Briefly describe your daily/weekly workout routine:
Mondays and Wednesdays, attend Group Power (repetitive weight lifting hitting all major muscle groups); Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, Group Kick (intense movements with arms and legs engaging cardio and major muscle groups); Fridays, lone weight training focusing on forearms and shoulders; Sundays, I just work around the yard and take it easy. I deem it a recovery day.
What inspired you to begin a regular fitness routine?
Corporate Challenge at work, since I had not been actively working out for more than eight years.
Why is it something you have stuck with?
It builds stamina, lung capacity, improves overall health and creates more energy to go out and do fun outdoor activities. It also provides a good example for my kids.
How do you make time to work out?
Mostly by going to the gym after work or on Saturdays to start my day.
When and why did you get serious about fitness?
I had grown up as an active sport participant. Football, swimming/diving, track. Was in the Army Infantry and always pushed myself. Then as the years went by, I noticed that aches, pains and asthma started taking over. So, at 50 I wanted to take control and be one of those examples of “He looks pretty good for a 50-year-old.” I want to prove that only I have control of how I feel. And if you want to feel younger and healthier, then do something about it.
Have you lost or gained muscle mass through working out?
Gained muscle mass and definition.
What’s your favorite exercise?
The group classes because they push you to continue when you might want to take it easy.
Any exercises you dread, but do anyway? Why?
Ab exercises — it takes so long to see the cut appear.
Do you listen to music while you work out? What’s on your playlist?
Yes, but not specific other than upbeat to keep the movement going.
Do you follow a special diet?
If so, describe it briefly. Do you “cheat” much?
My wife ensures that we as a family get away from processed foods. Fish, chicken, rice and lots of veggies. I love yogurt and granola for a reward. Saturdays, I cheat by eating pizza, but then I know that I have to step up my cardio to balance it out.
Do you have a favorite fitness moment, for example, when you reached a tough fitness goal or overcame a plateau?
I have lost eight pounds and many inches. Still losing inches and losing a few pounds.
What do you do to motivate yourself when you just don’t want to work out?
Knowing how hard it is to get going again, not to mention how much better I feel now.
What advice would you give to someone who wants to start working out?
Set a date, join a club. I know that if I am going to pay for a membership, I am going to attend as much as possible. Otherwise, that is just money thrown away.
What’s a little-known fitness fact about you?
I have done a 13-mile run, performed a run-bike run and just recently participated in the Tame the Terrain. I love obstacle courses from my military life and plan to do more of them.