I wanted to share with you all a few thoughts from my fitness journey, and what I would tell myself I could turn back time.
When I first started out I was hungry for learning.
About 6-7 years ago, when I first started, online forums and message boards were the place to be.
As I got older and YouTube became prevalent, I started following fitness YouTube channels and devoured countless hours’ worth of content.
I would spend hours and hours every day making notes from different threads, following people with the most audience and trying to connect the dots. It was an obsession.
A lot of it was also bro-science and these guys would contradict themselves all the time.
I would get so confused some days that I would go to sleep and in bed I would be thinking about macros, how to optimize my diet and which exercise I’ll add to training in 2-3 weeks. It was crazy.
My favorite section on the forums was the progress journals. I would always be looking what everyone else was doing and what worked for them. Which brings me to the big idea for the article.
For a long time I was caught up in other people’s progress. I wouldn’t even pay attention to what works for me, what makes me less hungry.
Which movement allows me to get stronger and what foods and eating habits can I use to hit my caloric numbers and macro-nutrients easier. I wasn’t listening to what my body is telling me.
If one training partner decided to do more sets for biceps I would do that as well, and I would try to copy the plan from the best looking guys without even considering what would be best for me.
If the random guy decided to change calories or macros I would do that as well. And the thing is, I had plenty of information, I knew enough to start seeing patterns of what worked better for me.
But I wasn’t listening. And it got worse. I would doubt myself and think something was wrong with me when I wouldn’t get the same results as some other guy.
I was beating myself up for being different, instead of looking for what works for my body.
It’s great to know the fundamentals such as calories, macros, how many meals work for you and a few starting guidelines for a training program but it’s also important to look for what might be better for you. And some objective self-analysis goes a long way.
For example: I would’ve never discovered intermittent fasting if I wasn’t willing to try out something new just to find out it worked for me.
So the lesson my friends stop paying so much attention to other people’s progress and start searching for ways you can move forward.
You have been put on this earth to fulfill your calling – not compare and follow someone else’s.
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