I want to share a story about a guy I know
This guy was your typical high school athlete. By typical I mean he played multiple sports like many others do in high school. He was very active weighing around 180lbs or so. After high school is when this story really begins. I’m talking about the lifestyle change. I am sure you guys know what I am talking about.
You see in high school he had been so active he could eat whatever he wanted and according to him….. he did. Remember in high school when you could eat 3 servings of ice cream before bed,
drink pop all day long, eat the whole bag of chips, AND YOU WOULD STILL LOSE WEIGHT? That’s the type of diet my friend had on a daily basis.
Anyways as he got out of school and he continued on this path. Except now lets add in binge drinking, smoking and late night waffle house runs. He continued on this path for years.
Also in this time frame he had to work full time in order to keep beer in the fridge, a cigarette in his hand and rent paid. And pretty much in that order.
During this time he was pushing close to 200lbs. So in 4 years time he had gained 20lbs. Does that sound similar to any of your paths?
This guy even told me that he realized that he was getting fat but he said it just didn’t come on super fast and so it was like he kinda got used to the way he looked even though he was slowly gaining weight. So every once in a while he would get on the scale and it would be up or down a few pounds. He said it yo-yo’d like this for along time. He was up….he was down….but gradually kept getting fatter and smooshier.
During this time he said he started smoking more heavily, around a pack a day….and the drinking continued pretty much as it had been. After all he’s 20 and in college. That’s what he was supposed to be doing right??? Well that was his philosophy at least.
Now lets fast forward to 2006 when he decided he wanted to be a personal trainer. Sounds hilarious now doesn’t it. What a model trainer. I still laugh thinking about this. What could HE, have been thinking? I mean who would want to train with a trainer that doesn’t workout or live healthy?
I compare this to going to a dentist and him telling you to brush your teeth and he is missing half his teeth. I’m guessing most people probably wouldn’t hold his advice very truthful.
So now after a year of school this guys is 208 pounds, a drinker, a smoker and working a construction job that HE doesn’t have any passion for. He still has no clue that God has this crazy plan for him. So anyways as he is telling this to me I ask him “what type of job are you doing?” He tells me he working as a carpenter.
A job that he explains HE has to be very precise, a perfectionist if you will.
In this job he learned not to cut corners, he learned to do things the right way even if it wasn’t the easy way. Being on time was a must and he said
IF He didn’t work, he didn’t get paid. It would be later that these things would start to make sense.
He explained his heart just wasn’t in that job. At times he said he thought “there is no way that this is my calling.” So Me being a personal trainer,
I asked him more about the personal training job.
He explained …it was rough. He said he was training about 3 clients a year. He even did an outdoor boot camp once. He said that it was awesome training outside in July, cancelling every time a thunderstorm or heat wave came through. I laughed when he told me this, because out door boot camps are a tough gig. That lasted one month he said. But it was a great a learning experience.
Eventually the Economy started to slow down so he was forced to get a more steady office job. He had a pregnant wife and a family to think about. So he stopped training pretty much all together. Still working out from time to time. Still smoking and still drinking. While working in this job the scale eventually hits 218lbs. A 40 pound weight gain since High School. Again going back to Gods plan. Even though he currently isn’t working out, drinks a pop a day and still smokes. He really still has no idea where this job falls in line with being a Fitness trainer….his true passion.
In this office job he works as a salesman for a small company. He thought he was a very good salesman. He said he actually got the company’s biggest single sale in the companies history in his first year. One day he said he got a call to come down to his Boss’s office. He said at the time he thought nothing of it. He said he was thinking he was about to get a promotion. But when they asked him to sit down he knew it was not good.
Isn’t funny how people ask you to sit down when there going to tell you something bad? Why is that? Any body know……I don’t get it…
They informed him that he WAS working his last day there…Laid OFF …..another words KINDLY FIRED. He described being speechless, scared and angry. He said he felt like a failure. This was rock bottom for him he said. He described making that phone call to his wife on the way home. Imagine being a jobless father with a 1 year old at home. He said it was the hardest phone call he has ever had to make. It was all he could do to hold himself together. I don’t think unless you have been in that position, that you could understand as a man how that feels
Think about it….what would you say?
