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The Challenge – Week One

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Being a Durbanite means summer never really ends, but with us being halfway through winter, now is the best time to start getting into shape! I’m sure everyone has heard about the GetFit challenges going on across our awesome province.

GetFit was started in 2008 and has exploded (much like the explosive exercises in the training!) into a company promoting a healthier and fitter lifestyle!

 

“The GETFIT Challenge has grown from strength to strength since its inception in 2008 and its participants have achieved some fantastic results, including improved fitness levels, body toning, muscle strength and weight loss.

 

The Challenge runs for a 12-week period, during which time participants attend a 1-hour group training session once, twice or three times a week. The sessions include a combination of cardio and weight training exercises aimed at increasing fitness levels and improving muscle strength or tone. The sessions are run by personal trainers who monitor correct form and encourage participants to ensure optimum results are achieved. The group training sessions are a great way to stay motivated and maintain high levels of enthusiasm!”

Being the adventurous bunch we are, we decided to give it a shot! Our Friends over at GetFit Morningside allowed our soon to be married Business Development Director, Duncan (That’s me!) to join in on the 6 week challenge.

This will be a series of articles, tracking my progress through the six weeks as well as my fitness. With one week down, all I can say is that this is probably the most challenged I have been with regards to training, both physically and mentally in my life. I can already feel a difference though, after the initial stiffness subsides, there is almost a euphoria in knowing that you are getting stronger and faster!

Kelly and Mari are the inhouse personal trainers at GetFit Morningside. I must admit, I have always trained either with a partner or alone and I was very apprehensive about group training or have a personal trainer. That view has now definitely changed, these women are fantastic at what they do, being supportive yet pushing you harder every session, it is awesome!

When you sign up you are given an assessment that looks at your fitness level, body fat % and weight, after which you are given a fantastic eating plan and the goal wieght / BF % you should try reach by the end of the challenge.

So to kick it off, here are my stats and feel free to follow me through he journey!

PS: Pics to follow!

 

Age: 29

Height: 1.74m

Current Body Fat: 18.7%

Weight: 81.4 kg’s

 

Goal:

Body Fat: 9.4%

Weight: 74 kg’s

 

 

 

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Getting Fit with GETFIT!

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–        I don’t have a fast metabolism

–        I love eating carbs (they are my friends)

–        I have some flabby bits (okay, a little more than some)

–        I am getting married and I really want sexy(er) arms for my wedding day!

I know a lot of people would love to get in shape, but I also know that most people have a list of excuses as to why they can’t or shouldn’t. I guess I was also one of these people, but when I was introduced to the GETFIT Challenge, everything changed and most importantly, I changed!

I’m not saying it’s been easy (there’s only so much tuna a girl can eat) but I am constantly trying to find new tasty ways of eating healthier and trying to prepare meals in advance… It makes the world of a difference! I’m proud to say that even though the cooler winter nights have set in (when I would prefer to curl up on the couch in my comfy-pants) I have pushed through the temptation and attended my classes.

My motivation: Wedding arms! Wedding arms! Wedding arms!

Candice and I finding our  inner skinny

Candice (right) and I finding our inner skinny

To the Lazy Ones, the Out-of-Shape Ones, the Busy Ones, the Bride-to-be Ones and the Mommy Ones, 

GETFIT classes are only an hour long and take place on various days of the week at various times. This allows you to choose a class that best fits your lifestyle. You’ll still have time to relax on the couch, catch up with emails, plan your wedding or tend to the little ones.

Word of warning: You WILL sweat. You WILL feel stiff. But you will continue to push your body harder than you ever thought possible. You will feel great about the effort you are putting in and you will slowly change the way you look and feel about yourself. If you put in the time and follow a clean diet the results will follow! Say goodbye to that beer-boep, those flabby bat-wing arms, the puppy-fat, any baby-weight and helloooooo to a new you!

The 8 week challenge begins on the 6th June 2016 and is open for registration. The guys at GETFIT are running an awesome winter special at R1800 for 3 x 1 hour sessions a week (for 8 weeks). Check out the website for more info. and to register: www.getfitchallenge.co.za

As I sit here typing what I think and hope has been motivating, I feel that I have motivated myself to really push hard with 10 weeks of my challenge left! Bring on those stiff muscles and a fitter, healthier me (OH! and sexy wedding arms of course!)

Sorry carbs, you will be taking a backseat… for a while.

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GetFit Challenge Diary – Week 3

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So, week 3 is done and dusted! I have to admit, it was a tough one. Saturday was by far the most challenging workout I’ve had in a long time. We did a ladder session, split into both upper body for 30 mins then lower body. Sounds simple doesn’t it? Well technically it is, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy!

The basic premise is to conduct a large number of repetitions over 5 exercises, at your own pace. Starting with 10 reps, for each, then moving on to 9 reps, then 8 etc. The first five levels are smooth going, but then it gets quite hectic! Still, what an amazing workout!

Overall I can already see the difference in my body shape as well as my ability to run up the stairs to my apartment! Weight wise, I have dropped 2 kg’s and I am looking forward to my next weigh in and fitness test at the 6 week mark.

Don’t forget that you can join in for the upcoming 8 week challenge! I highly recommend it! Each Challenge runs for a 8 week period, during which time, participants attend a 1 hour group training sessiononce, twice or three times per week. The training sessions are a combination of cardio and weight training exercises aimed at increasing fitness levels and improving muscle strength and tone.

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GetFit Morningside – 12 Week Challenge Diary Weeks 1/2

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After completing the GetFit Morningside 6 week challenge two months back, I had awesome results in such a short period of time, so much so that I decided to dive right into the 12 week challenge! Being a sucker for punishment, I am as determined as ever to win the competition and this time my wife has decided to join me! Just a recap in terms of the challenge:

“The GETFIT Challenge has grown from strength to strength since its inception in 2008 and its participants have achieved some fantastic results, including improved fitness levels, body toning, muscle strength and weight loss.

The Challenge runs for a 12-week period, during which time participants attend a 1-hour group training session once, twice or three times a week. The sessions include a combination of cardio and weight training exercises aimed at increasing fitness levels and improving muscle strength or tone. The sessions are run by personal trainers who monitor correct form and encourage participants to ensure optimum results are achieved. The group training sessions are a great way to stay motivated and maintain high levels of enthusiasm!”

Technically we are now 2 weeks in and as my job requires a bit of travel, I had to cram and catch up a few sessions. The amazing thing is that after the first two sessions, it felt like I hadn’t even taken a break! The most intense session to date was the SWEAT 1000, which incorporates a myriad of different exercise in your hour long session, culminating in a total of 1000 repetitions.

Saturday was also a monster session with an upper body and lower body split. Definitely worth it though as it jump started my weekend!

Here’s a little snapshot of my initial weigh in results:

 

12 Week

Don’t forget to sign up for the upcoming 8 week challenge! If you need any info, feel free to contact Mark Sessions on 071 406 0459

Next update this Saturday!

Cheers for now!

Duncan

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