Sweatin’ for perfection

By Michelle Seeber

Healthy lifestyle requires proper nutrition, exercise.

Rob Ward has been working out since he was 16 years old.
The 25-year-old Clovis resident is a personal trainer at a local gym in Clovis. He began working out to build his body muscle mass. When he first started, he weighed only 125 pounds. Today, he weighs 160.
“Most people, when they work out, want to lose weight,” Ward said. “But I went the opposite by adding quality lean muscle.”
To do this, Ward changed his lifestyle.
He started watching what he ate, and he worked out, lifting free weights and exercising on weight machines on a regular basis.
Because he was trying not to lose weight, he practiced a special regimen designed to increase his muscle size, as opposed to decreasing it.
In addition to working out at a gym, he changed his activities at home. For example, instead of driving to the store, he walked.
As a personal trainer, he said he can help people gain weight by increasing their muscle size, or he can help people lose weight by working off those extra calories and toning their muscles.
To do this, Ward said, “You first adjust your lifestyle and your eating habits. After that, you should be set up with a fitness program. Everybody has different physical activities based on their needs.”
As far as eating habits are concerned, he said, “in personal training, we offer alternatives to what people should be eating based on what they like to eat,” he said.
Oscar Cleare, also known as O.C., is co-owner of Bodies in Motion.
He works out, he said, because it’s “more of a health issue.”
“I call it prevention maintenance for your body,” he said. “There are no gimmicks to staying fit and trim. It takes good, old-fashioned hard work.”
The 44-year-old O.C. said the exercise program he practices is designed for body building.
“I do short, high intensity (workouts) four times a week, 45 minutes at a time,” he said. “No more than that. I primarily use free weights, but I do use weight machines for leg curls and leg extensions.”
He has been working out for 25 or more years, he said.
“It’s a lifestyle,” he said. “I’m going to do this until they put me horizontal someplace.”
Because he wants to maintain good health, he said.
The reason so many people in America are overweight, O.C. said, is because of their lifestyle. They don’t exercise and eat properly.
“People need to be more active,” he said, “like taking a walk to the store instead of driving. Kids have bikes. The parents usually don’t. They need to get bikes and make bike riding a family event.
“It not only helps you stay in shape,” he said, “it allows you to spend more time with your kids.”
Overweight people are not without hope.
Ward said a 5-foot-2 female who weighs 180 pounds can reduce her weight to 104 pounds within the better part of a year by eating right and getting on the correct exercise program.
Said O.C.: “There’s got to be a big health value to working out. The main reason people work out is they want to change the way they look. But you have to change your lifestyle. There’s no quick fix. You have to place a value on yourself. It’s self-challenging to work out, and we thrive on that.”