The other day Chris sent me the following email:
Here is an updated screenshot of my spreadsheet. New features include:
-Days out column (2nd column)
-Highlights along the first column denoting days I was not at home
Also attached is a screenshot of a neat little graph I made comparing my body weight last prep and this prep. Yes, I make graphs for fun.
Well, what are we waiting for? Let’s check them out! Good, nice new highlights and “Days Out” column. ”Moving” and “Move into APT” have been added in the highlight column too. We can see that “Move into APT” was counted as HITT. I bet gym programmers will see this, be impressed by Chris’s success, and “Move into APT” will soon be the new Zumba.
Gym Goer #1: ”Yeah, gotta get to Move into APT class tonight; we’re carrying mattresses to the 4th floor this session.”
Gym Goer #2: “Oh, right, the 4th floor mattress carry, the 4FMC. That’s tough but just wait until you get to the pivoting-couch-room-entry. That’s how I grew these biceps.” And there is the “neat little graph!” We can see a nice comparison of his body weight changes during his 2011 and 2013 (current) contest preps. The part I find most interesting in this “neat little graph” is the steadiness with which Chris lost weight during both preps. During the 2011 prep, Chris’s schedule was very reliable, he trained in the same gym, he had access to his own kitchen, and, he was not traveling. During this prep, he’s moved from Oklahoma to Massachusetts and spent time in various other places with an erratic schedule, no consistent kitchen, and training at a variety of gyms. ”How many other gyms? How many other places?” -you ask. Well, lucky for you, Chris sent me another email with these fascinating statistics!
Length of Prep: 146 days (21 weeks)
Time away from “home” (in quotes due to changing of “home” during prep which we will define as a place at which we paid rent): 53 of the 146 days (36.3%)
Number of different gyms trained in: 7
States visited during prep: Oklahoma, Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Massachusetts, Florida, New Hampshire, and New Jersey (upcoming)
OK so, all this traveling and time away from “home” is kind of a big deal. Chris had to plan all his meals, find appropriate gyms, and organize his schedule to get the food and get to the gyms to make all this work. (And he had to not drive me crazy, which, for the most part, he accomplished). And yet, we look at the graph made for fun, and see how his weight loss was steady, just like it was in 2011 when life was simpler. You’re physiologically fascinating Chris!
I want to end with one more picture from our Cape Cod trip: Chris thinks he’s good at putting sunscreen on his own back, but he’s not.
I’m bitter about his sunscreening abilities because he also sunscreened my back this day giving me a similar patchwork pattern of burn.
In conclusion, Chris: good at spreadsheeting and steady weight loss; bad at sunscreening.