This is a pretty recent thing for me. I’m 15 months into training, after a very sedentary adult life. I’d reached the point where I was getting tired climbing the stairs, and was turning into one of those sort of scrawny but paunchy types – the archetypal skinny fat. At my relatively young age this is NOT a good thing, so towards the end of 2012 I decided to do something about it.

Thanks to my uncle I found and the (now sadly defunct) AskScooby forum, which set me on the right track. Scooby’s definitely an eccentric, but he’s a good guy and his videos, workout plans, and advice have proven to be invaluable.┬áMost importantly, his attitude to fitness, and to beginners, is the polar opposite of the stereotypical attitude that has kept me away from gyms and training in general my entire life.

In October 2012 I was incredibly unfit, flabby round the middle, and weighed somewhere in the region of 85-90kg. By New Year 2013 the weight had literally fallen off of me and I’d dropped to 78.9kg. Since then I’ve put on about 11kg, currently weighing in at around 90kg +/- a bit, most of which is muscle. I’m not buff, not anywhere close, but it’s definitely a step in the right direction, and I’m stronger and fitter than I’ve ever been.

In October 2012 I was so weak I couldn’t even do 5 press-ups with good form, hold a plank for more than a few seconds, or do a negative chin-up without dropping off the bar like a stone. Now I can do 8 wide grip pull-ups, 12 chin ups, and quite a lot of press-ups (I haven’t checked for a while, but last time I managed 30 to failure, so probably more than that).

I also did my first Spartan Race last September…


In 2014 I plan to complete the trifecta (5km, 10km, and 20km distances in one season).

And by 2016 I plan to be shredded enough to intimidate Daniel Craig.

It’s fair to say that fitness has become something of a way of life for me and will, I hope, continue to be so.