April 21st, 2011

Today is my first “Boot Camp “session with town of Taylor, I thought that the best place to have it in the empty field by Lone Wolf Golf Club. We had 30 – 40 people show up, which is not a bad turn out for the first class… I will say that for the participants that showed up there is a huge difference in fitness levels everything from someone having a mild stroke 2 weeks earlier to former athletes in high school. So this is going to be a bit of a challenge.

I had to give everyone a brief outline as to what we are going to do today and one of my 1st rule is that there is no driving to the field. The Taylor Gym is just across the street so made it clear that everyone is to park there and either walk/jog over to the field. Let the fun begin…

The session itself was pretty good and it went better then I thought it might. We did lots of different exercises and it was tough for some. I even had Jamie throw up and then get back to the work out just like nothing ever happened. She is a trooper. Jen and Sara had a tough time with it but they managed to finish it.

I am looking forward to seeing what the town is going to be able to do with themselves. I am going to do whatever I can do to help the town reach their goal in losing weight. I am not going to make this easy on them and I am not sure if the town is going to like it all that much, we have the majority of the town sitting on there ass most of the year because of the long days so Garfield and I will do what we canto help..

Jonathan is waiting for me at his house for a training session; I think I am going to take him to the park for our session. There is a park just a couple blocks from his house. I start our session with Jon doing some bike sprints down the block. He really likes to ride his bike so I might as well include it in our warm up. I am not sure how much he liked it because it was pretty tough, not sure if he really is used to be working that hard.

After his warm up we made our way to the park, there is a jungle gym there so there is lots for us to do. We had a little conversation about him being bullied in school and I wanted to  share with him that it had happened to me as well and that he is not the only one to be picked on in school. I also mentioned to him that if he gets in better shape he will start feeling better about him and confidence with improve as well.

Our session did not last very long because Jon started to feel dizzy and short of breath. Steve was there aswell and he thought he might be faking a bit. But I did not want to risk it soI stopped the workout and I told him to grab some juice it will increase hisblood sugar. I told him not to worry about it today because we will make up forit during our next session

I am off to Rick Kolter’s house to assess his fitness levels and also to see what types of medications he is on. The reason I am doing this is so that I can make the decision as to weather I am going to train him in the gym. I have had a discussion with Dr.Ali Zetner about Rick and she did give me the detail on him in medical terms and she did give me some advice as to what I can and cant to with him. I am also looking to talk to his actual doctor to see what their thoughts are as well.

I did get to Ricks house and I know that he ride motorbikes, luckily I have a Harley as well so we do have some common ground to start with. Rick starts to tell me about his bikes and his kids as well because they love to go riding as well. Rick has a couple dirt bike that he lets the kids use at the track, something he loves to do is spend time with his kids. I am thinking that if his health is so bad and he does not turn his life around he will not be there for his kids much longer.

I wanted to know more about Rick so I asked to see what medications he is taking and find out a little more about him. To be honest I am BLOWN away by all the medications that he had to take, I am not sure if I have ever in my life seen that may pills that 1 person has to take every day. WOW! I also found out from him that he is this exmilitary guy that used to run 10 miles per day as well as workout in the gym for 3hrs a day as well, so for me to see this guy who is so badly out of shape it is quite the contrast. I can’t imagine going from super fit to not!! That has to be tough, but you just never know when your body is going to say enough is enough.

Rick also mentioned to me that he did the first endurance challenge and it had taken a lot more out of him then he thought it would, he has been home in bed for the past couple days because his body actually rejected the workout that he did. In my mind I am thinking that this is going to be a real challenge not just for Rick but for myself as well. I mentioned to Rick that I really want to help him out but before I can do that I need to get clearance from his Doctor and I wanted to get clearance from Dr Ali.

As we were leaving I told Rick that I will do what I can even if it is walking around the block with him, at least it will be a step in helping him to a better and healthier life.

Jamie is coming to the gym today for her session and she is great at bringing her bike so I wanted to do a couple bike sprints outside with her as a warm up. I will say that Jamie is not that excited about the idea, she thinks that she will fall off or it was going to be too tough BLA BLA BLA!!! I really didn’t want to her excuses, so as we walk out to the road I explain to her what I want from her and you can tell she is nervous only because it is something out of the norm for her. She starts the first one and as she finishes it she gives me a smile, she says it’s tough but she can do it.

Jamie’s workout is tough we did lots of cardio drills in the gym, such as running, walking, lunging to pylons, push-ups on a bench on the floor etc. Pretty much you name it we did it and Jamie had a few moments where I was not sure if she was going to make it but she finished and she mentioned that she had burned 500 calories and that excites her because she realizes she is burning fat.

I have only been training Jamie for a couple weeks but you can already tell that she is feeling betterabout herself and it is starting to show…


April 20th, 2011

Coleen and Rob trained together as a double for the first time today and I am hoping that it goes well. Something I have to remember is that Rob has lost vision in 1 eye, so I have to try to keep Rob on the right side of Coleen so that he can keep up with the count together so that they can work together. Coleen is super excited about training with Rob and I hope that they can stay supportive with one and other. I have the feeling that Rob is not really sure how things are going to go may be he is a little nervous that Coleen will show him up.

