Body By Groom

At 450 pounds, Jeff Groom could barely tie his shoes. His high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol, edema and heart issues were all contributing to a dangerous outlook for his health. Without making some major changes, Jeff was facing a life of limitations and significantly less time with those he loved. And his health was not the only thing affected. The weight threw a shadow of hopelessness on every aspect of Jeff’s life, including his interactions with friends, colleagues and family.   

The decision to change one’s life is often the outcome of millions of setbacks, and then one ultimate shove. For Jeff, that shove came at the beginning of January. He began his journey when he finally faced the negative impacts on his life from an unhealthy relationship with alcohol. Jeff knew he had to make a change, and could no longer endure the turmoil he was cultivating in his own life. He felt like he was slowly killing himself. One January morning, Jeff called a meeting among those he loved most, apologized for his mistakes and vowed to change his life, not only for himself but for them. 

“I had everything I could want but happiness,” Jeff says. And with that goal in mind he decided to get serious about losing weight. He had been working with Fadi Malouf, whom he had met through a friend, for about two years. When he decided to make a real change Jeff knew he would not only need Fadi’s expertise, but also his support. Jeff went through numerous trainers in the past and he knew he was not an easy client. This is why he needed someone who was more than just a trainer, someone who would push him, coach him and care for him like family.   

“I’ll pay you but I’ll fight you. I’m better at not doing what you tell me,” Jeff frankly told Fadi at the beginning. And Fadi accepted the challenge wholeheartedly. 

The first steps Jeff took in his journey were cutting out alcohol, cutting back his red meat consumption, increasing plants and lean protein in his diet, and working out. He began to enjoy lifting weights and becoming more active. Fadi pushed him in the gym and provided him with nutrition counseling to help Jeff fuel his body correctly. He also helped Jeff sort through the mental part of weight loss as his life coach.

With such a significant amount of weight to lose, Jeff decided to undergo bariatric surgery a couple months into his journey. This helped him immensely, but he still had a lot of work to do. 

“What people don’t often realize is that obesity is not the problem, it’s the solution to a deeper issue,” Fadi says, “Once I help clients identify the underlying issues and work through them, they can find the happiness they lost and care for themselves enough to lose the weight and be healthy long-term.”

Jeff recalls a difficult time at the beginning of his journey when he fell off the wagon and felt lost. He called Fadi in the middle of the night and told him he was struggling. Fadi dropped everything and went to be with Jeff and help him through his difficult time. Even though Fadi pushed him and they were usually sarcastic, this time Jeff needed the support of a friend. 

In 9 months Jeff has lost over 200 pounds. His outlook on life has completely changed. He found the happiness that was lost from his life before and for the first time in a long time, he is excited about the future. His friends and family have also noticed a change in his attitude. Jeff discovered when you care for yourself and foster self love, you in turn care for those around you more. 

For the future, Jeff is focusing on work and growing his business. In many ways he is promoting a healthier business, just like he did for himself- restructuring and not working with dishonest people. He is putting his family and company first. 

Jeff’s nutrition and fitness regimen now consist of portion control and working out when he can squeeze it in. Jeff attributes much of his success to working with Fadi. The program he followed was unique from what he experienced with dozens of trainers in the past. Jeff says he still eats things he enjoys, but it’s not about eating large amounts of food, but more about taste. Changing his overall relationship with food has led him to his success with weight loss.

Fadi could not be more proud of Jeff. Playing a role in someone completely changing their life has given him a huge sense of purpose.

“Personally, Jeff has been one of my most rewarding clients to work with. I’ve seen him transform entirely and he is so much happier now,” Fadi says. “I know we will be life-long friends.”

Jeff believes anyone who wants to lose weight and get healthier should give Fadi a shot. 

“The main thing about Fadi is he truly cares about the individual, not about the dollar amount. It’s a relationship and he really cares about people and their health.” 

Day 3 – Flexing my glute muscles

Day 3 – Flexing my glute muscles

This is what I woke up to this morning. Pretty but icy roads!

