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Jim Millar suffered an injury in January of 2005 while skiing in Utah. During his 7 months of recovery, he gained weight and fell out of shape. Jim had always worked out on his own, but was having trouble getting back into a routine and struggling to lose the extra weight. His friend, Rick Beggs, mentioned that he worked out with a trainer at North Point Personal Training and was very pleased with the results. Jim stopped by NPPT to check things out for himself and was very impressed with the responses of the staff. Working out with trainer Joe Rummell, Jim was very pleased with his balanced approach of strength training, core training and nutrition.

Jim initially started with NPPT to lose weight and get back into shape. Shortly after he began working out, he had the opportunity to join a group to climb Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Africa. “This is something I had always wanted to do but was concerned about my conditioning. After talking it over with Joe, I committed to the climb and began working to get myself into the best shape of my life. Over the next 9 months, I lost over 15 pounds and did, in fact, get into the best shape of my life…like when I was a competitive runner.”

Jim’s efforts paid off! “I am pleased to say that I successfully reached the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro on October 10, 2006. It was the hardest thing I have ever done, both mentally and physically. There is no question in my mind that the shape I am in physically is a big reason I made it to the top and made it down safely. We hiked up the mountain for six days ranging from 8 to 10 hours each day. Two days we hiked over 12 hours. The core training kept me from potential injury whenever I slipped (which you do a lot). Also, when you are heading down the mountain, the stress on you quads, knees and calves is unbelievable. Again, my conditioning helped immensely in descending safely and returning home without injury.”

Jim’s Workout Schedule & Nutrition

• Weight training at NPPT – 2 -3 days a week (extra emphasis on legs and core)
• Cardio – 30-40 minutes/3 days a week
• Eats several times a day and carefully watches portion sizes

Secret to Success

“As with anything, it takes some discipline to be successful. Having a goal like climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro helped me stay focused. But most of all, once you start seeing results in the form of weight loss as well as increased strength, you begin to make both the workouts and the nutrition part of your daily lifestyle. Although I have successfully climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro, I will continue to workout at NPPT and manage my diet as it is very important to me to stay healthy and in the best shape possible.”