Guess what I’ve just realised?!
I read a lot but just realised that I never talk about what I read! So today I’d like to share a book I truly love, because I think it could help you.
I've cracked today.
This is it, my one rant that goes a step too far and gets me in trouble.
So there I was, grabbing my rolls of belly fat, staring at my body in the mirror....
....upset at my lack of 'sexy bod'. AGAIN.
After perhaps the most consistent 4 month training period of my life starting March this year
I'd built incredible strength levels, added 4kg of muscle, dieted down for a holiday this summer
Then I'm seemingly back at square one!
Now I don’t know if this is a ‘man’ thing or not
Out of all the ladies and fellas who sign up to our body transformations
The women just see our adverts, or our website and go right ahead and join
But the men…
They lurk in the shadows for months
Most people make a BIG mistake when trying to get in shape Not understanding this concept is something I see all the time
And it amounts to more frustration, lots of quitting and just unnecessary pain
I call this concept the Acceleration of Results...
You're driving into a wall at 1mph - you are still alive (or not dead)
At 25mph - you are shaken up...
But importantly... not dead
Today I'm aiming to describe what I believe are the TWO ‘must-haves’ when it comes to a fitness program. Meaning that without these bases covered, you’ll find it easy to quit. Self-deception will be rife each day. You’ll go weeks without training then suddenly feel guilty.
Let’s jump in:
Some of the hardest training I’ve ever done was within a good team.
Many times I’ve been pushed to exhaustion by a coach.
Getting into a room where I’m the least fit, and the least strong always stepped my game up.
Now, these things may seem obvious as I write them down, but over the past few years I haven’t had a coach or been part of a team. I’ve been building Raw Strength Gym into a good sized team, with (dare I say it) a pretty good team culture of support and positivity.
Personally, however, my training has often taken a back seat as I focused more on the business. Sometimes, last year, I did not train for months. I can point no fingers at anyone other than myself for these ‘lazy times'. But there are some interesting parts of my situation last year to look back on and evaluate, some points that I think will help you.
Are you struggling to find the motivation to train right now?
Are you looking for a way to feel fitter, to feel like yourself again?
To get that confidence and energy back?
Perhaps you’ve let things slip over the last 6-18 months, maybe longer, and you want to step in and take control again?
Over the past few weeks I’ve been in consultations with lots of people wanting to start a 6 week trial with us.
There are a few common themes I’ve noticed from these conversations. Common lines of thinking and motivation which come up with almost every person, which, if you take the time to see them in your own life, will greatly improve your ability to lose weight, make profound improvements to your health and to feel a bit better about your life.
not happy with your body shape? fitness level? strength? muscle tone?
feeling a bit depressed? lazy? can’t seem to get motivated?
ONE shift in your mindset will fix all of this.
Commit to do more
You’ll feel better when you commit, go all in and really LIVE your goals.
Life seems to flow past you when you take control, much smoother than usual. Less stress. More smiles.
I DO love mindset work and believe it changes weak people into warriors
But today, rather than go into more mindset stuff, let’s run through some practical ways you can commit to your goals ASAP.
“you can do it Ant! Have some more cornbread then wash the steak down with some beer!”
New York City - 2011
I have had eyes bigger than my stomach MANY times. But nothing worse than in NYC a few years back, when me and Sara went to what can only be described as a ‘food barn’ called Dallas BBQ.
Food was served in troughs, literally mountains of food on your trough. And you just felt full and bloated after about 5 mins/2 bites.
BUT - when in Rome….you get it down your neck don’t you!
At least, that’s what I did.