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!!