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In life we have only what we build for ourselves, and that also applies to our health and fitness.
There is great proof of that in many body transformation videos around the internet. There’s people in them whose life was totally out of control, being overweight, weak, exhausted, and with many unhealthy habits. They just changed what they were hooked into, they were already very steady and predictable in their choices; they would hardly let go a chance to just watch TV and do nothing, to eat junk food and sugars, or to overeat, they always did all that, without fail. Then they took different choices and pursued them with the same focus and persistence, and it always pays off. Some other people were more normal, but it also takes huge determination and a lot of hard work to sculpt a body like they now have. These people look happier, fitter, healthier and rejuvenated after their programs, it’s hard to beat such advertising.
Everyone’s physique is the same in essence, there’s muscle, bone, tendons, ligaments, cartilage, and they will respond and strengthen when treated right, no matter how many layers of fat someone currently has decided to deposit over them. So, once more, we have what we build for ourselves. The body you have, you have been busy sculpting it as it is, you might as well sculpt it in some other way and it won’t take more discipline or persistence than what you currently are unto. Results don’t come in one day, one week or one month, it takes at least half a year to start noticing improvement, and from a year to two years for your results to become permanent.
There are some fitness programs out there which are all the rage right now, like P90X. I think most everything will work if done right, but some methods have major strengths over others. P90X is comprehensive, it deals with everything from the workouts, to rest, to nutrition; and rest and nutrition are huge for body transformations. It also consists of different methodologies and disciplines that when used concurrently have an augmented effect on the participants’ bodies. And in opposition to traditional gym methods, these programs emphasize sequences that involve a lot of muscle groups and whole body movements, and that is a proven better way to work out compared to isolating individual muscles.
I share some videos of amazing and inspiring body transformations, especially the one that first called my attention to the whole subject; that of John Stone who starts exercising in the gym and takes pictures daily for a year. These are the ones I found most shocking and exemplary, but there are a lot more available if you search for -body transformation- over the internet. Thanks to all these people who took action and have been so inspiring for me, especially Coach Yost and Coach Wayne.