If ever there was true validation for a conditioning and exercise programme it was revealed this week…
John Shepherd – top athletics coach, all round oracle on training and fitness and the man masterminding my 16 week programme – has lost 2kg! That’s right, he has been losing weight. And because of his overseeing role, he’s probably only doing about 75% of what I am doing!
I thought that was so funny.RELATED: RECOMMENDED PLANS FOR YOU
The former full international athlete, Masters athlete and top coach, and he’s losing weight thanks to the programme he has put me on!
To his credit John laughed about this too and, although he hardly carries any excess, he isn’t too unhappy about it!
So what about me? As previously stated I started this process somewhere reasonably close to my best ‘fighting weight’ so this was never going to be like one of those dramatic weight plummeting stories where a whole new wardrobe is required after six weeks. Although I confess there maybe items of my wardrobe I’d like to fit into just a little more comfortably.
The truth is that I may even gain weight as we progress. Body fat percentage may drop gratifyingly but the work we are doing will definitely tone and strengthen and that might actually add a kilo or two. But that is fine because I will look better, feel better and perform better. And that is what this is all about after all…
We remained on the track and the infield at Crystal Palace and I am starting to feel at home here amongst the ghosts and echoes of historic athletic feats! In fact, I can’t image John and I training anywhere else. In terms of exercises we have continued what we began last week but raised reps and duration another notch.
I’m still feeling exhilarated and energised by what we’re doing and think I have more to give and am eager to push
However John knows how to judge these things and it’s a fine line between operating just inside capacity and completely blowing out for the sake of misplaced ambition. A good coach knows how to pace and time things regardless of what the client may think.
And a good coach also knows how to handle a client who is not at their best for one reason or another. That certainly defined me during our second session of the week. It really had been ‘one of those weeks’ with all manner of random events and circumstances conspiring and contriving to be as awkward, de-railing and energy sapping as possible. The result was easily my worst mental and physical performance so far, but despite that I was proud of how I still applied myself and took steps forward – literally and figuratively.
This was partly out of my own determination and innate stubborn sense of discipline,
but also thanks to John’s ability to sense when someone isn’t at the top of their game and adjust his requirements and tone accordingly. It is not all about physiology it is very often about psychology too.
If this is as rotten as I feel over the remaining 12 weeks yet we still maintain course, keep on track and maintaining an upward trajectory, then I’m very excited about what we can achieve.
And not only that, I’m fascinated to see how much more weight Coach Shepherd will shed?!