Firstly I need to explain that I used to like guinea pigs and remember having one as a child but had no idea then that I’d ever become just one so I can write a series of blogs.
On Friday the 24th April I turned up at the Fitness Revolution Studio, not in my usual business attire, but in sneakers, shirt and shorts ready for my fitness assessment and moment of reckoning.
I had made it to 47 years of age, 174cm in height and around 70Kg in weight but was about to face the truth, does 47 + 174 + 70 = ‘fit’?
Was I as fit as I thought? Did I even think I was fit? And, whilst we’re on that subject, just exactly what counts as ‘fit’ these days?
As I sat across the table from Director Nicky McKimmie the pen was uncapped, the smile appeared and we began…
Such is Nicky’s persuasive ability as an interviewer that I found myself discussing hitherto unexplored levels of honesty over facts such as how much I drank, how good I was at procrastination and how little idea I had as to the real nutritional value of most of the food I ate.
All of this information was given happily, willingly and in a supportive and wholly non-judgemental environment.
The session then proceeded to a small machine that looked like someone had successfully cross bred a set of bathroom scales, a calculator and the handle from a rowing machine. A few beeps later and I was the proud owner of a long set of percentages and figures all of which were explained to me, in equally happy and supportive terms.
I now know several things; one of my legs has a slightly higher fat content than the other (I forgive it) and my insides are 9 years younger than my outside (maybe that is due to exposure to the elements?). That means I have low body fat relative to my muscle mass.
Finally I was told that fashionable denim shorts and converse sneakers are not really suitable (or safe) for the physical component of the initial assessment session.
This means that the next blog will be based around my visit to one of the carefully chosen partners of Fitness Revolution, Sportspower Belmont where Nicky, Angela and Julie are going to educate me on how to purchase exercise wear based on real life suitability, not just colour, brand and whether it’s on sale, these being the criteria I usually employ.
Then, suitably attired, I can complete the physical part of my evaluation and continue to report.
(Maybe, if I can hire a guinea pig costume I can wear that underneath the shorts too?)