What Motivated This Transformation?
As I continue to work with more and more clients as a personal trainer, I really begin to reflect on my own fitness journey. It's one thing to push yourself towards a goal-- all the emotions that come with it, the memories, the progression, but it's another to try and push someone else through the same thing. As with anything, we all relate to things differently. It's never the same. It could be better, but it's definitely not the same. So it makes you think, how was I able to do it?
I mean it all comes down to sets, reps, exercises, tempo, diet, rest, frequency-- I mean all the information is out there, you can do it. But how come most people fall short? What's the difference between getting over the hump of "man I wish I had abs" or "I wish my arms weren't so flabby" and actually achieving what you really want versus well, making excuses. Setting aside body positivity and "loving yourself"-- which are two things people get quite misconstrued, it's all about what standard you hold yourself to. Loving yourself and being body positive could be that you're just going to accept the way that you are, or you could really love yourself and hold yourself to very high standards. I'm talking about what you're willing to put up with; how seriously you take your goals. Do you go to the gym and take phone calls? Talk to people? Scroll through social media? Rest for too long? That's not going to cut it.
You see, what it all comes down to is mindset. The mindset that you CAN do it. I stopped looking at all the shredded guys and thinking they were on steroids-- I instead began approaching them and asking them questions. I didn't care how stupid I looked, I wanted to learn. I put my pride down and asked all sorts of questions. I admitted to my lifting mates things like: "hey, I'm not getting stronger, what am I doing wrong?" Or I'd let them critique my body-- "yeah you have man boobs", or "your guts really big." Because it came down to my goals and me having high standards-- I wasn't going to let my pride or insecurities get in the way. I was fed up of always working out and not truly looking the way I wanted to. So I continued upping the tempo. When I hit an issue/plateau, I did my research and asked for help so I could overcome and continue growing.
"I stopped looking at all the shredded guys and thinking they were on steroids-- I instead began approaching them and asking them questions."
I began eating 7 meals a day to get the size that I wanted. My friend told me I had to pick up my reps and sets, so I picked up the amount of reps and sets I did. I did everything I could do to get the size that I wanted. When I got to a good size, I began messing around with friends and taking pictures. It was time to start "modeling"-- I put quotes there because I was still in the amateur phases. I was in the amateur phases until a legitimate photographer told me I was obese and needed to lose weight. That crushed me! Mostly my ego, because I thought I looked so good haha. Obviously I wasn't obese, but damn he made his point. So instead of going another month of bulking, I decided I was going to give it to em.
The shredding process began. I did whatever it took to get there. When I thought I was giving it my all and still wasn't getting results, I amped it up. I did morning cardio six times a week. I lifted three of those same evenings, and did hot yoga the other three evenings. I was going to shred it ALL away.
And six months later. BOOM. I did. The middle picture was taken in April 2016. The picture on the right was taken October 2016. I wasn't having it. The crazy thing is it didn't take a toll on my body. I wasn't exhausted and depleting my glycogen storages to the point where I couldn't think straight. Because I did it incrementally; my body was handling it because I pushed myself little by little everyday.
That was my commitment.
My mindset was fixed on getting this done. That I COULD get this done. And I did. So what motivated this transformation? Me being fed up with the excuses that I couldn't. It was right in front of me, all I had to do was to ask questions, be consistent, and bring my everything.
So what's stopping you?