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ABsolute AllStar, November 2017: Brendan Dunn

Each month at ABsolute Fitness, we highlight one of our members who has put extraordinary effort into his or her fitness to such a level that their energy is contagious and spreads to others throughout the gym.

How long have you been training at ABsolute Fitness?
I started my ABsolute fitness journey in August of 2016 when my fiancé and I moved to New Hamburg due to our jobs. I was looking for a gym that would have all the components that I needed to continue training at the high level that I had become accustom to in my past career as a professional athlete. After looking at a few different gyms, ABsolute Fitness had exactly what I was looking for.

What got you interested in fitness?
My fitness journey started at a young age when I was baptized into the world of competitive sports. I have played a wide range of sports from soccer, track and field, baseball, basketball, and of course football. All at different levels of the competitive spectrum (house league to professional). This passion for athletics and continually trying to better myself every day drove my interest in fitness even more. Because to perform at an elite level in sports which was my passion you had to be fit. This along with my Degree in Kinesiology has anchored my love of fitness.

In 2012 Brendan played Pro Football with the Team that drafted him in 2011, The Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the CFL. This is a picture of Brendan playing the guard position making a block against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

Out of all the sports I played, football was my calling and continually challenged me to be better at fitness. This challenge in my sport reached its apex when I became a professional football player. My passion for fitness has only become greater since my football days as I am now a Paramedic and Volunteer Firefighter, my challenge has changed from sport performance to overall health and wellness fitness goals as I pride myself now on being the best I can be to serve the public in their time of need the best I can.

How do you find/make time to get your workouts in?
My workouts are generally 1 hour in duration, and considering that I can work out relatively any time of the day. All I need to do is find that one hour somewhere. What makes this finding time easier is the fact that ABsolute Fitness offers amazing gym hours (5am-11pm), (7am-6pm weekends) and is only closed (from what I understand) 2 days of the year. Which makes working out for that one hour very possible for me even though I am on call and work 12-hour shift work.

That being said I still plan for the time that I am at the gym ahead of time usually the night before, as I need to commonly work gym time around my work schedule. Furthermore, my day does not feel complete without a trip to the gym, thus regardless I like to try to find a way.

What tip(s) would you offer someone who is just starting out?
My tip to those just starting out is don’t be afraid. Don’t be afraid to challenge yourself, push yourself, and take yourself out of your comfort zone. Don’t be afraid to ask questions and try new things. One thing that I have noticed in this gym is that there is no judgment only support to help you be the best version of you that you want to be. Everyone starts somewhere and the only person that you need to prove anything to is yourself no one else, and don’t be afraid to do so. Weather it is by an inch or a mile progress is always progress. Keep moving forward and don’t look back.

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then is not an act but a habit” - Aristotle

What is your current workout routine?
My current workout routine is based off of body isolation training. In a seven-day week I try to get into the gym for 5 of those days and at the least 4 of those days. As well as some sort of cardio, whether that is incorporated in the gym on a stair master, or outside on a separate day on my road bike. I have broken my gym work down as follows:

  • Day 1 = chest
  • Day 2 = legs anterior
  • Day 3 = back
  • Day 4 = shoulders/arms
  • Day 5 = legs posterior

If I can only get 4 days a week in and I know this ahead of time I just take my shoulder/arm day and divide it into my chest and back days.

In your opinion, what is the biggest benefit of exercising?
The biggest benefit of exercise is that you can naturally increase your body's metabolic rate and increase your day to day energy levels. Furthermore, a well-balanced exercising schedule is also extremely good for your overall health and wellness. Not only these two points but what I find most beneficial to me anyways, is that no matter how bad my day is going, or what is going on in my life the time I spend exercising either in the gym or on my road bike is always a time for me to unwind and have some fun. Allowing me to always have something positive in my day.

How has being a member at ABsolute Fitness helped you on your fitness journey?
Being a member of ABsolute Fitness encompasses what my current fitness journey is. This is a gym that has encouraged, supported and enabled me. By giving me the tools to take my professional football style training, and provide a training space that has allowed me to transform my routines into ever supporting and challenging my new fitness goals. All post my professional athlete career and into my current career in the world of Emergency Medical Services. Chris Spotswood, Liliana Dominguez, Sharon Bouttell, Jo-Anne Randerson and the rest of the ABsolute Fitness Team provide well-maintained equipment, supportive and nonjudgmental atmosphere, multiple fitness and fun classes, as well as a group of the friendliest gym members giving a fitness experience second to none. One that I plan to be a part of for a very long time.

In November 2013 Brendan played Professional Football for the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League, where they went on to win the 101st Grey Cup Championship. This is a picture of Brendan holding the Grey Cup at the end of the game celebrating the CFL Championship.

This is Brendan during his Pro Football Career in the off season, walking a beach in Florida at his heaviest weight of 315 lbs. Brendan's current weight is 235 lbs.