Reaping RewardsThink getting the body of a god takes too much time and effort? In this weekly blog, our man is out to prove that a couple of months of hard graft can be revolutionary. After five weeks, our man is starting to look better, feel stronger and loving waking up in the morning
I’m Tom, I’m 29 and in terms of lifestyle I’m what I consider a fairly average guy – I spend a lot of time sitting down in front of a computer in an office, don’t make it to the gym much (twice in the last six months!), enjoy a drink and give in to the temptation of a takeaway a couple of times a week. Like everyone I’ve tried making a decision to eat healthily and do more exercise many times before, but Friday night comes calling and I’m back to square one. For my willpower to stand the test of time I need to see real results, fast. Is it possible to seriously change your physique in a couple of months? London-based transformation specialists Embody Fitness say it is, so I’ve decided to put it to the test. This is the story of my quest to become fit, healthy and, most importantly, buff as hell in just eight weeks.
Week 5 – Rewards
I think I finally get it. It’s taken over a month, but I’m actually feeling the benefits of my new lifestyle. Which means I’m smug! This is the feeling I hoped would kick in on Week 1, but now it’s here I can’t stay annoyed at it for being late - it feels too good.
Essentially, I now wake up when my alarm goes off. I enjoy a pretty leisurely breakfast with my girlfriend instead of rushing through the flat looking for clean pants six minutes before my train leaves. I only drink water. I pass the jars of sweets at work that used to make me weak at the knees without a second glance.
I feel stronger. I look better. I’m really starting to see muscles pop up in places there have never been muscles before. I’m becoming one of those people, temporarily at least, who shake their head in sadness when they see someone eating a McDonalds in the street. I’m all like: “How do they expect their body to run properly without decent fuel?!” I’m loving it.
Now it’s a new week and a new trainer, this time Mark Kisz, who wastes no time in getting me properly stretching and foam rolling for our first session. Now we’re upping the weights and lowering the reps, it’s more important than ever to ready my muscles for the strain.
And there are new exercises to get to grips with, like the hack squat. I do these on a machine that isolates your quads for some serious punishment. I know I’m going to feel it tomorrow. And probably the day after.
Supplements can help your body adapt to working out
The supplements I’m taking range from the everyday to the sports specific, and can help your body in all sorts of ways. For example, magnesium, which a lot of us are deficient in, helps us get quality REM sleep among many other things.
Vitamin D3 helps protect against all sorts of diseases, including heart disease and diabetes. Then there are the training-specific aids like BCAAs, or Branch Chain Amino Acids, which promote muscle mass gain, aid recovery and boost the immune system when you’re training intensively. Yes, you may rattle when you walk, but its worth it.
Plus there are still old favourites like the dreaded sled, now with even more weight piled on. But now I’m seeing physical results, I’m motivated and determined to push through and keep building.
I think the ‘feelgood factor’ has also been boosted by the array of supplements I’ve been taking. All in all, I’m swallowing 30 pills per day. I’ve never been one to take vitamins, no matter how many texts my mum sent me about the benefits of vitamin D.
But now I’m on a health cocktail of the stuff, from Omega-3 fatty acids to zinc. Each comes with its own list of benefits, from sleeping better to efficient fat burning. I’m starting to realise my mum may have a had a point all these years.
Not that I’ll tell her that – it would set a very worrying precedent I’m sure I’d quickly live to regret. And regrets are something there’s no room for in my new broccoli-and-workout-filled life. I’m holier than thou. And I’m going to enjoy it while it lasts.
Proof is in the pudding
Embody Fitness aim to deliver outstanding results whilst providing a client experience that is as professional and enjoyable as possible, and they have many success stories to prove it. Find out more on their website: embodyfitness.co.uk