When I started the Incinerator program with my trainer, Luke, I measured myself and tracked it. This was the biggest commitment I’d made to my fitness in a very long time – twice a week with personal training and something else – ideally an Incinerator video – the other days. I am not a daily exercise person nor do I really want to be but I felt ready and I think Luke thought I was ready as he took me on as a client. I am over 50 years old now and really needed to take care of myself. My last several years have been about self-care and self-learning and this is part of my path.
Here’s the deets on the program and the Trainer (and there are other amazing trainers at this facility).
Luke Nietsch – R1SE Army Inc – Part owner of The Wreckroom – Best Gym Atmosphere in Kitchener (Ontario Canada)
Motto: # Stonger Together Than Alone
The following is a series of questions I wrote down when I embarked on my journey. It’s particularly relevant now because I was feeling yesterday when I did the 60 day metrics that I completely sucked and failed because the figures weren’t what I was hoping for. I figured – in answering these questions – I would discover why I was so disappointed.
Q: What was the hardest part of the program?
– Honestly, being motivated to do more than I was willing to do prior and not really know if I could do what was being asked of me – really the unknown here. Remember this is a very different “gym” atmosphere than I’ve been used to, and even though I’d been working with a trainer previously who did push me, I was only working as much as I was allowing into my schedule and probably not working her into my schedule as perhaps I should have been, if you see the difference.
– Luke is a very different “animal” than I’ve allowed myself to trust in the past and really the fear of the unknown here, despite client’s attestations, was like a stumbling block. The first day I arrived I has such nervous fear I hovered in the doorway.
Q: Did you get value from recording your food?
– I already recorded my food and had a fairly good idea of what I was putting into my mouth on a daily basis – and had been recording it for years actually. Through speaking with my doctor and doctor’s dietician regarding my pre-diabetes, we’d set some parameters I was working towards in my tracking – things like no more than this of cholesterol and no more of that of sugar – but I couldn’t get it balanced and, in the end as an accountant, that bugs me.
– Through working through Luke’s food plan, made specifically for this program and designed to work with the Incinerator videos, I made changes to get myself into the core of the parameters and had many a discussion with him when things that were on his plan were outside my limits, and with his help I figured out how to tweak it. Yes I sometimes eat stuff I probably shouldn’t but I know what’s going into my mouth, and he has said several times I generally eat pretty clean .. just to be more consistent.
Q: What was the first thing you noticed about your body that surprised you?
– Funny story. I was driving along in my car, and I had my left hand on the top of my steering wheel, and I leaned forward to check an intersection and something popped up on my arm just below my elbow and I’m all like what the hell is that? Clearly a muscle I wasn’t expecting!!
– I can actually do more than 10 crunches without going ugh, and also more than 10 modified push ups before I yack.
Q: Did you hit your scale and metric expectations?
– NO. And really I’m not sure if my self-measurements are accurate or really what my expectations were if I think hard about it and be honest with myself.
– Did I lose inches? Yes at least 10 with my likely less-than-accurate measurements.
– Did I lose pounds? Yes 15 in 60 days. So close to the 2 lbs a week recommended to be healthy and to be able to keep it off.
– Are my clothes looser? Yes especially around the waist.
Q: How committed were you to the program?
– Not going to lie here. I wasn’t sure I was going to commit 100% to it as I am always “busy” (nice excuse lol) and when my blood pressure goes up I tend to just bail out.
– Did I do a video every day when I wasn’t with Luke? Not every day. Many days and certainly way more than I thought I would. Walked way more, went to the gym with hubs and did more than normal, and certainly did the videos. (Take the win!)
– Did I stick to my 2x a week Personal Training? Yep and even made the time to go in the evenings which has been my least favourite time. I think I did whatever assigned as best as I could with as much energy as I had.
Q: How motivational was Luke?
– Amazing. He answered my texts whenever I needed him to, and picked me up mentally when I was so down and not seeing results or generally just doubting myself. He pushes me and I have been doing so much more than I thought I could or would allow him to “make” me do.
– The Facebook site for all his R1SE members are so full of folks commenting and egging you on that you feel so worth it in what you are doing to and for yourself. This program and this group are so different from any other “gym” I’ve attended – like night and day different. He has a sense of humor and I really feel he wants me to do my best and his goal is to get me there.
Q: How do you feel at the end of 60 days?
– Great actually. When my Achilles tendon bugs me (an old injury), it takes less time for it to feel normal. I get up in the morning faster, I walk faster, and I used to go downstairs sometimes like one foot down then the second onto the same riser and I don’t do that anymore. I’m not YET saying yes let’s exercise today woot .. but when I schedule it in I don’t think Boo.
Q: Will you carry on?
– Definitely. Not sure I can say I’m hooked but I’m sniffing the baited hook.
Q: Were there promises that weren’t met?
– No. The promises made were things like “you will get through this and be better each time .. I promise you” and that is completely true no matter how modified or slow I think I’m going.
– Standard things like you put in the work you get the results – all true because there are results, and in the end as Luke would say, he is only guiding me where I want to go.
Q: Did you see value for money?
– Of course. I didn’t worry about the money per se, as in the end my health is worth pretty much any amount (don’t read this part Luke LOL) that I toss at it and this is another segment on my journey.
Stop whining you silly girl. You saw results, you are thinner, folks tell you this, you are motivated to keep going, you can do it and you ARE doing it.
60 days ago – 30 days ago – yesterday .. difference? You know I want to say it’s the outfit or the angle or how far away the camera person is. I think I may be less lumpy 🙂
Let’s keep on ..