Something that is often overlooked by both amateur and even pro paintball players is the impact fitness can have on their performance. This isn’t like playing pool or darts in the pub, playing paintball actually involves a lot of running around and often maneuvering through tight spots and difficult terrain. You have to realise that if you are too big or too slow it not only makes you an easy target but you just cannot move quite enough to be at the top of your game.
Now this hasn’t been a huge problem for me over my 15 years of paint balling but lately I have to admit I piled on the pounds a little. I’m not saying I’m the best player in the world but I certainly noticed that my game had dropped slightly in recent years , and I am putting that down to getting a bit “fat”. So, in order to remedy this issue, in 2014 I have embarked on a fitness regime to try and get back to the highest level…well the best I can be at least!
I spent many an hour looking at diets and fitness regimes in order to help me get into top shape, and after getting tired eyes I finally decided to go with a low carb diet and to invest in a rowing machine. I decided on the low carb diet after hearing about a friend that had great results using something called the Paleo diet and I also heard about how cutting out the carbs can be great from reading Tim Ferris’s blog. He is a guy I am a huge fan of and have a lot of respect for. So for the foreseeable future I am going to cut out all breads, grains and will limit my intake of potatoes…most likely sweet potatoes will become my new best friend as they have a lower impact on blood sugar levels and are full healthy nutrients like Vitamin A.
In terms of my fitness regime I aim to workout between 3 – 5 times per week and to help motivate me I spent quite a bit of money on a rowing machine. I am hoping that seeing this baby here in my home will guilt trip me into using it regularly, plus I think it will be quite fun to use. I decided on the Kettler Favorit after reading many rowing machine reviews and it does seem to be the best rowing machine. Well, the best for me at least in terms of price, quality and features. You may be wondering why I chose an indoor rower over something more popular like a treadmill, well the answer is simple really. These machines give a far more intense and all round body workout. It isn’t just aerobic but it will work your muscles, sure you won’t look like Arnold Schwarzenegger but it will certainly tone you.
So anyway I hope this is going to help me out, and I also hope my reflections have inspired you. I look forward to getting back to my best…whatever that is!