Before: January 11, 2007
Weight: 248 lbs
Body Fat: 14%
After: April 5, 2007
Weight: 208 lbs
Body Fat: 4.5%
Why I Got Started
This past year I have gone through many changes, one of which dramatically changed my life. I was recently diagnosed with a sleep disorder called Sleep Apnea. Sleep Apnea is disturbed or interrupted breathing during sleep.
For those affected by sleep apnea, there can be many temporary interruptions in breathing, each usually lasting about 10 seconds throughout the sleep period. These interruptions in breathing can occur as often as 20-to-30 times per hour, keeping you out of REM sleep, or deep sleep.
This overtime can lead to many physiological changes, such as an increase in blood pressure, and if untreated, 60% more likely for a stroke. Because some of the symptoms of sleep apnea occur during sleep, they may not be recognized without the help of someone else.
Mentally and physically my condition was severely affecting my training and work. I found myself always wanting to sleep and no matter how long I slept. I felt as though I never really rested.
I always felt as if I was overtraining no matter how much rest between sets I took. I decided to take action and find out what I could do to make a change in my life.
The most common medical treatment for sleep apnea is continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP), which is a therapy that uses pressure from an air blower to circulate air through the nasal passages and upper airway.
The patient wears a mask over the nose that is connected to the air pressure hose, and the air pressure is adjusted to keep the airway open during sleep. Other therapies include dental appliances that change the position of the jaw and tongue, and various surgeries to keep the airway open during sleep.
I went through many sleep studies and it was found that I should sleep with a CPAP. It took some time to get use to, but it is worth it. It has positively changed my life.
I also decided to actually live the lifestyle I was trying to promote. I now have more energy, a positive outlook and my training has never been better. If you have any of the above symptoms do not hesitate to see your doctor or health care provider and find out if you are at risk of Sleep Apnea.
Also if you would like anymore information on sleep apnea or CPAP I have found the following website very helpful: www.nhlbi.nih.gov/about/ncsdr
How I Did It
With the help my wife, Tara, a figure competitor and Ty, my training partner and fellow bodybuilder. I was able to take my physique to another level.
- 2 scoops Fat Burner
5:30 PM (During Workout):
I stay pretty consistent with my diet and substitute equal proportioned meals through out the week. I also Sip on Glutamine through out the day and Consume 2 gallons of water daily.
Monday: Chest & Claves
Tuesday: Arms & Abs
Thursday: Back & Abs
Friday: Shoulders & Traps
Sunday: Cardio & Abs
- 50-60 minutes treadmill (3.8-4.0mph @ 8-15% incline)/Stair mill.
Suggestions For Others
Age is just a number. I work in the health care field and have been able to work with many amazing people ranging in age from 18-98 years old. You are only as old as you feel and you are never too old, or young, to start a lifestyle change of health and fitness. Consistency is the key, as long as you stick with it and keep changing things you will see results.