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.