Actually the session went really well and they do work really well together and it was a lot of fun, I did not want to push them that hard because they were playing golf tonight and I was not sure how it might affect them. I look forward to their next session together.

Sara and Jen are here and I am really not to sure how this session is going to work Jen and Sara are both at different fitness levels, Jen used to do a lot of kick boxing and some training where as Sara has not done all that much. They are both smokers and I don’t know how they are going to react to my session.

We were getting started in the session and Jen decided to push a few of my buttons so I made her run on the treadmill while Sara walked on an incline. Jen came into the session saying that she was tired and cranky but still wanted to be pushed hard, Jen really does not understand what she is saying to me. Sara loves what I am doing to her sister, as I am giving Jen a hard time I am winking at Sara so she knows that I am having fun as well…

I think that with the workout now being over Jen is happy that she was pushed as hard as she was and Sara is feeling better after the sessions as well.


April 10th, 2011

When I was hired to be one of the trainers for the show I really had not idea what to expect. All I knew was that I was going up North to a small town just outside of Fort Saint John named Taylor…. I did a little research on the internet and I had found out that roughly 1400 people lived in this small community, I was not sure how they were going to react to a bunch of BIG CITY folk coming into there small town and telling them how to change their lifestyle. Which for the most part was something that they grew up doing and that was Sweat F_ _ K All.

The day finally arrived, I boarded the small air plane to fly up north and to be honest I was a little nervous just because I did not know what to expect. As the plane was coming in for its final approach I looked out the window and there was not much around and at that point it brought me back to where I grew up Prince Edward Island, SMALL COMMUNITIES and right then and there I know it was going to be alright and I was feeling good.I wanted to meet everyone and get the ball rolling. I stepped off the plane and headed straight to the Community Centre where we were doing the first fitness assessment with all the town folk and key participants.

I meet Steve and Jonathan right away and they are exactly as you see them, trying to make you laugh and making funny comments about everything. I wanted to reassure theme that this was day 1 of there new life and that this was not going to be easy and that just remember that what we are doing today was going to be there base line and that in 12 weeks they would see Hugh changes if they listened to what we told them, I think that eased some of there concerns.

Jamie was next and it started out with a little crying session and my first experience with her. I was helping her out with the scale and height measurement and as she was getting off the scale she say her actual weight and she broke down and stared to cry, I told her that we would get through this together and that I would do everything in my power to help her get to her goal weight and get her into that wedding dress. Jamie pulled it together and we finished her assessment together. I have great faith in her and I think she is going to go along way with this challenge…

The next in line was Glen Cross, ok here is the “Town Crier” I see why he is who he is… I meet him and I knew right away that I was going to love training him and kicking his ass…Glen is one of those guys that everyone loves and he loves to work and playhard. Glen was half way through his push ups when I made my way over to him andI started yelling at him and trying to get him to squeak out a couple more andI think it might have worked because he managed to get a few more then hethought he was going to get. I am looking forward to working with him as well

I did not get a chance to see Jordy and Kristine do there fitness test but I did have and opportunity to chat with them after they were done. I wanted to talk to Jordy about his pop habit and how much pop he actually drank during the day and that I wanted to see him switch over from pop to water. Jordy was not sure how to take this but he was somewhat receptive to the idea. Jordy knows is going to be tough but he is ready for the challenge. I am not sure about Kristine but I have a good feeling about her and that she wants the best for Jordy and her. Kristine’s ultimate goal is to feel sexy for Jordy and I know we can get her there we just have to build her confidence…

Brent and Sheena were just finishing as I was talking to Jordy and Kristine, they came over to introduce themselves and give me a hard time. I just meet them and am not really sure howto take Brent. I don’t really have the warm fuzzy’s form Brent and to be honest Sheena really did not say too much to me. I think the reason is because they are really not sure what to think of the City Folk coming to town and we really need to prove ourselves to them. I think as we talked I broke the ice and they did start to trust me a little. Brent wanted to do some form of single leg wrestling. Now let me tell you I did not have a hope in hell on winning over him Brent is 6’5 300lbs and I am 6’1 210 I really don’t think there is a match there, but I did say that at the end of 12 weeks maybe we would do it then.. NOT!!!!

Rob and Coleen were there as well going though there testing and I introduced myself and wanted to let them know that we were going to do our best to help them reach there goals and I started to help them out in there testing. To be honest they were having a bit of a hard time with the whole process but they had such a positive attitude about the whole process and they were both super excited about having all of us in Taylor. I am looking forward to training them I think they are going to make some huge changes in there lives and lead the way for there family.

Today was a great day I think for everyone involved with this project, everyone is super nice and really excited to see what we can do for them and the town of Taylor. It is going to be a challenge for everyone but I think the most for the Town Folk and the participants because we are going to push them physically,emotionally and mentally….. Let the Games Begin!!