Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : January 31st 2014 Contents 6 Friday, January 31, 2014 • Issue 125
The last minute rush to get in shape for Carni-
val has become something of a cultural norm in
Trinidad and Tobago. Regular gym-goers and
runners groan at the onset of a new year, know-
ing their beloved places of fitness are about to
become inundated with the scores of Trinidadi-
ans and Tobagonians who, year after year,
choose to focus on their physical appearance for
just about the duration of the Carnival season.
Anyone driving around the Queen's Park Savan-
nah on an evening will find that the increasing
throngs of people running around this well-worn
track have become as great an indication of the
onset of Carnival, as the huts going up on the
eastern and southern end of the Savannah, and
the 'soca switch' on the radio.
Metro took the opportunity to sit down with
Franz Gillezeau and Gabrielle Lambie, two of the
directors of Hybrid -- a new health and wellness
magazine - to discuss fitness and the Carnival sea-
son, realistic goals, improved eating habits and
some general Dos and Don'ts for anyone genuinely
looking to see and feel an improvement in their
bodies by the time Carnival Monday rolls around.
• With just over one month to go, you should
ideally be working out one hour a day for five
days a week. The bare minimum to see any
kind of change is three hours per week.
• Do a combination of cardiovascular and re-
sistance training in order to see the best re-
• Focus on full body workouts and compound
exercises such as presses and pulls, rather
than isolated movements such as curls and
• Cardiovascular workouts should be a combi-
nation of steady state, high intensity and in-
terval training. For example, one day you could
run two laps around the Savannah, another
day do a hill run like Lady Chancellor and an-
other day go cycling in Chaguaramas.
• The more you mix up your workouts is the
more your body will respond to it and the
faster you will see results.
• Cut down the amount of sugars in your diet,
as much as you can. Artificial sweeteners
often have fewer calories than sugar, but are
much sweeter, and can increase your body's
craving for sweet substances.
• Rather than totally eliminating carbohydrates
from your diet, substitute refined carbohy-
drates like white flour and rice with whole-
grain rice, flour, and ground provisions instead.
If you're eating five meals a day, try to eat at
least two of your meals sans carbohydrates.
• Cut back on, or avoid fetes entirely if you can.
Feting often leads to over-consumption of
calories and can erode all your hard work dur-
ing the week.
• There is no significant difference between
clear and dark liquors; the real difference
comes about with the quantity of alcohol you
• Avoid sweet or carbonated chasers. Very
often, more than the actual alcohol, chasers
do the most damage calorie-wise when
you're out fêting.
• If you're at an all-inclusive, stay away from
foods with creamy sauce, sweet sauces like
barbecue sauce, anything fried, and anything
• Opt for smaller plates where you can so you
can control your portions better.
• Avoid piling up on vegetables in the week be-
fore Carnival. Unless your body is used to di-
gesting a large quantity of vegetables on a
regular basis, this will cause bloating -- not
something you want to experience, as you get
ready for the road. Introduce vegetables ear-
lier and incrementally into your diet.
• Stay away from fad diets and diet supple-
ments designed to help you lose weight
quickly. This weight loss is neither healthy, nor
sustainable, and will have more severe impli-
cations in the long term.
According to Gillezeau, following a strict diet and
exercise regimen over the next few weeks could
see you lose between eight-10 pounds before the
big day. More than seeing the difference, however,
you will feel the difference come Carnival Monday
and Tuesday when your stamina and endurance
are put to the test. The ultimate recommendation
is to train and eat healthier year round, since those
that do are in a better position to fully enjoy and
appreciate the Carnival season, including how they
look in their costume. Read more about fitness
and health in the second issue of Hybrid next
month. Visit the Facebook page for more informa-
tion and advice: www.facebook.com/Hybrid-
About the Directors:
• Franz Gillezeau is a Certified Strength and Conditioning
• Gabrielle Lambie holds a BSc. Human Nutrition and Di-
etetics and is completing her MSc. Food Science and
San Fernando was flooded by
a big wave of keep-fitters who
gathered for the first Digicel
Carnival Burn on last Wednes-
Hundreds of fitness fanatics --
from toddlers to the elderly-
turned out at Skinner Park to ex-
perience the first Burn and get
their bodies ready for Carnival
Guided by the Long Circular
Club instructors, the large crowd
embarked on a one-hour long
aerobics session where 'hard
work' and 'fun' were the common
This year Digicel has introduced
a new feature to the Burn - the
Couples' Weight Loss Challenge.
This challenge attracted 25 cou-
ples whose weight and fitness
levels will be checked on a weekly
basis to determine the winning
couple that will go home with ex-
traordinary prizes such as Carni-
val costumes, Nokia handsets and
tickets to the Digicel International
Groovy Soca Monarch Finals.
Following the success of the
Port of Spain Burn, soca artiste
and new Digicel Endorsee Swappi
made a guest appearance, much
to the delight of the crowd who
sang along with him while getting
their 'dancercise' on.
Digicel's partners: Grace Nour-
ishment, Aloe Vera Drink,
Gatorade, Blue Waters and Dan-
non were at hand not only to hy-
drate the keep-fitters but also to
reward them for their energy and
This was the case for Bridgette
O'Garro, rewarded with a case of
Dannon yogurt for her very cre-
ative t-shirt and Kervin Lezama
whose great vibes won himself a
case of Gatorade.
Among the other prizes do-
nated were Digicel-branded items,
Grace hampers and a Nokia 520,
which was presented to Melissa
Solomon whose energetic work-
out did not go unnoticed.
Viewers at home can follow the
challenge on the Digicel's Face-
book page https://www.face-
tune in to Synergy TV every Mon-
day and Wednesday at 6pm for a
half-hour reality show.
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