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25, 35 or 45 Build Core Support to Maximize Fitness Success

As always, check with your doctor before starting any exercise program and get regular yearly checkups.


(GUELPH, Ontario) - I have been training over 17 years and over this time I have come to emphasize and value the need to surround myself with “core” support which embraces and encourages my effort to maximize my progress and longevity in fitness.

Over the years my “core” support has been a combination of my wife, daughters, co-workers, clients and friends. As you get older, it gets even harder and harder to maintain the stamina of earlier years. Your “core” support fills in the gaps when motivation, fatigue and boredom hit you in long training cycle.

There are a number of studies from respectable national health organizations which reinforce the notion that “social” influence and support can play a big role in fitness and exercise. In short, socio-cultural variables can negatively or positively influence individual’s involvement in physical activity. The key point being, you will do more if you obtain positive outside support.

The top 5 areas to look for “core” support are:


Depending on your age, you spend more of your “free time” with family than any other group thus family support is paramount. While you are at home and not doing exercise, you and your girl friend, wife or other family members can work together to live a healthier lifestyle. Brothers, sisters and relatives can all be good sources of support.

Training Partners:

Seek out and look to others who are exercising. Working out with a partner helps you stay motivated. Find someone who does similar workouts as well and goes to the gym, or attends the same classes. This is great support – you can push each other when you are at low points and enjoy successes when you are both peaking. Partnerships can even extend well beyond the gym to social surroundings and a healthy lifestyle.

Personal Trainers:

If you can afford it, a personal trainer is the best way to reach or exceed your fitness goals. A personal trainer will also be able to correct your form and give you tips to making your workouts as successful as possible. He or she will be mental support as well when you just don’t have the motivation to exercise or move beyond your current state.

Social Media:

Sounds crazy but Facebook and Twitter are outlets that allow you to join online fitness groups and even possibly find training partners. Don’t under estimate this online medium. If you search you can find local or regional gyms, personal trainers, fitness groups, clubs, etc online.


Doctors will be able to give you limited suggestions about your exercise routine as well as point out anything you are doing that could be bad for your body. Make sure that you visit your doctor regularly to chart health and also check with him or her when you drastically change your fitness program.

Remember there is power in numbers so get support whenever or wherever you can.

As always, check with your doctor before starting any exercise program and get regular yearly checkups. To find more information on Walter Urban and his World and National records please visit


Walter Urban’s unique story of motivation and inspiration is supported by a core message of team work – assembling a team, developing a project plan, implementing the plan and executing and adhering to the plan - accomplishing the goal of breaking a Guinness World Record.

The husband and father of three girls 12, 9 and 5 is a US Citizen living and working in Canada. A competitive powerlifter for over 15 years competing in the 75 kg 165 lbs. weight class, Walter was a member of the Canadian Masters Powerlifting Team 2005, 2006, 2009 and 2010, competing in World Championships in South Africa, Ostrava Czech Republic and Plzen Czech Republic. His best finish was 6th place at the 2010 World Championships in Plzen Czech Republic. Walter has been a dedicated member of GoodLife Fitness Club for over 15 years where he trains regularly.

The World Record was accomplished by developing the “total” athlete as part of the team - mental, physical, internal and external.

Friday September 17 2011: 53-year-old Walter Urban set a new Guinness World Record for the most amount of weight squat lifted in one hour – drug free - on LIVE! with Regis and Kelly. The former record was 125,065 lbs, set in 2009 by a 32-year-old man. Walter’s goal was to lift 126,000 lbs which was to be accomplished by completing 700 to 1000 squats in one hour or 11 to 17 squats per minute for 60 minutes. Not only did he meet his goal, but he surpassed it and lifted 127, 245 lbs! The Guinness World Record representative said that this weight was “equivalent to approximately 20 African Elephants.”

When asked by Regis what motivated Walter to do this, Urban’s reply was “to show that you can be healthy, fit and strong at any age…even into your 90’s. You can be strong without the use of performance enhancing drugs, and finally…he likes a challenge!”




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