Name: Scott Campbell
Why I Got Started
I saw myself in photos and video and realized what I thought I saw in the mirror didn't match reality! On my 50th birthday, some really bad-looking photos of me were taken. I was horrified and disgusted. I use those photos now for motivation.
Also my doctor was on my case about my weight, my BP and my sleep apnea. I knew there were better ways to live but I didn't really know where to start. I had to seek out help.
How I Did It
The first thing I did was eliminate drive-through meals, sugary drinks, frappucinos and most dairy products. They were just loading me up quickly with fat and sugars.
I met a great coach named Eric Johnson at a gym near my house and he has been helping me with nutrition, functional strength, cardio and agility since 2006. We train outdoors now in a small group and we keep each other motivated.
As a team, we have competed in a very tough 10K mud run and obstacle course called Bakersfield Volkslauf. We are training for it again this year in October. This gives us focus and a hard target to train for.
Several people more fit than I am were not able to complete Volkslauf last year and had to be taken away by medics. I am fairly sure I was only able to make it through because we trained hard all year before and pre-hydrated the night before and just before the race started.
Also my coach and teammates helped me through the hot, dusty run and over the highest and toughest obstacles. Teamwork!
About a month after Volkslauf, I individually ran in the NorCal Warrior Dash. While I came in nowhere near first, I came in faster than a lot of skinnier and younger runners because I had been training hard for a while now!
- Optimum Opti-Men: 1 tab
Three Times Daily:
- Metabolic Drive Protein Powder: 1 scoop with water or skim milk
- Fat Burner: 2 caps
Pre & Post Workout:
- Optimum 100% Whey Protein: 1-2 scoops with water
Pre Workout, Post Workout, and Before Bed:
- BCAA: 3 caps
- Meal Replacement Bars: 1 bar (Any time I need a quick meal on the run - keeps me away from drive-thru!)
Meal 2: Pre Workout
- 4-5 oz chicken (optional)
Meal 3: Post Workout
- 5-8 oz chicken/beef or 1-2 scoops Optimum 100% Whey Protein
- Fresh spinach
- 1 pint citrus flavored sparkling mineral water
Late Night Snack:
If I'm really hungry after a tough day or workout, I'll add some more lean beef or other meat.
My team meets daily in our local park for mostly bodyweight and kettlebell exercises, and sometimes rock work, this is on the side of a levee on the hill with large rocks.
Day 1: Circuit Training (Repeat 3-4x)
- Dead Hangs: 5-10 holds to failure
- Dips*: 5 sets of 10-20 seconds
- Two Footed Table Hops**: 2-3 sets over 15 tables
- Pushups: 4-5 sets of 10-15 reps
Day 2: Circuit Training (Repeat 3-4x)
- Dead Hangs: 5-10 holds to failure
Day 3: Circuit Training (Repeat 3-4x)
- Walking Lunges w/rock: 2 sets of 80 yards
- Kettlebell Lunges: 4-5 sets of 20-40 yards or failure
- Kettlebell Swing: 4-5 sets of 20-40 yards or failure
- 1 mile HIIT sprint drills around the park
Day 4: Circuit Training (Repeat 3-4x)
- Rock Throw: 5 sets of 7 reps
- Rock Carry: 5 sets of 80 yards
- Rock Shotput Throws: 3 sets of Up/Down Hill
- Rock Deadlifts: 3 sets of 15 reps
- Rock Squats: 3 sets of 15 reps
- Overhead Lifts: 3 sets of 15 reps
- Fireman Carry: 5-6 sets of 75-100 yards
Day 5: Car Pulls
We hook up a pull harness to either my 1999 Chevy Tahoe or a lighter Honda minivan, and we take turns pulling it as fast as we can across the parking lot at the park, 2-5 sets of 500 yards.
I have videos of this and other workouts in my journal:
We also do a 1 mile lap around the park.
Day 6: Rest
Day 7: Rest
* We call these Dead Dips or Dip Hangs, because I can post myself up on the dip station but can't really yet do a full dip.
** We use the concrete picnic tables at the park, running up to them and hopping up and over them as quickly and quietly (no stomping) as we can, Ninja style, part of the circuit mentioned. This is tougher than it sounds! It took me a long time to master it!
*** We pull up to the bars, feet planted, back toward the ground, almost looks like a reverse push-up.
Suggestions for Others
Find something you like to do and get off the couch. Getting started is the hard part. I work best in a group dynamic where we motivate each other and we have a lot of laughs.
We have a great coach who participates in the events we train for. We keep each other accountable.
It's never too late. I just turned 52 and I'm doing things I never thought I'd do or even heard of before in my life! You're never too old as long as you can still get up and get out.
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