We wanted to start profiling some of our clients and the success they've achieved as a result of adopting Throwback-style workouts as their exercise of choice. Our first is Yash Shah, a friend of ours from our banking days. Yash grew tired of the weight he added while sitting long hours at a demanding finance job coupled with a fast food habit rivaling that of Morgan Spurlock from Supersize Me.
Since we've taken him under our wing he's seen amazing results. He's dropped significant body fat, added lean muscle mass, and has vastly improved his overall fitness level to become one of the fiercest Recess competitors on the Throwback circuit. And he looks pretty good in a tank top too!
Here he shares some of the rules and tips he's learned along the way...
- Profile Name: Yash Shah
- Height: 5' 6"
- Weight: 145lbs
- Age: 26
- Hometown: Charlotte, NC
- Unversity: UNC, Chapel Hill
- Favorite Throwback Recess Game: TBF Jam
- Favorite Throwback Jam: Jagged Edge - Where The Party At (feat. Nelly)
1. What inspired you to want to make a change in your diet and exercise habits?
Honestly, I can’t say that there was any one moment that I look back on and say THAT moment is when everything changed. I think it was more of a gradual build up of being unhappy with how I looked and getting winded simply climbing the 5 flights to my apartment. It began as a simple New Year’s Resolution (again), but this time, something just clicked. It’s important to stick it out through those first 6-8 weeks when you still feel weak and nothing seems to be changing. When you finally do see those changes, it’s addictive and a positive reinforcer.
2. What changes (in your body and fitness level) have you noticed most since starting Throwback / your new exercise routine?
Physically, I’m obviously leaner and stronger than I’ve ever been. But aside from that, I’ve found that I can push myself more than I ever could before. Recently, I ran my first ever 5K - while that may not seem like a huge accomplishment, anyone who knows me well knows how much I absolutely abhor running, so it was a big step for me. I’ve got my eyes on the Civilian Military Combine in September next, quite possibly as a part of a Throwback team…
3. What is your favorite bodyweight exercise movement?
Oh boy, this is a tough one. I’d have to say the pull-up edges out burpees (as much as I groan about them) and push-ups. There’s something immensely satisfying about literally being able to pull your own weight. Maybe I should cheat and say bodyblasters since they combine all three!
4. What is your favorite workout to do when you are unable to make it to a class or gym?
When I can’t make it to a class or the gym that usually means I need a workout that is a) time efficient and b) space efficient. With that said, I think a great benchmark workout is the Bodyweight Crazy 8:
- 60 jumping jacks
- 15 Spiderman push-ups
- 30 standing lunges
- 20 Spiderman Climbs
- 45 second wall sit
- 60 second plank
- 10 burpees
- 50 high knees
2-3 rounds with 1 minute rest in between rounds. 20 or so minutes to be absolutely wrecked.
5. If you could attribute most of your results to one diet tip, what would it be?
Discipline. When you’re looking to radically transform your body and fitness level, you have to be disciplined in your diet. Now, that doesn’t mean you have to resign yourself to oatmeal, eggs, chicken, and broccoli everyday for the rest of your life, but it does mean you should really take the time to evaluate what you’re putting into your body and how it affects your goals.
6. You can't be perfect with the diet all the time.. What is your favorite cheat food?
Just one?! As my roommate can attest to, I’ve got a soft spot in my heart (tummy?) for Dirty Bird’s BBQ Fried Chicken Wrap with a side of their mac and cheese. Wash it down with a beer and your soul will thank you for the treat.
7. What do you enjoy most about Throwback?
Definitely the teamwork and competitive aspect. Every other workout class I’ve been to is all about you as an individual. You control how hard you push yourself (which can vary wildly based on your mood on any given day!). Being on teams for the workouts stokes your competitive fire and makes you push yourself more than you might have otherwise. You really feel accountable and invested in helping your team “win” the workout, whether that means rowing the most meters or scoring the most points in a game of TBF Jam!