I often joke that my mother put me on a track field while in nappies. That’s because that’s how long I feel I’ve been active.
I come from a long line of active brats, there’s very few sports we’ve never tried (no Golf is not a sport) and although most of us never gone further than provincial colours, it’s something that instilled a love for fitness to this day.
Taking that into consideration, I have always been irritated by what I called “lack of shape” on my arms and stomach. Don’t get me wrong, good genes and a little crazy competitiveness have always ensured I have never been fat, but I have always wanted visible biceps and abs.
My legs are easy, one good week at gym and I’ve got quads to tell your friends about (okay, not really), however not anything to boast about when it comes to my arms or abs.
Inspired by my friend Stacey Holland who had just made top 6 USN Face of Fitness, I knew that she knew something I didn’t. And I wanted to know that that something was. So we had a long conversation that put me through a couple of brands to try out.
I was convinced I’d tire them, conversely they seemed to relish on an opportunity to teach me something new.
And a long class it was, purely focused on nutrition, one to my surprise I’d been failing miserably. You see for the past 7 years I’ve been that person who’d do a gym session to rival all sessions and head straight to McDonalds in my running tights.
Years of sport tours, you pick up things. I had McDonalds at least three times a week for nearly a decade. It was time for a change. I’ve heard the ‘abs are made in the kitchen’ concept, but had no clue what it really meant.
Before I could take Biogen on their offer of trying out their stuff, I needed to consult the one person I trusted most in this regard; Stacey was sold, and so my Biogen journey began.
Looking at the eating plan, I couldn’t believe people actually gave up alcohol, as so much food and so often, but I’d promised to give it a shot, so here I was.
My first supplement intake would include; Whey Protein and Slim Sticks. I took that for a month and Stacey suggested I add CLA. Within three weeks (if not less) I had lost 4kgs and at least 3% body fat. By January (Third Month) I was in the best shape I’d ever been. My abs were finally showing and my arms had definition.
It’s been nearly a year, and I have wandered off Biogen to try other brands. While SA is very competitive when it comes to supplements, I have realized choosing what works for you and your body will often give you the results.
Get the education necessary before choosing supplements, and most important get the ‘dieting’ concept out of your vocabulary. I have had McDonalds twice in the last 11 Months (trust me this was no walk in the park). I have the sweetest tooth, having dessert in moderation is worse than pulling a tooth. And to McHarg’s horror I have not completely given up alcohol, but I have gone to an open bar party without having any liquor other than the welcome drink. Progress.
As per Stacey’s suggestion I eat nutritious food every two hours that is not a diet. That is a lifestyle change. Fact is your body needs protein; supplements should be used as exactly that – to supplement your eating habit. The most important thing is to know what you want to do with your body and go with that.
I have always had ‘gym discipline’, but as I have witnessed the discipline was not in the kitchen. It took Biogen for me to embrace that.
The Biogen brand was born in 2004. Having started with a limited range of products the brand has expanded to three premium product categories, namely – Pro Series, Platinum Series and Endurance Series. Available at exclusively to Dischem stores, at a price that won’t burn a whole in your pocket.
If you’d like more info on the brand head over to their easy to navigate website HERE or email Brandon at Brandon@biogen.co.za. Tell him I sent you 😀
My favourite products are from the Pro Series range.
Premium Whey; I usually have this with my breakfast (oats or muesli), as a snack and or after a late evening game when I won’t make supper. CLA (perfect for toning so after breakfast, lunch and dinner) and Slim Sticks (pre-work out).
If you’d like to take your training to a next level and give your body a lift I’ve got a starter pack hamper to giveaway.
Up for grabs is 1kg tub of Biogen Diet Protein, CLA triple pack (yes that’s 270 capsule) and a Biogen water bottle.
Competition now closed. Congratulations Nonku Ngcobo.