Victory Day 3 Icy Roads

 

Sunday – The weekend is almost over. I’m thankful that it is because hopefully tomorrow or Tuesday I will finally have a load leaving Barstow, CA. If I sit here much longer my tires are going to dry rot. I’ve been at this truck stop for a week. You can’t make money if your wheels aren’t turning. It’s also a struggle for me to stay positive when I’m not moving. Being away from home, missing my family and NOT making any money is the worst feeling a mother can have….

Today I walked further than I had since starting this journey and I was surprised that my butt was a wee bit sore. The terrain here is pretty level. I did flex my glute muscles occasionally yesterday while I walked and today I did the same. A thought came to me today as I was walking that I will eventually incorporate some squats while I walk. Trip weighs approximately 65lbs. I will use him as weight, pick him up using proper form and press up to an upright position and set him back down again.

I came very close to drinking my quota of water, I drank 70oz out of 81oz. Much better than yesterday. It did require many bathroom trips.Victories Day 3 Breakfast

I ate the same thing for Brunch today as I did yesterday:
3-Egg White Omelette
Mushrooms
Onion/green peppersVictory's Day 3 Steps side of Sliced tomatoes

For Dinner I ate:
1/2 Rotisserie Chicken Breast

I did make it to the grocery store and I bought:

3 lbs of Deli Turkey Meat
Rotisserie Chicken
Baby Spinach Salad in a bag
4 – cans of Green Beans
2 Avocados

1 Cauliflower
Bottle of Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing

2 – Greek Yogurts
Case of Waters

Not sure how long this will last me but at least I have some food in my truck.

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Day 2 I had a handful of Almonds

Day 2 I had a handful of Almonds

vickyday2Woke this morning anxious to do some walking. Found that it seemed a bit more strenuous at first then it did yesterday. I still kept a good pace and by the time I got to my third lap I was having to practically pull my dog Trip along. Typically he is way out in front of me when I take him for walks. This is good exercise for both of us.

I finished and wait about 30 minutes after doing cardio before I went inside of the TA Truck Stop to have breakfast.

I had a 3 Egg White Omelette with, grilled chicken, mushrooms and sautéed onions/green peppers. I substituted the hash browns and toast for sliced tomatoes. To drink I had 2 glasses of water.
I have been staying away from coffee for the past several months. You’d think as a Driver I’d drink lots of coffee but I don’t…

Victoria's Day 2 StepsAs a snack today I had a handful of Almonds.

Theres not a whole lot to do when your sitting waiting for the weekend to be over. I currently do not have a load waiting to be picked up. So I took a 3 hour nap. Got up and took Trip for another walk. This was a very brief walk for him to do his doggie duties.

I ate my dinner out of my truck and it was canned green beans, no salt added and drank more water. My water intake is definitely something I need to focus on more. I need to drink at least 81oz per day. This will be one of my goals tomorrow to drink my recommended amount.

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Day 1 A lot of frustration

Day 1 A lot of frustration

Chicken Salad

This morning I was awaken early by my phone ringing. On the other end was a very WIDE awake Fadi. His voice sounding very enthusiastic for me to get up and start my day. I on the other hand wasn’t ready to get out of my sleeper. I had stayed up till the wee hours of the morning researching different websites for Trucker Exercises and what kind of FREE downloads were available for my iPhone to help monitor my activity level throughout the day. The APP I downloaded to my phone was “Pacer”. I based my decision on reading the reviews and the ease of use.

I knew that I needed to do cardio first thing before I ate breakfast. So I got my dog Trip out of the truck and began walking at a brisk pace around the perimeter of the TA truck stop in Barstow, CA. We walked for a total of 45min and covered just over 2 miles of real estate.

Fadi had told me to make sure I drank plenty of water throughout the day I only consumed 3 – 16oz bottles.

I only ate 1 meal today and that was a Spinach salad with 1 grilled Chicken breast. I put my Lite Ranch salad dressing into a soup bowl and lightly dipped eat bite. Salad dressing can be the culprit to making a salad not so healthy. With this in mind I dip instead of smother. I also ordered a piece of grilled white fish with lemon pepper to eat later today.

