GET­TING FIT

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Game plan to get fit By Mark Al­sop

Wel­come to my new reg­u­lar col­umn fol­low­ing my one-year trans­for­ma­tion from an “av­er­age Joe” with a very seden­tary life­style, into my idea of the ideal male physique.

My goals will sound fa­mil­iar to many peo­ple star ting at the gym; I want to vastly in­crease mus­cle mass, lose body fat, achieve good def­i­ni­tion and im­prove my fit­ness, gen­eral health and well­be­ing. I’m also very con­scious of avoid­ing in­jur y, hav­ing sus­tained in­juries in the past that have af­fected my life­style – cer­tainly not some­thing I want to re­peat. The first task was to choose a gym. There were many fac­tors to con­sider, in­clud­ing the fa­cil­i­ties on of fer, rep­u­ta­tion, cost and lo­ca­tion and for me the first choice for all of the above was the AUT Mil­len­nium In­sti­tute gym on Auck­land’s North Shore. I went along for a look around and was im­pressed by the fa­cil­i­ties that are on of fer and want­ing to get the best re­sults pos­si­ble, their rep­u­ta­tion was very im­por­tant to me.

I then signed a mem­ber­ship con­trac t and went for an ini­tial assess­ment, where I met my per­sonal trainer, Jake Free­man. Jake sat down with me and we dis­cussed my cur­rent life­style, past ex­er­cise his­tor y and goals for the fu­ture. He then took var­i­ous mea­sure­ments, weighed me, took my blood pres­sure and mea­sured my skin fold thick­ness in sev­eral places in or­der to de­ter­mine my body fat per­cent­age.

We then did a fit­ness assess­ment to see how fit I’m not. This in­volved cy­cling 3km, row­ing 1km, run­ning 1km and var­i­ous other ex­er­cises, which was much harder than it sounds! Right away I learned an im­por­tant les­son about good nu­tri­tion prior to ex­er­cis­ing, as fairly soon I felt light headed due to hav­ing a low blood su­gar level – an im­por­tant les­son learnt for next time!

Make sure you check out my ar­ti­cle in the next is­sue of New Zealand Fit­ness as I get my first pro­gramme and be­gin my reg­u­lar rou­tine!

First step: Mil­len­nium In­sti­tute per­sonal trainer Jake Free­man

mea­sures up Mark Al­sop.

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