WEIGHT 200 lbs
BODY FAT 16%
WEIGHT 165 lbs
BODY FAT 5.4%
Why I Got Started
I was sitting in my dentist's chair for a routine cleaning and for some reason he had started to monitor blood pressure. Mine was over 200/100, even the machine didn't believe that reading as it tried to take it several more times. My level of anxiety went up and so did the reading until I said STOP.
This was a wake-up call for me. I was drinking way too much and being 62 years old I felt that I needed to do something to address this. I had lost my mother and father due to their bad choices in life and at the age of 74 so I knew I had no choice but to take control of my drinking, diet and exercise.
I was browsing the internet and came across Scott Herman of scotthermanfitness.com and watched a video of him on the subject of "Alcohol and Fitness" and a switch was flipped in my brain to get fit.
I later made it a goal not only to get fit but also to meet this 27 year old man who inspired me to make the choice to change the direction of my life.
How I Did It
Again browsing the internet looking for more guidance, I stumbled onto the AthLEAN-X Training System designed by the former strength and conditioning coach for the New York Mets, Jeff Cavaliere. I decided to purchase his program and also signed up for his "Hall of Fame" personal coaching.
The rest is all history at this point now over a year later. The AX system is a 12 week long program of progressive and varied exercises combined with built in rest and conditioning days. The meal plans for the 12 weeks are also included so there was nothing left up to chance.
Ripped abs was the promise and that's exactly what my goal was. Having been a chubby kid and the kind term of husky for most of my school days I always envied the guys with athletic bodies and particularly guys with 6 pack abs.
Isn't that what drives most of us today? There were many discouraging days ahead but Jeff coached me through them and sure enough at the end of my 90 days I had visible abs.
I happened to enter the "Abs Blitz" contest that was offered on the AthLEAN-X Facebook fan page and during the last month of the year of 2010 hit my workouts even harder and added a workout for abs that was based on one that Taylor Lautner had used for his preparation for a movie.
I won 1st place for the best improvement in abs development in a 5 week period. The crazy thing is the pictures I submitted were taken only 2 weeks apart but I dieted hard and increased my cardio along with doubling up on my abs routines (morning and night).
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I take a daily variety of vitamins which over time have varied but here is a short list of them: 6 grams of vitamin C, taken throughout the day, 6 grams of fish oil with vitamin D, B complex, calcium, magnesium and zinc, niacin, 4 grams flaxseed oil, glucosamine HCI and MSM and a multi-vitamin for extra insurance.
The vitamin C, fish oil and flax oil are taken through the day and if there was conflict with that the dose was split morning and night. Creatine, glutamine, pre-workout supplements and whey protein were also used.
The meal plan that was provided with the AthLEAN-X Training System was very well thought out but I decided that I didn't need the variety that it contained.
I took the basic ideas from it that I was willing to cook for myself and was sure that I had the strategy that it laid out.
The AthLEAN-X Training System is designed in weeks of progression of difficulty. Each week builds on the last with challenges at the end of weeks 4, 8 and the final one at week 12. Many bodyweight exercises are used with the aid of a minimum of equipment.
Helpful tools are: Dumbbells, pull-up bar, bands, physioball and medicine ball. Performing the workouts in the gym makes things a bit easier but all can be accomplished at home with some improvisation. In the absence of a kettlebell you use a dumbbell for instance.
These exercise sessions are to last no longer than 45 minutes maximum. This is the workout for Week 12. If after following the first 11 weeks and the meal plan you don't have ripped abs - you haven't done it right!
Performed in any manner, ie: 5 sets of 20, 10 sets of 10. Just to get it done in good form and is a timed exercise circuit. This workout is a retest of Week 4 challenge. The expectation is to perform this circuit in less than 8 minutes.
- Running intervals - 5 min warm up jog, 5 cycles of 20 sec walk/20 sec jog/20 sec run, 5 min cool-down
12 rounds performed at max effort. If test is not completed in 20-25 min, exercises from weeks 9-12 are added in.
Circuit: Repeat 12x
Suggestions For Others
The AthLEAN-X Training System is a great alternative to the usual "meathead" gym workout and is designed to get you lean and athletic, building some muscle along the way.
It is a training regimen that is suited for performance athletes who need to be strong, agile and flexible. There are additional workouts that can be combined with this program and as I did in the last weeks, combined an addition of an abs routine of my choice which I used in conjunction with entering a contest for the "best abs improvement" in a 5 week period, from roughly Thanksgiving to the New Year 2011.
Unlike some of the other workout programs available there is no DVD to follow and the workouts change each week. The commitment is for a 5 day exercise program with weekends for lite recreation.