers Kelly Hansom and Jarred Berndt, of Core Fitness at Athletes Nation.
• Nutrition coaches Brettany Sorokowsky and Ginny Howatt, of The Blood Sugar Stabilization Clinic.
And although she’s been helping out Randy Ferbey, I’d be remiss in not mentioning Shari Reiniger of Fuel 2 Perform.
Thank you for investing in me. You’ve left me with no excuses not to be the best I can be.
As is evident by the following two pics, methinks I’m well on my way …
Leap of faith? Trainer Kelly Hanscom has taught me to believe in myself.
Enjoying the journey! Kelly and I have certainly had a ball during our workouts!
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