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6 week challenge winners

By principalfit | In Uncategorized | on March 3, 2015
Hi guys,
Hope all is well. You may have seen my email/facebook post (www.facebook.com/PrincipalFitness) at the weekend about our 6 week challenge winners. Well as promised I asked them a few questions about how they managed to get the changes they did. It is always useful to see what works for some people.
Heres Jonathan’s responces to the questions I asked him.
What changes did you make to your nutrition?
· Increased protein intake by eating lots of fish (Tuna, Salmon as well as white fish), some red meat and protein shakes after workouts and as a mid-morning drink.
· Reduced my sugar and carbohydrate intake by cutting out sugary snacks as well as bread etc. I still kept in small amounts of brown rice and pasta for some post workout meals.
· I found it best to work to an organised/planned meal structure so that I could eat healthy whilst on the move or at work. I have attached a meal plan that I based my nutrition on if it is of any help?
· Cut out the alcohol completely. Nothing since New Year’s Eve!
What classes did you attend?
· Group PT twice a week focusing on legs, core and upper body.· Spartan circuits 2/3 times a week for that high intensity workout.

· In general I was trying to get a good mix of cardio and resistance work.

 

What training did you do outside of Principal Fitness?

· Light early morning cardio 2/3 times a week, say 20 minutes rowing or jogging.

· Running on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. A mix of interval training and distance (say 4/5 miles on a Thursday).

· Either sprint and hill sprint training or a long run or bike ride on Saturdays.

· In general I was trying to get a good mix of cardio and resistance work.

 

How difficult did you find it to make those changes?

· Getting into the routine was the toughest thing but after the first week, the regular routine helped to keep me on track.

· Regular support from principal fitness instructors and friends doing the same sessions also helped to keep me motivated.

· I found that planning a training and nutrition diary was the most useful thing, although there was still a good amount of will power in avoiding temptation! The odd beer at the weekend or cake in the office was always hard to resist for example.

 

Will you continue to the lifestyle you have done for the last 6 weeks?

Yes. For me this was always about setting a good fitness platform at the beginning of the year to support my training and event goals for the rest of the year. I’ve also felt full of energy and much more alert, particularly due to the nutrition plan, which has helped both the training and at work so definitely plan to keep that up.

 

I also asked Katie the same question

What changes did you make to your nutrition?

I have tried to reduce fatty and high carb foods. Eating more low carb fruit and veg & high protein foods instead. My carbs are now limited to a small amount of brown rice or potatoes after exercising and at other times I’ve replaced carbs with veg e.g carrot mash or cauliflower rice. The biggest thing for me was cutting out crisps so if I get a craving I have a few nuts instead.

What classes did you attend?

I bought an unlimited monthly class pass and tried to go to at least 3 classes a week whereas previously I’d been on average about once a fortnight! I did a mix of kettlebells, Spartan circuits, boxing, power burn and yoga.

What training did you do outside of Principal Fitness?

A 10-15 mile bike ride once a week, an occasional swim and just trying to walk a lot more.

How difficult did you find it to make those changes?

Not really, the nutrition bit was fairly easy, it was just a case of making sure I had the right foods in the house and resisting the Friday night take away! The biggest change has been putting exercise first above other commitments. In the past I’d only go to a class when I had nothing else in the diary, now I try to commit to 3 classes as week and fit other plans around that.

Will you continue to the lifestyle you have done for the last 6 weeks?

Yes definitely – I’ve got a long way to go yet to get to where I want to be. I’ve got 5 weeks until I go on holiday so I’m going to keep the challenge going until then and hopefully lose a few more pounds!

Hope that helps!

Thanks,

Charlie

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