Muscle magazines nearly ruined me.
I was a teenager but I wanted to be huge. The guys (and some of the girls) on the covers of those magazine had the look I wanted. Here’s one of the male cover model’s measurements:
- Height: 5ft 9in
- Weight: 262lbs
- Arm Size: 21in
- Leg Size: 30in
- Waist: 34in
- Calves: 22in
- Chest: 57in
At least I’m taller than him, right? Aside from his height, I wanted those measurements. Maybe you can relate? So I tried to do the workouts he supposedly did. Within a year I had horrible stretch marks, shoulder pain, intense muscle soreness, and worst of all, no visible changes in my teenage physique.
I was such an idiot. Really any beginner, especially at that age, who tries to follow those workouts is equally an idiot (sorry if you’re that idiot too).
So over the next 20 years I tried dozens of workout programs and diets with similar results. I had a few things working against me.
- I’m generally lazy when it comes to physical activity.
- I’m not naturally athletic.
- I overcommit and fill almost every minute of my day – work, church, family, etc.
- I’m content to sit and watch TV, play games, and read.
- I love to eat until I’m miserable and I love a variety of foods, healthy and unhealthy.
- I would never spend money on a personal trainer.
I finally came to terms with the reality that I’m a “normal not too athletic working man” that can’t spend hours each week involved in physical activity, meticulous meal planning, and I didn’t want to give up the foods I love.
I also came to terms with the fact that I won’t ever look like the guys on those magazines. The reason? I don’t want to! I know what it takes to look like they do and it’s not the way I want to live. When it comes down to it, it’s not the way I want to look either.
I’ve created this site to help guys like me find some of the solutions I found. There’s no one size fits all approach to staying fit so I’m not endorsing a particular program for everyone. I’ll share what I do and in general what’s recommended by some of my favorite fitness experts but in the end you have to find what works for you.
Finding what works for you includes a ton of variables like
- diet / nutrition
- strength training
- cardio training
- stress management
- work schedule
- home life
- body type
- hormone levels
- and more and more!
But in the end, all of those variables add up to one fitness principle – and this principle should drive you…
How you feel physically and mentally matters most.
This is what fad diets and workouts miss. They have us all sacrificing how we feel physically and mentally for the sake of “getting fit”. So remember, whatever fitness program you adopt, if it doesn’t make you feel better both physically and mentally for the long term, it’s not for you!
That point hopefully made, this site is dedicated to the normal, not too athletic, working man who has struggled with fat loss, muscle gain, and finding the time to stay fit for most of his grown-up life.
The methods promoted on this site are intended to be adopted gradually over several months in order to help you stick to a new lifestyle of fitness. When you start to feel overwhelmed with the changes or otherwise get exhausted or frustrated with your progress, step back and observe if you’re trying to implement changes too quickly.
The best kinds of training and nutritional plans are the ones that make you feel great and that you’ll stick to consistently for the long term.