We no longer check to see whether Telegraph. Co. Uk displays properly in Internet Explorer version 6 or earlier. When I hit 55 I had to visit a medical examiner in order for him to endorse my pilot s permit, he tells me. He said I can t pass you - your blood pressure, your cholesterol and your blood sugar are way too high. Chris, now 58, is a fitness consultant and personal trainer, from Gerrards Cross, in Buckinghamshire. Back then I was grossly unfit. I was a borderline type-ll diabetic with a morbidly obese Body Mass Index of 85.
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I worked in IT in a very sedate job. Chris already knew that his fitness levels were an issue. Just going for a walk with his wife, Jenny, left him struggling for breath. I d have to take a rest whenever the climbs got too steep. It was becoming clear to me that I needed to change things.
What would turn into an astonishing life transformation leading to Chris becoming an award-winning fitness model and even fronting his own television show began for with a few simple steps, literally. I started to do more walking at first. My wife is a keen runner and she encouraged me to try a little more challenging cardio. I joined the local Anytime Fitness gym and dumped the junk food diet. The weight began to gradually drop off.
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That was when I was 58, my health was improving, I was down to 69 stone - though I was also losing muscle because of my solely cardio-focused training. One day while I was in LA the weather was so bad I couldn t fly, so I decided to try Gold s Gym on Venice Beach. A sign advertising personal training caught Chris eye. I d never considered it before I d used the treadmill and bike but I d not been anywhere near the weights room. The trainer at the gym that day was Rob Riches, now author of Muscle Fitness and CEO of TruePerformanceNutrition.
Com. Rob and I had a great one-hour training session. He made me realise that resistance training could help purge the body of fat and develop muscle, says Chris, who continued to train with Rob Riches after that session. He designed a muscle-building programme for me to follow back in the UK. Today we re close friends, training in both England and LA.
Chris, now 58, was also urged by Rob to try out as a fitness model. Fitness modelling is a toned down version of body building - with bigger shorts and smaller muscles, he explains. It s more about muscle tone and definition - without the bulk. The thought of standing on stage in front of thousands in just a pair of budgie smugglers - didn t appeal at first. But Rob insisted that I d benefit from it as a motivational tool, so I gave it a shot.
He s since gone on to produce and present the Fit Happens TV series. Zaremba now trains younger competitors in the field of fitness modelling I put my success down to regular training and sensible eating I still enjoy a beer and wine, but I go for quality over quantity.