My story isn't so different from a lot of guys... high school athelete, went to college and discovered parties, graduate, get married, get a career, stop working out, and discovered that you've somehow managed to pack on a LOT of extra weight over the years. It's not like I had completely stopped being active. For years I played sand volleyball 1-2 days a week almost year round, plus softball in the summer. Of course, the real problem was that there was almost always a beer in hand.
It wasn't until I was 37 and recovering from my 5th knee surgery that I really noticed how much I had gained... going from 155 to 213 pounds. The day I had to walk into a store to buy size 38 slacks was the day I knew something had to be done. I turned my diet around, started exercising again, and managed to lose almost 30 pounds before stalling in the mid 180s. That was 3 years ago.
Last March my wife and I welcomed our first child. By Thanksgiving my little guy had started crawling... and making me tired just watching him! When we found out that our second child is on the way, I realized that I had to continue if I wanted to keep up with TWO kids! The timing of Craig's announcement for the 7th TT Transformation Contest couldn't have been better. Here was a clear goal to get me back on track!
I've been following the nutrition tactics of Tom Venuto's Burn the Fat, Feed the Muscle for a few years now. 5-6 meals per day, lots of chicken, tuna, egss, and fish, along with tons of green veggies and almonds. Day to day Ieat about 500 calories under my maintenance amount. Every 4th day is a higher carb "refeed" day where I eat slightly above maintenance. I keep track of my diet on The Daily Plate web site. The accountability has done wonders for keeping me from straying to far.
I never cared for the old 3x10 workout routines given in the Burn the Fat book, so I generally didn't do them (yes, now I realize what a mistake that was). The Turbulence Training workouts just felt like a perfect match. I'll admit that I have a rather short attention span, but the format of the workouts and switching things up every 4 weeks definitely kept me from getting bored.
Since I wasn't completely new to working out, I started with the TT Intermediate workout. I couldn't believe how drenched I was at the end of the first workout! It was such a great feeling, I was hooked. After 4 weeks, I moved on to the Original TT workout. I had always thought of TT as just bodyweight & dumbbell workouts, so I was surprised to find squats in the program. Yes, I'm one of those sick guys who actually likes doing them, although following them up with DB split squats is brutal! I finished up my 12 weeks with the TT2k3. What an incredible pump workout A gives!
Like many, I didn't quite understand the importance of the warmup and have often skipped them in the past. An exercise like the stickup just didn't seem like much of a warmup (on paper at least). But I stuck with them. I can't believe the difference that one warmup exercise has made to my shoulders... no more nagging pain after volleyball! Not to mention the intervals have done wonders for my conditioning. I'm really looking forward to the summer tournament season and won't be hiding under baggy t-shirts!
Many thanks to Craig for a fantastic program... and for allowing me to buy my first pair of size 32 jeans in over 20 years! I am definitely hooked on the TT workouts. They pack a lot of punch in a short time. After a well deserved week off, I'm eyeing the deadlifts in the TT2k4 program...