At school, I would use the gym 3 times per week and play sports on ‘rest’ days. At uni, I would play football every Wednesday (often with a hangover) and use the gym whenever my body wasn’t feeling battered from the night before. Beyond graduation, my exercise was limited to once a week in the gym and the occasional kick about with a few mates who were still at uni or ended up living in the surrounding areas after graduation.
Beyond 2008 or, more specifically, the birth of my first child and the commencement of divorce proceedings, I stopped exercising all together. Add to that a terrible diet and several teaspoons of stress and I dropped to a rather pitiful 11 stone 154 lbs.
After the collapse of Smarter Housing, a huge weight was lifted from my shoulders and I have gradually been getting my life back in order. From around July 2011 a couple of mates have been pressuring me to join the gym and in October I eventually cracked – and I’m glad I did!
Not long after, I blogged about my use of Maximuscle PROGAIN and PROMAX, as well as a little bit of creatine. Since then, I have decided to stick with Maximuscle PROGAIN for the simple reason it tastes much nicer (in both chocolate and strawberry form) than the PROMAX.
After a bit of Googling and I found myself reading health and fitness posts on Quora (my profile), resulting in a slight change in the way I take creatine. Prior to Christmas I was taking a small teaspoon in water/fruit juice both 30 min before and 30 min after a gym session. Now, I simply throw one teaspoon of creatine in with my post-gym PROGAIN.
Workout wise, I’ve managed to stick to 3 times per week for around about 30 minutes to an hour, sometimes longer if time permits. I’ve also been on one Saturday session with the two lads responsible for getting me into this exercise malarkey and intend to step this up over the coming months.
At the moment, I’m literally doing nothing other than arms, shoulders and abs. Food wise, I’m just eating lots of white meat, veg and of course, taking two PROGAIN shakes every day.
The results? I’m back up to 13.5 stone (190 lbs) and lifting double what I was back in October. It’s fair to say I’m happy with progress to date 🙂
My aim now is to double everything again and hit 15 stone (210 lbs) and then focus on my diet in an effort to tone everything up. I’ll keep you posted on progress!