Daily Steps

I was asked to measure my waist and thighs. This was quite the eye opener when I saw what my measurement were:

Waist 34.5″
Thighs 25″

Those measurement sound like a mans. Now I have a number to go with the reason I hate mirrors. At least living in a truck elevates me having to look at myself.

My intention today were to unhook my tractor from my trailer and find the nearest Walmart or Stater Brothers to buy grocery’s and some fitness bands. Unfortunately I didn’t get the opportunity to do that but I will tomorrow. I learned that my truck has a head gasket going bad and I was trying to weigh out my options. Bottom line is my truck may not make it back to Georgia. I had to cancel an oversize load and now had to start looking for something lighter to put on my trailer. This has put me under a lot of frustration and stress.

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Today I Found Hope

Today I Found Hope

I found hope

Today I found hope. I am a Truck Driver that does long haul. There are pros and cons to driving a truck. The pros are seeing our beautiful country and getting paid to do it. Meeting new people and knowing that what I delivered is needed by them. I have hauled many different commodities, from cattle to military vehicles, bridge forms, JetA fuel to fill helicopters that fight wild fires burning in the mid-west. The cons are being gone from home for weeks sometimes months, missing my family, friends and my horses. Another downside is the lack of keeping in shape. I have gained weight and my journey starts today in loosing the unwanted pounds with that I have gained from holding a steering wheel over the last 4 years. My goal is to loose 20lbs over the next 10 weeks. I realize that I will have challenges but without the challenges given to us how will we become stronger.

Today I will start making changes with the help of my friend Fadi and his associates.

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Work Out The Full Body

Work Out The Full Body

This is a workout that uses multiple muscles with every exercise! It’s important to mix up your workouts from time to time with a full body workout instead of focusing on the same muscle groups every other day. It made our team really sore which means it works! We’d love to know what you think about it! Check it out below and let us know your thoughts.

Warm Up: 5 minutes of cardio
Time: 45 minutes
Two repetitions per set

Set 1

Standing Side Crunches
Reps: 25 per side
Tips & Tricks: Stand with your feet hip width apart, knees slightly bent and the core engaged. Lift the right leg, bending the knee at a 90-degree angle turning the thigh out to the side. Place hands lightly behind head, elbows out. Crunch your right elbow to the right knee.

Incline Sit Ups
Equipment: Find an incline bench. This exercise will work best if you have a support bar under which to hook your feet as well.
Reps: 20 per set
Tips & Tricks: Lie down so that your upper body is facing downhill. Place your hands behind your neck or on the side of your neck. Make sure your abs stay tightened. You should rise up until your entire back is off the bench and lower back down until your shoulders touch the bench.

Set 2

Reverse Pull-Up / Reverse Chin-Up
Equipment: Pull up bar
Reps: 15 per set
Tips & Tricks: Inhale and pull the chest to the bar, keeping the body upright and puffing out the chest. The elbows should be pointing more-or-less forward (can use a stool or chair to make easier)

Bench Bridge/Hip Lifts
Equipment: Bench
Reps: 25 per set
Tips & Tricks: Lie on your back with your heels on the bench. Lift your hips to be parallel with the rest of your body and lower them to the ground, focusing on your glute muscles throughout.

Set 3

Opposite Arm Opposite Leg Extensions
Equipment: Bench
Reps: 25 per side
Tips & Tricks: Position yourself on your hands and knees on the bench. Slowly extend one arm and the opposite leg and lower. Repeat with the other arm and opposite leg.

Push Ups on Bench
Equipment: Bench
Reps: 15 per set
Tips & Tricks: Position hands parallel with elbows on bench, keep body in a straight line while lifting and lowering.

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Building Muscle with Static Contractions

Building Muscle with Static Contractions

Performing weight training exercises that involve static contractions is a great way to create the most muscle mass and strength through the smallest amount of movement and time. Static training involves taking a weight and holding it in a fixed position for several seconds. Today’s workout will focus on incorporating this technique.

