An 8 week Journey – by Mike Ward

My 8 week journey by Mike Ward – Personal Trainer in and around Warrington

Active IQ level 3 certificate in Personal Training
Level 3 Award in Functional Exercise
Level 3 Award in Kettlebells
Hatton ABC ‘Boxing for Fitness’ Fundamentals Accredited Course
Hatton ABC ‘Boxing for Fitness’ Advanced Accredited Course

For my first blog as a Life Changing Fitness PT, I wanted to share how I got started on the path. I have been a qualified PT for a few years now and even though I had been getting great results for my clients I realised that I too, even as a PT, needed some help with my personal goals. I was lucky enough to have the chance of working with Dan (Dan Wheeler LCF CEO) on an 8 week cut.

With the Nutritional help and guidance of Dan, I soon realised that by sticking to a more structured programme and Nutrition plan the results can be amazing!! And most importantly ‘DON’T BE AFRAID TO ASK FOR HELP!’; there is always somebody out there more knowledgeable and happy to help.

Straight away Dan spotted problems and made changes with my diet. Even though I was eating clean and healthy foods, some changes needed to be made, personal changes tailored to me, so that I could get the best out of my plan. We started a ‘Carb Cycling’ plan, with me having Low Carb, Medium Carb and High Carb days. Now, at first this was easy and a great challenge. Weighing my foods, knowing what to eat when and what days I was allowed to eat what. But let me tell you, even though I thought I had been eating really well and healthily up to the plan, I soon realised what I was missing! The few Beers after rugby on a Saturday, the biscuits sat watching television, etc. You can certainly see how things like writing your food intake down or mentally making a note of everything you eat helps. A lot of the time we just eat things because they are there or it is the easy option. It’s a lot easier to reach for that packet of crisps in the shop than it is to prepare a healthy nutritious snack…… or so I thought!!

Eventually, and not long into the plan, I realised PREPARTION IS KEY!!! As the saying goes ‘Fail to prepare – Prepare to Fail! As my food quantities had all been sorted so I could hit my correct Macros (Macronutrients – Protein, Carbohydrates & Fats), I knew what food and how much I was going to eat. So after a big shop on the Sunday all my meat was weighed and bagged up. Then the night before I would just get out the food for the following day, cook/steam/zap it, box it up on Tupperware (every trainers best friend) and bobs your uncle, food all sorted for the next day. So there was no nipping to the local store because I had nothing to eat, it was all there waiting and ready.

Life certainly becomes easier when you have a plan! Be it the food you are going to eat, the training you’re going to do or even when or where you’re going to do it. So Remember – PREPARATION!!!

Following the 8 week plan with Daniel Wheeler, Mike was asked to attend a photo-shoot for Men’s Fitness. An extract from the article can be seen below.

mike ward mens fitness



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