Russel Soper has been a part of our Red E family since December 2016 when he started in our Outdoor Group Fitness sessions! Since then he has committed to two sessions a week and there hasn’t been many sessions that he has missed. Russel also trains himself at home, and is a very committed and consistent exerciser – it’s just a part of his life!
Russel had lost 37kgs himself before joining Red E (see pic below) which is a huge achievement and something he should be very proud of! His goal was to build more lean muscle mass and gain more fitness with Red E and he has been quite successful in achieving that, having gained 4kgs of muscle to this point while maintaining a very healthy body fat percentage.
Russel loves giving everything a go – he joined our team in the 2017 River to Reef Ride and although he intended on doing the 35kms, he felt good on the day and kept going for the 60kms! It was a breeze for him thanks to his consistency with his fitness training.
Russel’s commitment and dedication to his fitness is very inspiring – he’s a team player always encouraging his fellow participants! Well done Russel, you are very deserving of our October ‘Client of the Month’ Award!
What was your motivation to start training with us here at Red E?
I find I enjoy exercising much more in a group style environment, I had seen the groups at Bluewater Quay and decided that’s what I wanted so I just searched Facebook until I found you guys, Red E is also quite close to home for me as well!
What were your goals?
I had lost 37kg (starting weight was 113kg and I was 76kg when I started at Red E) but I didn’t really have much muscle so the aim was to get fitter and also build muscle naturally. I have put on around 4kg of muscle, currently around 80kg but with the same size 30 pants I was wearing at 76kg, my fat % has been under 15% this year and I’d like it back there again but I am currently semi-stable around 17% because of Eat Street Northshore in Brisbane I reckon! 🙂
My goal is that I want to live a long, happy, healthy life and enjoy every second of it!
How have you gone with your goals? What have you achieved?
I am very happy with how things are going, before I started I could hardly do 5 pushups in a row, now I can do around 35, I am adding 1kg per month to my dumbbells and adding weight to my bench press every month, little things slowly but consistently.
I am really enjoying training, learning as much as I can and just trying to be the best me I can possibly be.
What benefits are you experiencing?
I have clarity, I feel driven, I love the high after a workout, the feeling that I am doing something worthwhile for my long term health.
What did you do to achieve your results?
I started by using MyfitnessPal and tracking my calorie intake, now I tend to watch the quality of food not the calories so much but tracking calories definitely helped kick the weight off for the first year. I try to focus on the long term rather than the short term and also try to work on being realistic with my own expectations (I blame Instagram for the whole movie star abs and arms expectation 🙂 )
What permanent lifestyle changes have you made?
I gave up alcohol in August, 2015 after a 5 week trip to America and Mexico had left me feeling lethargic, overweight and just generally disappointed in my physical state. I decided to give up the booze for a year to see if I could step change my health back on track so I just went with one day at a time for 365 days but once I got to 365 days I just kept going and I can honestly say I don’t miss it at all nearly two years later. It’s made the biggest difference to my mental and physical health than almost any other change I have made.
Fave healthy food: Fresh Red Spot King Prawns
Fave treat food: Salted Caramel Dark Lindt Chocolate
Fave exercise: 1 minute plank/ 20 pushup combo x 3 and Hiking Uphill Outdoors
Most “Dreaded” exercise: Skipping although I am kind of getting less unco-ordinated at it
Favourite Quote? “Get up, show up, don’t give up!”
Advice for others starting out…
Work at your own pace and if you are so sore from a workout the day before that you were considering having a day off just go for a 30 minute walk it’s much better for you both mentally and physically than skipping a day .
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Russel trains in our Outdoor Group Fitness sessions.
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