So after participating in the first triathlon I got HOOKED!
I did several more and added two Coors Lite biathlons!
THEN I began to BACKSLIDE again until I began my national Comcast TV show on holistic health and fitness.
I was able to get Dr.Oz on it twice and to this day he is one of my all time favorite guests over the three year period my show ran. He truly is WHAT YOU SEE IS WHAT YOU GET! NO prima dona!
Also the Drs. Hellers of Carbo Diet fame were fun to have on especially when she showed us her original pants she wore and that we put up next to the three of us showing we all could have fit in them!
It was as I spent time reading their books (YES I READ THEM!) and interviewing them that I realized I wanted to get back in shape.
As many of you know I was a former CBS News CONSUMER reporter and I decided I wanted to see how much so called personal fitness trainers really knew about fitness.
Fortunately ISSA – International Sports Science Association co-founders agreed and they set me up to participate in their training program and test coming to Atlanta 6 WEEKS from the time I contacted them!
I was told that package containing my training materials would be overnighted to me.
When I open the package I found myself staring at a 600 plus page book and 6 videos!
I began to study the book and realized I was in deep over my head!
The information in the book was a combination of biology, chemistry, physics and anatomy! I had only studied biology in high school as the sciences were not my strong suit!
Fortunately the information in the book was fascinating and the ISSA experts made it easy to understand!
However remember I had only 6 weeks before the test in Atlanta. I spent almost every day studying the material and watching the videos.
Finally the weekend for my class training and test arrived.
I walked into the class to find I definitely was the OLDEST person in the class at 50! In fact several of the cute fit young ladies asked if I was in the RIGHT class!
Next in walked our instructor and I could not believe who it was!
It was a bodybuilder I had read about in my Muscle & Fitness magazines – former Mr Universe Tom “Oak Legs” Platz! If you think guys like Platz are only HUGE MUSCLE HEADS think again! Platz had a MASTERS DEGREE in Sports Physiology!
Platz was a blast as a teacher telling us stories about the legends of body building and even admitting to us that he had taken body enhancing drugs at one time. I had heard and read that Frank Zane was the only one who did it naturally and Tom confirmed the story.
After taking our written final exam we then went downstairs to the world famous Evander Holyfield Gym to take the practical part of the exam.
Well this 50 year old guy struggled through the practical but passed it along with the written test to the cheers of his VERY YOUNG and FIT classmates!
Tom even gave us autographed photos of himself in his prime body building days and I still have mine 20 years later!
MORE in next post!
ISSA Fitness Trainer