Well, we’ve been telling you about how we’re starting our big training program for the last week or so, and today it finally happened. So I thought I’d give you a run-down of what my day was like in case anyone is wondering if they’d like to give something like this a go. Cali is doing the same right over here. And you can keep up with everything related to our #GetFit project here.
Our “project”, because that’s what we’re calling the 8-week program we’re running, actually began on Saturday morning, with Cali and I meeting Jeff Dwelle, our trainer, and Todd Abrams, my friend the bodybuilder, at the gym to discuss how all of this was going to go down.
By the way, as a sidebar, you can meet our dynamic training duo by visiting any of their social profiles. Here they are for the record.
Meet the Trainers
And here’s an intro discussion we had with them about the training program:
Back to the story, we sat down with the guys and talked about all sorts of things. Our goals, our diets, things we are comfortable doing, and things we hate. Our travel schedules…. Basically, we gave Jeff a brain dump on everything he might possibly want to know about our lifestyles and habits. Because he was going to design a training program for us.
Flash forward to this morning. Sure enough, at 6am Jeff sent me over my new program. At some point in the future I’ll share that with you guys, and you can keep up with our training schedule at geekbeat.tv/get-fit-training. But the bottom line is that it was VERY detailed. What I could eat, when to eat it, what the workout schedule was going to look like, etc.
Supplements Are Not So Easy to Find
So I started out my day trying to gather up the things I’m going to be needing in order to follow my schedule to the letter. Cali and I stopped by GNC to pick up a few supplements, and the grocery store to get some fruits and things.
It turns out that GNC doesn’t have all of the things we need, so we’ll be going to another store tomorrow to pick up the rest. Really its not that much stuff, but we’re talking about things like a non-stimulant based fat burner, a stimulant based fat burner, whey isolate, pre and post workout drinks, and some vitamins. The rest of the heavy lifting will be done with the eating regime which consists of about four smallish and very healthy meals a day.
Eating is the Hard Part
In fact, the eating part is by far the hardest part for me, because Cali and I are already so overloaded that we can barely keep up, much less stop to eat 4 times a day, plus work in a couple of other shakes / drinks as well. By comparison, I’m lucky if I eat twice a day normally. Now I have to really watch my intake on a specific schedule.
Since our program would be a complete failure if we don’t stick to our diets, Todd is arranging to have pre-made meals delivered to Cali and I during the program from Icon Meals, a company that specializes in ready made healthy food. Without this, I’m not sure I could do it. Honestly. So that is going to help a TON. You’ll be able to learn about our eating habits and keep up with all that at geekbeat.tv/get-fit-food.
To illustrate the difficulty with sticking with the plan, I was supposed to eat at 11am and again at 2pm. Just 4 ounces of lean protein plus 1/2 cup of rice each time. Well, due to a conference call I didn’t eat till 11:45, and then I had to push the other meal up to 1:30 because I had to run an errand. DAMMIT! I can’t even get day 1 right!
And So It Begins…
Anyway, that is all the stuff that leads up to the real event. Today at 3:30pm we met Jeff and Todd at the gym, and it started off really easy. Jeff took a bunch of measurements all over my body – chest, legs, arms; and then used calipers to calculate my actual body fat level. Our goal is to have a very data rich baseline to share with everyone, so consider me your human lab rat!
I believe my starting point today was 162 lbs. and about 20% body fat. Jeff said that 13-14% would be extremely fit. Here’s a discussion about body fat that I found interesting. Often competitors are in the 7-9% range.
Anyway, later I’ll share all the data with you guys after it has some meaning. We’ll see how things progress over time.
After the measurements were taken, we went out on the floor to do a little assessment of where I’m at, and to do a little exercise. I started out by just doing as many pushups as I could manage in a row, and came in at a pitiful 23.5. At times when I really try, I can push that number way up, but I haven’t worked out in months, so I’m not in particularly good shape.
We followed that up with nearly 45 minutes of weight lifting on a combination of machines and free weights. Today was upper body day, and I was really enjoying it. In retrospect, Jeff was actually amazing. When we first started out I thought we were using pretty light weights relative to what I could handle, but I was WRONG. Because he managed to keep me busy lifting for the entire time with only short breaks between sets.
So when you see people going in and just lifting as much as they can, and burning out… yeah, apparently that isn’t for everyone.
I was getting more and more fatigued throughout the workout, but at no time did I feel uncomfortable or in pain. I mean, it was hard, but in all fairness it was not “torture”. Its amazing what professional guidance can do for you.
Now, up until the end, everything was going all right. We finished our workout, and then I headed home. And THAT is when it hit me! I began to feel an extreme onset of nausea. I wouldn’t say it scared me, but it did suck. And it was unexpected. I had no idea it was sneaking up on me, but it was a case of exercise induced nausea. And let me tell you, it was crippling.
I managed to get home, and then I got out of my car, went inside, and crawled in bed. My only goal in life was to sleep it off, because let me tell you – it sucked!
After resting for about an hour, I got up and I was pretty much OK. Except that my body still felt a little “off”. I’m writing this about 5 hours after my workout, and I generally feel kind of strange. Definitely a little sore, though less than I expected. But something else altogether feels just kind of weird.
So, the saga will continue tomorrow. But I’m not going to blog about it every day. Just the working out and changes to the diet are crushing my schedule, and the hour it took me to write this post is just out of the question. I will however try and give more routine quick updates to our Patrons. So if you are really interested in hearing all about my pain you can join in to help us pay the bills a little. 😉 Especially since I’m dying over here for your amusement!
More updates to come….