The challenge is half way over! Time flies when you’re having fun. It’s been such a fun ride with over 100+ transformers participating in the …destination Transformation Challenge 4, our global 12-week fitness challenge. I have been journaling my personal participation in the challenge and in case you missed my first two entries you can check out weeks 1-3 HERE, and weeks 4-6 HERE. Looking at my schedule for the rest of the challenge I was really excited about week 7 and also very focused to make the most of it. My travel schedule toward the end of the challenge was quite heavy and I also had an anniversary trip planned which I’ll call a “scheduled detour” from the plan. So I wanted to take full advantage of being able to make good progress while at home with access to all my own food, my normal training routines at destination, and a predictable schedule that didn’t involve any jet lag or bad sleeping patterns. I pushed the cardio pretty hard this week doing 30-40 minutes every single day. 2 of those sessions I did fasted but the rest were post workout. I didn’t lower my food intake at all, still around 150 carbs per day but as I said in my last post I had moved those carbs to fall around training. I’m badly missing my breakfast carbs but the results seem to coming from this change in approach.
After Josh Bryant, Strength Coach and Author, finished putting Tyrus Hughes and I through an awesome workout.
Week 7 went great, and I was really pleased with the progress for the week. I decided to keep the momentum going and skip my weekend cheat meal leading into week 8. I did eat some extra clean carbs during one day because I was getting quite depleted from all the cardio, but I just added in about 20 carbs per meal in the form of my normal diet food: Oatmeal, Jasmine Rice, Sweet Potatoes and Karbolyn. I trained with Tyrus and a few different characters at destination each day for week 8, and had some great sessions in the gym. I had made plans to ride my sport bike at the Circuit of the Americas Track in Austin Texas nearly 6 months ago and could not WAIT for the weekend to come. I was worried about being too sore on the bike, but I couldn’t help but to keep hitting the gym hard all the way up until Friday since I wasn’t riding until Sunday. I just made sure that my leg workout happened very early in the week and that I spent plenty of time stretching and foam rolling to stay loose. This track is the premier track in North America, and the only track that Moto GP and Formula 1 currently races at in the United States. Needless to say, the facility was incredible and riding on the track was like living in a video game. Funny enough to “train” for this weekend I spent about 6 weeks playing a Moto GP game on Xbox just to try my best to learn the lines through all 20 corners so I wouldn’t have to waste valuable track time just trying to learn the track.
I reached my lowest weight for the challenge leading up to my COTA weekend at 189 pounds. As I mentioned my travel schedule for the remaining 4 weeks was very hectic so to set realistic goals I was just hoping to maintain the condition I created in week 7 and 8. Knowing I would probably reach my peak condition after the conclusion of the challenge.
Having some fun at the Circuit of the Americas Track in Austin, Texas!
189 Pounds – From this point on I knew I would be traveling almost nonstop through the end of the challenge so I wanted to maintain this condition at least.
Week 9 proved to be tough. From spending some time in the cold rain at COTA I think I developed a cold. We had a cool business trip planned for Miami but I could tell I had a lot of congestion in my lungs. Because most of my meetings revolved around training during this trip I did some workouts that I wouldn’t recommend to most, as I’m usually an advocate for rest when you’re feeling ill. I kept a steady dose of Advil and caffeine going to make it through my workouts and still had some pretty good workouts considering. The company of course helped, through the course of the trip I got to train at Flex Appeal Gym (https://www.flexappealmiami.com/), Miami Iron Gym (http://miamiirongym.com/), The Knockoutzone (http://kozoneusa.com/), and Flex Lewis’s private training facility, Project Flex (http://www.flexlewis.net/project-flex/). I did avoid cardio however and while eating as clean as possible on the road it’s nearly impossible to not take in some extra calories at times and miss meals at others. Cardio would’ve helped to even this out but I was concerned to get more sick. Returning from the trip a visit to the doctor diagnosed me with Bronchitis, and that training was ok but no intense cardio for 10-14 days. But all circumstances considered it was decent week for my transformation progress and a great week for business and good times with industry friends.
At Miami Iron Gym with the crew filming GASP Life of Iron. From left to right. Tony Sentmanat, me, Ashkan Aghili, Fredrik Nyman, Michael Johansson and Nick Deltoro.
This was a particularly cool moment for me. This is one of the most used Men’s Health Cover Models over the last 20 years, Gregg Avedon. I used to read my Dad’s Men’s Health Mags cover to cover starting at about age 12 so I was a big fan of his. He even took the time to reply to a few of my emails as a youngster trying to learn his way around the weight room!