Lifestyles

Taking fitness to a higher level

Dan Andersen has embraced a lifestyle that combines healthy eating with across-training exercise regimen that he wants to take to the next level.

Andersen and his training partner, Jared Kittlitz, plan to compete in a North America-wide fitness and muscle challenge in the works for next spring.

Andersen, 53, is currently at 210 lbs. But hopes to be down to a trim 198 in preparation for the challenge.

Earlier this year, competing in such an event was the furthest thing from the Kelowna resident’s mind. But he decided to participate in the Extreme Pita/World Gym fitness contest, where he started out at 256 lbs.

Andersen came out on top in the contest, losing 46 lbs in 42 days last spring, and it has changed his life.

Andersen is now on an intense workout routine over 15 hours on a six-day-a-week training schedule.

The indoor cross training concept that he was introduced to by the World Gym trainers, similar to the idea behind circuit training, has become “a way of life” for him. While he hopes to win his age category at the upcoming North American event, the fringe benefit for him is that, no matter what, is he is now in the best shape of his life.

“Indoor cross training is what we used to refer to as circuit training,” Andersen explained. “It’s a great routine to learn and it gets you in shape real quick. It’s not about body building or building up muscle, but rather to improve your physical well being, from getting exercise to eating the proper foods,” he said.

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