I used to be super fit. In high school, I ran track and was a starter on the varsity boys basketball team. While in university, I rowed competitively, competing and placing in the finals of Canada's national rowing championships. After leaving university, I completed a marathon, half-marathon, and ran road races. Over the years, I have cycled thousands of miles and worked out regularly in the weight room, but late last year I finally had to face the facts that I was strong as hell but way over what would be considered a healthy weight.
My wake up call came when I went to see my doctor for an annual check up. I tipped the scales at 290 lbs. WTF, for someone a little over six feet tall, that's morbidly obese. Sure, I had spent the last year doing power lifting workouts, but that was no excuse for putting on that much weight.
Sure enough, when the results of my blood tests came back, my doctor told me that I was at risk for a heart attack and that I had to make some major changes if I wanted to spend time with my future grand children.
So, I took the bull by the horns and went to go see a kinesiologist to get my base rate measurements taken: weight, VO2 max, grip strength, waist circumference, flexibility, etc.
I then decided to change my workout regime and make changes to my diet. In other words, I have set out to regain the fitness that has escaped me.
Being a bit of information omnivore, I have scoured the Internet to get the best information that would help me in my quest. There is a lot of contradictory information out there. As a result, I have chosen to be guided by Bruce Lee's maxim: "adapt what is useful, reject what is useless, and add what is specifically your own."
I am now in the process of testing what works for me and would like to share with you my experience, and of course I would like to hear from you concerning your own quests for fitness.
In my opinion, fitness is a lot like happiness, meaning that it is never a static state but requires constant work and adaptation over time.
So, I bid you welcome to my blog and look forward to sharing with you many postings over the course of the new year.