By Brendan Westlund
I came to Walter Lewis Fitness after a 5 month hiatus from working out. I had injured myself during a CrossFit workout (my fault, not CrossFit’s) and it left me unable to work out and in physical therapy for 5 months. The doctors told me that I most likely would not be able to lift heavy weights again or workout the same I had been being it involved my lower back/hip. I wanted something that had the same high-intensity interval training with the motivation I needed to get my butt in gear.
I saw Walter’s site and if I am being honest, as a guy, I have to say seeing programs like “Bootcamp Fit for a Queen” and “Pageant Fitness Coaching”, I was not 100% sure this would be a good fit. I am sure this sounds sexist, but it is honest and if I thought it, I am sure other men have too. Competitiveness and working out have been a huge part of my life since elementary school. My subconscious views that to get results working out, one needed to tap into their primal mindset and get after it with the weights. Putting aside this battle that was going on in my head, I did see the description of the class was mostly what I was looking for, so I gave it a try…. and I am glad I did.
The workouts are scale-able to your fitness level and I have seen immediate results. In just 6 weeks, I have lost 9 lbs and 4.5 inches off my waist. I have noticed not only definition in my abs and legs, but also in my shoulders, arms, and forearms. I have even seen some weight loss in my face and neck….so everywhere! I thought that after the 12 weeks I would be “close enough” to the beach body I had last summer. Another thought I was WAY off on. Are you starting to see a trend here with my thoughts vs. reality?
Another HUGE surprise was the attention to nutrition and diet. Most programs claim to have that and just tell you to cut out fast food and unhealthy snacks but up your protein. Thanks doctor. I have always ate fairly healthy with the exceptional Fri and Sat night dinner out. Because of this, I never really thought I had to improve this. Walter’s focus on giving me a real plan I can follow with specific foods to eat and example meals makes it easy to follow and realistic to stick to even if eating out. He also explains WHY each food is recommended, which for me is a big plus because if I know why I am doing it, I will stick with it.
The bootcamp and abs challenge keeps me motivated to get up every morning (even on Saturday) and continue with the program to improve each class. I have loved to workout hard most of my life and once I was injured I thought those days were over. The classes not only keep me in shape, but keep that competitive fix in the workouts. Being able to do more crunches, run faster, and do a lunge more steadily are all pluses and a focus of mine. At the end of the day however, the weight loss and muscle definition have been the biggest motivator. I had no idea I could lose that much weight and tone muscle that fast. This program has changed my prospective of what a good working out looks like. You can get just as strong and defined with the bootcamp as you can in any gym or box using heavy weights. Going into this I would have said that is an absurd thought. And yet again, boy was I wrong.