There are times in life that we feel invincible; when circumstances seem to be working inexorably in our favour, when nothing can go wrong and we are dealt a hand of nothing but aces with which to bet on a continually sunny future.
Of course, this is often when we’re at our most vulnerable. When we feel that every move we make is blessed by some benevolent karmic force, urging us on with a nod and a smile, often we are capable of losing sight of reality.
Buoyed by months of good fortune and risk taking that, unbelievably, has paid off, the gravitational pull to continue on the treadmill that has served us so well can be powerfully seductive.
If you have ever gambled in a casino, you will understand this concept perfectly; you might have turned $100 into $1000, and, no matter how vociferously your friend is whispering into your ear to pick up your chips and walk away, there is always that tantalising voice in the back of your mind telling you that the winning streak will never end.
That is precisely what happened to Walter Fisher, a professional poker player. The 36-year-old had been on a sensational winning run, reportedly turning $2000 into $97,000.
Regrettably though, he fell foul to the devilish voice telling him that the astonishing streak would never end. He lost everything and ended up $100,000 in debt, and, at 245lbs, 50lbs heavier than his previous weight. Last December, though, he was given a second chance.
Fisher described himself as “broke, big and isolated,” to the New York post, “People dream of what I had accomplished, and I lost control”. When a fellow gambler made him an astonishing bet, though, the 36-year-old was granted a lifeline. He was bet $500,000 that he couldn’t lose all of the weight he had gained and cut his body fat to ten per cent in just six months.
Fisher describes his training regime thus;
“We started with 30 minutes of high-intensity interval training and an hour of weights, seven days per week. Then we went to 45-minutes of cardio and two hours of high-intensity interval training, plus weights. I ate oatmeal and egg whites for breakfast. I soon put in ten hours a day, with five hours of cardio. I drank amino acids and glutamine to keep my muscles from breaking down.”
His personal trainer, Chris DiVecchio, expanded;
“I had him swinging with a weighted hammer; that pushed his heart rate up while working his core. There was boxing, workouts with a medicine ball, cycling, rowing, weights.”
The results were astonishing. After three months, Fisher had cut 20 percent in body fat, and sports medicine expert Phil Goglia was drafted in to make sure that Fisher’s diet was geared towards burning fat, not muscle.
After months of hard work, dieting, and sweat, the results of Fisher’s labour were announced. His body fat was a mere 8.8 per cent. He weighed a lean 175 lbs, and felt on top of the world.
He thinks that the majority of people would not have stuck with the brutal workout and dieting regimen, even with the money as an incentive. Now, though, he feels as though there is nothing he can’t do.