I joined Dan’s bootcamp in May last year and it has been a life changing transformational
I have always been an athlete, a tennis player, and enjoy doing sport in general. But life
commitments with work, business trips, and then the busy schedule of children activities,
etc meant that over the last 15 years I was only playing tennis 1 or max 2 times a week
without any other exercise or nutritional changes to my diet. This doesn’t sound too bad for
weekly exercise, but my weight was not coming down and I was losing the motivation.
My wife had been attending Dan’s bootcamp for a while and she kept insisting how good it
was. She knows me well and kept saying I would really like it. I don’t like gyms and I don’t
really like running, but she kept insisting this is not like a normal gym. It has a group of
friendly people with their own goals looking to improve their fitness and push their selfs
while having a fun environment.
I decided to try it eventually and I have to say I got hooked straightaway. Dan certainly
makes a huge difference as his approach is pragmatic, realistic and friendly. He pushes
you to improve within realistic goals, but also doesn’t advise silly diets and keeps it real.
I very quickly found myself doing Personal Bests, ringing the bell, adding up points, etc
and the accountability factor made a huge difference. The results were very quick and
within a few months I started losing weight. More importantly I learned its not just about
weight but about fat loss.
I also learned how important the nutrition side is. Not only I now properly understand what
carbs, protein, fats, calories are, but actually it was fascinating to see your body asking for
the right foods. I very quickly found myself swapping the daily Pan-au-Chocolate at
breakfast for a Granola with yogurt, having more protein based snacks during the day, and
drinking a lot more water.
14 months ago I was at 92 kg and 22% body fat. I had not been able to break the 90 kg
mark for over 10 years. Now I am just about to break 85 kg and have just gone below 14%
body fat. This is a major achievement to be below 15% body fat as that was my initial
target when I started. Seeing your measurements during the nutrition assessments go
down really pumps you up. It is so exciting to see the results you want and that motivates
you further to continue putting in the effort and commitment.
Planning has become an important part of my routine. Not only to ensure I make it to
bootcamp 2 or 3 times a week, but also planning WOAH (WorkOuts At Home) and the
eating habits. The Fit&Thrive App that Dan created has great workout routines for when
you can’t make it and also for tracking food. If I know during the weekend there will be a
night out with friends, then I plan the week in order to ensure that by the end of the week I
have not gone over my calories and have done the necessary workouts in order to achieve
the weekly goals. And yes although there are long term goals, there are also weekly goals.
I learned this through one of Dan’s challenges. It started as a challenge but has now
become a routine.
Now a days I’m working more efficiently, sleeping better, eating better, and enjoying food
like never before. When I travel, I now have the habit of doing a workout in the hotel gym
or room using the Fit&Thrive App, followed by a good protein based breakfast. Dinners
and drinks during the busy work schedule are inevitable but by planning workouts and
eating healthy, it is possible to achieve the planned goals. It is also great to know that if
you have a dip, Dan and the rest of the Wellard Warriors group will help you get back on
track and motivated.
Thanks Dan and thanks to my wife for persuading me. I really look forward to continue in
Dan’s bootcamp and doing more Personal Bests!