It's never too late to start thinking about fitness. Always, the skinny kid, Stephen realized he needed to make a change as he hit middle age, and his body wasn't what it used to be.
Stephen had been a small kid–skinny, short, and more interested in reading books than playing sports. And until he was in his late 40's, he barely thought about fitness.
Finally, when the middle-aged stereotypes seemed to creep up on him–need for reading classes, chronic fatigue, and an ever-expanding mid-section–Stephen realized it was time to consider a healthier lifestyle.
After quitting smoking, Stephen began running, took on the Grouse Grind, and eventually made his way into Steve Nash Fitness World and Sports Club.
After his free personal training session, Stephen was introduced to Justin, trainer at Cambie Fitness World.
Because it’s from taking that offer, and then from sticking with Justin, my trainer since that first day, that the rest of this story has unfolded in the remarkable, unexpected way that it has.
While Stephen had a smaller build, and may have looked "in shape", it was clear that this book couldn't be judged it's cover.
During his assessment, Stephen found out a few things that he would need to master (as he struggled tremendously with them to start). This included: pullups, kettlebell swings, deadlifts, flexibility, among other exercises.
But where is Stephen today? Today, Stephen can accomplish:
- 10 pullups in a row
- Jump onto a 36-inch box
- Deadlift 205lbs
- Row a whole stack of weights on the cable machine
As well, he has:
- Dropped his body fat percent from 17% to 12%
- Cut his time to complete the Grouse Grind by 6 minutes
- Cycled 250km from Vancouver to Seattle to raise money for cancer research
- Hit the beach, SHIRTLESS!