Warm Up: 5 minutes of cardio

Focus: Chest, Arms, Legs, Core

Time: 45 minutes

Set

4 repetitions 

Incline Chest Press

  • Equipment Bench; free weights
  • Reps: 30 seconds of reps; 30 seconds holding (for a total of two minutes)
  • Weight: Start with a manageable weight for the first set; increase weight by 5-10 lbs. after each set
  • Tips & Tricks: Hold the static contraction in the open position, where elbows are in line with the shoulders

Squats

  • Equipment:  Dumbbell
  • Time: 30 seconds of reps; 30 seconds holding (for a total of two minutes)
  • Weight: 15 lbs
  • Tips & Tricks: Hold the dumbbell to your chest as you squat down to a seated position and rise up; hold the static contraction in the seated position, with knees over ankles

Lateral Pulldown  

  • Equipment Seated Pulley Machine
  • Reps: 30 seconds of reps; 30 seconds holding (for a total of two minutes)
  • Weight: Start with a manageable weight for the first set; increase weight by 5-10 lbs. after each set
  • Tips & Tricks: Hold the static contraction and focus on isolating your lateral back muscles as you pull down

One Arm Row with Double Hold

  • Equipment:  Dumbbells
  • Time: 30 seconds of reps; 30 seconds holding (for a total of two minutes)
  • Weight: Start with a manageable weight for the first set; increase weight by 5-10 lbs. after each set
  • Tips & Tricks: Position yourself in a split squat with one leg bent and row with the opposite arm; on the static contraction, place feet together and hold the contraction with both arms at the same time

Cable Flies

  • Equipment: Pulley Machine
  • Reps: 30 seconds of reps; 30 seconds holding (for a total of two minutes)
  • Weight: Start at 30 lbs. or more; increase weight by 5-10 lbs. after each set
  • Tips & Tricks: Focus on the chest muscles and keeping the arms straight as you slowly pull them apart and together; hold the static contraction with your hands about two feet apart

 

 

 

 

 

Chest, Back, Leg, and Cardio Supersets

This workout focuses on one muscle group weight training exercise, followed by a cardio exercise. You’ll repeat the two exercises three times before moving on to the next muscle group.

Get ready to focus on your largest muscle groups, and mix in some cardio.

  • Warm Up: 5 minutes of cardio
  • Focus: Chest and Back
  • Time: 45 minutes

Set 1

3 repetitions 

Lateral Pulldown

  • Equipment Pulley Machine
  • Reps: 15 per set
  • Weight: Start with a manageable weight for the first set; increase weight by 5-10 lbs. after each set
  • Tips & Tricks: Keep the arms and back straight; focus on isolating your lateral muscles as you pull down

High Knees

  • Reps: 50 per knee
  • Tips & Tricks: Focus on lifting the knees up and down rapidly, rather than moving forward quickly.

Set 2

3 repetitions 

Dead Lift

  • Equipment: Dumbbells
  • Reps: 25 per set
  • Weight: Females: up to 35 lbs.; Males: up to 50 lbs.
  • Tips & Tricks: Keep a slight bend in the knees as you lower the weights just below the shins.

Dead Lifts with Row

  • Equipment: Dumbbells
  • Reps: 25 per set
  • Weight: Females: up to 35 lbs.; Males: up to 50 lbs.
  • Tips & Tricks: Keep a slight bend in the knees as you lower the weights just below the shins. Keep the back arched at the bottom of the dead lift and bring the arms up parallel to the sides and slowly back down for the row.

Set 3

3 repetitions

Incline Chest Press

  • Equipment Bench; free weights
  • Reps: 15 per set
  • Weight: Start with a manageable weight for the first set; increase weight by 5-10 lbs. after each set
  • Tips & Tricks: Keep wrists in line with elbows and elbows in line with shoulders; slowly straighten and lower one arm at a time

Squat Jump

  • Reps: 25 per set
  • Tips & Tricks: Start in a squat position, immediately jump upwards and reach upward as high as you can with your hands as your feet leave the floor. Land in the same position you started in. Swing your arms back and immediately repeat jump up again.

