You hear it all too many times. I’m too tired. The weather is bad today. It’s always so crowded. My favourite TV show is on tonight. I don’t want to miss the game. I already went to the gym once this week. I’m too sore. I don’t have time. I’m calling bullshit on all of the above! We all have the exact same one thousand four hundred and forty minutes in a day. Here is my challenge to you. I want you to be selfish for the next 8 weeks! I want you to put fitness first for two short months.
What would you be capable of? What would your goals be? Do you want to get bigger? Do you want to get stronger? Do you want to lose fat? Become more flexible? Whatever your goals are I guarantee you can reach them if you’re selfish for fitness sake.
Here is where I bet ill lose most of you. “What if” right? But Chad I have a wife, husband, boyfriend, girlfriend, kids, dog, pet monkey, a job, no money, lots of friends, too many obligations. I completely get it! Hell, I have a wife, a dog, a job, friends and other obligations too. I spent the first 21 years of my life not putting fitness first. Then one day it all changed. I can still remember it so vividly.
I had just started a huge landscaping project with some of my closest friends. We were getting ready to tear up the old concrete walk way infront of a friends house and lay down new interlocking brick that would add a little bit of flare to the front of the house. After a long day of hard work several pieces of Pizza Pizza and a few cases of beer we were finally done. I climbed to the top of the scrap pile with my shovel and had a buddy of mine take a picture. I felt like I had just conquered the world.
The next morning when I saw the picture it hit me like a ton of those interlocking bricks I had spent hours laying just a day earlier. Was that really me in that photo? When did I get so out of shape? When did I become 260lbs? I went to the gym on a daily basis. I felt like a trained hard and I trained smart but I was obviously missing something. I was a 21-year-old kid and ignorance was bliss. I hadn’t put on the Freshman 15, I put on the Freshman 60. After seeing that photo though something changed. Something deep inside me caught fire and all of a sudden I felt like I had purpose, like there was a mission I needed to carry out. It was that day that I decided to be selfish for fitness sake. I have spent the last 5 years learning everything I possibly could about fitness, bodybuilding, weight lifting, nutrition and supplementation. I became the expert I am by dedicating myself to the idea that I could change my world and maybe even some day help others change theirs.
After I made that life altering decision what really surprised me was that despite putting fitness first, I was able to accomplish even more outside of fitness than I was ever able to accomplish when I wasn’t putting fitness first.
Here is my challenge for you:
· You do not miss a single workout. No matter what!
· You consume healthy whole foods to help you reach your goal
· You say no to anything and everything that would otherwise keep you from missing a workout, not consuming healthy whole foods or getting enough sleep.
People will tell you you’re crazy and that fitness can’t be a priority. Im not asking you to abandon your loved ones or become a horrible person. What I managed to learn very quickly was that by making these three things a priority the rest of the unimportant crap went away and allowed me to still do the other important things in my life. My time management skills improved exponentially!
After putting fitness first for a measly 4 months I was a changed man. I was in the best shape of my life! I went from 260 pounds down to 190 pounds. I lost 70 pounds by being selfish and putting fitness first. I broke some bad habits and now I’m healthier, happier, stronger and I even look bigger than I ever have before.
There is an abundance of information out there in the fitness world. A lot of it is quite helpful and a lot of it is quite a hindrance. So how do you separate the helpful information from the bullshit? Is there one right way to doing things? Absolutely not! Is there an optimal way to doing things? Absolutely! One of the most important things to realize is that finding that optimal way of doing things all depends on what your goals are. Let me repeat that again. FINDING THAT OPTIMAL WAY OF DOING THINGS ALL DEPENDS ON WHAT YOUR GOALS ARE. All of us have different goals. Some of us want to get bigger at all costs. Some of us want to lose weight. Some of us want to gain lean muscle mass. Some of us want to be as strong as the superheroes we see in the movies. There is always more than one way of reaching your goals. Some of us take the long road, zig zagging back and forth between success and failure, experimenting with different things before we finally figure it out. Yet others seem to know exactly what they’re doing. My goal from this day forward is to provide you with the tools and information to be able to cut through the proverbial fog and lead you towards your goals quicker than you would have thought possible.
Join me on this life long journey as we change our habits and change our lives. My commitment to you is to provide you with all the information possible to help you reach you goals.
Feel free to contact me!
I want to know what your goals are!
What are your biggest setbacks?
What is preventing you from being the best version of yourself?
I am here to help.
Yours in Iron,
Chad “The Supplement Hound” Hoskin
CMO (Chief Motivational Officer)