Life is now getting back to nomal, post Covid, though not quite normal. This almost normality, once more gives me a feeling of control and possiblity. With that in mind, I have decided that it’s time for a new exercise challenge, and that challenge will be Michelle Bridge’s 12 Week Body Transformation. As I age, I find my mind wandering to the past and to good times. I have many memories of participation in 12wbt during years past, and am in the mood to revisit this great challenge.
It’s not that I’m expecting to have a ‘body transformation’. Of course, weight loss would be a good bonus, but I have other more important reasons for being involved. For me, at this time, there is accountability and fun. as exercise and nutrition are tracked on the 12wbt app. I tend to focus more on exercise, as this is the main reason for signing up.
I am looking forward to the exercise programs being delivered to me every week. They will form the basis of my gym program for the 12 weeks of the program. The programs are different each week, meaning I will have have more variety, with the exercises often being different to those I would usually choose. There are also many different types of workout videos, on the 12wbt website, which I find make it worth paying to do the program. As I have a home gym, I don’t join classes in a gym. The 12wbt workout videos are a great replacement for those classes.
My past history with 12wbt
I first came across Michelle’s Bridges 12wbt program in 2010, when I purchased her first book Crunch Time. The book covered nutrition and exercise, and on the last page was a was a short note from Michelle, saying to watch out for exciting news in relation to a new online fitness program, that was being released in May of that year. Immediately, I knew that whatever the program was, I would be participating. I had watched Michelle for years, and held her in high regard as a great trainer, and a genuine person, who truly wanted the best for others. I first came across her in my fitness instructor days, when I went to an instructor training weekend in Sydney. Michelle, at a very young age was one of the presenters. When she popped up as a trainer on TV show, The Biggest Loser, I wasn’t at all surprised. It was obvious in the early days, that Michelle had what it takes to go far in her career, and I had followed her with interest ever since.
March finally arrived, and Michelle’s 12 week body transformation was released online. On line programs such as this were quite rare in those days so I wasn’t sure what to expect. But 12wbt looked to be all that I had hoped it would be and I joined up very quickly. I had been exercising at the gym and cycling for years but felt that I needed more focus. I was living alone, so had all the time that I needed to devote to the program. I knew that the time was right, and that the program was perfect for me.
During the program, I continued cycling on cardio days, and followed the 12wbt gym and nutrition programs to the letter. In those days, I was riding 50-60k most days. At the end of the 12 weeks, I had lost 11 kilograms and was named as one of the high achievers of the program. The prize was given for not only weight loss, but also contributing and encouraging others on the 12wbt forums. I was 56 years old in 2010, and much older than most of the participants, but age didn’t stop me. Actually, I didn’t even give a thought to my age.
I did love the forums, and made many good friends, who I still count as friends today. Those friends were from all around Australia, so during the challenge, I went to Melbourne and Sydney often, to be involved with exercise sessions with them. Members joined together and we competed in many fun runs – Melbourne Marathon Festival, Run Melbourne, Run 4 Kids, and City to Surf in Sydney. I remember those days as being some of the best of my life, where I was able to compete at a level higher than I had ever dreamed would be possible.
A couple of weeks later we flew up to Sydney for the final end of challenge celebrations. There was a fitness class in a Sydney Park with Michelle, followed by a cocktail party that night at Darling Harbour, where prizes were handed out, and the prizewinners were celebrated.
At the end of that first 12wbt challenge, I was announced as an Ambassador for the next round of the program. I did that for three years and had a wonderful experience. After that, I went on to participate in numerous rounds of the program, and always felt that I was able to get something different out of each program.
With that in mind, I’m looking forward to participating for the first time in quite a few years. I realise that now I am older, my experience will be different as are my goals and objectives. However, I’m looking forward to diving into the program with enthusiasm and commitment. I am sure you will hear more about the experience along the way. I strongly believe that you’re never too old to have fun, and I intend to have fun along the way.
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