Note: To those of you who are wondering if those abs are mine, let me put your wondering to rest at the end of this post. To those of you wanting your money back guarantee, I don’t know what you’re talking about. Now, back to my post…
Most of you may not be aware that just over a month ago, I decided to challenge myself to have the best body of my life by Christmas Day. That gave me roughly three months to train harder, faster and smarter than I’d ever done before.
The reason behind this lifestyle change was threefold. Firstly, there was no denying that I was far from being the healthy husband and father I wanted to be. Secondly, I was seeing people either on the Internet or school friends I knew, taking personal training challenges were choosing to compete in bodybuilding competitions. The straw that broke the camel’s back though, was my realising the best way to discover my own keys to success would be to learn from something that I’ve been successful at in the past and that thing is bodybuilding.
Please note: When I say bodybuilding, I never got to the point where I could have competed but at the height of my training I was waiting and 95 kg with 11% body fat.
So it’s actually more than 30 days later and at the beginning of the week I had my first of three assessments.
Here they are for you to see:
Weight: 94.6 kg
Body Fat: 19.3%
Increased lean muscle mass by roughly 2.5 kg.
Decreased body fat by 1%
After getting the results, I have to be honest with you, I was somewhat depressed. I mean, sure I was glad that I had put on a little over 2 kg of weight in the last four weeks, especially considering that I’d been sick for one of those weeks but I wasn’t too pleased that I’d only managed to reduce my body fat percentage by 1%. I can, however, except that given I’d also missed out on cardio for one week and I was getting back into the rhythm of training, the results are certainly a fine starting point to improve upon.
One of the things I was happy about was the fact that I’ve managed to put on the to 2.5 kg despite talking to one of the personal trainers at my gym, who said it was impossible to put on more than 5 kg naturally in less than 12 weeks. If my first month’s results were an average for the next two months that would mean I could potentially put on a total of 7.5 kg, dispelling this personal trainer’s “ theory ” and getting me damn close to my goal weight of 98 kg. Going forward however, one thing I don’t want to do is have my body fat loss average out at only 1% per month. Hopefully by putting a little extra effort into my cardio, I can increase this to possibly 2% per month, while not negatively impacting my lean muscle gains.
I’ve learnt quite a few things from this experience, or more correctly, I’ve relearned a lot of things I’d forgotten about staying focused, planning, and pushing through when the going gets tough. Some of these points are there to put together in a little article am working on, titled ”Bodybuilding Success to Its for the Aspiring Internet Entrepreneur”.
If you’re interested in checking out my take on some of the tips I’ve picked up over the last 30 days, check out the article as it should be posted tomorrow afternoon at the latest. I guarantee there will contain some choice approaches to the conventional thinking of many success-seekers, Internet Entrepreneurs and others, I’ll even give you a hint, “The Big Lady with the Shades on”…
ps. Oh, I almost forgot to tell you who’s torso was used in this post. He is Greg Plitt, an Actor/Fitness Model who’s physique was used as the base for Dr. Manhatten from the movie, Watchmen. This guy has an awesome physique and I can’t wait to get the same results in the next 6 months.
Think I can do it? Leave a comment if you have something to add, I’d love to hear your thoughts!