Week 12 – Reid Wilkins takes on the YMCA Community Health Challenge

Reid Wilkins and his trainer Damien celebrate the end of the YMCA Community Health Challenge. Reid Wilkins/630 CHED

I went into the YMCA Community Health Challenge with, really, no expectations. My goal was to be open-minded, commit to every exercise and learn new ways to workout.

I didn’t set any specific weight loss goals. From past years, I know my eating habits aren’t great during the hockey season and I tend to lose weight in the summer. Indeed, my start and end weights were the same for the health challenge. The positive was that I gained two pounds of muscle and lost two pounds of fat.

Working with Damien at the Don Wheaton YMCA was a pleasure. I’ll definitely stay in touch with him. My goal of learning new exercises was totally achieved. I estimate I’ve added over two dozen options to my workout regime.

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Damien and I often joked that really the whole point of our sessions was to achieve one crowning moment at the end. Here it is:

Overall, the YMCA Community Health Challenge was an awesome experience. Thanks to Damien and everyone at the Don Wheaton for making me feel welcome!

Read Reid’s full journey with the YMCA Community Health Challenge here!

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