An Experimental Life
For about thirty-five years, my training, nutrition and lifestyle habits have all been something of an on-going personal experiment. Ask my best mate of forty years (Vin) and he’ll tell you that he’s known Craig the 78kg endurance guy, Craig the fat 14 year-old, Craig the 118kg out-of-shape bodybuilder, Craig the 90kg in-shape bodybuilder, Craig the exhausted-looking-but-in-reasonable-shape gym owner and Craig the less-exhausted-and-in-reasonable-shape speaker-writer.
I’m not sure why but I regularly receive emails from people asking me to post a current photo and to share a little about the way I train and eat at the ripe young age of forty-nine. Well, I will warn you, it’s not very exciting stuff (at all) but for those of you who are curiously interested in how I manage my endomorphic body, here’s a very brief snapshot of what I do. And FYI, this photo was taken two days ago.
Right now, a typical day looks like this:
7.00am – cappuccino (skim)
8.00am – 100 grams of rolled oats, 20 grams of unprocessed bran, 250 ml of skim milk, 1 banana
11.00am – 300ml vegetable and fruit juice
1.30pm – spinach and ricotta in filo pastry (250 grams)
2.00pm – cappuccino (skim)
3.30pm – 300ml protein drink (30 grams protein)
7.00pm – chicken breast, vegetable and basmati rice stir-fry (medium bowl)
* Most days I also consume about 3 litres of water
* I don’t eat sugar, bread, cakes, sweets, biscuits or (virtually) any high-GI carbs
* I eat red meat once or twice a week
* I don’t drink alcohol (never have)
* I never have cravings
* I eat fish twice a week (typically)
* I don’t have added salt on anything
* I ate my last piece of cheesecake (my kryptonite) about two years ago
* When I travel (which is often), I am extremely organised.
Not very exciting at the moment:
Bike – 1 x 30-45 mins per week
Walk – 4 x 30-40 mins per week (sometimes with weight vest, 70-120lbs)
Upper body weights – 3 x 45 mins per week
Lower body weight – 1 x 45 mins per week (should do more)
Stretching (pfft) – not enough
Because I have a very big training base (thirty-five years), these days I’m more interested in maintaining and managing strength, function and shape than setting world records. My strength sessions are quite solid, brief, relatively fundamental and old-school.
This morning I weighed 84.2 kgs (185lbs)
My body-fat is about 8%
I am 178cms (five, ten)
Well, quite under-whelming but there it is.
“Don’t complain about your genetics, maximise them”.