Rene Mayer’s Story

rene before 2 (245 lbs)

August 2011, I weighed in at 245 lbs. I was at an all-time low. I turned 30 that year, got news I was on the path to having high cholesterol, and I knew metabolism slows down for a man after 30. This was my motivation. I wanted to feel confident again. I simply wanted to wear t-shirts without a jacket to cover my “man boobs”.

I’m a man of routine. I have to take the same route to work every morning; I eat the same breakfast, lunch and dinner Monday through Friday. When I go to the gym, I have to plan on what I’m going to do before I step foot inside.

Each and every January, the gym plays host to many new members with New Years resolutions. Many new to weights and equipment. I find it nearly impossible to plan a daily routine when I know it’s going to be tough to grab a bench. More times than not, that bench is being used by someone busy texting. This drives me absolutely insane. I’ll grumble and pace, but I’m not the type to say anything. That’s a waste of time when I could be using my time to find something else.

broken handApril 2013, I broke my hand (due to stupidity and alcohol).

I had a good routine going at the gym before the break and I was losing the weight I wanted. After a month of recovery, I went back to the gym with more determination than I ever imagined. I weighed 225 lbs at that point.

Once they removed the pins in my hand, I changed my eating habits to compliment my workout goals. Since May 2013, I’ve lost another 20-25 lbs (it fluctuates). I went from 27.7% body fat to 19.7% (below 20% is considered NORMAL! YAY!). I was motivated to keep going! Working out became a habit! Success!

When I found out my work offered to pay a portion towards a personal trainer, I decided to get in touch with Blitz. I knew if I kept going to my regular gym, I would lose all motivation because it was so busy. The great thing about Blitz is it’s never busy. It’s strictly classes and personal training. And the staff there is awesome! I didn’t feel like I was hiring a personal trainer to help me lose weight. It felt like a friend was keeping me motivated – a friend who knew his stuff about fitness! I felt like I was joining a family.

I was lucky enough to be assigned to Chris (though the entire staff seemed absolutely great!). He had a wicked sense of humour, wasn’t a “Drill Sergeant”, but pushed me enough to not let me quit. He knew injury prevention as well. When I pushed myself too hard, he knew what to do.

I didn’t necessarily lose any weight on the scale, but that didn’t matter. I lost inches in my waist and new muscles started to show up everywhere! I slimmed down.

I used to dread squats and push-ups – now I do them every single morning at home!

Rene with Chris at Blitz

Once our 12 sessions were over, Chris designed a 3 day program to take with me to my regular gym. He also asked me to keep in touch with any changes or successes. Another great thing about Blitz is I can come back for one session to change up my routine. I don’t know too many local gyms that would do that without being pressured to buy many more sessions. Blitz is no pressure. I loved that.

Don’t judge your weight loss successes by the weigh scale. Judge them on compliments you receive, how your clothes now hang off you, and your level of confidence you have in yourself. I only lost 45 lbs in 2 years, but I gained my self-esteem back. That’s better than any number on the scale can tell me.

Thank you to Chris and the staff at Blitz for keeping me on the right track. I went into this thinking I knew a thing or two about working out, but I was surprised I had so much more to learn. See you next January (unless I decide to join you in a HIIT class from time to time).

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About Chris Tse

I’m a scientist turned owner of Blitz Conditioning, a Fitness Columnist at CBC Radio on Thursdays at 8:20 am, and owner of Tse Social Strategy. Follow me on Twitter or Read my full bio.

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