The day was Wednesday 2nd January 2019 - I purchased my first ever gym membership and attended the gym for the first time in my entire life, walking into this unknown with zero knowledge. Prior to this, I had been suffering from severe depression throughout my entire life for multiple reasons such as being bullied, being skinny, experiencing racism and all the rest of the insults that I had received. This almost lead me to try and commit suicide because I just thought life wasn't worth living, so basically the gym/nutrition has give me hope in my life. I had no ambition or drive in my life to want to become a better version of myself, but I won't bog you down too much with that as you're not here for that, right?
I work a full-time job for 40 hours per week, so I was always that person who thought I never had time for the gym because I worked a full-time job. I was infact mistaken, I just had to find the determination and dedication to put into the gym to make it work out for me, I had to find ways and solutions to be able to eat all the food I eat whilst working, and also attending the gym and getting a good nights sleep.
I decided that it was time to change everything, it was time to change how I viewed the world, how I viewed myself as a person and how I viewed my life. I wanted to make something of myself and I wanted to be the reason that many more people that are/have been in the same situation as me can also change themselves for the better and improve little tiny things in their lifestyles - I will be making my Instagram account dedicated to fitness, healthy nutrition, exercises and overall having a healthy lifestyle and keeping away from depression.
Weighing in at a staggering VERY unhealthy weight of 49kg (108 lbs). To put this into perspective, my BMI calculation was at the very end of the red zone, suggesting I was very underweight and baring in mind I don't have any eating disorders. The healthy weight for someone of my height started from 56.7kg (125 lbs).
I walked into the gym having absolutely zero exercise, nutrition or gym knowledge. I didn't have any friends who went to the gym, I didn't have any family who I knew went to the gym so all I had was myself and the internet. A personal trainer was out of the question to get me started because I couldn't afford it. I remember it was also a very intimidating experience for me as there was a lot of fairly muscular people working out, and it always felt like everyone was watching me, the usual gym beginners problems - of course no one was watching me, they were in the gym for the same reason as myself.
After my first ever workout, I had DOMs for at least 5 days afterwards and that put me off going back. Another thing that put me off was the amount of eating I was doing (the only knowledge I had was to eat as much as possible), I went from eating a packet of Doritos for my 8pm tea to eating about 2500 calories. The diet seemed much harder than going the actual gym itself because I wasn't use to eating so much food. I would probably eat 2500 calories spread out across 2-3 days before I went to the gym.
Fast forward to attending the gym for a whole month, and I started to see that the scales where going up, so whatever I was doing was working. This was when I was becoming serious about the gym and from that month onwards, I always set myself targets to reach for all my exercises.
Fast forward 2-3 months into my journey and it was a weird feeling, I started to become more comfortable in my own skin. I started to not care what people thought about me out in public or inside the gym. One major problem for me was my ego, I wanted to make it seem like I was lifting heavy weight for people to see rather than for my own personal benefit, which sacrificed my form on a lot of my exercises, but I eventually overcome this problem after 6 months of my journey.
Will this happen every time? That was really uncomfortable and I barely made it home from the park. What can I do so it doesn't happen again it will it?
I weight about 270 pounds (down from 296) and felt like I could really give running a chance.
Now I'm scared to run again. Any ideas/advice?
Welcome to the Physique Phriday thread
What's the point of having people guess your body fat? Nevermind that it's the most inaccurate method available, (read: most likely way wrong - see here) you're still just putting an arbitrary number to the body you have. Despite people's claim that they are shooting for a number, they're really shooting for look - like a six pack.
So let's stopping mucking around with trivialities and get to the heart of the matter. This thread shall serve two purposes:
Physique critiques. Post some pics and ask about muscles or body parts you need to work on. Or specifically ask about a lagging body part and what exercises worked for others.
An outlet for people that want to show off their efforts that would otherwise be removed due to Rule 4, and
Let's keep things civil, don't be a creep, and adhere to Rule 1. This isn't a thread to announce what you find attractive in a mate. Please use the report function for any comments that are out of line.
So phittit, what's your physique pheel like this phriday?
For the most part I currently only have time to a nice gym workout once a week. I can do minimal stuff throughout the week. I'm just beginning, will that lead to muscle growth/aesthetic changes? My understanding is you can notice some changes in 6-8 weeks but I don't know how many times a week that "rule" applies to
I don’t really know how to start this but I will go from the start and keep it quick. To be put it simple I’ve never been comfortable in my body. I’m not fat so to say but I’m on the stocky side of the spectrum when it comes to my build and I would say I’ve always been somewhat overweight.
In the last two years my health and diet really took a bad turn I was eating every single night before bed constantly snacking with no care about what it was doing to my body obviously I’ve gained wait at my at my worst point I was 13 stone and 12 pounds and was suffering from heartburn a lot.
I’ve realised I’ve got age on my side and a lot of free time currently so I’ve started running 5-6 times a week which is going great I’ve lost 7-8 pounds and gotten down to 12 stone and 6 pounds.
My main concern is where I should go from this point I enjoy running and it’s a great way to loose weight but I know I’m not going to get my desired results if I only eat 1,200 calories a day and run 6 times a week how can I create a plan we’re I can eat the right amount of calories and do a effect amount of cardio and weight training to get to were I want to be
Who else here is satisfied but NOT content by there fitness gains? Who's else has thought to themselves, 'Yeah I look good, leaner or bulkier than last year, but I CAN look better. I CAN get stronger.' This has always been my mindset regarding fitness; to make continued, unalduterated, fully optimized progress! After 10 years of training worshipping this philosophy, I've realized it now conflicts with my current values.
I've always been unhappy with my legs. Four knee surgeries (1 microfracture, 2 minor atrhoscopic, 1 lateral release) has made it difficult to train and develop my legs like I'd want to. Did I stop squatting, despite doctors and PT's advice? Fuck no. This was just another challenge that I could overcome to become my better stronger ideal self - and I've obsessed over this goal of developing my legs and becoming a better squatter.
I've been running Sheiko (first time powerlifting) the past several months to improve my squat. It's been fucking difficult but my are squats going up - although slowly like the blood flow to the corpus cavernosum of a an excited 70 year old man. The drawback is im feeling like a 70 year old man: knee pain that persists for up to a week after squatting and intermittent episodes of back pain both which interfering with my gait, progress in other lifts, and sleep. I love the gains i'm making and I love squatting....but I need to sleep to be cognitively sound to care for patients (healthcare student), I'm not keen the stabbing pain in my knee every time I flex extend, and I'm deeply worried about my functionality in the future. So despite my intrinsic compulsion to be the fittest I can be, my pursuit for the infamous quad 'tear drop', I've relinquished my goals of a better squatter.
I will find some other way to develop my legs and better myself physically that will allow me to live pain free, and to pursue the other parts of my life that give bring me joy and a sense of self-worth. I'am and will never be content with my fitness accomplishments, nevertheless; I need to be better at recognizing that fitness is just a hobby, not a RELIGION.
For the last time ever,