Project: Hack the Body
Around July last year, I decided one of my major priorities for the next 6 months would be to get in shape. My logic was simple: a body is like a machine. If a machine can be hacked, so can the human body. All it requires is will and dedication. Project Hack the Body was underway.
A quick visit to the neighbourhood gym revealed how badly out of shape I was. I was 5'6" and weighed 81 Kgs. My Body Weight Index was 28.8. Arrgh!
I was lucky to get a great instructor at the gym. Ramesh gave me an excellent set of exercises. No weights just floor exercises. But working with Ramesh, I soon realized that my stamina levels were close to zero.
I could do just 15 minutes (at a leisurely 5-6 Kmph) on the treadmill. 4-5 push-ups / 3 - 4 crunches left my muscles aching. After a month or so, I had lost just a kilo. Not great, but a start nevertheless. Along with my daily gym sessions, I also reduced the intake of sugar / fats / oils in my diet
For six months, I slogged in the gym. There were hiccups & stoppages in between: a bout of malaria, a bad motor cycle accident and stuff like that. But the moment I felt slightly better, I hit the gym again. Along the way my stamina has increased. I now regularly run for half an hour at 8 Kmph on the treadmill, easily complete 3 sets of pushups (15 reps) and 3 sets of crunches (10 reps) along with the other exercises Ramesh recommended.
Today, I reached one of my targets. I reduced my weight by 14 Kgs, my waist by 4 inches and my BMI from 28.8 to 24 and damn, I feel good! :)
Have another target for the next 6 months and have promised myself a Mac Mini if I attain that.
PS: If anybody is interested, I have a couple of books on body building that you might find useful.