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.
Meet Greg H, our ABsolute AllStar for this month.
What got you interested in
I've always had an interest in sports (hockey, track, X-country, soccer,
etc) since I was a youth and fitness is a big part of those sports. I think it
is my competitive drive is that originally motivated my interest in
How do you find/make time to get your
This is getting more and more challenging as time goes on and my
family grows. My wife just gave birth to our second son in April and so finding
time for the gym while still helping with the kids, staying on top of work, and
having time for Sr. A hockey is challenging. My strategy while I was still
working was to get up super early and go to the gym before work so that I could
go straight home after work to help with dinner and the bedtime routine. I
recently started a parental leave which means I have greater flexibility in terms
of getting to the gym and decided to start taking advantage of
the childcare that ABsolute Fitness offers. This helps a ton as I can
bring my oldest son in to give mom a break at home and still get my workout in!
What tip(s) would you
offer someone who is just starting out?
Find a way to make working out part of your daily routine. Working
out 4 times a week (even for a shorter duration) is better than being a
weekend warrior and working out once a week. After awhile, your body will
start to notice when you miss working out for a few days and you might even
crave getting in to the gym (it's funny how the body gets used to it). A class
is also a good way to go if you enjoy a more social workout and aren't sure
where to get started.
What is your current workout
During the off-season, I typically get into the gym 4 times a
week and have over 30 different weight training workouts that I cycle
through. Some are full body workouts while others target specific muscles (eg.
chest, core, legs, etc.). The other 3 days a week when I'm not in the
gym, I either play hockey, go for a ride on my road bike, or just go for a run
- the goal is to do something active everyday!
In your opinion, what is
the biggest benefit of exercising?
Being a small man in a big man's sport (hockey), it is
essential that I am in tip-top shape if I want to compete at the top level
- it's really an important competitive advantage. However, there are many other
benefits beyond that which are perhaps equally, if not more important.
A few that jump to mind are increased energy level, improved brain
function and cognitive ability, improved immune system, prolonged life
expectancy, sense of accomplishment, better mood and self image,
etc.. I guess improved overall health would be a good way to summarize -
I'm sure it helps me perform better in all areas of my life.
How has being a member at
ABsolute Fitness helped you on your fitness journey?
When we moved to Baden a couple years ago, I was at a crossroads
in terms of where to work out (my previous gym was way in the far east end of
Kitchener). I learned that my sister-in-law, who had moved to the
area about a year earlier, was a member at ABsolute Fitness so I went to
check it out and I'm glad I did. It has a real friendly community atmosphere (reminds me of "Average Joe's
Gym" from the movie Dodgeball) and all the essential
equipment and facilities. Both the staff and other members are happy
to say hi, and it has a much smaller feel than my previous gym, which I
like. All in all, it has been ABsolute-ly the best choice for me to maintain my
regimented workout routine and continue to push myself to be the best athlete
and person I can be.