From a beginner’s point of view it is hard to grasp the feeling of having that ‘ideal’ physique. It is almost like looking at the owner of a Ferrari and imagining what it is like to own it, you can dream, but you never quite grasp the reality of it until you own one yourself. To be ‘buff’ means so much to so many young men and lads nowadays and I think it has a lot to do with the fact that there are so many perks associated with being ‘stacked’ as it were. The point of all of this is that I was compelled to outline the benefits of getting into shape as a young male from my point of view. To enable yourself to relate to me, I was 10 stone and skinny 5 years ago and today, well, I am at least in half decent shape I hope!!! So here goes, if ever you needed a kick up the arse here it is lads, 5 top reasons to take the plunge and go from scrawny to brawny!
Personally I believe that self-confidence has a huge impact, both negatively and positively as to where you end up in life. If you don’t have much self-confidence I think other parts of your life become more strained, however, I also feel other parts of your life benefit massively if you have plenty of self-confidence. In my experience if you have a nicely chiselled physique, ripped abs and healthy look about you then you begin to enjoy being you. You feel a million dollars, or pounds should I say and to me this will certainly benefit you in your professional life, social life and dare I say your love life!?
In this day and age it is nice to know you can protect yourself as well as your loved ones if you ever need to. Maybe the riots of recent days have made me feel paranoid however I often wonder if people you read about being hurt could have looked after themselves better IF they worked out. Is this silly, I don’t know!? However surely if you are stronger than your average Joe and fitter you stand a better chance of fending off some of the idiots who wonder our streets today. How often do you read an interview with a pro MMA fighter, boxer or even bodybuilder and the main reason they started to pump iron was because they were being picked on. To me, feeling strong and secure is certainly a huge plus and perk of my hours spent in the gym.
In recent years if you look you will notice that a lot of professional sports men are in the best shapes of their lives. For sure, rugby players have always been big but now more of them are in shape, almost like a bodybuilder, as are some football players today. This is no coincidence. The reason for this is purely because these athletes and their coaches have learnt the benefits of resistance training, eating properly and using supplementation and found that by embracing these things their performance on the field improves. If you are into sport I, whatever it is, I strongly recommend you make this part of your lifestyle. On a personal level I am friends with guys and girls who play football, rugby, cricket, long distance runners, martial artists, cyclists and rowers who all feel their time in the gym benefits their sports, as does their diet and supplementation plan. In school I was often encouraged to pack in my love for the gym, yet ironically these P.E teachers who are supposed to understand sport and nutrition didn’t grasp that this would improve my game in other areas of my sporting life.
If someone told me when I was 16 I would be editor of the UK’s biggest and best supplement website at 21 I would have laughed in their face!!! So often you set out to achieve something and get side tracked. In the fitness industry I have found that by taking action and achieving results with my physique opportunities present themself and I think this will happen more and more to more and more people. This industry is booming and people’s over all perception of health and fitness is changing, therefore I think it is a great industry to get involved in. who knows, in 5 years one of you guys may be a personal trainer for celebrities, a fitness cover model for a major magazine or a pro athlete yourself. My point is, by taking the plunge and getting into shape I have found anything is possible and you will genuinely amazed how doors open as you push yourself. For me, this is exactly why I view every tub of protein, every food shop and every trip to the gym as an investment and I will continue to do so as should you!
I deliberately left this one until last! For me health is everything because without you are not going very far!!! If I had three wishes which would enable me to influence people through the work I do one would definitely be to change their eating and drinking habits. Today we live in a culture where ‘boredom’ is rife therefore younger generations and driven to drink in order to escape reality. This is my opinion anyway, why else would you want to give yourself a splitting headache every week, decorate your bathroom with your stomach contents and burn a hole in your pocket? If you would instead get into weight training you automatically have something to do every day of the week and every hour of the day. Why? Well, because you have to eat right 24/7 so going out and getting slaughtered all of a sudden seems really bad to you, as where before it didn’t seem that way. By taking one step and committing yourself to getting into shape you are going to benefit your long term health for sure!!! With the huge influx of health issues among our younger generations today I don’t think you can afford not to take care of your health. In 20 years you will wish you would have got into shape and packed in the party circuit I promise you!
If you are going to go for it then I congratulate you because it isn’t an easy thing to do, but it is bloody worth it! Follow the below link to get yourself a diet plan and below are my ‘3 must have’ supplements for beginners!