Craig Campbell – 2015 Runner Up

I started this challenge because I am about to turn 40 in January and for as long as I can remember I have yo-yoed in and out of diets and training regimes from Monday to Monday only seeing temporary results. I would train in the gym for a couple of weeks at a time and then get bored with the same old routines. I wasn’t being challenged and of course I never really saw any real aesthetic results. Each time I would become frustrated and eventually give up, and so the cycle continued. My diet was not structured and I was meandering along eating whatever I wanted, when I wanted, with no discipline and fuelling my Love Hate relationship with sugar. Before the challenge began my wife and I went on a short holiday to Hamilton Island. I came home and saw the photos and was shocked with the way I looked. I had seen the promo’s for the 10 week ultimate body challenge and was impressed with the results people had achieved in such a short time. I was really excited and signed up. The first week of training was difficult. Where I thought my fitness was, and where it actually was were two different things. I had never trained like this before. I was so sore after my first legs session that walking down the Les Mills stairs to get back to my car was difficult. The next day was a 6 km run. I had talked myself into walking it, but my ego got the better of me and I ran it in a slow 40 minutes. The UB 300 was the next humbling experience; still reeling with pain from the first 3 days of training I attended the 300 workout. I didn’t complete it within the time. The last thing on Friday was the Ultimate body conditioning class where I was unable to complete the workout within 40 minutes. The failure in front of a group left me so embarrassed that I was determined to come back stronger in the second week. Within the first 2 weeks I lost 4kgs – I had finally found a training programme and meal plan that worked for me. Week by week the training was always a challenge and never boring. My trainer Michael Gywther motivated and pushed me beyond where my body and mind thought I could go. Every week, bar the first week, I made improvements on the Ultimate body 300 which for me was the benchmark for my fitness and strength. Witnessing the changes in my body physically and beating benchmarks every week not only motivated me, but gave me a great sense satisfaction and achievement. I learnt so much about nutrition and how my body works. The diet was extremely difficult at times, it makes you realise how many social occasions are driven by food, but I felt stronger and my body functioned so much better eating clean. There were times when I wanted to completely fall off the wagon but I realised that the only person I was cheating was myself. I had to be accountable for the final weigh in and photo. All of the workouts were a challenge mentally and physically and required focus, dedication, concentration and will power to complete. The diet for me was the hardest. Hard because when you go home there is no personal trainer to watch what you’re eating. I struggled in the first couple of weeks feeling lethargic and “hangry” at times detoxing from my old diet of sugar and large portions. If you are considering taking on the 10 week challenge, don’t hesitate. You will only win by doing it. It was a formidable challenge but to have completed and achieved the results I have, feel amazing. You will learn so much about yourself. I am hungry for my next challenge. Bring on 2015! Lastly I would like to say a Big Thank You to my Personal trainer Michael Gywther from Les Mills City. If you had of shown me the after photo at the end I wouldn’t have believed you. Thanks for pushing beyond my minds point of no return.

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I started this challenge because I am about to turn 40 in January and for as long as I can remember I have yo-yoed in and out of diets and training regimes from Monday to Monday only seeing temporary results. I would train in the gym for a couple of weeks at a time and then get bored with the same old routines. I wasn’t being challenged and of course I never really saw any real aesthetic results. Each time I would become frustrated and eventually give up, and so the cycle continued.
My diet was not structured and I was meandering along eating whatever I wanted, when I wanted, with no discipline and fuelling my Love Hate relationship with sugar.
Before the challenge began my wife and I went on a short holiday to Hamilton Island. I came home and saw the photos and was shocked with the way I looked. I had seen the promo’s for the 10 week ultimate body challenge and was impressed with the results people had achieved in such a short time. I was really excited and signed up.
The first week of training was difficult. Where I thought my fitness was, and where it actually was were two different things. I had never trained like this before. I was so sore after my first legs session that walking down the Les Mills stairs to get back to my car was difficult. The next day was a 6 km run. I had talked myself into walking it, but my ego got the better of me and I ran it in a slow 40 minutes. The UB 300 was the next humbling experience; still reeling with pain from the first 3 days of training I attended the 300 workout. I didn’t complete it within the time. The last thing on Friday was the Ultimate body conditioning class where I was unable to complete the workout within 40 minutes. The failure in front of a group left me so embarrassed that I was determined to come back stronger in the second week.
Within the first 2 weeks I lost 4kgs – I had finally found a training programme and meal plan that worked for me. Week by week the training was always a challenge and never boring. My trainer Michael Gywther motivated and pushed me beyond where my body and mind thought I could go. Every week, bar the first week, I made improvements on the Ultimate body 300 which for me was the benchmark for my fitness and strength. Witnessing the changes in my body physically and beating benchmarks every week not only motivated me, but gave me a great sense satisfaction and achievement. I learnt so much about nutrition and how my body works. The diet was extremely difficult at times, it makes you realise how many social occasions are driven by food, but I felt stronger and my body functioned so much better eating clean. There were times when I wanted to completely fall off the wagon but I realised that the only person I was cheating was myself. I had to be accountable for the final weigh in and photo.
All of the workouts were a challenge mentally and physically and required focus, dedication, concentration and will power to complete. The diet for me was the hardest. Hard because when you go home there is no personal trainer to watch what you’re eating. I struggled in the first couple of weeks feeling lethargic and “hangry” at times detoxing from my old diet of sugar and large portions.
If you are considering taking on the 10 week challenge, don’t hesitate. You will only win by doing it. It was a formidable challenge but to have completed and achieved the results I have, feel amazing. You will learn so much about yourself. I am hungry for my next challenge. Bring on 2015!
Lastly I would like to say a Big Thank You to my Personal trainer Michael Gywther from Les Mills City. If you had of shown me the after photo at the end I wouldn’t have believed you. Thanks for pushing beyond my minds point of no return.

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