Men are wired to want to provide for their family’s and when they cant…it has to be tough. We have big egos and want to be the leaders and Hero’s of our families. This was a time when he didn’t live up to that.
It took him a few years to understand why it happened..but He told me that he realizes now what the job was meant for in Gods plan.
One of the hardest things to do…..is admitting when we are wrong.
Its hard to admit that we could have done better. Its our own fault. Looking back He said that he would have fired himself too. He deserved it and had it coming. He said he spent way to much time complaining, not working, playing solitaire and face booking. He could of and should have worked harder. He said he did learn a few things though, he learned to sharpen his talking skills. He learned how a small business was ran
and he also learned that he didn’t like sitting behind a desk. Again like the Carpenter job these would all make sense later.
Now he is unemployed, outta shape and has no clue to what he was going to do. As he is telling me this I’m thinking it cant be any worse! And he tells me this is when it all started to make sense!
He said he was drawing some unemployment and searching for a job like a mad man. He said it sorta just started to make sense to him. Gods plan started becoming more clear and eventually a fire was lit.
After begging his wife to let him explore this personal training/boot camp idea one more time. She was actually on board, and thought it was a good idea. And that’s all he needed, he said.
So that’s when he said he started to put in work. Even though they had no money to get a gym membership, he did. He started eating healthy, cut out the sonic blasts, sonic burgers, McDonalds Fries, Applebee’s, Wendy’s spicy chicken sandwiches, oh and of course, beer. He gave up smoking cold turkey. As he continued to look for jobs he worked on getting the word out about boot camp. Starting reading, getting more educated, and developed and tested his own workouts.
He was on a mission.
He had a sense of purpose.
He knew that he was meant to do this job. This is what God wanted him to do at this point in his life.
After much hard work and help he had around 30 victims……. I mean people that were interested in trying boot camp. So after about a year of planning, working out and praying. He finally got HIS chance to start LEGACY FITNESS.
That’s right if you had not figured it out by now….this is actually MY story. This was a shortened version of my journey to becoming a trainer.
I wanted everyone to know that I know what its like to be unhappy.
I know what its like to fail.
And I also know what its like to make the right changes and crawl from the bottom, back to the surface.
Legacy Fitness is not about what I WANT you to look like. Its NOT just about having a 6 pack and dropping jaws at the pool. Its about YOU.
What do you want?
How do you feel when its just you standing naked in front of the mirror?
Are you Happy?
Are ya Ashamed?
Satisfied or Proud?
Only you know that. And until you decide to set a goal, small or large, and start working toward that goal. Chances are its never going to happen.
I CAN WANT IT FOR YOU until the cows come home but until YOU are ready and willing to do what it takes…those goals will be tough to reach.
I waisted alot of my time and to this day I am still paying for it. But I can honestly stand up here today and tell you, that it can be done. I am living proof. I went from 220lbs to 180lbs in about 4 months. I changed my eating habits. I stopped the binge drinking and fast food smorgasbords. I started working out every day and eventually I got there. I made it my lifestyle. It was not easy, and it was not fast. But when I look in the mirror now…I am happy.
My goals have changed since then but at the time when I hit 180 pounds I was SO proud of myself. I was happy when I had to go shopping for new clothes. The compliments I got were nice too. In fact I had to go get my wedding ring re sized because it fell off my hand. At that time my goal wasn’t to have a 6 pack. It was……
basically to not scare the kids at the pool when I took my shirt off.
It was to look good for my wife.
And it was to just feel confident in the clothes that I wanted to wear.
That’s the great thing about setting goals. Goals are meant to be reached,
I am on a new mission now. But my question’s to YOU ….are this.
What do you want?
What are you willing to do to get there?
How bad do you want it?
So in conclusion, I hope that you will feel comfortable enough with me to talk and share your story. Share you struggles and frustrations. If you have questions I hope you will ask. And if you do this I believe that together we can set you up so that your up here next year giving YOUR victory speech.