Brad Carroll Mobile Personal Training Specialist Sharing Part 3 Of His Inspirational 8 Week Journey!
8/12/13 Fear of the dark.
Hey 4 U Body Fitness Fanatics!
Week 6 has come and gone and i’m still on track to dominate the 8 week program. As far as weight has gone im currently weighing in at 104kg still, however looking at my week 4 to week 6 photos of myself that i taken, I can tell ive toned up especially around the stomach and lower abs. My food has still been very good but with a lot of Christmas parties and a lot more to go to, it is becoming increasingly difficult to keep on the right track. But with a lot of will power and the end result in the back of my mind, hopefully i can keep on track and post some awesome results coming into the last two weeks of the program.
Training has been as intense as I can ever recall. On no less that 4 seperate occasions, I may or may not have puked my guts out ( Lovely mental image for you all) My cardio has pushed to new limits as I can push harder for longer periods of time and the biggest thing I have noticed is the recovery after sessions has drastically improved. We all remember when we started. We remember after that first session the pain and suffering we feel doing everyday chores such as bending over to pick up something off the floor .We remember getting out of bed in the morning and the legs decide that they want no part of your plans for the day ahead. At week 6 for me, those days are behind me. I am craving exercise. If i dont do anything positive for the day, I feel on edge and then I feel flat and lethargic. It has become an addiction.
My training partner and my brother Sean has been really getting into my head and getting the most out of me as any good trainer should be able to do. We should always have to adapt ourselves as trainers and get the most out of every individual. Every person is unique and therefore we must change and adapt to suit that person. Not everyone wants a drill sargeant as a trainer, however we must find ways to get the best out of everyone. Sean knows that I am the most competitive human being on the face of this Earth and he also knows that I am a straight shooter. I distinctly remember doing a set of military shoulder presses and he knows my record is 10 reps (I’m not going to tell the weight) and I slacked off and settled for 8. Sean looked me straight in the eye and said to me “Brad. Why don’t you just Fu%#$ng die!” I was obviously shocked and perplexed at that comment and I said to him “Why did you say that?” He then replied “If you are not getting better or not looking to get better, then you might as well just give up and die!” The next set I smashed out 16 reps…He knows how to push me. As a trainer I want to tap into peoples goals and fears and use that as fuel to get the best out of my clients.
We all start training for different reasons. Most of us want to look and feel better and more confident about ourselves. Some do it for rehabilitation and some do it for a emotional release from the stresses of everyday life. However there is one huge connecting theme that we all share. Fear.
Fear of acceptance. Fear of letting people down. Fear of failure.
Fear is your worst enemy however fear can be your most powerful ally in your journey towards fitness and overall happiness. Life is not all sunshine and rainbows and in this “kill or be killed” world if you don’t constantly pick yourselves up every time you get knocked down, you are willing to accept mediocrity and willing to let people walk over you. That’s not what champions do. The biggest thing that stops you from being great is your own fears and self doubts. If you can conquer them, you can conquer anything. Life is not about how hard you can hit, its about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward. We fall down so we can pick ourselves back up again. Pain is temporary. It can last a day, a month or even a year but eventually it will subside and something else will take its place. If you quit however, it will last forever. Fear can stop you from doing things you want to do and the only way to conquer your fears is to meet them head on and never let them get the better of you. You can’t be afraid to fail. You cannot always win but do not be afraid to make decisions, you have to be willing to take the hits on the way and willing to accept that you cannot point the finger at anyone else and say im here because of this person. You are in control of your own destiny and you and ONLY you can make the changes to make your life better. If you have a dream or a goal, then you must protect it. If you want something, go and get it. Period.
My fears of letting myself down over this 8 week period is the biggest motivating factor I have. I too have self doubts and fears of failing or not being good enough so my mentality is that after this 8 weeks is up, I want to look back on it and think to myself that I did everything I possibly could have to get the best result for myself. I do not want to have any regrets or any negative thoughts about how I could have pushed harder or improved somewhere. Like all of you, I have my doubts. I’m afraid to fail. But if I do fail, i’ll pick myself back up off the floor and try again and will not quit. Because if I do quit, my fears and anxieties have won the battle and I will miss out on some amazing experiences that life has to offer.
I have 14 days before my 8 week challenge is up and although I’m scared of failing myself, deep down inside I know I have already won.
Because limits, like fears are just an illusion.
4 U Body fitness Personal Trainer.
( Final Part in 2 weeks time. It will include my workouts,my nutrition guides, all my test results and progress pictures. Keep an eye out for it!)