*My name is Ted Northam, I am 62 years of age and my height is 5′ 9″. I have been a client of Blaine Podaima’s since March 7, 2010.On that date I weighed 235lbs.and my blood pressure was 144 over 83 and my resting pulse rate was 72.
Until I started working with Blaine I had been working out on my own for a few years with a BowFlex system, treadmill, recumbent bike and some free weights. Although I was doing a routine two or three times a week, I was unable to achieve the results I desired. Obviously, my blood pressure needed to be addressed even though I thought I was getting enough exercise. I had not considered any diet regimen except a periodic awareness of cutting calories. I felt the exercise alone would hold my weight in check if I just cut down the calories a little. I was wrong.
On Valentine’s Day 2010 my wife gave me a gift of 5 sessions with Blaine. It took me 3 weeks to get the courage to call Blaine for the first session on March 7. That was the day my life changed and I started on the road to physical and mental well being.
Session 1 did not start in my gym, but in consultation with Blaine on my goals, checking my vitals and an introduction to a low carbohydrate diet to reduce my weight, while modifying my exercise routine until my critical blood pressure numbers and pulse could have a chance to return to more healthier ranges. We decided to use the 5 sessions to get started and see where it went.
The diet was instrumental in reducing my weight while giving me encouragement to continue the program, as I lost 11 lbs. the first week. I won’t describe the diet here, but must emphasize it as critical in the first stages of the program. If your goal is to lose weight, this diet is hard for the first two weeks, but becomes routine and allows “cheat” days that are quite satisfying. After two weeks it modifies somewhat and is easier to fit into your normal meal patterns. After a few months you will notice the difference a “low carb” diet makes in your life and you will never want that “heavy feeling” that “carbs” give you again. And no “GAS”.
After one month I had lost 16.4 lbs and people were starting to notice. My clothes were getting bigger, we had used up the original 5 sessions, were going three times a week with one or two days between and taking the weekend off. The “Cheat” days were wonderful and guilt free. The amount of weight I was lifting had actually gone down and the reps had increased, while I was more tired and satisfied. I had eliminated the BowFlex, the treadmill and only used the recumbent bike for warm-up and warm-down. The difference in the weight training was dramatic in reps and amount and routine. The reps were slower, more tiring and targeted to muscle groups. They started with using big muscles and ended with small muscles. The routines changed each session so as not to expose my body to injury or fatigue. The weight was increasing easier than before I started the program.
After two months my weight had reduced to 211.8, a loss of 23.2 lbs. The diet was now routine and my weekly “cheat days” had become weekly “cheat meals” and I looked forward to the next week without feeling deprived.
On June 22, 2010 Blaine remeasured my blood pressure. It was 131over 80. I was elated. I was now down 32.4lbs and I was noticing. My clothes began to hang on me.
On July 7, 2010 my weight was 199.0, down 36 lbs. Blaine and |I went for a big celebratory dinner. It was great.
On August 16, 2010 Blaine remeasured my blood pressure. It was 125 over 76 and it had only been 165 days since we started.
September 7, 2010 my weight reached a new low of 193.9. I am writing this on December 10, 2010, almost 8 months to the day I started. My weight has stabilized at about 195. Consider this, I can deadlift 215 lbs ., dumbbell row 70lbs.with each arm and my waist went from 42″ to 34″. I estimate I have put on 15-20lbs of muscle while losing a net 40lbs. Conservatively I have lost approximately 55-60 lbs of fat and my resting pulse rate is 54. I am not finished. My goal is 189 lbs while deadlifting 300lbs.
This was not easy. It takes a resolve to be committed. My wife says she created a “Monster”, not in my size but in my commitment. I have complained and whined alot to Blaine during these 8 months, but he has kept encouraging me and putting little changes in my routine to prevent monotony. He knows an awful lot about how a body works and nutrition. He has not taken any chances with my health or pushed me beyond my capabilities.
I highly recommend Blaine’s program. It is not for everyone but the results are proof that if you can mentally prepare yourself to change your eating habits and adopt a more healthy life style through weight training and diet Blaine can take you beyond your expectations.
Thank-you Blaine, I look forward to reaching my goal.
***Ted Northam’s 5 Year Update!***
March 8, 2015 marked my 5 yearAnniversary of my association with Blaine Podaima of Podaima Performance. The five years obviously represents a degree of success in reaching my fitness goals. I am not sure that my goals were known until my program got started and I had achieved levels that I had not achieved in the past. I was certain that my goal was not to become a huge muscled body builder. I did exercise in various forms prior to meeting Blaine but they were varied and never consistent on a weekly, monthly basis. I did jog a lot, having completed a Manitoba Marathon a number of years ago. Since that time my attention to fitness was sporadic and not focused on the important areas of my body and my diet. My diet was all over the block as well and I needed to match a proper diet with the fitness routine if I was going to improve.
It is hard to believe that after five years I am still improving in strength and critical health measurements. When I started the program with Blaine I was 238 pounds, my blood pressure was 144/83 and my resting pulse was 64. Today I weigh 203 pounds (my lowest weight was 193 pounds after year one), my average blood pressure is 119/69 and my resting pulse is 50. In total I have lost approximately 60 pounds of fat and put on a minimum of 25 pounds of muscle. I am approximately 5’ 9” and I am turning 67 years old this year. There is no-one in my social network remotely close to my condition. My ability in weight lifting and related exercises puts me in Advanced to Elite categories when measured to National Standards.
By far, the most satisfying result of the regimen is my sense of well-being and strength. The daily actions that I do today requiring strength and agility, I do without thinking. Last year I fell about 10 feet to my driveway while taking down Christmas lights. The ladder I was on slipped and during the fall I expected a major if not life threatening injury. I landed basically on my heels with my feet under the ladder. I was able to get up right away, although in a state of bewilderment and surprise. My wife had heard the crash and came running to find me standing up with a sheepish look on my face. I went in and sat down in a state of shock and embarrassment. I had sore ankles and heels. After a few minutes I was fine except for a little pain from my injuries that did not require seeing a doctor. I have told this story to friends many times and they are amazed how lucky I was. In my opinion it was more than luck. When you build up muscle from free weights you also increase bone density and I believe that helped me avoid more debilitating injuries from the fall.
I do not receive the same number of compliments on my appearance that I got in the earlier stages of my program. This is not a disappointment, but a realization that friends, family and associates see me differently and are used to my appearance now. I am different not only physically but mentally as well. I am sharper, have more energy, sleep well and my endurance level in any activity I do is higher. I can hardly wait to get to my business to start the day or week. I have had bursts of energy when I feel like running a short distance and do so easily and without fatigue. Most people are surprised when they learn my age.
There is no doubt, that my relationship with Blaine Podaima has been a turning point in my life. His attention to detail and knowledge is shown in his interest and diligence in every workout over the past five years. His ability to adjust the workout when the inevitable aches and pains that come with weight training means that my program and progress was uninterrupted. I have not incurred one injury related to my program. This is certainly a testament to Blaine’s concern for my health.
Most people do not stay this long with a personal trainer. There is a reason why I have continued for this long. It is the professional approach Blaine gives to each client. In five years I have had over 800 hours of training with Blaine and he has counted every rep and recorded every set.
My motive for continuing is to maintain my muscle mass to support my body as I age. Most people become more vulnerable to falls and injuries as they age. Fitness and muscle mass is one way to avoid these injuries.
If you take his instruction and stick to it, the door will open and you too will walk into a new way of living. BELIEVE IT!
P.S. You’ll get a great friend and a professional on your side that is every bit as important as your Doctor or Lawyer.- Ted Northam