The gym doesn’t just build muscle

If you want something enough, you can have it, especially when it comes to your physical appearance & mental attitude.

I have been working out for just over 6 years now & they have been the best years of my life! The gym doesn’t just build muscle; it shapes you as a person! I have built confidence, discipline, respect & a positive attitude; I have learnt that persistence is key, showing up is half the battle but the rewards you will reap are priceless & this applies to all walks of life, your job, relationship, family, you get the picture.

The positive rush you get from exercising & that almost euphoric feeling afterwards from the release of endorphins cruising around your body is amazing! It’s the most incredible high you can ever have, you don’t need to shoot up for it, you don’t need to sniff it, you simply need to sweat for it & what makes it even better is when you start to notice a change!

The best investment you can make is in yourself & I am sick & tired of people complaining about their appearance or making excuses for why they aren’t looking after their health & wellbeing! A 1 hour workout is just 4% of your day & if you can turn around & honestly say to me I don’t have time or simply can’t be bothered to look after my body, then firstly you need to make time & secondly you need to reevaluate your priorities!

I left uni at the age of 21 after 3 years of typical student life, eating junk, drinking way too much, not doing any exercise whatsoever & oh yeah… Going to the odd lecture! As a kid I was extremely active, I represented my school at football, rugby, cricket & basketball, I was a qualified snowboard instructor & naturally athletically gifted. However; when I left uniVersity I was small, skinny, unconfident & really lacked clarity in life. If I’m honest, I was lost.

I worked at Hollister during university, a company that prides itself on associate appearance which I personally didn’t agree with; however, they paid my wage & it was a really fun place to work & at the end of the day, staff appearance was the reason the company did so well! Don’t get me wrong, I really am the least arrogant person you will meet, but I decided in January 2011 after university that my new years resolution would be to get into the best shape of my life & this was partly inspired by the Hollister lifeguard’s that stood outside my Hollister store!

The joke was on me, because little did I know that at 5ft 9 I would never be tall enough to be considered for the job haha! My reasoning was never because I just wanted to look good & have a sixpack, that was a bonus & anyone can have a sixpack if they are willing to work for it! I was more drawn to the aura, radiance & confidence the guys had that were currently lifeguards at the store. It was something I really lacked, I never used to be socially confident when meeting new people, even if they were introduced through a friend.

Anyways, what I am trying to get at here is that in exchange for a mere 4% of your day, a 1 hour workout can over a 6-8 week period can get you into the best physical & mental shape of your life & to be brutally honest, it’s something that we should all be doing! Peoples priorities are all wrong these day’s, happily spending hundreds of pounds on a night out getting trolleyed, but not willing to spend even £50.00 on a quality weekly food shop or a monthly gym membership. It startles me.

Even if your not looking to get into shape, exercising & a healthy balanced diet is extremely important for your mental wellbeing & until you have been persistent in both fields for at least 6-8 weeks, you will have no idea what I am talking about! People may look at my social media & think “this guy loves himself” & if im honest, I do… But what would you rather, me hate myself? I really couldn’t care less what people think of me, I know I’m a good person & my goal is to simply inspire & motivate people to lead a healthier & more active lifestyle for their own good! The feeling I get knowing I have helped to change someones life is priceless & that is what it is all about for me, not just helping someone get in shape, but helping them get in shape for the rest of their lives. That is why I designed BODY IN 8 so I can help people all over the world change their lives in just 8 weeks.

The gym doesn’t just build muscle, it builds you as a person & I dare you for just once in your life step out of your comfort zone & make the best investment you can ever make, by investing in yourself!