“My journey started a year before joining ManAlive. I was nearing a milestone birthday and decided I had to be healthy in my 60’s I needed to lose weight. I’ve always been fit, but my misguided impression was that exercise alone was enough, it wasn’t and I carried too much weight, especially around the middle.
I knew this but never really tackled it. I’m 174cm and weighed 95.3kg. I was bordering obesity, I was like it or not overweight by any measurement. If I said this to friends and family they would respond with “your fine, you look good.” I knew I wasn’t. At the time I was living in New York and a year earlier had been prescribed blood pressure tablets and Statins. This should have been the wake up call. Unfortunately that came a year later when I fainted while on holiday.
On arriving back I vowed to lose at least 10.0kg before my birthday. I had six months. I had attended a boot camp in New York for almost 10 years so I was pretty fit, but I needed to change my lifestyle, especially what food and drink I consumed. Living in New York isn’t conducive to a healthy diet. I lost 10.5kg by my target date. Now I looked a lot better and people noticed. I cannot lie, I liked the new me.
I though this was it, I’d reached my target. I didn’t realise at the time how much more I could comfortably lose and how much fitter I could become.
6 months later I had moved back to the UK and my neighbour introduced me to ManAlive. I’ve been going 3 times a week for the past 9 months. (I’ve missed a few sessions due to holidays and work commitments, but not many) The results are staggering. I’ve shed a further 8.6kg for a total of 19.1kg or 3 stone! I know I’m fitter because we are measured every month and my measurements and physical test scores have massively improved. I’m also healthier. I had a full medical in May 2016 and my scores for all tests were normal. No more blood pressure tablets or Statins required.
I took myself to one level, but ManAlive, the trainers, nutritionists and my fellow team mates have helped me achieve much higher goals, a healthier lifestyle and increased fitness levels, plus I’ve made some great new friends along the way.”
Robin Kent – St Albans Location
UPDATE: Reflections on my first 100 sessions
I joined in October and achieved red on my first man test. The weather throughout was perfect. Black band came in November. After 10 months I’ve achieved my teenage weight, 😎 my body shape has changed, I’ve achieved many personal bests and I feel really fit 🏋🏽. I love the sessions, the banter and you guys have been really great. 👨❤️👨 The winter mud was messy 💩💩💩 and 🌧☔️🌪❄️ bloody freezing and dark all the time 🌑. My hands suffered the most even with two pairs of gloves. Sometimes after lifting the sandbags my fingers were burning and really hurt. But apart from the week off with a chest cold I loved almost every minute. Then came a wet spring 💦 and a hard pitch. Suddenly I wished the mud would come back! It’s summer and I’m still wearing leggings not because I’m cold, but to fight of the midges. 🐜🐜🐜🐜. A big thanks to the coaches Matt, Chris, Liam and Craig. To all the AM and PM guys thanks for your support, banter and friendship. Roll on the next 💯