As human, we grow. Initially at a phenomenal rate, then (the rate) slows down and stabilises. A (growth) spurts here or there is not uncommon, but thats how it is. Still remember being a short, round, chubby teen when I was 15, but shot up almost 15cm in a space of a few months after SRP (yes, it was that long ago)...
Over the years, fitness has been a priority of mine. In school, I do not have the silky skills of Maradona, so I opted for basketball, volleyball and tennis instead (actually, I'm a 'kaki bangku'). After school, played six sports in varsity (adding rugby, softball and handball added to the list). When I started working in the banking sector, I worked out most days in a gym and actually ran the sprints in national competition (100, 200 and 4x100m) while continuing to play volleyball and basketball.
When I got the chance to further my study in another varsity (when I was in my late 20s), I was introduced to another sport, quite foreign to the country. Rowing. It was by chance actually, as I was discovered by a national coach at the varsity. With my height and build, I was drafted into the varsity team and upon winning the national title in 1999, was included in the national team in 2000. Lead out to a major regional game in 2001, I was at my leanest (71kg, 6.9% body fat, a VO2Max in excess of 65ml/kg/min)
After that, concentrated on the remainder of my studies and upon graduation, started working. Apparently, lots of hotel functions, local and overseas travel and most importantly, NOT maintaining a healthy lifestyle will take its toll on your body. Over the last 5 years, I have gained almost 25kg. Unfortunately for me, my tall frame hides those extra kilos quite well. At the end of 2006, I weight in at 95kg.
Something needs to be done...
6 months ago