Ferbey in fighting trim

Randy Ferby figured it was time to go on a health kick with his 50th birthday approaching. (Sun...

Randy Ferby figured it was time to go on a health kick with his 50th birthday approaching. (Sun Media/Ken Armstrong)

CON GRIWKOWSKY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:45 AM ET

Randy Ferbey is half the man he used to be.

Well, at least the former world curling champion is carrying his weight 25 pounds lighter.

It was back in April, with his 50th birthday quickly approaching, that Ferbey figured it was time to go on a health kick.

PERSONAL TRAINER

He got himself a personal trainer and is so serious about it, he's booked for another session at 7 a.m. today.

"Curling had something to do with motivating me, but it's still a life thing," said Ferbey. "I was pretty rough. Once you hit that 50, things can happen. They still could, I guess, but I feel better, for sure."

It's been more than 20 years since the Canadian Curling Association suggested Ferbey trim down in the lead-up time to the 1988 Olympics.

Ferbey managed to put it off for quite a while, even though it was always in the back of his head he needed to stay in better shape.

"Things started happening with me when I was 35, never mind," said Ferbey. "I just avoided it."

He's been pretty faithful to his program, even though it would have been easy to fall back into his old habits.

"I've been pretty consistent with it ever since, other than holiday," said Ferbey. "It's easy to make excuses not to go. My wife (Wendy) is kicking me in the ass to go."

OK, so he's got a ways to go before he's as buff as, say, lead Marcel Rocque.

"It's nice to see, not just from a curling perspective, but for a good friend's health," said Rocque. "That, to me, is more important than curling. Over the last few years, whether he's been 10-15 pounds over or 10-15 pounds under, it doesn't seem to affect his play."

Second Scott Pfeifer appreciates the effort.

"He's been working his butt off this summer," said Pfeifer. "If there was anything to tease him about, we would have done it already."

So far, Ferbey has got positive feedback about his trimmer look.

"People have been pretty positive," said Ferbey. "A couple of guys in Europe have been surprised. It's all 'good for you.' "

It's been a pretty active off-season for Ferbey outside the gym, too. Tonight, he's celebrating the grand opening of his upscale sports bar in St. Albert, The Rink. Not original, but hey ...

Ferbey has had other ventures before, notably dabbling in racehorse ownership with his good buddy Don Walchuk. He's thrown money into a curling supplies store at the Ottewell Club.

"I've always dabbled in a few things and tried to find my fortunes," said Ferbey. "I've been lucky to have a wife who supports all these questionable ventures. That makes it that much easier."

LIFELONG DREAM

Owning a bar has been a lifelong dream for Ferbey.

"Growing up, every guy has thought about owning a bar," said Ferbey. "So, the opportunity came in and the rest is history."

After a hectic schedule last season, Ferbey's team plans to take the lead-in time for the Olympic Trials a bit easier.

They're already in December's main event.

"We're basically playing two on and one off," said Ferbey. "This is probably the way to do it. I'll let you know how it works out at the end of December.

"The beauty of it is we can have eight bad weekends and we're still in the Trials."

CON.GRIWKOWSKY@SUNMEDIA.CA


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