I’d done an outdoor bootcamp and a few boxing classes with John a few years ago, but had fallen out of the habit of regular exercise due to pressures of work, family, sitting on the couch watching TV etc. I was still playing football most weekends during the winter but becoming increasingly injury prone and spending a small fortune at the chiro / physio / acupuncturist.
After badly tearing my groin for the second time in 12 months playing football in July last year, I resolved to start getting properly fit again, once the technicolour bruising and soreness had dissipated. While recovering from the injury I settled into a late evening beer and crisps (Red Rock – Sea Salt) diet which left me bloated and lacking in energy.
Last September the whole family went to Noosa to celebrate my parents’ 50th wedding anniversary, which was fabulous, except for my lovely wife’s gentle ribbing about “how much more of me there was to cuddle” these days. One of these comments happened to coincide with receiving an email from John inviting me to sign up for the Fat loss bootcamp starting the following week.
So a combination of self-motivation, gentle teasing and a very well-timed email from John conspired to make me “bite the bullet”. Apart from the few weeks when John selfishly went back to his homeland for Christmas, I’ve been attending the Fat loss group training sessions since October 2011 – at first twice a week, and since the start of 2012, three times a week.
In the first 4 weeks I dropped 4kg which would probably indicate just how many beers and crisps I had got through in the preceding months! So very early being able to see the results physically was highly enjoyable – and it was achieved through a combination of the training sessions and adopting a much healthier approach to my eating habits (which I’ve managed to persevere with mostly ever since). The variety in the training sessions is exceptional, meaning no 2 workouts are ever the same, and because of the short duration of each exercise, it means you can cope with even the ones that you hate!
Since Christmas we’ve been doing boxing for the middle of the 3 sessions, which is a great work out and a very satisfying way to start the day. I always find that an hour passes very quickly, even though I’m usually knackered at the end of it.. The training sessions are fantastic for those people like me who find it difficult to motivate themselves to do exercise on their own.
One of the reasons I’m still playing football is the camaraderie enjoyed amongst my team, and it’s the same for the FF training sessions. A great group of positive people who encourage each other to achieve the best results. Unlike other group workouts I’ve tried previously where the trainer drags the whole group along the through the same exercises, the Human Design Fat loss training session small group enables John to pay attention to everyone individually – which is great if like me your knees are shot and they refuse to perform a particular exercise – enabling you to substitute a painful exercise for one that you are able to do.
Like most of us I’m busy so I find that unless I build something into my routine regularly, then I don’t do it. By signing up and getting into the habit of attending the training sessions 3 times per week, those training sessions have become an integral part of what I do – which means it’s not hard to get up and get out of the house to go every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday morning.
Overall I feel much better in myself on a day to day basis – I’m eating very healthily at least 4 days a week and probably about 70% healthily on the remaining days (so still finding room for the odd beer or small bag of crisps). Reduced alcohol intake and minimal processed food has resolved the stomach bloating that was prevalent previously and I’m enjoying those healthier snacks much more than previously. Physically I feel much stronger. For example I can now do at least 25 full press-ups as opposed to about 5 when I started; and I’m bench pressing about double what I was able to do at the beginning.
Stamina wise, I’m noticing the benefits of the training and weight loss on the football pitch, feeling stronger, better balanced and more able to last a full game. Additionally, the niggling back pain I’ve suffered from in the last few years has all but dissipated meaning far fewer visits to those health practitioners I referred to earlier. Just wish I’d started training properly a few years earlier. So far I’ve lost 7kgs, and trimmed 9cms from my waist, as well as adding more upper body definition. And I get compliments from the wife now which is a welcome change!