For starters, I have build such powerful exercise and nutrition habits that I very well know that I would be fit for the rest of my life.
Now, thats a BOLD claim, but I know it in my heart that weight training is something that I will continue till I die. Same goes for eating healthy and nutritious.
Few other benefits before I really get into the ‘meat & potatoes’ of the answer:
- I was born weak much lighter than my siblings. I always felt my immune system was super-weak and because of that I was sick—had fever, vomiting, general weakness throughout my early teens until I started weight lifting.
I was introverted, shy, weak, with low self esteem.
Weight training has literally transformed me. This is not to brag—
- I work more than 10 hours per day, without any energy dips. I can truly focus on my work
- I have stopped falling sick a long time back. Infact, I have NOT taken any pharmaceutical help—like combiflam, aspirin…I don’t even know the names of common medicines people use…
- If I have fever…once every 2–3 years, I simply eat cloves of garlic, rest, drink lots of water and recover naturally within few days
- My digestion is amazing, coz I make sure to ingest lot of soluble fiber per day
- I am strong and can deadlift 350 lbs for reps. My target is 400lbs.
- I am a confident son of a b$t#h and have high self esteem. I feel I am connected to my purpose, my mission and want to do something for the mankind in whatever little way I can
- I am overall very positive, grateful, fun to be around (although I don’t gossip, or interested in opinions about people, or the worldly news that will have zero impact on what my goals are)
- I only discuss entrepreneurship, everything on fitness and nutrition, success, failure, life’s deep meaning, self-growth, ideas that can change the world.
- That does not mean I am not interested in what you have to say. I am a great listener and if you have a interesting story that doesn’t relate to the above field… I am all ears…
Exercise, gym building muscle, losing fat, and optimizing my health has become my life’s work. Here is a brief overview:
The day I quit my finance job in London, and became a personal trainer, my dad was not happy.
He thought that it’s just a phase for me, which will pass and very soon I will come to my senses and join my job back.
Come-on lets face it, working in an MNC as a financial analyst and having a prospects of working hard, maybe doing my MBA and in 10 years or so, reaching a high executive level position with a super-pay package is something any dad would be proud of.
But becoming a floor trainer in some gym in Mumbai. And that too…more than 10 years back, (when fitness was in a very nascent stage in India) was not something he had in mind!
Fast Forward, 10 years, I am still in that field, doing pretty well for myself….
Its been challenging, but I have endured and now reminiscing about the reply I gave to my dad when he asked me —is this what I want to do for the rest of my life, to which my answer was a resounding ‘YES’
I remember this quote from Jef Bezoswhen I read his book:
“One of the huge mistake people make is that they they try to force an interest on themselves. You don’t choose your passions. Your passion choose you”
I strongly believe that being weak, skinny was a ‘blessing in disguise’ that propelled me into action.
Sure, it started out as a vanity game.
I wanted to look good, impress girls.
But slowly I realized I was not only improving my looks, but also getting healthier.
I realized that I was conscious about my eating…and then very soon I realized one very important thing that was a game changer for me:
I was not only interested in building my own physique but in helping other build their’s…..unconditionally:))
This was a big revelation for me, as I looked around not many body-builders give a fu$k. But I did and I was different. Maybe it was a calling.
And so I started doing more of what came naturally to me.
And then, I did it even more than Finance. Coz finance could have made me rich, but Fitness gave me meaning.
So I choose the latter…
And now I have another revelation: That… if I can earn good money doing what I love to do, why not teach and educate other to do the same thing?
Maybe help wellness professionals earn extra income—provide them with resources, a platform.. perhaps….
You see working out, eating healthy is a foundational habits that usually starts with vanity—build muscle or lose fat and then eventually graduates into something more meaningful:)
Thats my story I hope you liked it