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The Confidential Challenge: for him (Part 3)

Variety is the spice of life for Chris Grimes

Written by . Published on July 16th 2010.

The Confidential Challenge: for him (Part 3)

Week 6
These 6 weeks have flown by and my body is changing by the daym, which is very encouraging. In my previous attempts at diets and gym work I have got bored very quickly because I didn’t vary my workouts. There is no danger of that with Darren training me- always giving me variety and different ways to work on the same muscle groups.

I spoke last week about sacrifice and this is it- training 6 days a week, being a husband, dad and doing my job is very hard, especially when my job includes looking after three staff and attending and entertaining our clients most weeks.

I’m really starting to struggle fitting in gym and personal training sessions with my extremely busy schedule. I live an hour from Confidential towers in Manchester City Centre so leave home at 6.45am (takes 1hour 30 minutes with traffic) and with the gym or PT sessions not allowing me to get home until 10pm, I think the wife would prefer it if I went back to drink.

I spoke last week about sacrifice and this is it- training 6 days a week, being a husband, dad and doing my job is very hard, especially when my job includes looking after three staff and attending and entertaining our clients most weeks.

The fact is I have to fit in my workouts in regardless if that’s late night or early morning run/gym session. I can’t miss them. I now work my schedule around my gym sessions but making sure they are always done. 1 hour – 1 hour 30 minutes, is the maximum I need to account for everyday. This shouldn’t be hard as it’s just about planning and committing.

The Shock
Darren has come up with many surprises in these 6 weeks, but this one eclipsed the rest. We have given up drink for the four months except for treat day when we are allowed two beers or up to four vodka’s, and that’s it. As you can imagine, I looked forward to those days. We had an email entitled “THE TIME HAS COME.....”

The email outlined that we had to give up booze totally for the next 30 days. I had to go for a walk outside. I have not done this since I was 16 years-old when we went a few months of not drinking because people wouldn’t go into our local office license and buy it for us. It was a stress then and it’s no different now. I just have to get on with it like we have done with the rest of this challenge.

Bupa Manchester 10k Run
I love the Manchester Run. The city is buzzing with people who are looking to achieve goals and excitement fills the streets before the start of the race. It’s an event Manchester should be proud of.

Last year, I ran the 10k in 1hour 12minutes 48seconds. Not bad for a fat over weight bloke I thought. The same year, me and Helen Ramsbottom had a bet who would run quicker but in our usual manner we both got hammered the night before and didn’t feel like running a 1k never mind a 10k. Needless to say she beat me and hasn’t let me forget it since. This year was going to different for us both. With Darren’s expert advice we prepared for it like athletes and although we didn’t train for the run, all the training we had done had increase our preparation 10 fold.

Early night, early start with some good energy food and we were ready to run for our lives. We agreed there would be no competition this year and we would support each other all the way round and try and run sub 1 hour.

We both started so well, l doing the first 5k in 27Minutes, then disaster at 7k for me- an old football knee injury flared up and slowed me right down. I couldn’t hold Helen back on achieving her goals so let her go on. I soldiered through the last 3k in pain and was gutted when I crossed the line in 1hour 0minutes 12seconds. I was proud in one way, as I had shaved 12 minutes off my time from last year, but gutted not to have achieved sub 1 hour. Helen on the other hand, did a fantastic 56 Minutes

Next year I will do sub 50 – FACT.

Meal Selection of the week

Breakfast – Scrambled eggs on brown toast (2 Slices)
Mid Morning – Protein shake (strawberry flavour)
Lunch – Tomato soup
Mid Afternoon – Carrots and hummus
Evening Meal – Chicken, brown rice and salad

Hot Topic – Difference independent Personal Trainer and Gym PT
Like I said in my last article, I have used many personal trainers in gyms and there are couple of problems with this.

1. The gym personal trainer charges anything from £20-50 per hour but only receives around £12-15 for each one they do. They will have quite a few clients that come and go and don’t really spend any time talking with you in great detail as time is ticking.

2. There are a lot of gym personal trainers who look out of shape so why if I want to look good, would I pay and take advice from somebody for who doesn’t. It’s like taking singing lessons from the Cheeky Girls. Why would you bother?

3. Gym personal trainers who beast you to the edge of your life.

The difference in having an independent is massive especially from a support aspect. I can ring Darren at suitable times and ask for advice. In fact he is on my case most days asking what I have eaten, supplements taken etc, which keeps me on my toes. He is always in contact over emails with meal ideas and further education on fitness that we don’t cover in our PT sessions

People like me are the life blood of his business and he actually walks the walk and talks the talk so you can’t ask for more than that. We did a base training for the first four weeks within a certain comfort zone so I didn’t go home thinking “God I don’t ever want to see him again” and not being able to lift a pen at work the next day.

An independent personal trainer is a must for me and I would recommend Darren extremely highly. Let’s face it, the results speak for themselves

Remember I’m doing this for a great charity called Forever Manchester.

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Read next week to see how Chris has been keeping up the hard work...

Darren Casey is Master Personal Trainer and Director at Elite Fitness Training. If you’d like to follow a plan similar to ours, designed for you click here to be added to the mailing list for when it launches.


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