The Royal Family Taught Me Everything I know…
“Unquestionably the person that can get lowest down in cringing before royalty and nobility, and can get most satisfaction out of crawling on his belly before them, is an American. Not all Americans, but when an American does it he makes competition impossible.” – Mark Twain
Now that we’ve finally ended our nearly four year ordeal surrounding the true birth place of our President (What a relief! I was pretty worried there for a while), we can get on to the far more pressing matter at hand: the long awaited wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton.
Unable to get more than 15 seconds into any media article or broadcast without seeing something about the Big Event, I was struck by the fact that very little has been said about the subject nearest and dearest to my heart: how do the members of the Royal Family stay fit or, (in some cases) unfit?
Fear not. Captain Quinn is here for you! Bringing together all the wisdom of four trips to the UK, five years in the United States Air Force, four years in the fitness industry, and hours upon hours of exhaustive research, I give you…
Five Things the Royal Family Taught Me About Health and Fitness….
1. When You’re not working, stay active…and have a codename.
While at school and college Prince William played several sports, including soccer (he was captain of his house team at Eton College), swimming, basketball, cross country running and water polo. All of these sports require a high level of physical fitness. In 2004 while studying at St. Andrews University he represented the Scottish National Universities Water Polo Team during the Celtic Nations championships. His codename was Steve during the tournament, and the press never caught on to the fact that he was Prince William of Wales. Smart crowd.
Is there a sport or active hobby you enjoy? Get out and do it!
2. “Chose” a “job” that keeps you active.
Sitting at a desk for 8 hours a day just simply isn’t good for us. Nevertheless, it is simple fact of life for most of us. Prince William, on the other hand, was able to somehow land a postion in one of the Royal Air Force elite para-rescue units. Must have had a connection.
To be clear: I have no doubt that Prince William is doing his part. There’s simply no choice in the matter in his kind of work. I knew a few guys who flew para-rescue in the USAF and the RAF. Here’s ONE PART of their regular workout routine – required just to keep coming to work each day:
Repeat 10 times:
Pullups – 5-10
Pushups – 10
Situps – 10
Wide pushups – 10
Reverse crunches – 10
Tri pushups – 10
Double crunches – 10
Give this one a try and let me know how it works out. After this they’d take turns trying to drown each other in the base swimming pool. Don’t try that one at home.
3. Date a Prince
Kate Middleton has always been an active person, playing hockey and rowing about. However, she became much slimmer (rapidly and not in a healthy way) after she started seeing Prince William.
As if the constant onslaught of images of “skinny’ women in the media weren’t enough, the press began to harass her post-college. Between the stress, the attention, and the actually running away from the press she went through a bit of a physical transformation. The good news is she developed healthy habits (and took legal action against the press – you go, Kate!) after the ordeal.
Kate fuels her body well with healthy low glycemic index carbohydrates, lean proteins and healthy fats, and exercises regularly in her gym (see #4), cycling, rowing (she once trained to row across the English Channel), and doing yoga.
Eat healthy and exercise regularly. In know I heard that once or twice before…
4. Ask Your Boyfriend to Build You a Private Gym
Prince William arranged for a home gym to be built at Clarence House, so that his Kate could exercise in peace and quiet. Kate’s sister also trains at the gym, and there were reports that both Prince Harry and William enjoyed working out.
Now I know WIlliam has a couple of bucks (pounds), and most boyfriends (or girlfriends) might have trouble finding money in the budget to build a private gym, but it certainly couldn’t hurt to ask. Worst case, you could always ask him/her to buy you a free week at Captain Quinn’s Fitness Boot Camp. The results are just as good…if not better!
At the 1908 Olympic Games in London, the marathon distance was changed (after 2500 years of history) from 24 miles to 26.2 miles to cover the ground from Windsor Castle to White City Stadium, with the 2.2 miles added on so the race could finish in front of royal family’s viewing box. This added two miles to the course, and is the origin of the Marathon tradition of shouting “God save the Queen!” (or other words relating to the Queen) as mile post 24 is passed.
I was supposed to run a four mile race in Central Park on Saturday morning. When I woke up it was 37 degrees and raining. I called the race organizers to see if I could have it moved but got no answer. So, instead, I waited until the rain stopped that afternoon and created my own personal race through Brooklyn. Not only did I add four miles to the distance but I was able to finish my race with the cheers of friends at my friend Gaia’s new store: By Brooklyn. More on Gaia’s inspiring story in an upcoming post but for now I’ll simply say: “God save the Gaia!!!”