“When you’re comfortable in your own skin, it does have an effect on your esteem and confidence” admits Kevin Russell. Russell is an online personal trainer, advocate of a healthy lifestyle and a Masters student at NUI Galway. He offers nutritional advice, workout plans and is a fitness enthusiast but he suffered from mental health issues when he was younger. So now, when he sees his clients’ results and the changes in them, it comes with a great deal of pride. “To be honest, that’s what I love most about it. They are so happy with how they’ve progressed physically but it’s a mental thing as well.”
This is a motto that I first heard from Christian Guzman. At 22 years old, Christian is a sponsored athlete with Gymshark, personal trainer, gym owner, businessman and entrepreneur, and he doesn’t appear to be slowing down any time soon. His gym opens to the public on 1 January 2016, and this is only the start. His social media presence, and the support of his family and fans worldwide, have created foundations on which he has built. Each one of his steps have been forward and this is important
His motivation for success is grounded in this statement – proud, but never satisfied.
So now that college has started and the stress of timetables and finding lecture halls has died down, Fresher’s Week has finally come crashing to a halt. Most likely you’ve come crashing in behind it and already whispered those four magical words “I’m never drinking again”… it’s time to get back on the grind and pick up the pieces of a week that’s left you broken, beat and scarred. It will be hard, there’s no point on denying it but the rewards will be worthwhile.
Over the summer, you’ve put all the work in behind the scenes. You’ve done the hard part, you’ve given yourself a solid foundation and now it’s time to put some mass on that summer bod. University timetables are usually anti-gym. They have you waking early, and leaving late with huge gaps in between for no apparent reason. Study? Maybe? But it’s only Week One?
Chris Pratt is Hollywood’s poster boy. Everything he touches turns to gold, and cinema lovers across the world cannot get enough of him at the minute. Having seen his leading role in Guardians of the Galaxy take his career to the next level, he is now the face of the new Jurassic Park franchise and his success continues to defy belief. He admits this himself, but he is not finished and is mentally and physically prepared for the upcoming sequels to be released over the next two years.
However, since the release of Guardians and the success and fanfare which followed, I have always been curious as to why Pratt gained such attention? And, so quickly?
I agree, he’s a good actor. He plays the lead role in a dominant and controlling manner. He keeps your attention and you want to follow his journey throughout the movie. He has this mannerism which gives a little, then a little more, and slowly you are being dragged deeper and deeper into the storyline as he keeps his cards on the table but never shows you his full hand, which of course has turned out to be a royal flush. Then I stumbled upon this…
Struggling? Skipping legs too often? Pre-workout just not enough? Late night sessions?
I hear you.
This was me exactly one month ago. I was going gym, just to go. I was going through the motions. Same routine, same lifts, same weights. With no motivation, no results, and no hope. I was a sitting duck, I had hit a plateau and was failing to deal with it. My starting goal was to bulk to 200lbs, and I had told everyone that this was my goal. It was reassuring. People were keeping me accountable, they were asking how it was going, how much I weighed now, what was I eating, how I felt. And I felt great. I had successfully got to 190lbs, eating clean, lifting heavy and making progress.