Getting Fit

Update On The Quest for Fitness and Health

Disclosure: Mark is both a friend and a client of mine. This blog post is part of a series documenting my health and fitness training.

Yesterday was my second workout with Sparky from GYMGUYZ of Greater Bucks. What a great experience.

So How’d It Go?

Did Sparky kick my butt? Yes. Did I find muscles that I didn’t know I had? Yep. Did I feel great afterwards? Sure did!

Once again, we met at his house, though as I said, you can literally meet anywhere with GYMGUYZ. We got right down to business with warmup stretches. You know what? The second time around it was easier to do the moves. Practice makes perfect. I even surprised myself with being able to do weights heavier than I thought I could.

Sparky and I work out for a half hour twice a week. The majority of sessions are an hour iin length and multiple times a week. My goal is to organize my schedule to accommodate 2 hours a week for working out with Sparky and training, but for now I want to work my way into training and not burn out.

Eating Better And Getting Into A Routine

I’m also pleased to say that since starting with Sparky, I’ve gotten back on the bandwagon with eating smarter and regularly working out even when not with him.

I set small goals for myself each day. For example, I make sure I do 10 pushups at least once a day and stretch. My plan is to gradually add more to this routine so that it turns into mini workouts between our sessions.

Do you need a workout routine? Do you need extra motivation to get healthy? If you do, I recommend GYMGUYZ of Greater Bucks.

Getting Fit

I Knew I Was Fat, But Wow!

Disclosure: Mark is both a friend and a client of mine. This blog post is part of a series documenting my health and fitness training.

So today marked the start of my fitness training with Mark “Spark” Vandzura of GYMGUYZ of Greater Bucks. All I have to say is that I needed to do this sooner.

I have worked out with trainers in the past and had good results, so I had a feeling that working out with Spark would be great. It was.

Not only was it a good, strenuous workout, it was fun as well. I never thought working out would be much more than a just a chore. I hope this time it sticks.

On To My Pathetic Starting Stats

These are painfully dismal starting weigh in stats:

  • Weight: 231.2 lbs
  • Age: 35
  • Height: 5’ 10.5”
  • Body Fat: 29.6%
  • Skeletal Muscle: 33.4%
  • Visceral Fat: 15
  • BMI: 32.7
  • Body Age: 69
  • Arms (Bicep): 14 ½”
  • Chest: 42”
  • Waist: 41”
  • Legs (quadricep): 21” (Mostly muscle)
  • Calves: 17 ¾” (Mostly muscle)

So now that I along with many of you are sufficiently depressed, let’s chat about the workout.

I went to Mark’s house, though the beauty of GYMGUYZ is that they can meet you wherever. This just happened to be the most convenient and involved the least amount of cleaning.

We started out with some simple stretches to warm up, but before I knew it I was doing all kinds of exercises that I had never done before.

The exercises if you’re curious were:

  • Squats
  • Shoulder Press
  • Plank
  • Shuffle
  • Lateral Kicks
  • Standing Row
  • Side Planks
  • Jumping Jacks
  • Forward Bend
  • Single Leg Balance (Left & Right)

After about 30 minutes, I felt good — really good. Now I’m sore, but it’s a good type of sore.

Our goal is to work out twice a week for 30 minutes each time, until we feel like I can start doing an hour

Something I realized during my workout was that I wasn’t concerned about how stupid I looked, it was just me and Mark. He had my best interest at heart and because of that, I wasn’t self conscious and my squirrely brain stayed on task.

Thanks Mark!

More soon!

Getting Fit

I’m Fat… Time To Do Something About It.

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This is a new section of my site. It’s going to be devoted to my fitness and weight-loss.


In the interest of full disclosure, I am helping Mark Vandzura of GymGuyz of Greater Bucks with marketing. But with that in mind, I really am fat. As of today I’m 230.4 lbs. I’m 5′ 10 1/2″. The height won’t change, but the weight will go down. So, it’s a win win. Okay on to the post…

GymGuyz of Greater Bucks County PA

Seth, The Mesomorph

I’ve always been a bit husky. My mother calls me a mesomorph. Regardless, I always had decent metabolism until I hit my 30’s, got married, had a kid. The usual bullsh!t. Not making excuses, just a fact of life.

I’ve had bad cholesterol my whole life. My triglycerides have always been high. Due to this and not being the best with my health, I’m Type-2 Diabetic.

When I first found out, I dropped 20 lbs in a month and started eating better, but the laziness set in again. I got complacent and well, I have an A1C test this week and a doctor appointment next week and I’m not looking forward to that conversation. As of right now, I’m all diet controlled, my goal is to stay that way. Seriously.

The Plan

Fomer Lieutenant Commander Mark "Spark" Vandzura I’m going to start working with my good friend and personal trainer former Navy Lieutenant Commander Mark “Spark” Vandzura of Gym Guyz of Greater Bucks. He’s going to kick my butt back in to shape.

I’m going to check in here regularly to record my progress.

My hope is that by doing it publicly, I’ll have the motivation to keep it up and not get lazy again. It’s not just about getting fit and healthy. It’s about making a lifestyle choice.

Let’s do this Mark.