I was already in good shape and I was doing pretty intensive yoga for three years, and doing cycling and other things like that, but then I had a medical condition that came up – I ended up getting prostate cancer. So during the times of the treatment they were going to give me medication that would possibly deplete my muscle mass and in order to counter that they suggested I get into an exercise program. I was told the medication would also put a lot of weight on me so one of the ideas to begin weight training was to try to minimize the weight gain. I ended up having an extensive weight gain – I went from an average weight of about 142 pounds to just shy of 170 pounds.
If I hadn’t been working out with personal trainers at Bodies by Design to try to maintain my weight gain it probably would have increased another 15 or 20 pounds. After I was weaned off the drugs I wanted to make sure I knocked down the 30 pounds I had gained. I think I’m more in shape now than I had been before the cancer and I like the muscle tone better than I had before. I hadn’t ever lifted weights before BBD.
Now I’m making coming to the gym regularly part of my lifestyle. I really like the idea of keeping control of my weight and trying to keep my physique. I enjoy coming into the gym and having a personal trainer rather than doing it in on my own. I have a very rigorous schedule so I want to make sure I have an intensified workout. To do it on my own, it would probably take me twice the time, whereas with a trainer I’m able to narrow the program down into one hour and they’re very focussed on what they do, so I like that.
My words of wisdom would be that in order to maintain the top immune system you can, fitness is really important. And for all your body organs to be operating at top functioning power, you’re really investing in that for a long-term gain. It’s like a cigarette smoker saying, “It doesn’t bother me,” but over years it’s going to add up and you’re going to have a problem with it, so when you’re training you have to think that you’re in there for the long haul and you’re maintaining yourself to keep in top physical shape. You only have one body and you should respect it.