Set 4

3 repetitions

High Row

  • Equipment Pulley Machine
  • Reps: 20 per set
  • Weight: Start with a manageable weight for the first set; increase weight by 5-10 lbs. after each set
  • Tips & Tricks: Keep the arms and back straight; focus on isolating your lateral muscles as you pull down

Split Squat Jumps

  • Reps: 25 per set
  • Tips & Tricks: Position yourself into a staggered stance with the rear foot elevated and front foot forward. Begin by descending, flexing your knee and hip to lower your body down. Maintain good posture throughout the movement. Keep the front knee in line with the foot as you perform the exercise. At the bottom of the movement, drive through the heel and jump up to extend the knee and hip to return to the starting position.

 

 

Pyramid Workout: Legs

Pyramid Workout: Legs

Pyramid Workout: Legs

We started with a pyramid workout for chest and back, and now we are graduating to the legs.

Just like with the chest and back exercises, with each exercise below, you will start with 10 reps and then decrease to nine reps, followed by eight, seven, six, all the way to one. Once you get to one rep, you’ll increase all the way back to ten, stacking the reps on top of one another.

As you decrease your reps, you’ll increase your weight. You should be at the heaviest weight, truly challenging yourself on reps 1-4.

  • Focus: Hamstrings, Quads, and Glutes
  • Time: 1 hour
  • Warm Up: Five minutes of cardio

Here are the three exercises to focus on for the legs:

Dead Lifts

  • Equipment: Dumbbells
  • Reps: Pyramid (10,9,8,7,6,5,4,3,2,1,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10)
  • Weight: Females: up to 35 lbs.; Males: up to 50 lbs.
  • Tips & Tricks: Keep a slight bend in the knees as you lower the weights just below the shins.

Hamstring Curls

  • Equipment: Leg Machine
  • Reps: Pyramid (10,9,8,7,6,5,4,3,2,1,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10)
  • Weight: Females: up to 35 lbs.; Males: up to 50 lbs.
  • Tips & Tricks: Keep your back straight and focus on one leg at a time

Step Ups

  • Equipment: Bench (or stair)
  • Reps: (10,9,8,7,6,5,4,3,2,1,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10)
  • Weight: Females: up to 35 lbs.; Males: up to 50 lbs.
  • Tips & Tricks: Focus on the glute muscle; do not lock the knees as you step up one leg at a time

 

Pyramid Workout: Chest & Back

Pyramid Workout: Chest & Back

Pyramid Workout: Chest & Back

A pyramid style workout focuses on only 1-2 exercises with a large volume of repetitions and heavy weights. These workouts are reserved for the days where you can spend a little extra time in the gym. And that time is worth it! Pyramid workouts are incredibly effective for isolating muscle groups.

With each exercise below, you will start with 10 reps and then decrease to nine reps, followed by eight, seven, six, all the way to one. Once you get to one rep, you’ll increase all the way back to ten, stacking the reps on top of one another. This totals over 470 reps per each exercise!

As you decrease your reps, you’ll increase your weight. You should be at the heaviest weight, truly challenging yourself on reps 1-4.

  • Focus: Chest, Back, Core and Shoulders
  • Time: 1 hour
  • Warm Up: Five minutes of cardio

Here are the two exercises to focus on for the chest and back:

Lateral Pulldown

  • Equipment: Seated Pulley Machine
  • Reps: Pyramid (10,9,8,7,6,5,4,3,2,1,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10)
  • Weight: Females: up to 50 lbs.; Males: up to 70 lbs.
  • Tips & Tricks: Keep the arms and back straight; focus on isolating your lateral back muscles as you pull down

Vertical Chest Press

  • Equipment: Bench; Dumbbells
  • Reps: Pyramid (10,9,8,7,6,5,4,3,2,1,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10)
  • Weight: Females: up to 35 lbs.; Males: up to 50 lbs.
  • Tips & Tricks: Isolate the inner pectoral muscles as you pull your arms to center
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