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Life gets busy in your thirties.

Beau before Bodies By Design

Beau before Bodies By Design

In my mid to late thirties I found myself taking on more work and responsibilities, leaving very little time for anything else.  Not only was I running my own business with my brother, but I started working on my days off for a friend and also became the chairman of my local Business Improvement Association. Working 7 days a week for months on end and being the point person for all neighborhood activities (ie: street festivals/capital cost sharing projects/ neighbourhood beautifation) leaves very little time for much else. I found the first thing to go was carving out time to work out. I would always pay for a membership at my local gym but never found time to go, using it at most half a dozen times a year.  When I wasn’t working, I had zero motivation to go to the gym or get off the couch. My eating habits also started to deteriorate and as my thirties moved upwards, so did the numbers on the scale.

  At 38 and knowing I had to do something to get back in shape I told myself I would join Bodies By Design, a gym that I had gone to in my twenties after university when my weight had creeped up to its present level. My previous experience with BBD was phenomenal, propelling me to the best shape of my life. I knew the results I could achieve, but couldn’t find the time. I tuned 39 and my weight gain continued. I would tell myself “if I could get in shape myself, I would have done it already.” I had constant pain in my knees and had to take deep breaths just to tie my shoes, as my stomach would get in the way. Then it happened, 201 on the scale. I joined BBD the next week.
Beau after Bodies By Design

Beau after Bodies By Design

I  found the first thing to go was carving out time to workout. I would always pay for a membership to my local gym but never found time to go, using it at most half a dozen times a year. Eating habits also started to deteriorate and as my thirties moved upwards, so did the scale. At 38 and knowing I had to do something to get back in shape I told myself I would join Bodies By Design, a gym that I had gone to in my twenties after university when my weight had creeped up to its present level. My previous experience with BBD was phenomenal, propelling me to the best shape of my life. I knew the results I could achieve, but couldn’t find the time.

I tuned 39 and my weight gain continued. I would tell myself “if I could get in shape myself, I would have done it already.

DSC_7216_2I had constant pain in my knees and had to take deep breaths just to tie my shoes, as my stomach would get in the way. Then it happened, 201 on the scale. I joined BBD the next week. With the lack of time being my number one factor for not going to the gym, BBD worked with me, and we put together a schedule that worked with my lifestyle.  I knew I was out of shape and had lost a lot of muscle, but what I didn’t realize was just how poor my cardiovascular strength was. However, with persistence I knew BBD would get me to my goals, as it had before. They tailored my workout routine to my abilities, saying away from any high impact knee exercises. It took a while, but it all started to come together. My workouts were a mixture of super set weight training, my favourite, and intense cardio exercises, in which I was only lifting my own body weight. The extra motivation and drive from the trainers were very much needed, especially in the beginning. There was many a time when I would finish work and have no energy or motivation to go to the gym.
However, having that appointment with my trainer and having to weigh in every week always kept me coming in and working on my nutrition.  Around the time I noticed my stamina increasing, I also noticed the weakness and pain in my knees had disappeared. 
 
 The nutrition componentof their program was really the toughest for me. In the past, I would always say “I workout so that I can eat whatever I want and not care.”  I wasn’t always the best at logging my food everyday and my trainers would constantly reinforce the importance of this activity. They even would make the workouts just a little harder sometimes to get the point across. The app that they provide is very simple to use and really brings to light just how easy it is to over and even under eat. Over the course of the program, I found myself choosing healthier options everyday. I really started to notice how my body reacted when I wasn’t giving it enough food or reverted to my old eating styles. It takes awhile, but with my goal in mind and the reinforcement of the trainers, healthier eating is becoming the new habit and every healthy decision makes the next one that much easier.  

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I’ve built a very good base and have reached the goals I set out to getMoving forward, I hope to build on my successes and make a healthier more active lifestyle a permanent part of my life. 

 I’m proud to say I’ve nearly reached my goal of losing 20 pounds, and I couldn’t have done it without BBD. It’s been a long journey, but it’s been more than worth it, affecting not only my body image but how I perceive overall health and wellness.
Beau C. – Bodies By Design Client Star Profile

 

 

 

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Beau with Bodies By Design trainer Alex

Beau with BBD trainer Alex

 When Beau and I started off training together I knew that he was capable of reaching his goals. Just like most clients that start off, he needed the motivation to get in the gym and keeping up with it. The one thing that helped Beau is that he had experience in the gym and he knew what it would take to get to his goals. With working long days, it was harder for Beau to put himself first when it came to the gym and work. With a hard schedule to accommodate Beaus time to work out, this is where his nutritional aspect came in to place for him. The one thing with Beau is that he payed attention to our nutritional program, and started to realize that he couldn’t just work out and eat whatever he wanted, he knew that he had to eat better to see better results. With Beau reaching his goals, I’ve seen that his mind-set has changed completely from beginning to end and he will continue on leading a fit/healthier lifestyle.